2020 Elected Leaders Institute: Foundational Program Agenda

Note: The asterisks (*) below refer to combined sessions for participants in both the Foundational Program and Advanced Program.


11 a.m.
Welcome and Overview*
Adriana Temali-Smith, Education Manager, League of Minnesota Cities; LMC Board Member
Kick off the program by hearing how to make the most out of your conference experience.

11:15 a.m.
Structure and Function of Cities*
Amber Eisenschenk, Research Manager, League of Minnesota Cities
Understand the different types of cities, your city type’s implications for your role on the council, and what cities can and cannot do.

12 p.m.

1 p.m.
The League: We’re Here to Help
Luke Fischer, Deputy Director, League of Minnesota Cities; Dan Greensweig, Administrator, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust
Discover the resources available to you as part of your membership with the League.

1:30 p.m.
Good Governance
Pamela Whitmore, Collaboration & Mediation Manager, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust
Get a grasp on the Open Meeting Law and your role as an individual versus the council as a body. Learn tips for personal effectiveness, such as listening skills, group dynamics, etc.

2:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m.
City Budgets and Financial Responsibility
Stacie Kvilvang, Senior Municipal Advisor, Ehlers
Understand the basic components of a city budget and finances, as well as your responsibility within the budget process.

3:45 p.m.
Responsibilities and Powers of an Elected Official
Joyce Hottinger, Assistant HR Director, League of Minnesota Cities; Adriana Temali-Smith, Education Manager, League of Minnesota Cities
Gain a high-level understanding of areas that elected officials should be involved in or have responsibility for. This includes: HR, diversity and inclusion, public engagement, mayoral duties, and land use.

4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m.
Advocacy at the Capitol*
Gary Carlson, Director of Intergovernmental Relations, League of Minnesota Cities
Learn about the League’s priorities for the 2020 legislative session and how you can make a difference at the Capitol.

5:15 p.m.
Social Time

6 p.m.
Dinner and Remarks from League Board Members

7 p.m.


7:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8 a.m.
Your Role as a City Leader*
Dave Unmacht, Executive Director, League of Minnesota Cities
What does being an elected official mean in terms of leading your city? What skills do you need? We’ll take a look at how you can use collaboration and communication to effectively lead your city into the future.

8:30 a.m.

8:40 a.m.
Risk and Legal Obligations
Patricia Beety, General Counsel, League of Minnesota Cities; Dan Greensweig, Administrator, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust
Understand the legal realities of your role and how to manage risk in your city.

9:45 a.m.
Panel Conversation Q&A
Mike Mornson, City Manager, Hopkins and LMC Board President; Brad Wiersum, Mayor, Minnetonka and First Vice President; Rita Albrecht, Mayor, Bemidji and Second Vice President; Heidi Omerza, Councilmember, Ely and LMC Past President
Participants will get a chance to ask all their questions to seasoned elected and top appointed officials.

10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.
The Power of Purpose*
Chad Weinstein, Ethical Leaders in Action
Understand how your purpose, bringing values to life, and establishing trust are built through harnessing ethical leadership skills.

12 p.m.

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