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CLACivic leadership in the 21st Century is complex and requires individuals to identify, analyze, collaborate, and solve pressing societal issues through the efforts of broadly engaged public organizations. NIU's Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) recognizes this and has adapted its programing to cross the boundaries of private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The CLA 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 leader in the 21st century. Participants who have successfully attended 20 hours in workshops, with 10 hours fulfilled through attendance in two core courses, are eligible to earn a Certificate of Completion. Those wishing to build upon their CLA Certificate may partake in an additional 10 hours of focused workshops to earn the new CLA Specialization in Community and Economic Development, Human Resources, Government, or Nonprofits. Discounts are provided to members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) for specific workshops within the Nonprofit Specialization Track.Those workshops are noted below.

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Rates

Rates are noted below. Special pricing is offered to CLA partner members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) and Giving DuPage (GD).

Early Bird Registration (14 Days Before Event):
Full-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $200
Full-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registion $66
Half-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $100
Half-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registration $45

13 Days Before Event Registration:
Full-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $250
Full-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registion $75
Half-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $125
Half-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registration $56

* Discounts are provided for specific workshops within the Nonprofits Specialization Track to members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage. These discounts are only available to members associated with these agencies.  We reserve the right to retro-actively charge a registrant for the balance of the regular registration fee should their affiliation not be verified by the partner agencies.

Members of DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage Register Here

Standard Registration Here

 

Program Descriptions

NEW This Year!
The ‘State’ of Illinois Discussion

September 16, 2015
Virtual-Online
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The changing demographics in the State of Illinois is going to alter the way we look and produce in the future.  Did you know that Illinois is losing residents to other states in the greatest numbers throughout the union?  Where are these people going and why don’t the population figures represent this phenomenon? What does it mean when the population diversifies and how is the community going to change as a result?  Being proactive by anticipating the changes prepares communities to embrace the change and weather the difficult economic times from a better perspective through understanding the data and how to work it to your advantage. We will discuss the various data sources that are reliable and how to monitor your community’s region.

Objectives

  • Learn new skills using various online tools to assist in decision-making processes
  • Gain an understanding of the limitations of public data sources

Presented by Sherrie Taylor, MPA, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University, Research Associate and Center Demographer (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Area:
7.   Technological Literacy

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NEW This Year!
Participatory Budgeting – Engaging the Public in Public Decision Making

October 8, 2015
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

What is participatory budgeting (PB) and how has it worked in communities around North America? We will introduce you to PB, run a demonstration exercise walking you through an abbreviated PB cycle, and give you easy ways to learn more.  Participatory budgeting is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.  This workshop will introduce participants to the PB process illustrating how government works and how people can engage in democracy by crafting processes that bring neighbors together across divides to build stronger communities, and connect residents, experts, and officials to make better decisions together.

Objectives

  • Gain understanding of the history and development of Participatory Budgeting
  • Build individual skills and knowledge in Participatory Budgeting 

Presented by Maria Elaine Hadden, Project Manager, The Participatory Budgeting Project (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2. Policy Facilitation
3. Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning
10. Budgeting

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Land Use, Economic Development, and Zoning

October 13, 2015
NIU Hoffman Estates Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Regulation of land use is a basic and essential function of local government.  Because land use law is drawn from constitutional principles of due process and statutory limitations of local government authority, it is critical that local officials have an understanding of their power and responsibilities.  In addition, local officials want to see their communities thrive and grow.  Understanding the statutory tools available for economic development will help leaders facilitate the growth and development of their communities.

Objectives

  • Understand Illinois land use law as it pertains to comprehensive land planning, zoning procedures, and economic development
  • Learn how comprehensive planning serves as the foundation for zoning, and the statutory basis for comprehensive land use planning
  • Gain awareness of the basic elements of zoning and statutory and constitutional requirements of proper zoning procedures and regulations
  • Become familiar with the basic statutory tools of economic development, including tax increment finance, special service areas, business development districts and tax rebates.

