Executive Education

Executive Education & Pre-Conference Activities

Enhance Your CCC Experience!

NLC University presents exclusive Executive Education as the premier pre-conference activity of the Congressional City Conference. Check back often as more sessions will be announced leading up to the conference. Registration is required.

Important Details

All sessions will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023

NLCU Executive Education is offering each session for $185.
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NLCU Executive Education Agenda

Saturday, March 25, 2023

What Elected Officials Need to Know About Grants: How to Get and Keep Them | 9:00AM – 10:15AM | $185

Join an interactive session that will cover tips on obtaining grants as well as compliance management. You will learn how to create successful grant strategies and policies that will enhance your municipality’s efforts. Practical information for beginners to the pros will be provided, as well as a quick review of available resources.

What you’ll learn:

  1. To create a successful grant strategy from application through close out.
  1. This includes how to select the best team members, locate grant opportunities, select appropriate grants for application, once a grant is awarded, how to stay in compliance, and how to keep funders happy.

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • Caran Curry

A Leader’s Toolkit for Dynamic Times | 10:30AM – 11:45AM | $185

During these dynamic times leaders are facing new challenges to connect, communicate and manage uncertainty on their teams. Join a leader in teh field of mindfulness and engagement and connection to explore and build a tool kit.

What you’ll learn:

  1. For municipal leaders, learn highly practical tools for effective communication and connection
  1. Practice mindfulness and self-awareness skills to build resilience, navigate local challenges, and build community opportunity
  2. Learn easy-to-implement tools and practices that support team psychological safety and constituent engagement

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • Michelle Maldonado | Board Member and Certified Teacher Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

Smart Cities | 12:30PM – 1:45PM | $185

Join Smart City Experts to learn about current trends in Smart City efforts; what your community might begin to think through to build a Smart City plan; resources and guiding questions will help you take a next step once you leave this session.

What you’ll learn:

  • Participants will have a deeper understanding of the potential for applying Smart City technologies to address existing challenges.
  • Participants will be able to gain an understanding of concepts, approaches and methodologies put forth in the industry to plan and implement Smart City initiatives.
  • Participants will be able to develop a smart city strategy by identifying early challenges to implementation and recommending the specific smart city areas where local leaders should focus their smart city technology efforts.

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • Rebecca Kiriazes | PhD, Catholic University Jason Montgomery, RA, LEED AP, Catholic University
  • William Tippin, DM, CMC | Catholic University Eric Bathras, Associate VP, AECOM
  • Mark Stodola | Clinton School of Public Service, Univ. of Arkansas, Past President, NLC.

Leading While Women: How To Face the Challenges of Leadership and Embrace Our Power | 2:00PM – 3:15PM | $185

The Honorable Betsy Hodges, former Mayor of Minneapolis MN, is taking leaders on a deep dive into challenges faced by those who identify as female leaders. From an exploration of obstacles to a reaffirming of individual voice, impact and power.

What you’ll learn:

  • Identify key challenges (and opportunities) women leaders face
  • Identify strategies for how to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities
  • Craft next steps for leadership success

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • Betsy Hodges | Former Mayor, Minneapolis, MN 

NLCU: Leadership 101: Culture Change: Transform the Workplace for Innovation and Results | 3:30PM – 4:45PM | $185

“The senior team gets it, but frontline staff won’t budge.” If that sounds familiar, it’s time to look at your workplace culture. After three years of research with hundreds of mayors and managers, the City Leader Guide to Organizational Culture Change offers step-by-step insight. The authors will provide an overview of how to build a workplace culture that delivers for your constituents. -Why culture is key to achieving your administration’s policies and priorities.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to evaluate and transform the culture across your entire organization
  • Real-world examples for achieving changes that benefit your citizens and endure

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • Alexander Shermansong | Culture Cascade Today | Co-Founder Culture Cascade Today

Get the tools your need

Connect with peers who understand your challenges and refuel yourself with sessions and activities planned especially for your needs as a local leader.