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November 30, 2023 - December 1, 2023
All Day
Heidel House Hotel & Conference Center
653 Illinois Avenue

Green Lake , WI 54941
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Women's Leadership Seminar

Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Women’s Leadership Committee, an initiative by the WCMA, is pleased to present the 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Seminar.  This two half-day long seminar provides an opportunity to come together to promote professional development, networking, and overall support for women in the profession.  Everyone, regardless of gender or level in the organization, is welcome to attend!

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Noon – 1:15 p.m.        Registration & POWER Luncheon

1:30 p.m.      Welcome & Introductions

Opening Keynote:  Executive Presence

In this interactive keynote, women will begin to define the behaviors associated with executive presence and discuss their own strengths and opportunities when it comes to demonstrating executive presence in local government.    

Speaker:    Anne Kritzmire, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

Addresses ICMA Practice Area 5 Personal resiliency and Development

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.    Panel Discussion on Executive Presence A panel discussion on executive presence and how values and mindset can impact the culture of an organization and move the organization forward. During this presentation participants will hear from three female leaders who have worked in Wisconsin local government and been able to positively impact their peers. 

Moderator:  KateLynn Harrigan, Finance Director, North Shore Fire Department


Alene Kleczek, Director or Employer Services Bureau, Department of Employee Trust Funds

Jamie Ludovic, Chief Community Development Officer, Washington County

Jennifer Keller, Village Administrator, Village of Jackson

Addresses ICMA Practice Area 5 Personal Resiliency and Development    

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Change the Culture:  What’s your culture like?  Does it need a reset?  Does it include elected officials and employees? What about the public?  Join in the conversation about changing the culture in our offices, with our elected officials and how that impacts the community (residents and visitors).  Our speakers will lead the conversation by sharing their own experiences to change their culture for the better. 


Molly Adzic, Director of Employee Resources, Marathon County

Tracy Carlson, Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer, Village of Baldwin

Gaylene Rhoden, Village Administrator, Village of Rib Mountain

Shannon Metzler, PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resource Director, De Pere

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas 2 Community Engagement, 3 Equity and Inclusion, 4 Staff Effectiveness; 6 Strategic Leadership

Friday, December 1, 2023

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    Finance in Wisconsin Local Government

Kayla Thorpe, from Ehler’s, Inc. will present on finance in Wisconsin local government and some of the most important considerations that should be given to levy limits, borrowing, budgeting and capital improvement planning in your community.  

Speaker:  Kayla Thorpe, Senior Financial Specialist, Ehlers

Addresses ICMA Practice Area 12 Financial Management and Budgeting

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Recruitment

Representatives from GovHR will discuss tools and techniques used to recruit and sustain diverse talent in the municipal labor market.

Speakers: Charlene Stevens, Executive Vice-President of Recruiting, GovHR USA

Sarah Schillerstrom, Senior Vice-President and Certified Executive Coach, GovHR USA

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas 3 Equity and Inclusion and 13 Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

11:00 a.m. – Noon        Closing Keynote:  Imposter Syndrome

As much as 70 – 82% of individuals across the globe and in any sector or demographic experience Imposter Syndrome.  With the isolation brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the growing advancements in Artificial Intelligence, developing and  maintaining interpersonal relationships is critical for sustainable success.  Emotional intelligence is a distinguishable advantage in the workplace, with relationship management being the biggest  area where most of us still need some help.  However, although  Imposter Syndrome is felt at the individual level, it originates because of environmental factors.  Those factors are competition, comparison, and unjust reward systems.  Thus, because of the pressure of those environmental factors, sometimes fear of failure, insecurity, or even our egos may contribute to Imposter Syndrome and get in the way of us crafting collaborative relationships.  That’s why I’m here to guide you not only in learning how to enhance  your interpersonal skills in defiance of these structural factors, but also how to teach others to do the same.  Together, we’ll make sustainable, positive impacts!

Speaker:  Mandolen Mull, PhD, Founder, Mullmentum  Consulting, LLC

Addresses ICMA Practice Area 5 Personal resiliency and Development


Join your colleagues for dinner on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.  A list of restaurants will be available.  There will be a Committee Member Host at each location and you can sign-up for your preferred restaurant at the registration table.  

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