Presented by Michael T. Jurusik, James V. Ferolo, and Gregory T. Smith, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas 
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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NEW This Year!
Government Communications 101: From Traditional Communications Tools to Popular Social Media Tools - What They Are and How to Use Them to Maximize Your Communication Effectiveness

October 23, 2015
NIU Hoffman Estates Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

Do you know how to effectively write a press release? Develop content for your website, newsletter, public access channel, etc.? Hold a press conference? This workshop is designed to focus on the traditional communications tools communities have access to. Do you dread working with the media? You won’t after taking this workshop. Building relationships and knowing how to communicate with the media are the keys to success. We are living in an information age and targeting the news media has become one of the most effective methods for transmitting information to the public.

In addition to learning how to utilize traditional communications tools, this workshop is also designed to shift your thoughts about social media from timid curiosity to confident champion. Yes, it will cover the basic terms and definitions but most importantly, it will give you the basis for understanding the structural characteristics of this new media form. We'll discuss the top social networks and how your agency should be using them to communicate. You'll also leave with several new tools in your social media arsenal, from cross-platform publishing to monitoring and measurement.

You will be guided to greater understanding of the ins and outs of creating compelling content for use in different communications outlets. You’ll learn practical approaches and tips to develop content that grabs the attention of your audience, allowing you to not only share your message, but more importantly, to create a personal connection that opens the door to further communication.

Case studies will be presented to illustrate how video content was created and implemented for communications purposes, and to demonstrate how in some cases, this content can serve double-duty as both an outward-facing and internal communications strategy.

Bringing along your laptop, iPad or smartphone is suggested but not mandatory for this interactive session -- we’ll get as hands-on as possible. Come prepared to get involved as key concepts will be illustrated through interactive group exercises.

Objectives

  • Empower existing supporters to spread your message within their own networks
  • Develop cost effective video content for multiple distribution channels
  • Utilize best practices when creating a content strategy
  • Build and maintain a working relationship with local media outlets
  • Develop compelling content that is tailored to your audience(s)
  • Utilize the top social networks for communication, marketing, and customer service
  • Leverage technology to engage and collaborate with stakeholders
  • Discover how best to deal with the challenges and benefits presented by inward vs. outward facing distribution
  • Create a communications policy to ensure that the highest of professional standards are met when disseminating information through your organization’s communication tools

Presented by Samantha Brunell, Village Manager’s Management Analyst at the City of Palatine and Jacob Lawrence, Community Development Intern, Village of Itasca (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
4.   Citizen Service
7.  Technological Literacy
8.  Democratic Advocacy and Citizen Participation

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Collective – Bargaining: Labor and Management Relations

October 27, 2015
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Fraught with legal and human resource conundrums, labor and management relations can be a difficult area to navigate.  Learn negotiation fundamentals as workshop leaders describe and analyze the statutory framework for public sector collective bargaining, unfair labor practices and procedures, and grievance arbitration.  Whether you are involved at the bargaining table with unions (police, fire, or outside contractors), or hiring a new city manager, changing laws and regulations complicate the already challenging environment of government relations.  Discuss the issues frequently arising in public sector collective bargaining and review real-life examples of the difficult issues and decisions that require skillful negotiation by public officials to reach a win-win outcome.

Objectives

  • Understand the basics of negotiating public sector collective bargaining agreements
  • Gain insights into union positions and perspectives
  • Learn various collective bargaining strategies

Presented by Thomas M. Melody, Esq., Partner, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Governmental
Human Resources

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2.  Policy Facilitation
12.  Human Resources Management

 

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NEW This Year!
Leadership for New Officials – Elected or Appointed

October 29, 2015
Prairie State College
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The workshop will provide a general overview of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Local Records Act, including recent court decisions and Illinois Attorney General Opinions that interpret the Acts.  How to comply with the obligations that the Acts impose on local government officials and staff will also be addressed.

Objectives

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the provisions and exceptions contained in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Local Records Act
  • Develop an understanding of the trends that are being established by court decisions and Illinois Attorney General Opinions
  • Access tools to assist local government officials and staff to avoid the non-compliance penalties

Presented by Michael Jurusik, Mallory A. Milluzzi, and Gregory Smith, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Governmental

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1.  Staff Effectiveness
2.  Policy Facilitation
4.  Citizen Service
8.  Democratic Advocacy and Citizen Participation
17. Integrity

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New Civics and the Impact of Globalization

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

November 4, 2015
NIU Hoffman Estates Campus
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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. 

