2019 Civic Leadership Academy
Program Descriptions

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Registration Information


2018-2019 CLA Program Brochure

CLA Schedule at a Glance (dates, topics)

CLA Schedule by Location

Special Non-Profit Workshops at Volunteer Center McHenry County

 

2019 Civic Leadership Academy Workshops & Webinars

CLA Workshops

For onsite CLA workshops, check-in time is 8:30 am, for full-day and morning workshops and 12:30 pm, for afternoon workshops. Refreshments will be provided.

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NEW This Year!
Time Management & Organizational Skills

March 28, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Brian Smith, MSW, LCSW, Director of Employee Assistance and Training Program at Northern Illinois University - (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: Does it seem as though you are working harder and longer than ever before and trying to keep up with an increasingly demanding workload? Most professionals are finding that their calendar is jammed with commitments and conflicts as feelings of stress and powerlessness mounts. This is not to mention to increasing pressure to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Sound all too familiar? Then take heart! We’ve developed a practical new approach to organizing your time in our Time Management and Organization Skills training. The goal of the training is to assist participants in getting more done and assisting with achieving a more satisfying work-life balance.

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Engineering for Non-Engineers: Infrastructure & Design the Questions to Ask

April 11, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; NIU-Hoffman Estates
Presented by Mike Shrake, P.E.,Vice-President/Principal, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc., and Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University [Includes a panel discussion segment by experienced practitioners] - (bios). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: Do you feel lost or a little behind when your Village/City Engineer or consulting engineers present information, analyses or options to you?  Do you understand the language and lingo of civil engineers on items like “pulverization” “jetting a trench” or “fixed form paving”? How about the mystery of estimates and preparing design plans?  Do you understand the basics of Illinois Law or Regulations when it comes to stormwater drainage, public ROW’s, use of MFT Funds, the importance of Construction Observation? How about the Federal Highway Program and standards?  These are just the sample of the kinds of terms and concepts that non-engineer decision makers at the elected or senior administration level often encounter when engineers work to give your organization their best advice. Join us for a half-day session that will shed light on these and other terms and concepts that can equip you to better understand the expertise your Village/City or Consulting engineers bring to you.

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Are You Thinking About a Community Survey? How, When, & Why

April 25, 2019, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Mindy Schneiderman, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: On-the-spot polling, surveys, instant feedback and laptop/pda participation seem to be everywhere.  Local governments and not-for-profits are not immune to changing expectations when it comes to gathering accurate input, feedback and public opinions.  With so many choices and so much at stake, the question that surfaces is “What approach is best”?  Do all survey techniques fit all circumstances?  Are the results of informal polling, surveys or drop-off cards reliable or legitimate inputs for decision-making?  How can you capture public input for key policy decisions and questions?  This workshop will approach these questions in two parts:  polling and community surveying, and public input and participation for legislative action including public hearings and informational meetings.  Dr. Mindy Schneiderman, head of NIU’s Public Opinion Laboratory at CGS and Dr. Greg Kuhn, Asst. Director of Public Management and Training at CGS will offer vital insights into the methods, techniques and credibility of scientifically designed survey methods vs. post card or do-it-yourself survey software approaches.  NIU’s Survey Research team undertakes about 30 surveys a year for client groups ranging from Federal and state government agencies to local governments.  This workshop will introduce participants to the concepts, tools essential to capturing accurate feedback and input. 

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New Civics and the Impact of Globalization

May 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
* This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement’
Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio).
 Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: The purpose of the workshop is to explore the impact of globalization in our communities and region.  Participants will be able to understand the demographic, development, and economic factors that will determine the competitive advantage of local places in an increasingly global world.  Vertical and horizontal global networks and current trends affecting our region will be reviewed, including the region’s role in the global economy.  Discuss strategies in coping with the challenges and maximizing the opportunities of increased competition and interconnectivity in the global economy that impact communities, local government, the region, and state.

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Strategic Planning - Reboot - Lessons Learned and Following Through

May 16, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Giving DuPage 
Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: This workshop will take a fresh look at strategic planning as a leadership tool for nonprofits local governments.  Strategic planning is the conversation necessary for organizations to shape their path to the future.  The strategic components of a plan can result in success in executing policies, plans, and organizational growth and development. Organizations engaged in planning are looking forward and thinking about future challenges, adaptation and change.  Part II of the discussion will center on action planning and execution.  How can an individual's role and job play an important part in making a functional and successful plan?  Where do teams come in?  How can you create accountability, accomplishments and follow-through?

