2019-2020 Civic Leadership Academy Program Descriptions

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See each workshop description (below, by date) for registration information links. Refer to the Full CLA Brochure PDF for specifics about Civic Leadership Academy Specialization Track Alignment, Objectives, and ICMA Practice Areas.
Check-in time for workshops is 8:30 am for full-day and morning workshops and 12:30 pm for afternoon workshops. Refreshments will be provided.

 

 

Board and Executive Director – A Partnership for Success
April 21, 2020, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Pam Clark Reidenbach, MSSW, Co-Founder and Director of the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE), Northern Illinois University.
Description: Ensuring a strong, positive partnership between the Board President and Executive Director can streamline progress, enhance board engagement and set the tone for other board member relations. This workshop will explore and examine how to model a cooperative style, respect varying viewpoints, and develop trust to reduce micromanagement, prevent withholding of information, and focus attention on topics of greater impact to the organization. (This workshop qualifies for the nonprofit partner discounted rate for registrants associated with NICNE).

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration
Student Registration (online)
No IL Center for Nonprofit Excellence (online)
PDF of Registration Form

Nonprofit Board Governance
April 30, 2020, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Pam Clark Reidenbach, MSSW, Co-Founder and Director of the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE), Northern Illinois University.
Description: In these critical times, nonprofit boards are being called upon to help elevate the organizations they oversee to new levels of impact. Board members must work differently using their skills and networks to better leverage resources and advocate for the organization they serve. This workshop will explore basic roles, responsibilities and legal duties of the board, characteristics of exceptional boards, and the board's role in driving innovational approaches to meeting the organization's mission. (This workshop qualifies for the nonprofit partner discounted rate for registrants associated with NICNE).

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration
Student Registration (online)
No IL Center for Nonprofit Excellence (online)
PDF of Registration Form

Strategic Thinking and Planning for Small Organizations
May 1, 2020, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Associate Director; Melissa Henriksen, MPP, Assistant Director, Public Management and Training; and Jeanna Ballard, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University.
Description: This workshop will serve as an orientation and awareness session for leaders and senior staff in small organizations. Organization size does not eliminate or diminish the need for both strategic thinking and planning. In fact, these critical roles are more likely to be magnified in smaller organizations. The session will give you an opportunity to explore and fully understand the power and critical nature of strategic thinking, and the impact of strategic planning as an extension of strategic thinking. The session will focus on introducing participants to the various elements that bridge together the two including being able to identify and recognize strategic issues, plan for a meaningful strategic planning process and map out an approach for implementation, all within the context of limited staffing or measured organizational resources.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration

Student Registration (online)
PDF of Registration Form


What Does Environmentally Friendly Engineering Really Mean?
May 12, 2020, 1-5 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Logan Gilbertsen, PE, CFM, Lead Engineer, Water Resources at HR Green, Inc.; Ravi Jayaraman, PE, ENV SP, Associate/Senior Project Manager at HR Green, Inc.; and Sean LaDieu, PE, Senior Project Manager at HR Green, Inc.
Description: Environmental friendly engineering is the design, and use of processes and products in a way that minimizes pollution, promotes sustainability, and protects environmental health without sacrificing economic practicality and efficiency. Attendees of this session will learn about contemporary engineering designs and practices that help to protect the environment while completing needed infrastructure improvements. The presenters will show how to incorporate environmental best practices and green infrastructure in public improvements such as storm water management, water and wastewater, highways and building design projects. Participants will learn how to incorporate “environmentally friendly” policies while delivering needed services to their customers.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration
Student Registration (online)
PDF of Registration Form

Cross-Sector Collaboration for Greater Impact
May 19, 2020, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Jason Holcomb, MSW, Project Development Manager, Transform Rockford.
Description: Numerous communities are having significant success in addressing social issues through cross-sector collaboration. Business, government and nonprofit organizations are working together to create systemic change but not without the voices of people with lived experiences adding to and informing the process. Join us as we discuss the history and premise of Collective Impact, the broad context of collaboration and social innovation. The session will examine examples of successful initiatives and share how one community is embracing Collective Impact to solve its social issues. (This workshop qualifies for the nonprofit partner discounted rate for registrants associated with NICNE).