Objectives

  • Understand the reach and impact of globalization: what it is and how it affects local communities, policy choices, and dynamics
  • Examine specific demographic, economic, and development trends in northern Illinois that are associated with globalization
  • Learn strategies being used by civic leaders to position their communities for success in an increasingly competitive and connected world

Presented by Greg Kuhn, Sikich, LLC (bio)

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
6.  Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation
8.  Democratic Advocacy and Citizen Participation
9.  Diversity
13. Strategic Planning

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NEW This Year!
Issue Based. Directed. Strategic.

November 10, 2015
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This workshop will be hosted in two parts with the morning session focused on the impact of strategic planning on local government, nonprofits, and corporate industry, and local businesses.  Strategic planning is participatory and necessary for organizations as a means of determining their path ahead.  The strategic and focused use of a plan can result in success in executing operational plans to drive economic and community development. Organizations engaged in planning are considered to be forward thinking, identifying future challenges while creatively solving problems when looking at the organization as a whole.

Afternoon discussion will center on the differences between sectors' strategic plans and how an individual's role and job plays a crucial part in making a functional and successful plan.  Individuals will learn how to be an effective participant in the planning process.  Register for this workshop and participate in hands-on activities with scenario planning and a sector-driven exercise.

Objectives

  • Understand different strategic planning approaches and techniques and their attendant advantages and disadvantages
  • Gain understanding of the importance of strategic plan implementation and follow-up through best practice applications
  • Learn how strategic planning fits into other organizational functions, such as budgeting and accountability

Presented by Stacy French Reynolds, Anchor Advisors, Ltd. and Tracy Rogers, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
13.  Strategic Planning

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NEW This Year!
Are You the Perfect Board Member?  What You Need to Know In Order to Lead and Govern

November 16, 2015
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Are the right people driving your bus?

Board development is an ongoing process that ensures the Board has the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to effectively meet the governance, functional, and expert needs of the organization. Board development is an investment in money, time and talent. The right mix of people with a passion for the purpose can advance the organization to greater success. 

Don’t have the Board members you need to serve the organization and can’t keep the great ones you have recruited? Building a strong and reliable nonprofit Board of Directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective Board of Directors and a social club with minimal leadership. There are new strategies and vehicles for recruiting Board members and concrete steps your organization can take to set up the Board, and your nonprofit, for success.  This workshop is designed for both nonprofits recruiting Board members and individuals looking to join Boards.

The workshop will address common Board governance, voting and procedural issues, as well as an exploration of those issues generally encountered by Boards in operating under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, using practical examples and decisions issued by the Illinois Public Access Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General.

Presented by Stacy French Reynolds, Anchor Advisors, Ltd. and Tracy Rogers, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the requirements for awarding construction and professional services contracts for public improvement projects
  • Understand the basic requirements of competitive bidding
  • Understand the request for proposal process
  • Learn the statutory requirements associated with public construction projects

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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NEW This Year!
Collaboration, Coordination, and Consolidation in Local Government

November 20, 2015
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Consolidation is often a mantra of local government reform, yet, the consolidation of government units is rare and difficult.  Instead, local government professionals have developed models of collaboration and service sharing in order to enhance local government efficiency through cooperation effort.  This workshop will discuss challenges associated with local government consolidation and identify examples of collaborative alternatives.  Participants will review examples in which local governments have successfully developed shared service models and walk through effective management procedures to develop collaborative projects.

Objectives

  • Inventory alternative approaches to local government consolidation
  • Identify planning procedures for collaboration and shared services
  • Discuss management competencies for collaboration and practice with applied examples

Presented by Eric Zeemering, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration in the School of Public and Global Affairs at Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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NEW This Year!
Ethical Leadership: Oxymoron to Government Employees?

December 1, 2015
Prairie State College
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Statistics show that 10% of the population will choose to do the right thing regardless of the temptation that is before them, while 5% of the population will make the wrong choice most if not all of the time. That leaves 85% of the population that can go either way depending on the circumstances. Join us as we examine the issues that formulate ethical dilemmas in various professional venues, and the decision-making framework that can keep you and your colleagues out of trouble. This interactive workshop encourages participants to learn how to be the best ethical leader possible.

