Balancing Leadership: Personal, Professional, Organizational, & Community

Brought to you by SEI & LEAD

 “Balancing Leadership: Personal, Professional, Organizational, and Community” 

is a two-day immersive experience with an updated combination of LEAD and SEI’s most critical and relevant topics with timely additions designed to help any local government leader navigate these challenging times. The program will include sessions on “Unpacking the Impact of the Pandemic”, “Leading Change”, “Inclusive Leadership and Employee Engagement”, and “Racial Equity and Inclusion”. This is a course for both new LEAD/SEI attendees, as well as those alumni who would like to refresh some of the leadership principals learned while engaging in new learning, too. Our focus in this class, as well as moving forward, will be to help you develop action plans to take back to your locality in order to immediately implement what you’ve learned. Please scroll down for the agenda and application.

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Prelude (Harlow) 8:30 - 8:45 am
Introductions 8:45 - 10:15 am
Break 10:15 - 10:30 am

Repacking Your Bags After the Pandemic  (Felicia Logan, former Leadership Development, ICMA)

If volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity have dominated your life in the past year, stop and ask yourself have you been carrying baggage that no longer works for you?  Let’s take some time to unpack the last year together and create a course of action that will serve you better as you go forward.  This workshop is designed to help you take a breath and re-evaluate your personal values, vision and purpose.  Through self-assessment and peer review you will formulate an action plan to move you from the VUCA world to one that has fresh meaning and intentionality.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch/Break 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Looking Back to Forge a Way Forward: What the Montgomery Bus Boycott Can Teach Us About Leading Change (Marcia Webster, Faculty and Director of Academic Operations at the eSchool for Graduate Professional Military Education at Air University)

Using the Kotter change principles as a foundation with the Montgomery bus boycott as the setting for participants to examine change in their organizations.

1:30 - 4:30 pm


Please note that all times are Eastern Time.
Prelude (Harlow) 8:30 - 8:45 am
Connections/Linking 8:45 - 9:15 am

Creating a Positive and Productive Work Culture through Inclusive Leadership and Employee Engagement (Nancy Olivo, PhD, IPMA-SCP, Organizational Performance Manager, City of Hampton)

Using the latest research on employee engagement and David Marquet’s approach for turning followers into leaders, participants will develop action steps for applying these concepts to their work as leaders. The session is designed so that participants will: gain insight on how an engaged workforce impacts work culture and performance; explore the role an inclusive leader plays in enhancing employee engagement; discover how to use clarity and competence to create leaders at every level and develop specific action steps to put in place to impact the work culture and performance through employee engagement.


9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch/Break 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Race and Equity, Leadership Challenges (Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation and Opal Mauldin-Jones, City Manager, City of Lancaster, TX) 

Participants will join in with Valerie and Opal for a conversation about race and equity in local government leadership.

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Break 3:00 - 3:15 pm
Closing Aha’s and Roadmap sharing 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Please note that all times are Eastern Time.
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Felicia Logan

Felicia Logan is the former Director of Leadership Development for the International City/County Management Association. Her primary role was to develop leadership activities specifically for ICMA members from the most senior credentialed managers to the emerging leaders and others. She also played a key role in developing ICMA, Kettering, NCL Leadership Development Institutes and working with the ICMA Race, Equity, and Social Justice team She is an adjunct faculty member to the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute and LEAD programs and has expertise in strengths-based leadership development for individuals, organizations and teams. Felicia is a master facilitator and executive coach who has a passion for unpacking the old to prepare for the now and the new. She lives in Richmond, VA with her Husband, Mark, who is a nationally ranked Epee fencer and coach. Felicia enjoys planting, reading, listening to audio books and running with her sisters of the heart. Contact Felicia by email at:

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Marcia Webster, PhD (Col, USAFR, Ret)

Marci is a faculty member at the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Executive Institute. She is the Faculty Chair for the Senior Executive Service Leading Edge Program, delivers with FEI’s flagship program—Leadership for a Democratic Society, and designs a variety of leadership development programs for leaders across government. She loves teaching how to lead change using lessons from history - especially the American Civil Rights Movement. As a remote worker living in Montgomery, Alabama, she enjoys leading classes that tie into local history.

Prior to joining OPM, Marci served in the Air Force in uniform and as a civilian for 27 years. She also taught leadership for various universities including the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Schiller International, and the University of Maryland.

