2017 Annual Conference: Keynote Speakers


2017 Keynote Speakers Head in a new direction with two outside the box keynote speakers! To open the conference, Kelly Leonard, executive vice president at The Second City, will show you how elements of improv comedy can improve creativity and collaboration in city hall.

The conference will close on Friday with Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic showing you techniques to manage stress to help deal effectively with the pressures and challenges you face.

Wednesday, June 14, 3:45-5:15 p.m.

Annual conference keynote speaker Kelly Leonard.Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice President, The Second City
Using Improvisation to Improve Creativity and Collaboration
Solving persistent community challenges demands creativity, collaboration, and communication. During the opening session, The Second City Executive Vice President Kelly Leonard will demonstrate how to use the seven elements of improv comedy to build critical soft skills—like a willingness to listen, building trusting relationships, and adapting to change. You’ll see how embracing these improv techniques can help you pivot out of uncomfortable situations, approach difficult conversations more effectively, and be a more compelling, creative, and collaborative leader.

Friday, June 16, 10:15—11:45 a.m.

Annual conference keynote speaker Dr. Amit Sood.Dr. Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic
Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART)
While the pressures and challenges of public office can be stimulating, they can also leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Hear from the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Amit Sood about a program scientifically proven to decrease stress and anxiety while increasing well-being and happiness. During this session, you’ll learn practical approaches to increase resilience, enhance performance, and improve relationships—skills that will help you in your personal, professional, and public roles.

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