Objectives

  • Learn the basic concepts of fraud
  • Examine the definition of ethics
  • Understand what constitutes an ‘ethical dilemma’ in various professional settings
  • Learn how to utilize the decision-making framework supported by NIU's College of Business
  • Understand how to integrate ethical decision-making with good leadership qualities

Presented by Dr. William McCoy, College of Business, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
4.  Citizen Service
17. Integrity

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What’s Write Got to Do With It?  Grant Writing Skills and Secrets

December 2, 2015
DeKalb County Community Foundation
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This is an advanced grant writing workshop for development professionals who are currently responsible for preparing grant proposals for their organizations or have done so in the past and are looking to refresh their skills.  In this interactive session, Robert Marovich, author and veteran grant writer with nearly 30 years’ experience in nonprofit development, will discuss the art and science behind creating competitive grant requests and how to ensure they get the attention of the staff and Boards of private and corporate foundations.

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a proposal, letter of inquiry, and cover letter to the workshop for critique and improvement.

Objectives

  • Craft a proposal
  • Construct a winning request
  • Identify new funding sources

Presented by Robert Marovich, Associate, Ruby & Associates (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
10. Budgeting
11. Financial Analysis
14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication
15. Presentation Skills

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NEW This Year!
Improving Intergovernmental Relations—Partnerships with State and Federal Agencies

December 8, 2015
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

For local governments, productive working relationships with state and federal government agencies are important for the quality of local public services.  However, higher governments often seem distant and unfamiliar with local needs.  This workshop will review fundamentals in intergovernmental relations—working relationships among government agencies.  The session will emphasize how local governments can improve interaction with state and federal agencies, with an emphasis on the personal skills needed for building effective relationships across organizational boundaries.  

Objectives

  • Describe trends in intergovernmental relations for local government
  • Inventory common challenges experienced by local governments when working with state agencies
  • Discuss policy and management approaches used to craft effective working relationships with state and federal agencies

Presented by Eric Zeemering, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration in the School of Public and Global Affairs at Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Governmental

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1.  Staff Effectiveness
2.  Policy Facilitation
4.  Citizen Service
8.  Democratic Advocacy and Citizen Participation
17. Integrity

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NEW This Year!
Investing in Infrastructure: Spend Money to Make Money

January 25, 2016
DeKalb County Community Foundation
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Every organization has daily challenges and no matter the size of your organization there are three simple truths: Never enough time. Never enough money.  Never enough staff.  You know your organization needs to raise more money but which resources do you direct and when do you do it? Join in this dynamic, interactive session that focuses on investing in the resources and relationships your non-profit needs to increase fundraising now.

Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of when to hire an outside consultant in order to maximize and stretch an agency’s dollars
  • Learn how to identify and prioritize needs and resources
  • Gain tools to establish best practices

Presented by Kristin C. Miller, Principal, Clark Miller Consulting (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks: 
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1.  Staff Effectiveness
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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What’s Write Got to Do With It?  Grant Writing Skills and Secrets

January 28, 2016
Prairie State College
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This is an advanced grant writing workshop for development professionals who are currently responsible for preparing grant proposals for their organizations or have done so in the past and are looking to refresh their skills.  In this interactive session, Robert Marovich, author and veteran grant writer with nearly 30 years’ experience in nonprofit development, will discuss the art and science behind creating competitive grant requests and how to ensure they get the attention of the staff and boards of private and corporate foundations.

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a proposal, letter of inquiry, and cover letter to the workshop for critique and improvement.

Objectives

  • Craft a proposal
  • Construct a winning request
  • Identify new funding sources

Presented by Robert Marovich, Associate, Ruby & Associates (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
10. Budgeting
11. Financial Analysis
14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication
15. Presentation Skills

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NEW This Year!
Board Recruitment – Board Impact by Design

February 11, 2016
Prairie State College
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Are the right people driving your bus?

Board development is an ongoing process that ensures the Board has the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to effectively meet the governance, functional, and expert needs of the organization. Board development is an investment in money, time and talent. The right mix of people with a passion for the purpose can advance the organization to greater success. 

Don’t have the Board members you need to serve the organization and can’t keep the great ones you have recruited? Building a strong and reliable nonprofit Board of Directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective Board of Directors and a social club with minimal leadership. There are new strategies and vehicles for recruiting Board members and concrete steps your organization can take to set up the Board, and your nonprofit, for success.  This workshop is designed for both nonprofits recruiting Board members and individuals looking to join Boards.

