2017 Summer Session
Unlock Your Potential
About MMASC's Summer Session
Ontario Convention Center
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
|Early Bird Registration
(Through July 7)
(July 7 - July 18)
|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)
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Welcome & MMASC Opening Remarks
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.
About Aram Chaparyan: Mr. Chaparyan started his public sector journey as a Management Intern with the City Manager's Office at the City of Torrance in 2001. Since that time, he has promoted to the Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Labor Negotiator at the City. He currently provides daily operational support and oversight including management of the workforce, land management, special projects, and labor relations. His experience includes managing transit operations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, implementing major citywide reorganizations, and updating the City's Strategic Plan. He is a major proponent of talent management, organization readiness and building a solid bench to recruit and retain quality employees. Mr. Chaparyan is also active with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the UC Irvine Alumni Association serving as a mentor, hosting students for externships and serving on career panels.
Presented by Kathy Pellegrino, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development/Employer Relations, University of La Verne
Do you get nervous when you have to attend a lunch or dinner meeting and worry that you will grab the wrong bread plate? Do you know your salad fork from your dinner one? Do you often have issues carrying a conversation?
Well don't worry, you're not alone and this session is for you. Come hear from the University of La Verne, as speaker Kathy Pellegrino goes over some tips, tricks, and ideas to help you during your next formal lunch or dinner meeting as we go over some etiquette do's and don'ts.
About Kathy Pellegrino: Kathy has 14 years of combined experience in higher education and in the corporate sector. She has been in a lead role in Student Services and is highly knowledgeable of the key successful elements in student retention and graduation rate. Her most recent experience is as Director of Career Services where she developed and maintained partnerships and collaborative efforts with businesses and companies in various industries for employment and internship opportunities. She provided career advisement, internship and job search services, and outreach programs to students and alumni as well as serving as a member of the campus Program Advisory Committee. In her current position, Kathy is responsible for employment training workshops: to include resume and cover letter preparation, job search strategies, graduate school application process and interview skills. Also she plays a role in faculty development to coordinate and customize seminars, and workshops based on student needs assessment and faculty requests. She manages the department events, graduate interns and career counselors. She continually develops and maintains solid employer and community partnerships. Her cross-functional initiatives and identification of positive outcomes for complex, confidential and sensitive issues has played an important role for the success of the Career Services department on campus.
Call for Executive Board Nominations
|1:15 PM||Leveraging Organizational and Professional Challenges
Presented by Ben Siegel, City Manager, City of San Juan Capistrano &
Jacob Green, Assistant City Manager, City of San Juan Capistrano
Mr. Siegel was appointed City Manager of the City of San Juan Capistrano in February 2016, after nearly 30% of the City’s positions had been vacated and the organization had a reputation for political and professional instability. Mr. Siegel had to build a new executive team and City workforce, address an unsustainable litigation profile, transition the City to district elections, and rebuild a culture that had been negatively impacted by external and internal strife. Today, just 18 months after assuming the City Manager position, the culture is being revitalized and the City has a promising future with a myriad of new development projects, including two downtown hotels and numerous other innovative development projects, on the horizon.
Mr. Siegel and his Assistant City Manager Jacob Green will share the successes, blunders, and lessons learned from the last 18 months, including their perspectives on how to make a positive impact in any public sector environment and how their respective backgrounds and roles in other organizations have given them the ability to work as a strong City Manager/Assistant City Manager team.
About Ben Siegel: Ben Siegel has served as San Juan Capistrano’s City Manager since February 2016. Ben has spent his entire career in public service and previously worked for the cities of Encinitas, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach. He has broad experience in city government, with extensive knowledge in the areas of land use and development, transportation and public infrastructure. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UCLA and completed his Master of Public Administration Degree at Cal State Fullerton. He also received a certificate in Construction and Development Management from UC Irvine. Ben is passionate about making government more effective and training tomorrow’s public sector leaders. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Public Administration program at Cal State Fullerton and created the City Management Fellowship Program, which enables high-performing students to learn directly from local city managers outside of the typical classroom environment. He received the Stewardship Award from the Municipal Management Association of Southern California in recognition of his contributions to the profession.
About Jacob Green: Jacob Green serves as the Assistant City Manager for San Juan Capistrano with responsibility for oversight of the Community Services Department, Human Resources Department, Information Technology, Media Relations/Communications, Public Safety Liaison, and Special Projects/Programs. During his previous 11 years with the City of Ontario, California, he served in numerous roles including Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager, Business Operations Director, Police Administrative Director, and began his tenure in Ontario as the Emergency Manager. Jacob also had previous Emergency Management positions with the City of Santa Ana and the City of Fountain Valley, and began his public service career as a Police Dispatcher. Jacob holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Public and Community Service, and a minor in Management from the University of California, Irvine. Jacob recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Western University and received certification from the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional. Jacob has received numerous awards for his community service leadership, including the National Caring Award, the Orange County Human Relations Award, and the Gene Lentzner Humanitarian Award. Jacob is a professional public speaker who lectures nationally on leadership, organizational development, and leveraging adversity.
Cover Letter SessionPresented by Dr. Gail Marie Horton-Treser, University of La Verne
Tools to Enhance Your Professional and Organization's LinkedIn Presence
Join the Human Resources team from Rancho Cucamonga to learn why you should be optimizing your LinkedIn profile, even if you are not searching for a new job, and how HR professionals are using the platform to build their employer brands and search for great candidates.
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|