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GOVERNING Texas: A Leadership Forum 2012
Produced by GOVERNING Magazine

Thu September 6, 2012 at Downtown Hilton

Sep. 6, 2012 | Austin, TX


8:30 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome

Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING

9:15 am - Keynote - Leadership 2.0 - The Science Behind Great Leaders

Bill Benjamin, Executive Coach & Emotional Intelligence Expert

What do highly effective leaders do differently? Is there a science to great leadership? The answer is yes, and the key is learning the science of managing emotions. According to a recent Harvard study, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the greatest driver of success in leadership. Leadership 2.0 focuses on the science of managing emotions more intelligently to lead more effectively.

The session provides individuals with the following learning opportunities:

  • Increase awareness of the drivers of high performance and the key concepts of emotional intelligence
  • Understand the emotions that drive our behavior
  • Increased self awareness through self assessment and interactive exercises, to identify the gaps between our intention and the impact we have on others
  • Learn strategies to Increase self management and self control during times of adversity, conflict and change

10:15 am - Break

10:30 am - A Look Around the Corner: Hot Topics for the Upcoming Legislative Session

A briefing and open discussion on the hottest topics that will be debated in the 2013 legislative session.

Moderator: Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING 

Sherri Greenberg, Director, Center for Politics and Governance, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

11:00 am - Concurrent Sessions

High Performance Government – The Mobile Workforce, BYOD and the Changing Face of Public Service
Agencies are increasingly turning to a mobile workforce as a way of improving efficiency, increasing morale and getting more from limited resources. This open conversation will explore the opportunities - and potential pitfall - associated with an increasingly mobile government.

Moderator: Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING
Finance – Budget Drivers: New Friends, Old Foes, and What to Expect
The revenue projections in Texas are looking up, with more revenue expected at both the state and local levels. Looming in the future, however, is the ever-increasing cost of health care, the pension burdens and other major cost drivers. Experts will explore what the next several years may hold, and what governments can do now to begin dealing with the issues.

Moderator: Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Director, The Governing Institute, former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Ursula Parks, Acting Director, Texas Legislative Budget Board

Competitive Communities – Transparency, Going Social and Citizen Engagement
In these days of vocal citizen frustration with government, it is more important than ever to communicate with the community about the services government provides and the costs of those services. For decades there has been a widening gulf between the governed and the governing in our society, masked, until recently, by prosperity and the stability of our institutions. Now many of the basic systems of governance are failing, leaving institutions ineffective, and in extreme cases, powerless. Public leaders and institutions have ignored citizen engagement for so long that the basic ideas for how to engage citizens have atrophied. This session will discuss strategies and plans of action for leaders to get citizens involved and on board.

Moderator: Sherri Greenberg, Director, Center for Politics and Governance, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

11:45 am - Concurrent Sessions

High Performance Government – Getting the Results We Want 
As the conversations continue around how to improve operations, the most obvious question is, "How do we know what improved is?" In some businesses, measuring performance is straightforward. Not so in government. Success of critical services such as health and human services or creating sustainable communities is nuanced and diffucult to quantify. This session will examine the important issues of defining success and measuring performance in government.

Moderator: Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING

Mike Frisbie, Capital Improvements Director, City of San Antonio

Finance- Innovation in Finance 
New ways to fund government, including partnerships, gain share programs and other innovative ideas.

Moderator: Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Director, The Governing Institute, former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Competitive Communities – Making Communities Work for Everyone
As our population ages, creating communities that accommodate multiple generations becomes increasingly important. This discussion will cover some of the factors in creating cities for all ages.

Moderator: Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING

12:30 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm  Lunch Discussion: The Role of Government 
One of the most important - and hotly debated - issues of our day is "what is the role of government?" What should government do? What services should government provide? What, if any, traditional roles of government should be provided in some other way? The lunch conversation will explore these questions.

Moderator: Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING

Al Delia, Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, State of North Carolina

2:00 pm - Break

2:15 pm - Concurrent Sessions

High Performance Government - Using Analytics to Drive Decisions 
Exploring the next step in performance measurement, and how to use data to drive decisions.

Moderator: Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING

Justin Greeves, Vice President, Research, GOVERNING

Finance - Pensions and OPEB: Dealing with the Bow Wave and Plans for the Future
In the past, generous pensions and other benefits were a major attractor for government employees. Now, the costs of these benefits are a threat to the fiscal stability of state and local governments. Most agree that something needs to be done, but agreeing on what exactly can and should be done is much more complex - defined benefit, defined contribution or hybrid? What actions is TEXAS taking to address this problem? What are ideas from other jurisdictions?

Moderator: Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Director, The Governing Institute, former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Keith Brainard, Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators

3:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions

High Performance Government – Regional Cooperation: Working Together in New Ways
Proponents of regional cooperation say that strengthening a region's governing bodies and political powers within a larger community would create efficiencies of scale to the region, develop a more rational allocation of the region's resources for benefit of the local populations, raise competitiveness levels among the regions and ultimately the whole country, and save taxpayers money. What are new ways of using the resources available and developing creative partnerships to better serve citizens?

Moderator: Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Director, The Governing Institute, former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Competitive Communities – Economic Development 
A conversation about strategies and ideas for cities and regions to attract businesses and train a workforce.

Moderator: Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING

3:45 pm - Reception


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