The workshop will address common Board governance, voting and procedural issues, as well as an exploration of those issues generally encountered by Boards in operating under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, using practical examples and decisions issued by the Illinois Public Access Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General.

Objectives

  • Build a diverse recruitment strategy
  • Retain outstanding Board members
  • Conduct due diligence before joining a Board

Presented by Stacy French Reynolds, Anchor Advisors, Ltd. and Tracy Rogers, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
9.  Diversity
12. Human Resources Management
14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication

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NEW This Year!
Leveraging New Technology to Enhance Transparency and Improve Performance in Government 

February 25, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Today, governments around the world are making frequent use of information and communication technology (ICT) in an effort enhance public sector transparency. As such, countless initiatives are being pursued by governments around the world to enhance levels of transparency in hopes that doing so will contribute toward improving various aspects of public sector performance. Many welcome such developments as enhanced transparency is seen as an essential ingredient to good governance. 

Transparency can enhance levels of citizens’ trust in government, reduce levels of corruption, and improve financial management. Yet, studies show that a majority of attempts to enhance transparency frequently fall far short of achieving their intended objectives. As a result, debates have emerged over the role of transparency in public management. Join us as we discuss how new technologies can be leveraged in order to effectively enhance transparency, while at the same time improving performance and public relations. 

Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of different forms of transparency and how they relate to citizens’ perceptions of government
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between transparency and performance
  • Gain tools to establish best practices

Presented by Gregory Porumebscu, PhD, Department of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
11. Financial Analysis
14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication
15. Presentation Skills

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NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #1 Know your Numbers: People

March 7, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Staff, volunteers and Board members are all important human resources to nonprofit organizations.  Determine if you are utilizing them effectively and planning for tomorrow.  This workshop is for volunteers including Board members as well staff.  Evaluate your organization in terms of its ability to get the right people to advance your organization forward including recruitment, training, retention and evaluation of Board members, volunteers and staff.  Is your organization reflective of the community you serve?  Do you have a succession plan in place? How can technology solutions improve human resource management? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • Evaluate your organization’s overall human resources needs
  • Evaluate your Board’s capacity, skills and leadership
  • Effective recruitment strategies for Board members and staff

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1. Staff Effectiveness
12.  Human Resources Management

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NEW This Year!
I've Been Elected or Appointed as a Board Member…Now What Do I Do?

March 8, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Are the right people driving your bus?

Board development is an ongoing process that ensures the Board has the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to effectively meet the governance, functional, and expert needs of the organization. Board development is an investment in money, time and talent. The right mix of people with a passion for the purpose can advance the organization to greater success. 

Don’t have the Board members you need to serve the organization and can’t keep the great ones you have recruited? Building a strong and reliable nonprofit Board of Directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective Board of Directors and a social club with minimal leadership. There are new strategies and vehicles for recruiting Board members and concrete steps your organization can take to set up the Board, and your nonprofit, for success.  This workshop is designed for both nonprofits recruiting Board members and individuals looking to join Boards.

The workshop will address common Board governance, voting and procedural issues, as well as an exploration of those issues generally encountered by Boards in operating under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, using practical examples and decisions issued by the Illinois Public Access Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General.

Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the requirements for awarding construction and professional services contracts for public improvement projects
  • Understand the basic requirements of competitive bidding
  • Understand the request for proposal process
  • Learn the statutory requirements associated with public construction projects

Presented by Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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NEW This Year!
Fundraising and Financial Management for Nonprofits

March 25, 2016 
Prairie State College
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Nonprofit financial management is all about discipline to build a solid revenue base, a well-supported budget, clear financial objectives and policies and the discipline to keep to the plan. Evaluate where your organization is today. Please bring copies of your budget and most recent Form 990.

Objectives

  • To determine your organization’s fiscal discipline
  • To calculate financial ratios related to operational and capital needs
  • To review your processes for potential financial efficiencies

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
10.  Budgeting
11.  Financial Analysis

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NEW This Year!
Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts

March 30, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This workshop will cover all the basics of running a nonprofit organization from planning, to human resources management, to budgeting and financial management, to performance measurement and communications.  Whether you have just been promoted internally to the top staff position or you are switching sectors to manage your first nonprofit, this workshop is for you.  For practiced professionals this workshop is a great way to refresh and update your skills in compliance with current best practices.

