2019 Summer Session


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through August 2
MMASC Member$110

About MMASC's Summer Session 

Summer Session is one of the premiere annual events provided by MMASC and its partners.  The theme for 2019 is Engage. Educate. Empower.  This one-day conference includes professional development sessions on important topics facing the profession, as well as networking opportunities for MMASC members and sponsors.  Added this year is the opportunity to begin earning Credentialed Government Leader (CGL) credits.  For more information or to apply for CGL click here.

Fullerton Community Center
340 W. Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Free parking available onsite.  The Fullerton Community Center is also a short half mile walk from the Amtrak/Metrolink Station for those who prefer not to drive.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Check-in beginning at 8:30 am

Program Information

Keynote: “The Art and Craft of Public Speaking”dana_photo_crop
Dana LaMon, a blind African-American and retired judge, has been providing professional speaking services since 1991.  He earned the title of World Champion of Public Speaking from Toastmasters International in 1992. He has spoken to audiences from Asia to Australia to South Africa, including more than 35 states in the U.S.

Dana LaMon earned the distinction of World Champion of Public Speaking in 1992 with his speech titled "Take a Chance." Dana has also been recognized as an Accredited Speaker by Toastmasters International, and is the only Toastmaster who has become both World Champion of Public Speaking and Accredited Speaker.

Speaker: Dana LaMon, World Champion of Public Speaking and Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker

CGL Program – “The Essentials of Leadership – Why Would Anyone Follow You?”Frank_crop
This interactive workshop is based on two premises: 1) there are many different ways of exerting leadership; and 2) followers choose to follow leaders (or not).  

The session will help participants:

  • Become more self-reflective and understand their life stories and the “leadership gifts” that they are compelled to give away
  • Explore the indispensable competencies of 21st century leaders, including the importance of soft skills
  • Develop a “leadership presence”DomLazz 2018_crop
  • Engage in authentic conversations and engender trust with others

Speakers: Dr. Frank Benest, former City Manager of Palo Alto, and ICMA Liaison for Next Generation Initiatives and Dominic Lazzaretto, City Manager of Arcadia, and Co-Chair Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative

Session Materials:
Career Compass 18: Taking Smart Risks
Career Compass 61: Leadership is the Art of Conversation
Career Compass 71: Why Don't They Collaborate with Us?
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The Essentials of Leadership

Afternoon Session: "Be Relentless in Achieving Greatness"Dirk_150
Changing culture can be a challenge.  How do you change culture without destroying morale? You will learn in this exciting and informational session.  In addition, you will learn how to see "waste", set a precedent, and establish reasonable expectations that will lead to success. Director of Public Works, Dirk Epperson, will give you the tools to lead through difficult situations and encourage employees to achieve greatness.

Speaker: Dirk Epperson, Director of Public Works, City of El Cajon

Afternoon Session: “Tools to Get Your Budget Right”David_150
For some, it is the dreaded “B” word – budgeting. Many staff members view a budget as a straitjacket that will keep them from doing what they want but that couldn’t be further from the truth!  A budget doesn’t limit freedom, it gives you freedom! Getting your budget right is simply spending the organizations money intentionally.  In this interactive session, learn the budgeting tips through: Engagement, Education and Empowerment.

Speaker: David Cain, Retired Director of Finance, Professor at California State University Northridge and California State University Long Beach.

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Program Schedule

8:30 AM    Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM    Welcome & Introductions

Morning Session
CGL Program – The Essentials of Leadership - Why Would Anyone Follow You?


Afternoon Sessions
Be Relentless in Achieving Greatness
Tools to Get Your Budget Right

The Art and Craft of Public Speaking

4:15 PM    Networking Reception

Summer Session Co-Chairs:

Monica Martinez, City of El Cajon
Stephanie Boyce, City of Lemon Grove
Matthew Hickey, City of Ontario

Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact the Summer Session Co-Chairs at summersession@mmasc.org.