WIMG 2017 Summer Conference

Jun 21 - Jun 23, 2017
Cleveland, OH
Schedule of Events

Schedule at a Glance

This event is held in conjunction with the NLC Summer Board & Leadership Meeting (June 19-21).

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Tuesday, June 20  
1:30 - 5:00 pm NLC Federal Advocacy Committee Meetings
6:30 - 10:00 pm NLC Evening Event - Cleveland Public Theater (Shuttle pickup at hotel along Ontario Street)
Wednesday, June 21  
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NLC Federal Advocacy Committee Meetings
6:30 - 8:00 pm WIMG Conference Opening Reception
Thursday, June 22  
7:30 am - 5:00 pm WIMG Conference Registration
7:15 - 8:15 am Breakfast - WIMG Policy Update
8:30 - 9:30 am WIMG Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm NLCU Seminar: Empowering Women for Leadership Roles
12:15 - 1:30 pm Luncheon Plenary
2:00 - 5:00 pm Mobile Tour: Concentrated Effort in Slavic Village (Hosted by the City of Cleveland)
6:30 - 8:00 pm Evening Event
Friday, June 23  
7:30 am - 12:00 pm WIMG Conference Registration
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast – Networking Hour
9:30 - 11:00 am Workshop Session
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Closing Luncheon Plenary



















Patsy Kinsey


Patsy Kinsey, a Democrat, is serving her seventh term as a member of City Council from District 1, where she was elected in 2003. In July 2013, Kinsey became Charlotte’s second female mayor after being appointed to the office by her colleagues on City Council. She served the remaining term of Anthony Foxx, who resigned his post as mayor to serve as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  Additionally, Kinsey was selected as “Charlotte’s Woman of the Year” in 2013, and she also serves on the Board of the North Carolina League of Municipalities and is president-elect of WIMG. 

Joyce Sheperd

Joyce Sheperd is in the full swing of her third term as council representative for District 12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rising from experience as chair of her Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU X) and other community organizations, Sheperd is a champion for community education, neighborhood safety, economic development and job creation. Dedicated to service on City Council, Sheperd is a committee member of the Community Development and Human Services, City Utilities, Transportation Committee, the Board of Directors for the Fort McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, founder and Chair of the Community Engagement Committee, and Co-founder of the Code Commission. Locally, Sheperd is a member of the Georgia Municipal Association and serves on the Economic Development and Black Caucus committees. Sheperd is a proud and active member of the National League of Cities, where she serves on the board of Women in Municipal Government, the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, the Large Cities Council and more.

Angela Hendrix Terry


Angela Hendrix Terry is an independent consultant to nonprofit and government organizations, who assists leaders in clarifying mission, task and role; building collaborative work groups to facilitate change; and developing systems that align with change efforts. Terry served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Economic Development Corporation during the consolidation of several economic development agencies in the early '90s and as Special Assistant to the Dean of NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service during key leadership changes at the university and the school. Terry also managed the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice's planning process for two new state-of-the-art juvenile facilities and served as part of the implementation team for a national demonstration project, NYC City Volunteer Corp, focused on urban youth.

Pamela Wideman


Pamela Wideman joined the City of Charlotte in 1999. Since that time, she has served in several roles in departments throughout the City of Charlotte. Wideman currently serves as the Director of the City’s newly formed Housing & Neighborhood Services Department. In that role she is responsible for oversight of the City’s Affordable Housing Programs, including the City’s Housing Trust Fund, the City’s Ten-Year Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness, and the City’s Code Enforcement and Community Engagement Divisions.

Valarie McCall


Valarie J. McCall was named Chief of Government & International Affairs for the City of Cleveland by Mayor Frank Jackson.  In this position, McCall serves as the Administration’s primary liaison to local and state governments, and all federal and international agencies and organizations. McCall is the Mayor’s primary representative to several national organizations, including, but not limited to, the United States Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities and the National Black Caucus of Local and Elected Officials, to name a few. She is also charged with assisting Mayor Jackson with the implementation of his policy initiatives designed to promote regional growth and cooperation, both nationally and internationally.

McCall shares her energy with her community and currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Public Transit Association’s Executive Committee, the American Public Transit Foundation and is currently Chair of the Transit Board Members Committee.  In addition, McCall serves on the boards of The Cleveland Leadership Center; The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Destination Cleveland (CVB); The Downtown Cleveland Improvement District; The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority; PolicyBridge; Global Cleveland; Greater Cleveland Sport’s Commission; St. Vincent Charity Development Foundation Board and the Cleveland 2016 Inc., Board. In addition, McCall is on the Board of the Northeast Ohio Area wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), where she was the first African American female President.  


Join us at the Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Summer Conference!


WIMG was formed to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women local elected officials and their colleagues within the National League of Cities (NLC). It strives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women and families, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities. 

Get involved to enhance your network, discover best practices and improve your leadership skills!

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All women in local government roles are welcome and encouraged to attend. You do not have to be a member of the Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group to participate.

Attend this Year’s Annual Summer Conference to:

  • Enhance your network with female elected officials and statewide leaders
  • Learn about timely issues in special workshops and expand your skill set
  • Strengthen your governance skills 
  • Adapt community arts programs as best practices for your community
  • Attend the WIMG Board of Directors Meeting
  • Find solutions to challenging problems in your hometown
  • Consider becoming a future leader in WIMG and NLC

Earn 2 Credits with NLCU

An NLC University skills training session will be held on Thursday, June 22, 10 am – 12 pm. Access to training and networking opportunities is a benefit of WIMG membership.

Experience our Mobile Workshop

Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood was widely regarded as the epicenter of the nation’s foreclosure crisis. Just a mere decade later, the neighborhood shows visible signs of revitalization and community partners are aligning to make a significant economic development impact on the area. The workshop will focus on activity surrounding Fleet Avenue – where a dramatic streetscape project, innovative housing reclamation initiative, and business attraction activities are helping to restore the neighborhood and re-establish a housing market and commercial district. This mobile workshop will also highlight the proximity of Slavic Village to the city’s Downtown business district and showcase neighboring areas in the city.