Objectives

  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director in relation to the Board of Directors
  • To assess risks for the organization and develop a plan to mitigate those risks
  • To understand the necessity for long-term, strategic planning for the organization
  • To understand the process and purpose of performance measurement
  • To use paid and volunteer staff effectively
  • To know how best to promote your organization, your events and programs through the latest technology tools

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
5.   Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance
7.   Technological Literacy
10. Budgeting
12. Human Resources Management
13. Strategic Planning

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Leadership Lessons:  Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership

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

March 31, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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 issues, 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. 

Objectives

  • Learn the difference between leadership and management
  • Develop an understanding of the wide variety of leadership approaches in use today
  • Gain insight into your own leadership style

Presented by Greg Kuhn, Sikich, LLC (bio)
* This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement’

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1. Staff Effectiveness

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Nonprofit Checkup #2 Know Your Numbers: Financial Efficiency

April 4, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

All organizations are concerned with keeping expenses down while growing revenue.  What are the tradeoffs?  Is your organization disciplined when it comes to sticking to realistic budgets?  Are you able to decrease costs by introducing more cost effective processes?  What are your financial numbers (ratios) that indicate financial health to your external audiences? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • To determine your organization’s fiscal discipline
  • To calculate financial ratios related to operational and capital needs
  • To review your processes for potential financial efficiencies

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
10. Budgeting
11. Financial Analysis

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Ethical Behavior: Moral Tradeoffs for Nonprofits

April 7, 2016
DeKalb County Community Foundation
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Statistics show that 10% of the population will choose to do the right thing regardless of the temptation that is before them, while 5% of the population will make the wrong choice most if not all of the time. That leaves 85% of the population that can go either way depending on the circumstances. Join us as we examine the issues that formulate ethical dilemmas in various professional venues, and the decision-making framework that can keep you and your colleagues out of trouble. This interactive workshop encourages participants to learn how to be the best ethical leader possible.

Objectives

  • Learn the basic concepts of fraud
  • Examine the definition of ethics
  • Understand what constitutes an ‘ethical dilemma’ in various professional settings
  • Learn how to utilize the decision-making framework supported by NIU's College of Business
  • Understand how to integrate ethical decision-making with good leadership qualities

Presented by Dr. William McCoy, College of Business, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
4.  Citizen Service
17. Integrity

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Local Government Financial Reporting: Production and Consumption Realities

April 19, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Annual audit reports (also known to many as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or CAFR) are one of the most reliable sources for understanding financial condition. These reports document the manner in which local leaders paid for, financed or are saving up to pay for their policy choices. Rich details within annual audit reports can also serve as inputs for preparing the budget as well as other analyses, pointing leaders in the right direction for future policy choices. 

In this session, participants will become familiar with the content of an annual audit and learn the value of using the content for decision-making. Participants will walk through examples of how the information can be consumed and learn the realities of why numbers do not speak for themselves along with what further changes may be coming in the near future to enhance transparency and the efficiency of financial reporting. 

Objectives

  • Become familiar with essential general concepts in local governmental annual audit reports with a particular emphasis on Illinois
  • Understand the complexities surrounding financial reporting systems, process and politics
  • Learn what others are doing to positively impact transparency and efficiency of producing and consuming financial information
  • Gain insight into what is on the horizon for financial reporting, particularly with regard to key legislation stemming from national regulators

Presented by Dr. Shannon Sohl, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio) 

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
4.  Citizen Service
17. Integrity

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Civil Rights Liability in Today’s Environment

May 3, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Local law enforcement agencies and their personnel operate at the intersection of social order and individual liberty.  Policing gives life to democracy by putting the written law into action in terms of its substance, process and restorative functions.  While the success of a democracy is partly a result of the effectiveness of its police force, which must be both accountable and responsive to the needs and wishes of the communities it serves, it also hinges upon the health of communities, institutions and civil society.

