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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, 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.

Download a Copy of the Brochure

Schedule at a Glance:


Friday, April 21

12:00 p.m.
    Registration Opens

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Kansas Mayors Association
    Opening Remarks & Legislative Update
    Cindy Green, League of Kansas Municipalities
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    Kansas Mayors Association Session
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

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: Don’t Over-Think It! Assess and Apply your Natural Behavior for Enhanced Communication and Decision-Making

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    Concurrent Workshop Session I
Difficult Conversations
Changing to a Fall Election Cycle

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Concurrent Workshop Session II
Media Relations for Elected Officials
Strategic Collaboration for Economic Development

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, Appointed Officials & Staff
State of the City 101

2:15 p.m.





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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