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NLC University

NLC University (NLCU) delivers real-world solutions – and innovative new approaches – to the challenge’s city leaders face every day. NLCU is the collaborative executive education and leadership development initiative developed by the National League of Cities to help municipal leaders – both elected and appointed – build the skills they need to better govern, serve, and advocate for their communities.

Focused on skill and knowledge exchange, NLCU brings leading national experts and practitioners to local leaders to support, coach and inform local solutions.

2020 Opportunities

Master of Public Administration (MPA)- Tulane University School of Professional Advancement (SOPA)

  • NLC University in partnership with Tulane University School of Professional Advancement are providing a pathway to earn your MPA.

    • Members of the National League of Cities who complete the NLCU Leading Through Disruption program of study can receive up to six graduate level course credits towards an MPA degree at Tulane SOPA in addition to a tuition discount. The MPA program is online and focuses on teaching the foundational concepts of public administration as well as practical, contemporary innovations.

    • Want to learn more? Join NLC University and Dr. Halima Leak Francis, Tulane's Public Administration Program Director, September 24, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET, for an informational session and Q&A. RSVP here and we will follow-up with a link to the meeting.

• The Human-Centered Leadership Initiative •

NLCU is focused on research backed strategies that build the following competencies: self-awareness, self-management, ability to connect, collaborate and communicate with others, ability to motivate others and tackle today’s challenges with clarity and compassion.

To meet this need as well as take a whole-person approach to support leaders in not just their leadership but also their wellness NLCU has launched The Human-Centered Leadership Initiative. Check out the offerings below!

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  • Resilient Leadership Learning Lab
    • A 2- part learning event that delves into the Resilient Leadership Model, builds competencies and skills in resilient leadership and explores City perspectives on resilient leadership through research and local leader connections and sharing. **Visit the accordion below for additional details**
  • 2020 City Summit
    • A robust set of offerings driven by feedback from communities. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! If you cannot join an NLC University session live, you can access a recording for a limited time post-conference. To earn NLC University credits you must join the live session on-time and stay connected until the end. If accessing virtually, you will need to view the session in its entirety. **Visit the accordion below for additional details**
  • Mindfulness Meditation Tuesdays- Every Tuesday at 11:15 am ET (free)
    • Build your resiliency skills as well as support effective decision-making through practicing mindfulness and meditation
  • Google Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) Training
    • "Learn more about Search Inside Yourself, the program that was originally born at Google and has had a profound impact on thousands of individuals and organizations worldwide. Discover how the program can help you unlock your full potential by building emotional intelligence and mindfulness skills based on neuroscience."

    • NLCU has secured a discount for all of our members to take part in Google’s International Leadership Trainings that merge mindfulness, neuroscience and emotional intelligence research and practices.
  • Send questions to university@nlc.org

Resilient Leadership Learning Lab

Resilient Leadership: A New way of SEEING, THINKING and LEADING

Uncertain times call for adaptive and resilient leadership. How can you lead your community with calm, clarity and conviction in the face of increasing complexity and accelerating change? Resilient Leadership, a proven framework based on Bowen’s Family Systems Theory, enables you to See, Think, and Lead differently and more powerfully so you can address the anxiety in your community more skillfully and with optimal results.

This learning opportunity provides: 
● Intro to Resilient Model and Competencies,
● Leading as a Less Anxious Presence,
● Saying Connected,
● and Leading with Conviction

Join Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach, Dr. Robert Duggan, founding member of Resilient Leadership, LLC and is the co-author of the book Resilient Leadership and Resilient Leadership 2.0 and the Florida State League for this 2- day learning event.