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Leadership Lessons:  Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership

May 22, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
* This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement’
Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: This workshop is an active exploration of the art and science of leadership.  Participants will study various leadership styles as well as the broad spectrum of tools, techniques, and theories available for leading an organization.  The workshop is interactive and uses video, written case studies, simulations, and discussion to explore current concepts, authors, and developments in leadership theory and practice.  Participants will leave the session energized and with new insights on how they act and serve as leaders.  Administrative leaders, elected officials, volunteer Board members, and supervisors will all benefit from this course.

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High Reliability Organizations: Are You at the Forefront
of this Emerging Designation Where Failure is Not a Viable Option? 

June 4, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: What do these types of organizations or teams have in common…nuclear power plants, commercial aviation, hospitals and their OR’s and ERs, Navy aircraft carrier pilots, air traffic controllers, paramedics, police, public water utilities, etc.?  They all represent what’s come to be known as High Reliability Organizations (HROs).  HROs are the types of organization where acute failures in mission or performance result in a high price or extensive losses for others. Where does your organization fit in?  How about police, fire, water utilities, public works departments, disaster responses, haz-mat scenes, etc.  Almost all local governments of all sizes and kinds are HROs too. High Reliability Organizations are commonly described as “an organization that performs high-risk work but without rare, catastrophic events.”  Learn about the concepts and principles of HROs and how the emerging organizational concept is capturing and fostering new thinking in high-risk/high-reliability organizations, from public to private industry. Engage with others and explore how quality, safety, reliability, resilience, preparation and organizational culture must all come together to create effective HROs.

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Leadership Lessons:  Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership

June 11, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Giving DuPage
* This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement’

Presented by Greg Kuhn, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: This workshop is an active exploration of the art and science of leadership.  Participants will study various leadership styles as well as the broad spectrum of tools, techniques, and theories available for leading an organization.  The workshop is interactive and uses video, written case studies, simulations, and discussion to explore current concepts, authors, and developments in leadership theory and practice.  Participants will leave the session energized and with new insights on how they act and serve as leaders.  Administrative leaders, elected officials, volunteer Board members, and supervisors will all benefit from this course.

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Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts

June 20, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Associate Professor Alicia Schatteman, PhD, with joint appointments to the NIU Department of Public Administration and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: This workshop will cover the basics of running a nonprofit organization from mission to roles of the Executive Director, board, staff and volunteers, to best practices in nonprofit strategic leadership and management.  In this interactive session, the presenter will lead you in an exploration of “best practices” and case studies in the Nonprofit Executive Director’s role and expectations of performance by key stakeholders.  Whether you have been promoted internally to the top staff position or you are switching sectors to manage your first nonprofit, this is the workshop for you.  For practiced professionals this workshop is a great way to refresh and update your skills in compliance with current best practices.

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RE-OFFER OF WORKSHOP!
Budgeting and Understanding Financial Statements

June 24, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Timothy J. Gavin, CPA, Senior Audit Manager, John Kasperek, Co., Inc. and Betsy Hull, CPA, MPA, Finance Director, DeKalb County Community Foundation (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.


Description: Financial statements can be confusing and hard to read, and yet they provide some of the most valuable information in assessing the financial health of an organization. With so much information that is presented, it can be hard to separate what matters to you from what doesn’t. This session will demonstrate how to interpret the numbers and notes in a standard financial report and show how to best use the information to understand an organization. Whether you’re a manager, board member, or other stakeholder, making sense of a financial report is key in making informed decisions. Non-profit budgeting is essential to the success of an organization.  This session will focus on why, when and how nonprofits should approach the budgeting process and expected outcomes.  We will examine budget documents from sample organizations and practice building and evaluating our own budgets. We encourage attendees to bring their organization’s budget to the session as a frame of reference.

 

 

 
Save the Date:
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

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For additional information about the Civic Leadership Academy, please contact:

CivicLeadershipAcademy@niu.edu

 

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