Keynote Speakers—2019 Annual Conference

Kim Lear—Reimagining Communities: Key Trends Reshaping the Way We Work and How We Live

Wednesday—3:15-4:30 p.m.
Today’s rapidly changing global environment makes it more challenging than ever to stay relevant. Our opening keynote speaker, Kim Lear, will share key generational, demographic, economic, and cultural trends influencing the way we live and work—and what these changes mean to cities. Learn how innovations in technology, shifting demographics, and a multi-generational workforce are impacting how we lead now and into the future. Explore how to transform challenges into growth opportunities by embracing connectivity, leveraging disruption, and engaging employees and the community in problem-solving. Leave the opening session energized, with insights and ideas that will help you be proactive in shaping the future of your city!

Dave Meslin—Empowering Community Through Bottom-Up Collaboration

Thursday—8:45-9:30 a.m.
In your role as a city leader, have you found yourself asking: “How can we boost public participation?” or “What can we do to engage people from all parts of our community?” During this general session, Dave Meslin will describe common barriers that prevent engagement and share ideas for building stronger social bonds at the community level. Using anecdotes, humor, and best practices, he will demonstrate that we all have something to contribute and that the most vibrant cities are the ones that have learned how to tap into the collective creativity, passion, and knowledge of community. Don’t miss this chance to discover new ways you can work together with residents, businesses, community-based groups, and others to dismantle obstacles to engagement—and empower people to be effective advocates for the kind of city they want to live in.


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