Day 1 Summary ( Led by Executive Leadership Coach, Heather Jelks, Expert Hour from Dr. Robert Duggan author of Resilient Leadership 2.0, and the Florida League of Cities)

  • The 3 core competencies of Resilient Leadership (Intro to Resilient Model and Competencies)
  • Concrete tools and practical ways to strengthen these key Resilient Leadership competencies (Leading as a Less Anxious Presence)
  • How to apply the Resilient Leadership model and skills to a relevant case scenario (Saying Connected and Leading with Conviction)
  • Resilient Leadership- City Perspectives- Communication

Day 2 Summary (Led by the Florida League of Cities)

  • 2 Additional City Perspective trainings covering- Advocacy and City Leadership Lens

Monday, November 16, 2020 (Day 1)

  • Resilient Leadership Learning Lab (6 NLC University Credits for the Full Day)
  • 10:00am - 10:45am ET | Intro to Resilient Leadership Model and Competencies (Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach)
  • 11:00am - 12:15pm ET | Leading as a Less Anxious Presence (Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach)
  • 12:45pm - 1:30pm ET | Staying Connected (Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach)
  • 1:45pm - 2:30pm ET | Leading with Conviction (Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach)
  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm ET | Expert Hour and Q&A with Dr. Robert Duggan. Dr. Duggan, the founding member of Resilient Leadership, LLC and the co-author of the book Resilient Leadership and Resilient Leadership 2.0
  • 3:30pm - 4:45pm ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- Communication (Florida League of Cities)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (Day 2)

  • Resilient Leadership Learning Lab (2 NLC University Credits for the 1/2 Day)
  • 10:00am - 11:15am ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- City Leadership (Florida League of Cities)
  • 11:30am - 12:45pm ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- Advocacy (Florida League of Cities)

LINK HERE FOR REGISTRATION 

*NLC Membership––these virtual trainings correspond with NLC's 2020 City Summit. If you cannot join an NLC University session live, you can access a recording for a limited time post-conference. To earn NLC University credits you must join the live session on-time and stay connected until the end. If accessing virtually, you will need to view the session in its entirety.

**All others––please join NLC University and leaders from across America for this incredible learning opportunity.

2020 City Summit

NLC University is proud to announce our City Summit Pre-conference Executive Education Courses and our Pre-conference Resilient Leadership Learning Lab offering. Please see details below. 

CICK HERE FOR CITY SUMMIT AND RESILIENT LEADERSHIP LEARNING LAB REGISTRATION

City Summit | 2020

If you cannot join an NLC University session live, you can access a recording for a limited time post-conference. To earn NLC University credits you must join the live session on-time and stay connected until the end. If accessing virtually, you will need to view the session in its entirety.

NLC University Pricing:
Early Bird Executive Education Courses = $50 + $15 for the Resilient Leadership Learning Lab (Now - September 30)

Advance Executive Education Courses = $65 + $20 for the Resilient Leadership Learning Lab (October 1 - End of the Conference)

Resilient Leadership: A New way of SEEING, THINKING and LEADING

Monday, November 16, 2020 – Tuesday November 17, 2020 (9 credits) *Please attend all offerings for the Resilient Leadership Learning Lab*

Uncertain times call for adaptive and resilient leadership. How can you lead your community with calm, clarity and conviction in the face of increasing complexity and accelerating change? Resilient Leadership, a proven framework based on Bowen’s Family Systems Theory, enables you to See, Think, and Lead differently and more powerfully so you can address the anxiety in your community more skillfully and with optimal results.

Join Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach, Dr. Robert Duggan, Founding member of Resilient Leadership, LLC and is the co-author of the book Resilient Leadership and Resilient Leadership 2.0 and the Florida League of Cities for this 2- day learning event.