She is an alumna of the University of Southern California, Abilene Christian University, Walden University, Air Command and Staff College, and the Naval War College. She is the proud mom of two sons who can’t wait to get more degrees than their momma. Contact Marci by email at:

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Nancy Olivo, PhD

Nancy Olivo has served local government throughout her career, providing leadership in achieving their vision, mission and strategic goals through innovative human resources, organizational development, change management and leadership development initiatives. Nancy has successfully designed and executed strategies to improve and/or develop people, systems, work processes and culture through practice of high performance organization principles.

Nancy served as the Manager of Change and Development and Human Resources Director for the City of Norfolk, Virginia; Director of Human Resources for the City of Suffolk, Virginia; and currently serves as the Organizational Performance Manager for the City of Hampton, Virginia. Nancy also has served as professional staff supporting the LEAD program at the Center for Public Service.

Nancy holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and holds the designation of Senior Certified Professional by the International Personnel Management Association. Contact Nancy by email at:

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Valerie Lemmie

An adept strategic thinker with more than 35 years of experience in solving public problems and controversial issues in governmental organizations and local communities, Lemmie joined the Kettering Foundation as director of exploratory research after a distinguished career in public service. Lemmie has served as city manager for the cities of Petersburg, Virginia, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio; commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Ohio; and district director and acting chief of staff for Congressman Turner (Ohio’s 10th District). Lemmie has also been an adjunct professor at Howard University and the University of Dayton and a fellow at the Center for Municipal Management at George Washington University.

Lemmie currently serves as the immediate past chair of the board of directors for the National Civic League, board chair of Dayton History; board trustee and treasurer of Initiatives of Change, USA; executive committee member of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium; and board member, Ohio Matriots. She is a fellow and past board chair of the National Academy of Public Administration and has served on numerous local, federal, and international boards and commissions. A published author, Lemmie is a noted speaker on democratic civic engagement and the complementary production of public work.

Lemmie received her BA in political science and urban sociology from the University of Missouri and an MA in urban affairs/public policy planning from Washington University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia and the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Contact Valerie by email at:

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Opal Maudlin-Jones

Opal is the City Manager for the City of Lancaster, Texas. Opal’s municipal experience began as Community Relations Coordinator and Public Information Officer for the City in 2003 and progressed to her current position. Her public service career began in 1993 on the staff of United States House of Representative Member Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District, Texas. She also worked on the staff of Representative Bob Filner, 50th District of California. A native Texan, born and raised in Overton, Opal attended Arp Public Schools for her primary education and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Opal has completed numerous certification and training programs including the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center LEAD and Senior Executive Institute training. She was also a member of the 2010 Leadership ICMA Class. She completed the July 2018 Harvard Kennedy School of Executives in State and Local Government. Opal is a member of the Texas City Management Association, International City County Management Association, North Texas City Management Association, The National Forum for Black Public Administrators and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She serves on the Board of Directors for MissionSquare Retirement (formerly ICMA RC) and the North Texas Commission. Opal enjoys reading and quality time with her family. Contact Opal by email at:


Additional Resources

For a Deeper Dive into Race and Equity, please consider these resources. To access, click on the title in quotations below:


Dates: July 13 & 14, or September 14 & 15 (wait list only), or November 9 & 10 (wait list only), 2021

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Eastern Time) 

Cost: $300.00

The program, offered on three different dates, has limited availability due to the small group work involved and priority will be given to those who applied for cancelled programs in 2020. Please advise us of any dates you are available to attend. You will be notified by email when your participation can be confirmed. An invoice and more information will be provided at that time.

This leadership course requires that you commit fully to the pre-work (videos and readings to be provided) and the two days of the program. This is unlike a webinar or virtual conference where you can stop and deal with work. We will need you to come to class prepared and be present every day, all day.  If you aren’t there, we will miss you and your contributions. We suggest that you treat this as if you are out of the office by setting an "out of office" message on your email, talking to you supervisor (if needed), team, and direct reports to get their support for your learning and growth.

Please note that no refunds can be provided for cancellations less than 72 hours prior to the start of each program. However, an acceptable alternate may be allowed. We ask that you contact us should a situation arise preventing you from participating after acceptance into the program.

Thank you - and we look forward to "seeing" you!

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A 10% discount is granted to any participant from a Virginia locality that is a member of the Virginia Institute of Government.