2018-2019 Civic Leadership Academy
Program Descriptions

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2018-2019 CLA Program Brochure

CLA Schedule at a Glance (dates, topics)

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Special Non-Profit Workshops at Volunteer Center McHenry County

 

2018-19 Civic Leadership Academy Workshops & Webinars

Webinar Series: New this Year!

CLA Non-Profit Leadership Webinar Series entitled “Getting to Great” – offered Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 (11:30 am-1 pm). Full details and registration information.

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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Effective Presentations and Public Speaking

Dec. 4, 2018, 1-5 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Professor Judy Santacaterina, MA, Director, Bachelor of General Studies Baccalaureate Degree Program and Director of Individual Events, NIU Forensics, College of LA&S at Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: Effective presentation and communication skills are one of the tools that staff members at all levels will find themselves called upon to use. Presenting findings and recommendations in large meetings or pubic settings is a key role senior staff members often find themselves asked to fulfill.  The ability to organize, summarize and convey information comfortably and effectively is a mixture of both preparation and technique. Participants will explore some of the techniques that help lead to effective presentations including how to summarize, prepare, and anticipate questions or discussion items.  Similarly, session attendees will also have the opportunity to both learn and apply some of the approaches covered during the session during interactive practice presentation exercises.

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NEW This Year!
Fund Development Plan 101– If You Don’t Know Where You Are Going; You Won’t Get There

Jan. 10, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Rita Yerkes, EdD, Principal, Yerkes Consulting LLC (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: Economists are predicting that the 2018 Tax Reform Bill will adversely affect your non-profit organization.  Now more than ever before non-profit organizations need to plan effectively so that they not only survive but also thrive.  This session will define what a fund development plan is, key components, how it is used and common challenges in its creation.  In this interactive session, Rita Yerkes will lead us in an exploration of “best practices” in fund development planning. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a current plan they are using or developing to the workshop for critique and improvement.

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Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts

Jan. 15, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Rita Yerkes, EdD, Principal, Yerkes Consulting LLC (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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Constructing & Using Performance Measures

Jan. 17, 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: 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.

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The Lost Art of Listening

Jan. 24, 2019, 1-5 pm; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Professor Judy Santacaterina, MA, Director, Bachelor of General Studies Baccalaureate Degree Program and Director of Individual Events, NIU Forensics, College of LA&S at Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.       

Description: Perhaps one of the most important communication skills is listening.  Unfortunately, it is also the least taught.  This workshop will concentrate on the lost skill of listening.  Participants will learn the misconceptions surrounding listening, conduct a self-assessment of their listening skills, and be provided with some specific strategies to improve their listening.


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NEW This Year!
Trends in Employment Law and Collective Bargaining

Feb. 14, 2019, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Roxana M. (Crasovan) Underwood, J.D., Associate Attorney, at Clark Baird Smith LLP, Chicago (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: In this session, you will learn fundamentals of collective bargaining negotiations and wage payment requirements for public sector employers.  Managing a public sector workforce in the State of Illinois presents unique challenges that are not commonly found in the private sector.  Among those challenges is the fact that the public sector workforce is highly unionized.  In the first part of this session, you will learn negotiation fundamentals as the workshop leader describes and analyzes the statutory framework for public sector collective bargaining, unfair labor practices and procedures, and grievance arbitration.  The presenter will 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. The second part of the workshop will examine common mistakes and misconceptions with state and federal wage payment laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.  The presentation will focus on areas where mistakes are commonly made, including wage-hour issues that are unique to the public sector such as firefighter Kelly Days, 7(k) work periods, and compensatory time off.

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Leadership Lessons:  Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership

Feb. 15, 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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Grant Writing

Feb. 21, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Bob Marovich, Independent Grant Writer/Consultant (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: This grant writing workshop is 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 popular interactive session, Robert Marovich, author and veteran grant writer with more than 30 years of 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. Along the way, attendees will learn about research resources; the importance of building relationships with foundation officers; how to craft effective goals, objectives, outcomes, and impact statements; how to create an effective project budget and other financial requirements; and how to construct a logic model. In addition to Bob  providing participants with tips and techniques, Robin Doeden, President of the McHenry County Community Foundation, will join Bob in the presentation and discussion about the current grant-making climate, what foundations look for in successful proposals and inquiry letters, and best practices in making an initial personal approach to a foundation.

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NEW This Year!
Strategic Choices and I.T. Leadership: Where Are You Going and Who is
Going to Lead?

Feb. 26, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
Presented by Sam Ferguson, MS, retired Municipal Director of Information Technology: Village of Palatine; Village of Schaumburg; Interim CIO for the City of Joliet (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

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.

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The Lost Art of Listening

March 5, 2019, 1-5 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Professor Judy Santacaterina, MA, Director, Bachelor of General Studies Baccalaureate Degree Program and Director of Individual Events, NIU Forensics, College of LA&S at Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: Perhaps one of the most important communication skills is listening.  Unfortunately, it is also the least taught.  This workshop will concentrate on the lost skill of listening.  Participants will learn the misconceptions surrounding listening, conduct a self-assessment of their listening skills, and be provided with some specific strategies to improve their listening.

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Strategic Thinking and Planning for Small Organizations

March 7, 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, and Melissa Henriksen, MPP, Research Associate, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bios). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

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.

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NEW This Year!
Strategic Planning for Small Organizations & Nonprofits

March 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; DeKalb County Community Foundation
Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University, and Melissa Henriksen, MPP, Research Associate, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bios). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: This workshop will serve as a “guided tour” of the practical techniques and fundamental components of strategic planning processes for small to medium government or non-profit organizations.  The session will focus on introducing participants to the various elements that comprise a successful strategic planning process. Whether you’re in government or any kind of civic service organization, strategic plans are fundamental to progressive leadership and management. Topics will include how to’s on stakeholder input, environmental scanning, SWOT analysis, goal-setting, prioritization, communication and implementation.

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New Civics and the Impact of Globalization

April 5, 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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Engineering for Non-Engineers: Infrastructure & Design the Questions to Ask

April 11, 2018, 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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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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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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For additional information about the Civic Leadership Academy, please contact:

CivicLeadershipAcademy@niu.edu

 

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