2017 Summer Session

Unlock Your Potential
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Registration Now Open!

About MMASC's Summer Session
The Summer Session is one of four premier annual events provide by MMASC and its partners. This one-day conference includes professional development sessions on important topics facing the profession, as well as networking opportunities for MMASC members and sponsors. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations to tap into the expertise of regional leaders and gain exposure to best practices. 

Ontario Convention Center
2000 E. Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Check-in beginning at 8:30 AM
Networking reception immediately following the program


Registration Rates

Early Bird Registration
(Through July 7)
Regular Registration
(July 7 - July 18)
MMASC Member $95 $105
Non-Member $105 $115
MMASC Student Member $65 $75

Cancellations received prior to July 6, 2017, will receive 100% refund.
Cancellations received between July 7 - July 13, 2017, will receive 50% refund. 
Substitutions from the same agency or organization will be allowed until 72 hours prior to the Summer Session. 


(sessions subject to change) 
8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
 9:00 AM Welcome & MMASC Opening Remarks
 9:15 AM
Grants 101
Presented by Arminé Chaparyan, Community Development Director, City of San Gabriel

Ms. Chaparyan will provide attendees with a grant management 101 session encompassing grant writing, solicitation, and development. She will explore how grant management is an art in and of itself and vital for local government. With levels of funding continuing to decrease nationally, she will share her experiences in securing grant funding with attendees so you can learn how to obtain the grants you apply for to enhance your community. She will encourage attendees to remember a few key takeaways on the Do's and Don'ts of grant writing, solicitation, administration, and reporting.

Ms. Chaparyan joined the City of San Gabriel in December 2014 as the Community Development Director. Prior to this role, she most recently served as the Housing and Community Preservation Manager and Interim City Clerk at the City of Santa Clarita and Senior Project Manager at the City of Ontario Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Agency. As a result, her vast experience includes the management of major redevelopment projects while serving as the lead negotiator, the management of CDBG programs including grants for 14 non-profits and housing rehabilitation programs, the implementation of infill housing developments, single-family rehabilitation programs, and first-time home-buyer programs in Ontario, the implementation of the City of San Gabriel's City Council's adopted Specific Plan for the revitalization efforts of Old Town Newhall, and the creation of an economic development program for San Gabriel's downtown including construction of a $25 million public library.
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Strategic Planning Session
Presented by Aram Chaparyan, Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Labor Negotiator, City of Torrance

Mr. Chaparyan will share with attendees his lessons learned from managing the City of Torrance’s Strategic Plan for the past five years and the City’s efforts to monitor the plan's key performance indicators.  He will highlight the value of developing City committees that represent all segments of your unique communities to ensure that everyone contributes to the strategic planning process and is engaged in planning the future of the community.  He will help attendees understand the importance of structuring strategic plans that are inclusive of an action plan that outlines and provides direction on implementing the plan, tracking the progress of identified performance indicators, and communicating with the community. He will also reveal the challenges staff experienced in managing the initial 186 key performance indicators. The City of Torrance’s lessons learned in updating its Strategic Plan and engaging the community will provide you with a framework to develop or update a Strategic Plan in collaboration with the community you serve.
 12:00 PM Etiquette Luncheon 
 12:45 PM Call for Executive Board Nominations 
 1:15 PM Leading in Difficult Times/Team Building Session 
 2:15 PM Break 
 2:30 PM Cover Letter Session
 3:15 PM Tools to Enhance Your Professional and Organization's LinkedIn Presence
 4:00 PM Networking Reception

Summer Session Committee

Nicholas Gonzalez, Co-Chair City of Ontario
Amber Haston, Co-Chair City of Costa Mesa
Ryan Hallett City of Laguna Beach
Lori Karaguezian Orange County Sanitation District
Paolo Kespradit City of Alhambra
Jackie Wong City of San Gabriel 

Contact Information

For questions or more information regarding the 2017 Summer Session, please contact the Summer Session Co-Chairs, Nick Gonzalez and Amber Haston at summersession@mmasc.org