In the May edition of the newsletter, we followed our earlier update informing you of plans to move to a virtual Forum for 2020. We also discussed our commitment to bring you the best in risk management education by providing instruction from the sharpest minds and experts, and insight from others who share in local and civic duty.
This month, I am pleased to provide more detail about our Fall Educational Forum, titled “California JPIA – Resilient Together.” Occurring over October 14 and 15, we will kick off with a talk from keynote Bob O’Neill on leading in a crisis. Bob served many years as the Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association and was a founding board member of the Alliance for Innovation. He will be sharing leadership attributes that are critical for today’s managers and leaders.
Upon conclusion of the keynote, there will be a special time to recognize the hardworking men and women in local government who have faced extraordinary challenges during the COVID-19 crisis.
During the virtual sessions, in which all attendees will be able to participate, presenters will cover many of the risk management topics and issues facing local government that you have come to expect. We are also preparing sessions and speakers that will address the contemporary issues of our day, including COVID-19 and policing.
Aside from our virtual sessions, additional educational content will be available for download after the Forum. During the two days, participants will be able to engage with presenters, with some sessions offering roundtable breakouts in order to converse with colleagues in smaller groups.
We are also grateful to have Dr. Susan Biali Haas speak about personal wellness and resilience. Dr. Biali Haas is an award-winning medical doctor, health and wellness expert, coach, speaker, and author. She has appeared on numerous television shows and is a frequent blogger on Psychology Today.
Some have asked about our plans for networking. We are happy to report that this remains a critical part of the Forum’s unique educational experience. Participants will enjoy interacting with live hosts during breaks. They will also be able to join chat rooms and visit virtual networking lounges.
Overall, this is shaping up to be a very exciting Risk Management Educational Forum, so stay tuned for more information on how we can join virtually and be resilient together.