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration
Student Registration (online)
No IL Center for Nonprofit Excellence (online)
PDF of Registration Form

Strategic Choices and I.T. Leadership: Where Are You Going and Who is Going to Lead?
May 21, 2020, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Sam Ferguson, MS, retired Municipal Director of Information Technology, Village of Schaumburg, Interim CIO for the City of Joliet; and Marc Thorson, MBA, Executive Director of Regional Technology Services, Division of Information Technology (DoIT), Northern Illinois University .
Description: Bits, bytes, gigabytes, network integrity and the cloud. What does it all mean? This workshop provides leaders with a good foundation to better understand the whirlwind of demands that information technology presents for every organization. Wi-fi, hi-fi or sci-fi? The workshop will present an up-to-date view on technology which every leader should know in order to survive in our digitally-driven environment. Government is not immune to the advances of technology. Participants will learn how and why technology matters and what is being embraced out there as “state of the art.” Participants will also learn about organizational decision-making approaches they can use to critically assess the cost-benefit and viability of new technologies. These new models will enable leaders to better manage competing demands as well as coordinate the integration of technological changes into old or new organizational arrangements.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration

Student Registration (online)
PDF of Registration Form


New Civics and the Impact of Globalization
June 2, 2020, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement'

Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Associate Director of Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University.
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.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration

Student Registration (online)
PDF of Registration Form


Alternative Service Delivery: What's New? What Works? What Doesn't Work So Well?
June 9, 2020, 1-5 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Tim Hartnett, Vice President/Practice Leader - Governmental Services, HR Green, Inc.; Jim Halverson, AICP, Vice President & Principal, at HR Green, Inc., and Russ Loebe, ICMA-CM, Vice President of Governmental Services, HR Green, Inc. .
Description: Simply stated, Alternative Service Delivery is providing services without your own employees doing the work. It encompasses shared services, contract services and shared contracts. A 2017 Survey conducted by the International City Management Association (ICMA) found that 77% of local governments use intergovernmental contracting and 80% of local governments use the private sector in delivering some form of services to their citizens. The vast majority of communities surveyed cited attempts to decrease costs as the primary reason in considering Alternative Service Delivery options. This presentation will address what's new, what works and what doesn't. Through examples of real world Alternative Service Delivery programs, the presenters will walk through the various steps in consideration of ASD including policy development, internal assessments, labor issues, finances and quality assurance. Several examples of actual local government ASD programs will be explored.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration

Student Registration (online)
PDF of Registration Form


Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts
June 15, 2020, 9 am-1 pm, Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Acting Director for Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies and Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University.
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. (This workshop qualifies for the nonprofit partner discounted rate for registrants associated with Giving DuPage.)

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration
Student Registration (online)
Giving DuPage Members (online)
PDF of Registration Form

Performance Measures & Organizational Change
June 18, 2020,
9 am-1 pm, Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Acting Director for Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies and Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University.
Description: Many public and non-profit organizations collect data about the performance of their programs and services but do not make use of that data to change the management of their programs and services. This workshop challenges participants to make the shift from performance measure data collection to performance management. The workshop will explain how performance measures can be used to engage in organizational learning and change. Participants will engage in scenarios to practice employee engagement, benchmarking, and advocacy for program needs.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration
Student Registration (online)

Giving DuPage Members (online)
PDF of Registration Form


NEW This Year! Smart Cities and Data Maturity: The importance of data collection, use, and connectivity for Economic, Business, and Government Success
June 24, 2020, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction

Presented by Marc Thorson, MBA, Executive Director of Regional Technology Services, Division of Information Technology (DoIT), Northern Illinois University.
Description: Many organizations look to be “Smart”, but what does that mean? This course will work through what makes an organization Smart, the components needed to become smarter, and what the future holds for the public sector. The discussions will delve into the gauging the technological maturity of an organization, the role that data plays in becoming smarter, breaking down what big data is and how to use it, the criticality of connectivity, and artificial intelligence including machine learning. The course topics are critical to understanding the future of government and how the commoditization of these technologies will put power in the hands of communities of any size.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration

Student Registration (online)
PDF of Registration Form

Constructing & Using Performance Measures
DATE TBA, 9 am-1 pm,
Webinar-based instruction (pending)

Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Associate Director and Jeanna Ballard, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University.
Description: Organizations are asked to provide evidence that their programs are delivering the intended results. External stakeholders look for demonstrated results or evidence of activities, effectiveness and responsiveness to their demands. Internal managers seek insight into the efficiency of their employees and programs. All of these demands assume the presence and utilization of good data and performance measures. This workshop will provide the basic steps necessary to construct useful performance measures. Participants will practice constructing measures related to program inputs, outputs, efficiency, effectiveness, and results.

Single Attendee Standard Online Registration
Group Attendees Online Registration

Student Registration (online)
PDF of Registration Form

Contact

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

CivicLeadershipAcademy@niu.edu

 

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