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Leadership Summit

The 2017 Leadership Summit & Mayors Conference is

scheduled for April 21-22 in Dodge City.

Leadership, like many things in life, is a learned behavior. Leadership takes time, effort, practice, and most importantly, cannot be done alone and without others.

The League of Kansas Municipalities and the Kansas Mayors Association invites you to attend the 2017 Leadership Summit and Kansas Mayors Conference. At this year’s Leadership Summit, we’ll focus on collaborative communication, including working with your constituents, peers and the media.

This two-day event will also provide elected and appointed city leaders an opportunity to gather together and share their experiences as well as learn from others. Our sessions this year focus on managing difficult conversations with constituents and peers, media relations for elected officials, strategies for regional cooperation in economic development, and how to develop memorable messaging in a State of the City Address.  

The Kansas Mayors Association’s conference will coincide with the League’s Leadership Summit. Mayors will kick-off at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, and all other conference attendees may join the opening session at 5:00 p.m. that afternoon.

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Friday, April 21

12:00 p.m.   Conference Registration Opens

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kansas Mayors Association Opening Remarks & Legislative Update
Erik Sartorius & Cindy Green, League of Kansas Municipalities
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Kansas Mayors Association Panel Discussion
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Kansas Mayors Association Business Meeting
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Mayors Only Reception & Mayor of the Year Recognition
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Leadership Summit Opening Session

Go With Your Gut: Effective Decision Making in an Over-Thinking World, Shelley Row

Shelley Row is a “recovering over-thinker” and her keynote focuses on tips for effective decision making. Shelley’s proven results with decision making will help you save time, improve productivity, enhance teamwork, and reduce stress. Shelley’s experience shows that the most effective decision-making comes from the skilled balance of cognition and intuition. That powerful combination is infotuition®. And today, research in neuroscience transforms intuition from woo-woo to practical.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner & MTI Graduation Ceremony [All attendees]

Join us in honoring city officials who have completed requirements necessary to
graduate various levels of the Municipal Training Institute program.

Saturday, April 22

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m.  - 9:30 a.m.
General Session: Follow Up with Shelley Row

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Workshop Session I

Difficult Conversations: Whether you’re dealing with an angry customer or constituent over a high utility bill, an employee upset over their last performance evaluation, or a contractor not completing work on time, those conversations are never easy. However, there are ways to approach a conversation where you can both feel that your message was heard even if a mutual agreement can’t be reached. The League’s Communications & Education Manager, Megan Gilliland, will lead this session.

Healthcare in Rural Kansas: The issue of healthcare has been a topic of conversation at the state and national level. This session will focus on healthcare concerns at a local government level - specifically rural Kansas communities. Healthcare is a quality of life issue that affects a community’s economic health as well physical health. Find out what Kansas communities are doing to keep quality healthcare facilities in our cities.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Session II

Strategic Collaboration for Economic Development: Joann Knight with the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation will discuss the regional efforts occurring in western Kansas to create economic development opportunities. She’ll discuss partnerships formed through multiple organizations and governmental structures all sharing the same common goal: economic growth in western Kansas’ communities.

Media Relations for Elected Officials: Oh no! The media just called and asked you for an interview! Don’t panic! We’ll give you some common-sense, easy-to-follow rules to make it through an interview and get your message across. The League’s Communications & Education Manager, Megan Gilliland, will lead this session.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch Buffet

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Session III

Working Together: elected officials, appointed officials & professional staff:  Larry Paine, City Administrator for Hillsboro, will discuss the varied roles of city officials and how to work together to create an environment ready for facilitation and organizational productivity. You’ll learn how each specific role plays an important part in the conversation and, if done correctly, can lead to successful partnerships that accomplish organizational goals.

State of the City 101:  A State of the City message is an important tool in conveying progress or achievement of community goals and priorities. Learn how to package a message in a way that tells a story and relays pertinent information to constituents and staff. We’ll also look at some of the clever things Kansas cities have done to publicize State of the City Addresses. The League’s Communications & Education Manager, Megan Gilliland, will lead this session.

2:15 p.m.  Adjourn

Location & Hotel Information

Conference Location:

United Wireless Arena

4100 W Comanche St.

Dodge City, KS


Hotel Information:

Hampton Inn & Suites

4002 W Comanche St.

Dodge City, KS

(620) 225-0000

Rate: $109/Queen, $114/King

Cut-off Date: March 30




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