Monday, November 16, 2020 – Day 1

  • 10:00am - 10:45am ET | Intro to Resilient Leadership Model and Competencies - Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 11:00am - 12:15pm ET | Leading as a Less Anxious Presence - Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 12:45pm - 1:30pm ET | Staying Connected - Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 1:45pm - 2:30pm ET | Leading with Conviction - Heather Jelks, Executive Leadership Coach
  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm ET | Expert Hour and Q&A with Dr. Robert Duggan, co-author of Resilient Leadership and Resilient Leadership 2.0
  • 3:30pm - 4:45pm ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- Communication -Florida League of Cities

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – Day 2

  • 10:00am - 11:15am ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- City Leadership - Florida League of Cities
  • 11:30am - 12:45pm ET | Resilient Leadership: City Perspectives- Advocacy - Florida League of Cities

Additional Executive Education Offerings at City Summit

Monday, November 16, 2020

Working with your Planning Staff (1 Credit)
-Jess Zimbabwe, Plot Strategies

-11:30 am - 12:45 pm ET

  • How Elected Officials can work to incorporate their ideas into their communities’ planning development vision and goals, as well as influence the strategies, policy framework, and messaging of this commonly-debated city function;
  • How to assess your local planning policy framework;
  • How to work with planning staff to advance your vision for the community;
  • Techniques for engaging constituents in planning decisions facing your community, and techniques for constructively managing that input.

Human-Centered Change Management: Applying Design Thinking to Managing Change (2 Credits)
-Judi Brown, CivicMakers
-1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

The art and science of managing organizational change requires a more nuanced and human-centered approach, especially in these uncertain times. How might we prepare individuals, teams and organizational systems for the unknown?

Join your peers across the country in this interactive 90-minute session to:

  • Examine leading change management frameworks (the science)
  • Facilitate the human-side of change (the art)
  • Strategize how to navigate "the new normal" in your community

Creating a more inclusive and racially diverse local business community with small-scale manufacturing (1 Credit)
-Ilana Preuss, Recast City
-2:30 pm - 3:45 pm ET

Most local economic development strategies do not specifically focus on how to build a more racially inclusive community of business owners. But it is time (past time) to be intentional and purposeful in our work to help Black, Latinx, and other business owners of color in our communities succeed and build wealth. Working with small-scale manufacturing businesses is one concrete way to take action and start making changes immediately to build a more inclusive local economy without needing to wait for some big, long-term strategy.

Join this training to learn about small-scale manufacturing businesses, their benefit to your economy, how to work with these businesses to immediately start building a more racially diverse local economy, and how to use this method to improve the rest of your economic development programs to better support diverse business owners in the future. This training will be interactive - conversations, brainstorming, and worksheets included.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Creating Consensus in a Challenging Environment (1 Credit)
-Jim Hunt, NLC Past President & Mike Conduff, ICMA Board Member
-10:00 am – 11:30 am ET

Join NLC Past-President Jim Hunt and Former ICMA Board Member Mike Conduff in this fast paced and practical session that provides a ten-step roadmap on how to develop and utilize the tools necessary to achieve consensus on difficult local government issues.
In this 90-minute virtual session you will:

  • Learn how to tune into your physical cues and to recognize crucial moments that can help you navigate towards consensus
  • Learn the tools you can use to positively impact even the most challenging situations and individuals to achieve consensus
  • Learn the COPIES approach to Consensus Decision Making [CO-operation, Participation, Inclusion, Egalitarianism, and Solution oriented]
  • Learn how to develop and apply your final decision rule, especially when several distinct “groups” are represented

Expert Hour: A Practical Retirement Approach for the Future of You and Your City (1 Credit)
-Anita Yadavalli, Program Director, City Fiscal Policy | NLC
-1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

City governments, in their role as employers, are striving to attract talent that can support the critical work of serving communities. However, the wages of state and local government employees tend to be lower than for private sector employees with similar education and experience. So, how can municipal employers provide a more competitive alternative? One way is through employer-sponsored retirement benefits. As several states have reformed their retirement systems since the Great Recession of 2008, it is important for employers and employees alike to understand their pension plan options. This NLCU course equips city leaders with an understanding of DB and DC pension plans, so that their local government can better attract top talent. The class also provides a series of questions that city leaders can use to better understand their plans, the potential for changes and the impact of changes on employees and the competitiveness of the city in the labor market.

