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ICMA Student Chapter Conference Call: Advancing Women and Minorities within the Local Government Management Profession

Join us for a conference call on increasing diversity within the local government management profession.

February 24, 3:00 pm EST


  • Pat Martel, City Manager of Daly City, CA and ICMA President
  • Dawn Ashbacher, Town Manager of Sykesville, MD
  • Joe McRae, Director of Parks and Recreation for Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Kent Wyatt, Senior Management Analyst for Tigard, OR and co-founder of ELGL
  • Mary Furtado, Assistant County Manager of Catawba County, NC

While there are more women and minorities in MPA programs and working in the public sector than ever before, they remain underrepresented in management and leadership roles. ICMA continues to work on improving diversity within the profession, and this year we are expanding existing programs and implementing member recommendations to change this reality. To attract and cultivate a diverse and talented group of individuals as the next generation of local government management leaders, ICMA and its members will be providing additional resources to our chapters on these topics with new speakers, mentors, and projects.

Please join us for an informative and engaging discussion for students on the rewards and challenges of local government service and how to increase diversity and inclusion within the local government profession.

Wednesday, 2/24/16 at 3:00 pm EST

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