CSAC Annual Meeting Just Weeks Away
Full Slate of Speakers, Workshops, Meetings, Networking
Nov. 1, 2018
The CSAC Annual Meeting is less than a month away and staff is putting the finishing touches on preparations. A week of major sessions, workshops, meetings and networking is planned for the conference, set for Nov. 27-30 in San Diego County.
There’s still time to register for the conference as online registration continues through Tuesday, November 13. After that date, prospective attendees can register on-site at the conference, which is being held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.
The conference “is a remarkable opportunity to reconnect with your colleagues, the CSAC team and build new relationships,” said CSAC Executive Director Graham Knaus. “We will talk about county priorities, innovative solutions to solve local challenges, and we will take your input on our legislative platform in our policy committees. We will also reflect on the outcome of our efforts in 2018 and the November election as we prepare for the future.”
For supervisors-elect, the conference will begin on Sunday afternoon with the New Supervisors Institute. This session continues through Tuesday morning, as incoming supervisors begin to learn what lies ahead for them when they take office in January.
On Monday, the Women’s Leadership Forum business meeting and workshop will take place. The focus of this year’s workshop is “Economic Empowerment: Women in the Workforce.” Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from a diverse panel of women who will discuss the steps that have been taken, and need to be taken, to ensure economic empowerment for women.
Tuesday morning features a busy schedule with the CSAC Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee meeting and the CSAC Innovation Summit taking place. This year’s summit will focus on innovations in autonomous vehicles and combatting the opioid crisis in our counties.
Tuesday’s Opening Session keynote speaker will be Francesca Gino, a Harvard Business School professor who has found that organizations can improve feelings of commitment, satisfaction, engagement, and authenticity in employees by encouraging what she calls “rebel talent.”
That afternoon, the CSAC Health and Human Services Policy Committee meeting is scheduled, as well as a workshop on “Understanding Public Service Ethics Law and Principles” — the mandated AB 1234 training. The day concludes with the opening of our ever-popular Exhibit Hall, where attendees can enjoy a reception and review the nearly 100 exhibit booths on-site.
A full slate is planned for Wednesday, starting early with a workshop looking at the November election and what it means for California Counties. The CSAC Housing, Land Use and Transportation Policy Committee will also meet that morning. Our Wednesday General Session will feature an insightful panel discussion among legislative icons Jim Brulte, Don Perata and Bruce McPherson.
After lunch in our Exhibit Hall, attendees can choose from workshops that include a discussion on homelessness and housing, as well as the informative California County Roundtable. The day concludes with CSAC rural, suburban and urban caucuses meeting to nominate officers and Executive Committee members for 2019.
Attendees can start Thursday off on the right foot by taking part in the Annual Fun Run, which begins at 6:45 am. For those who want to start their day a bit later, the CSAC Administration of Justice and Government Finance and Administration Policy Committees both meet starting at 9 am.
The CSAC luncheon will feature the General Assembly voting for the Association’s 2019 officers, followed by a presentation by featured speaker Robb Willer, who will discuss the social and psychological forces that shape American political attitudes. The CSAC Board of Directors is set to meet Thursday afternoon and will have a full agenda. The busy day concludes with the Annual Banquet, at which CSAC’s incoming officers take the oath of office.
Beyond CSAC members, the Annual Conference brings together the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC), the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association, the California Association of County Executives, and the County Counsels’ Association, and other affiliated groups for meetings.
Overall, it’s going to be a jam-packed week. Remember, online registration continues through Nov. 13.
“Come join us and share your voice down in San Diego,” Knaus said. “We look forward to seeing you there.”