Leadership Academy Participant Resources

GFOA's Leadership Academy will be held November 13-18 at the College of Charleston. The information below will help attendees finalize their registration process for the academy. Congratulations on being selected to attend this year's event.

Daily Agenda

Opening Reception and Dinner

TBA, 5:00pm

Chris Morrill and Bob O’Neill will welcome the group at the reception.  Tours of the College of

Charleston campus will be available.

Characteristics of Great Organizations by Bob O’Neill                                                   

TBA, 8:45am – 12:15pm

Bob will present on the “Local Government Imperative” to provide broader context of public sector leadership trends.  There will be a break at 10:30am. 

Lunch

12:15 – 1:15pm

Self-Assessments and Case Study Groups

1:15 – 4:30pm

Dr. Alicia Caudill will lead the review self-assessments (Strengthfinders) and discuss how to translate results into leadership outputs.  The first case study will be introduced and groups will be given time to discuss.  There will be a break at 3:00pm. 

Dinner On-Campus

TBA, 6:00pm

There will be a reception from 6:00 – 6:30pm, and dinner will begin at 6:30pm. 

Roles and Responsibilities of Local Government Officials, Part 1

TBA, 8:45am – 12:15pm

Dr. John Nalbandian will discuss the roles and responsibilities of local government officials in today’s complex and rapidly changing world.  He will also cover his recent research on the gap between what produces results we desire and what is politically acceptable in most public sector organizations.  There will be a break at 10:30am. 

Lunch

12:15 – 1:15pm

Case Study Discussion

1:15 – 4:30pm

Groups assigned to first case study will lead discussion.  This will be facilitated by Chris Morrill and Bob O’ Neill. There will be a break at 3:00pm. 

Dinner On-Campus

TBA, 6:00pm

There will be a reception at 6:00pm, and dinner will be at 6:30pm. 

Roles and Responsibilities of Local Government Officials, Part 2

Beatty Center at 1400 Liberty Street, 8:45am – 12:15pm

Dr. Nalbandian continues the discussion on the roles and responsibilities of local government officials from Tuesday.  There will be a break at 10:30am.

Lunch

12:15 – 1:15pm

Leadership Skills for the 21st Century

1:15 – 2:45pm

Bob O’Neill will discuss the characteristics of high performing organizations.  This may include dialogue with Dr. Nalbandian and Chris Morrill. *** There will be a break at 2:45pm. 

Bridging Political Divides

3:00 – 4:30pm

Presentation of GFOA research.

Dinner

Students are on their own for dinner tonight.

Innovations in Organizations

Beatty Center at 1400 Liberty Street, 8:45am – 12:15pm

Dr. Kim Nelson will discuss her research on the role of the finance professional in leading innovation.  There will be a break at 10:30am. 

Lunch

12:15 – 1:15pm

Inclusive Community and Social Equity

1:15 – 2:45pm

A discussion on being intentional in creating inclusive communities

Leading a City

3:00 – 4:30pm

Mayor Joseph P. Riley will lead a discussion of the value of public service.

Dinner Off-Campus

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room at 495 King Street, 6:00pm

There will be a reception on the rooftop from 6:00 – 6:30pm, and dinner will begin inside at 6:30pm. 

Leadership Discussion

TBA 8:45 – 10:15am

Conversation with attendees will focus on their action agenda, including their personal leadership agenda, five tasks they wish to do for their organization, and how to continue leadership skill growth.

Valerie Lemmie

10:30am – 12:15pm

Closing Lunch and Certificates

12:15 – 1:15pm

Registration Information

GFOA will register attendees automatically. Once registered, you will receive an invoice to your email address on file.

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Questions? Contact Randall Towns.