Civic Leadership Academy

2013-2014 Brochure | Registration Now Open - CLICK HERE 

CLANIU's Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) will be entering its 9th year of offering engaging and timely training programs for elected and appointed leaders and senior managers in government and not-for-profit agencies in the state of Illinois.

The Academy's seminars allow for in-person interactions with fellow participants and instructors using experiential learning techniques. The training program offers a series of workshops across an array of topics central to being an effective governmental leader in the 21st century. The one–day workshops are designed to give participants new skills for personal effectiveness and growth in their professional/governmental roles. Each workshop stands on its own. However, taken together the entire series provides the tools necessary to be a leader in tackling the challenges of a changing region.

Upon completion, participants who have completed four courses (two core courses and two electives) are eligible for recognition via a Certificate of Completion.

A list of the 2013/14 season workshops can be found below.  For complete descriptions of the workshops, download the 2013/14 brochure here.

For a review and description of the CLA Workshops that have already taken place this season, please download the brochure

 

May 22, 2014 

*New Civics and the Impact of Globalization
Presented by Greg Kuhn, Sikich
(bio)

NIU Naperville
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
*This course is required for CLA certifiation

* Leadership Lessons: Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership and New Civics and the Impact of Globalization are core courses required for CLA certification 

2013-2014 CLA Workshops That Have Taken Place:

May 15, 2014 

Understanding your Government's Finances and Financial Position 
Presented by Brian Caputo, M.P.A., CPA, Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer, City of Aurora
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on August 22, 2013 in Lake County)

May 8, 2014 

Data for Decision Makers 
Presented by Sherrie Taylor, MPA, Center for Governmental Studies, NIU, Research Associate/Demographer
(bio)

NIU Naperville/Virtual 
Morning Half Day: 8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, breakfast buffet included

May 6, 2014 

Understanding Zoning and Code Enforcement: What You Need to Know
Presented by Jacob H. Karaca, Gregory T. Smith, Kathie T. Henn, & Michael A. Marrs, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.
(bios)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included

May 20, 2014 - Event Canceled

Grant Writing 
Presented by Gloria Simo, Ph.D.
(bio)

Rockford 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on October 8, 2013 at NIU Naperville)

April 17, 2014 

Strategic Planning 
Presented by Gloria Simo, Ph.D.
(bio)

NIU Rockford 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on March 13, 2014 at NIU Naperville)

April 15, 2014 

Communicating in Crisis 
Presented by Melanie Magara, Special Assistant to the Vice President, Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies, Northern Illinois University and Samantha Brunell, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University
(bios)

NIU Naperville 
Morning Half Day: 8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on October 22, 2013 in Lake County, and on November 5, 2013 at NIU Rockford)

April 1, 2014 

Cross-Sector Partnerships 
Presented by Gloria Simo, Ph.D.
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on March 25, 2014 at NIU Rockford)

March 25, 2014 

Cross-Sector Partnerships 
Presented by Gloria Simo, Ph.D.
(bio)

NIU Rockford 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on April 1, 2014 at NIU Naperville)

March 13, 2014 

Strategic Planning 
Presented by Gloria Simo, Ph.D.
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on April 17, 2014 at NIU Rockford)

March 11, 2014 

*Leadership Lessons: Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership 
Presented by Craig Rapp, M.A., President, Craig Rapp, LLC and Senior Associate, NIU Center for Governmental Studies
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered in December, 2013 in Lake County)
*This course is required for CLA certifiation

February 11, 2014 

Labor and Management Relations 
Presented by Thomas M. Melody, Esq., Partner; and Jason A. Guisinger, Esq., Associate, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.
(bios)

NIU Naperville 
Morning Half Day: 8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, breakfast buffet included

January 14, 2014 

Economic Development as an Ecosystem of Collaboration 
Presented by Keenan Grenell, Ph.D., President/CEO, Grenell Group, LLC
(bio)

NIU Rockford 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on September 17, 2013 at NIU Naperville)

January 9, 2014 

Social Media - Connecting Government and Constituents 
Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Division of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University
(bio)

