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Servant Leadership Conference Agenda 2020

 Thursday, January 23rd

7:30 am - 8:15 am
Breakfast & Networking

Jennifer Fadden, President of Executive Recruitment & Interim Services at SGR
8:15 am - 8:45 am
Opening Thoughts
Ron Holifield, CEO at SGR
8:45 am - 9:30 am
The Case for Civility - How You Can Disagree About Almost Everything & Still be Friends
Matt Lewis is a conservative pundit and political commentator for CNN, a Senior Columnist for the Daily Beast and the author of Too Dumb to Fail.  His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, GQ, and many others, and he has been a periodic guest on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Bill Scher is a liberal pundit and Contributing Editor to POLITICO Magazine and a Contributor to Real Clear Politics. In 2006, he authored the book “Wait, Don’t Move To Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy To Win Back America,” which later became an answer on “Jeopardy!” For nearly 10 years, he was a writer for the progressive advocacy organization Campaign for America's Future, and was the founder of one of the first liberal blogs: He also helped rewrite the city charter of his hometown of Northampton, MA, as a volunteer member of the city's ad-hoc Special Act Charter Drafting Committee.
Together, they co-host the online tv show DMZ where they provide a role model for America on how you can disagree on just about everything... and still be friends. Though Matt and Bill typically focus on a discussion of national issues, the principles they will share that have allowed them to deeply disagree and remain friends for over a decade are applicable to local government AND to your personal life as well.  
9:30 am - 10:00 am
"Give 5" Civic Matchmaking Program
Greg Burris, Executive in Residence & Executive Director of the Give 5 Program at United Way of the
Ozarks and former City Manager at the City of Springfield, Missouri
Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement at the City of Springfield, Missouri
10:00 am - 10:15 am Session Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Overcoming the Public Works Talent Shortage
Erin Rinehart, City Manager at the City of Carrollton, Texas
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Building Sustainable Success:
The Resurgence of a Proud Fire Department Using Servant 
Leadership Principles
Reggie Freeman, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director at the City of Hartford, Connecticut
11:15 am - 11:45 am
Servant Leadership at All Levels - A Disney Story
Chris Shorter, Assistant City Manager at the City of Austin, Texas
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch - Sponsored by CPSHR Consulting
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Star Track - The Next Generation - Identifying & Developing the Stars in Your Organization
Colleen McManus, HR Executive & Consultant and former CHRO
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Engaging the Community to Define a Vision for the Future
Nolan Sunderman, City Manager at the City of Shawnee, Kansas
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Session Break
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
The Impact of a Servant Leadership Culture on Recruiting Success
Shain Hunn, Assistant Fire Chief at the City of Celina, Texas
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Don't Lose Your Way: Mapping the Trip to Your Cultural Destination
Matt Mueller, Town Manager at the Town of Little Elm, Texas
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Reflections on the Day
Ron Holifield, CEO at SGR

 Friday, January 24th

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast & Networking  - Sponsored by Ameresco & First Check
Jennifer Fadden, President of Executive Recruitment & Interim Services at SGR
8:30 am - 8:45 am
What's New in the World of Training & Leadership Development?
Marlie Eyre, Training & Leadership Development Manager at SGR
8:45 am - 9:00 am
What's New in Local Government?
Dr. Mike Mowery, President, Servant Leadership Implementation at SGR
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Leading Dramatic Culture Shift Without the Wheels Coming Off
Raymond Suarez, CEO and Dianne Costa, Board Chair at the Denton County Transportation Authority
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Servant Leadership - Risk & Resiliency
Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer, Willis-Knighton Health System & former Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Shreveport, Louisiana
10:00 am - 10:15 am Session Break
10:15 am - 11:00 am
What a Former CIA Officer in Counter-Terrorism Turned Street Cop
Can Teach You About 
Building Trust in Your Community
Patrick Skinner, Police Officer, Savannah, Georgia, Police Department, and former CIA Officer
Dr. Mike Mowery, President, Servant Leadership Implementation at SGR
The Spy Who Came Home is how The New Yorker Magazine described Patrick in a feature article about his journey from CIA Officer in Afghanistan back to his hometown of Savannah to become a street cop. Patrick has an intense commitment to authentic community-oriented policing using strategies for building trust-based relationships with the community by leveraging lessons learned as a CIA Officer in Afghanistan. This fascinating session will explore why an expert in counter-terrorism became a street cop and how you can think more strategically about building trust with your own community. 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Closing Thoughts
Ron Holifield, CEO at SGR


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