The modern history of police reforms reflects the core qualities of police in democratic societies: accountability, fairness and responsiveness. During the 1970s and 80s, police executives and policymakers employed organizational and bureaucratic resources to direct police decision making through policies and rules in an effort to increase police accountability and fairness (not to mention efficiency).  Over the last two decades, a different approach emerged as community and problem-oriented approaches focused reform efforts on becoming more responsive to community concerns in guiding police.  

It is not clear whether either approach has made local policing more democratic. Nevertheless, considering the increasing complexity of contemporary American society - diverse in racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic and other ways - the challenges police face in achieving accountability, fairness and responsiveness are increasing. This course will examine the value and pitfalls of both the management approach and the community/problem-oriented approach to enhancing democratic policing in local law enforcement agencies.  

The last half of the course will be dedicated to examining new approaches that police and community leaders may consider useful in increasing the democratic principles and actions of local police in contemporary society.  In the realm of social order, this approach draws on recent changes in the police field that emphasize evidence-based decision-making and best practices while building on what’s been described as the craft of police-work.  As it relates to individual liberty and human rights, this approach highlights the non-law enforcement aspects of what police do and their importance in promoting human rights and liberty in the communities served by police.

Objectives

  • Define the characteristics of police in a democratic society
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of recent professional reform approaches in encouraging more effective and democratic policing
  • Define ways that police can improve their effectiveness and quality of service by integrating aspects of police scientific knowledge and police craft
  • Identify ways to measure democratic policing using agency and officer-level sources of information and data

Presented by Dr. Kirk Miller, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Northern Illinois University; and Jacob Karaca and Gregory Smith, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2.  Policy Facilitation
4.  Citizen Service
9.  Diversity

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Nonprofit Checkup #3 Know Your Numbers: Program Effectiveness

May 16, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The need in the community is great and nonprofit organizations help to solve some of the greatest social problems. How do you know you are meeting those challenges? Can you show the impact your organization is having?  It’s not measuring for measuring sake, but instead measuring what matters.  Learn where to start with implementing a performance measurement system. Evaluate your organization’s culture and capacity to make evidence-based decisions.

Objectives

  • To articulate the impact you want to be able to show in the community
  • To evaluate your organization’s culture and readiness to be results-focused

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas
4. Citizen Service
5. Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance

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Founders Syndrome: An Analysis of Passion in The Non-Profit Community

May 17, 2016
DeKalb County Community Foundation
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

A disease found in nonprofits has its genesis in the inspiration and personality that created the organization.  The ailment is called ‘Founders Syndrome.’ Founders have a vision and it is highly personal. Dealing with Founder’s Syndrome is a typical problem among start-up or small organizations. It is also often a natural part of an organization’s life cycle. The start-up or growth phase of any initiative requires a strong, passionate personality—someone who can make fast decisions and motivate people to action.  

Once this period is over, however, the decision-making needs of the organization or team change. This requires mechanisms for shared responsibility and authority. It is when those decision-making mechanisms don’t change that Founder’s Syndrome becomes an issue.  Ultimately, there is an unbalance of power and unresolved issues can drag an organization down quickly (whether the founder is still involved or not).  In order for an organization to be effective – with the founder still in place or transitioning out – there must be a continued focus on the mission of the organization and the opportunity for the Board to be intimately involved in direction, priority setting and fundraising, among other things.  Other key components of transitioning out of the ‘founder era’ include a focus on Board Development and strategic planning.

Objectives

  • Identify the roots of Founders Syndrome
  • Understand the need to honor organizational history and tradition while managing change
  • Learn the right way to recruit Board members and volunteers for organizational growth
  • Gain perspective on the need for strategic planning as a tool to counter Founders Syndrome

Presented by Kristin C. Miller, Principal, Clark Miller Consulting and Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Research Associate, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1.  Staff Effectiveness
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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Nonprofit Checkup #4 Know Your Numbers:  Communicate Your Numbers

June 15, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

If you are managing your human resources, your financial efficiency and showing significant impact, how do you communicate those messages?  Are you utilizing print and digital forms of communications effectively?  Are you reaching yours?  Do you have a communications plan to deliver those messages? Are you improving transparency and accountability through publicly available documents, the media and online? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • To examine your current communications practices
  • To determine areas of opportunity to improve your communications practices
  • To explore the potential of technology to improve your communications practices

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
7. Technological Literacy
16. Media Relations