NIU Rockford 
Evening:  6:30 PM Registration, Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, no meals provided
(This event is also offered on December 17, 2013 at NIU Naperville)

December 17, 2013 

Social Media - Connecting Government and Constituents 
Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Division of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Morning Half Day: 8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on January 9, 2014 at NIU Rockford)

December 12, 2013 

Competitive Bidding: From Proposal to Delivery of Services 
Presented by James G. Wargo and Jacob H. Karaca, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.
(bios)

NIU Naperville 
Morning Half Day: 8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, breakfast buffet included

December 10, 2013 

*Leadership Lessons: Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership 
Presented by Craig Rapp, M.A., President, Craig Rapp, LLC and Senior Associate, NIU Center for Governmental Studies
(bio)

Lake Zurich Police Department, 200 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL
Full Day:  7:30 AM Registration, Workshop 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on March 11, 2014 at NIU Naperville) 
*This course is required for CLA certifiation

November 20, 2013 

Governing Board Effectiveness 
Presented by Gerald Gabris, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own


November 7, 2013 

What you Don't Know About Your Housing Stock Could Cost You 
Presented by Kelley Chrisse and Jennifer Groce, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University
(bios)

NIU Naperville 
Afternoon Half Day:  1:00 PM Registration, Workshop 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, afternoon break provided
(This event is also offered on August 29, 2013 at NIU Rockford)

November 6, 2013 

Employment and Labor Relations 
Presented by Robert T. McCabe, Ancel Glink
(bio)

NIU Rockford 
Evening:  6:30 PM Registration, Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, no meals provided

November 5, 2013 

Communicating in Crisis 
Presented by Melanie Magara, Special Assistant to the Vice President, Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies, Northern Illinois University and Samantha Brunell, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University
(bios)

NIU Rockford 
Evening:  6:30 PM Registration, Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, no meals provided
(This event is also offered on October 22, 2013 in Lake County and on April 15, 2014 at NIU Naperville)

October 24, 2013 

Practical Applications of Excel and Access for Local Government Users 
Presented by Sherrie Taylor, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Morning Half Day: 8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, breakfast buffet included

October 23, 2013 

Land Use, Economic Development, and Zoning 
Presented by Paul Keller, Ancel Glink
(bio)

This event has been canceled; however we recommend that you consider registering for the enhanced workshop offered on January 28, 2014 as a full day workshop in Naperville, entitled Understanding Zoning and Code Enforcement: What You Need to Know.

NIU Rockford 
Evening:  6:30 PM Registration, Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, no meals provided

October 22, 2013 

Communicating in Crisis 
Presented by Melanie Magara, Special Assistant to the Vice President, Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies, Northern Illinois University and Samantha Brunell, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University
(bios)

Lake Zurich Police Department, 200 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL 
Morning Half Day:  7:30 AM Registration, Workshop 8:00 AM - noon, no meals provided

(This event is offered on November 5, 2013 at NIU Rockford, and on April 15, 2014 at NIU Naperville)

October 8, 2013

Grant Writing 
Presented by Gloria Simo, Ph.D.
(bio)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included
(This event is also offered on May 20, 2014 at NIU Rockford)

October 2, 2013 

Government Financial Basics 
Presented by Adam Simon, Ancel Glink
(bio)

NIU Rockford 
Evening:  6:30 PM Registration, Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, no meals provided

September 18, 2013

FOIA, OMA, and Social Media - Keeping it Legal
Presented by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink
(bio)

NIU Rockford 
Evening:  6:30 PM Registration, Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, no meals provided

September 17, 2013 

Economic Development as an Ecosystem of Collaboration 
Presented by Keenan Grenell, Ph.D., President/CEO, Grenell Group, LLC
(bio)

NIU Naperville
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included

(This event is also offered on January 14, 2014 at NIU Rockford)

September 12, 2013 

Now That You are in Office 
Presented by James Bartley, Esq., Partner; Jason Guisinger, Esq., Associate; and Gregory Smith, Esq., Associate, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.
(bios)

NIU Naperville
Full Day:  8:30 AM Registration, Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM with an hour break for lunch on your own, breakfast buffet included