Learning objectives:

  • Elected officials should recognize which parties (such as pension plan providers, human resources staff, finance staff and employees) they can work with to understand basic pension plan features. They should also understand how they can work with their plan providers to understand employee contribution features and with their human resources staff to better communicate the various pension plan offerings to their employees.

  • Elected officials should understand which pension plans their city provides to government employees. They should also understand how those plans differ for government employees vs. public safety employees.

  • Elected officials should critically analyze whether the benefits their city provides allow them to recruit and retain the workforce their city needs.

Urban Resilience Fundamentals: from theory to practice (1 Credit)
-Laurian Farrell, Director North America, Environmental Risk Management | Resilient Cities Network & Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer | City of Houston
-1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ET

Cities of all sizes face a growing range of shocks and stresses, including natural disasters, heat waves, aging infrastructure, pandemics, cyber-attacks and the ongoing legacy of systemic racial inequities. The Resilient Cities Network (RCN) supports a thriving community of Chief Resilience Officers and other professionals striving to build safer, healthier, more equitable, climate smart and prosperous cities around the world. This session will be led by Laurian Farrell, Director North America at RCN and Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Houston. They will provide attendees with an overview of urban resilience fundamentals and best practices for increasing resilience in local communities. This session will also illustrate how cities are pivoting towards a resilient economic, social, and environmental recovery for all residents including those most at-risk and historically under-served.
Learning Objectives:

  • introduce fundamentals of urban resilience and how it can be applied for a resilient recovery
  • share best practices on how cities of all sizes can use a "City Resilience Framework" to build a resilience strategy
  • explore what your city needs to engage residents, all stakeholders, and achieve equitable resilience goals
  • hear what a Chief Resilience Officer wants every elected official to know
  • introduce fundamental skills and strategies that can help you incorporate resilience into your city's budget, capital improvement, and comprehensive plans
  • learn how to participate in the Cities for a Resilient Recovery program, a global community focused on resilient recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

Closing the Analytics Gap for Economic Recovery (1 Credit)
-Oliver Wise, Tyler Technologies
-1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ET

This workshop provides government leaders, finance teams, and data professionals with a targeted strategy to address economic and fiscal recovery needs resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown. This session will follow a three-step framework to assess your data, identify gaps, and leverage third-party data to forecast economic indicators. This framework levels the playing field for small communities to launch effective and equitable recoveries.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the strategic role analytics can play in COVID-19 economic recovery
  • Learn a framework for tapping into third-party data to address lagging indicators and data gaps
  • Ideate opportunities for data analytics projects

REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government (2 NLCU Credits)
-Leon Andrews, Director, Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) | NLC
-2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact every state and community across this country. Even before the coronavirus, we knew that race was the strongest predictor of one’s success in this country – from infant mortality to life expectancy. Now, in the midst of this global health pandemic, the legacy of institutional and structural racism has been unveiled and is playing out in front of our eyes. Yet, this is not the only pandemic cities are facing. Local leaders are also now responding to protests and uprisings in their communities. The challenge of this moment invites local government leaders to engage with their communities on racial equity and to move forward making smart policy decisions that can eliminate racial inequities in all government policies, practices and procedures. This session will provide opportunities to strengthen your knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions and build more equitable communities.

Expert Hour: Third-Party Data’s Role in Local COVID-19 Recovery Strategy (1 Credit)
-Oliver Wise, Tyler Technologies
-2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

ICU beds are freeing up and testing capacity is increasing, but the story of the COVID-19 crisis is far from over. Ensure you are a data-ready government leader and prepared for the role data will play in the road ahead to recovery. Large cities can easily purchase the data they need to inform economic recovery strategies, but where does that leave smaller communities? New technology is leveling the playing field and enabling public leaders to tap into big-league insights. Hear from your city peers on this novel approach to economic forecasting in times of recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Access private-sector data with ease to provide greater detail to government statistics
  • Launch more effective and equitable recovery strategies to protect lives and livelihoods in your community
  • The ins and outs of building better recovery dashboards

 

Additional Learning Opportunities

There are many other ways to learn with us:

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