Balancing Leadership:
Personal, Professional, Organizational AND Community

Brought to you by SEI & LEAD
September 13 & 14, 2022
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

 “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 “Creating a Positive and Productive Work Culture through Inclusive Leadership and Employee Engagement”, “Leading Change”, “Resilience” and “Race and Equity, Leadership Challenges”. 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 and team set-up 8:45 - 10:15 am
Break 10:15 - 10:30 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, VA

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.

10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Lunch/Break 1:30 - 2:30 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.

2:30 - 5:00 pm

Optional team chat – questions, sharing and connecting

5:00 - 5:30 pm


Please note that all times are Eastern Time.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Prelude (Harlow) 8:30 - 8:45 am
Connections with Teams/Linking 8:45 - 9:15 am

Dr. June Mighty, Organizational & Talent Development Division Chief, County of Santa Barbara, CA

After over 2 years of constant pressure and living in a state of emergency, we have entered a neutral zone. These are still uncertain times, but we can pause now to examine our emotional state. Using an ADKAR assessment tool, attendees will be able to pinpoint areas that they need to focus on in processing the last 2+ years. They will also learn techniques to cope with burnout, stress, and emotional fatigue. Leave the session feeling refreshed and more confident in taking on what comes next.


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

Looking Back to Forge a Way Forward: What the Montgomery Bus Boycott Can Teach Us About Leading Change
Christopher Shannon, Ed.D, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Ethics at the Air University, eSchool

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

Last 15 minutes for teams to talk about top take-aways and how to stay in touch.

1:00 - 4:15 pm
Break 4:15 - 4:25 pm
Closing 4:25 - 5:30 pm
Please note that all times are Eastern Time.
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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.

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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.

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Dr. JUNE Mighty

Dr. June Mighty is an Organizational & Talent Development Division Chief in the City of Santa Barbara, CA.

June Mighty is a multi-faceted and multidimensional thinker who offers practical concrete real-world solutions. She is gifted at pulling apart seemingly complex organizational problems and assisting organizations, management, and individuals in figuring out powerful workable solutions. She has an unwavering belief in success! She is skilled at helping people to navigate the difficulties and obstacles that accompany change and transition. She is a connector, diplomat, and organizational development architect with more than 27-years' experience positively impacting organizations through the implementation of leadership and organizational development strategies. Currently, she serves as the Organizational & Talent Development Division Chief for the County of Santa Barbara.

June began perfecting her skills while serving as a leadership development Instructor in the U.S. Air Force. She presented topics such as communication strategies, problem-solving, principles of leadership, total quality management, and team development to participants of various ranks, backgrounds, and cultures.

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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.

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christopher shannon

Dr. (Lieutenant Colonel (retired)) Christopher Shannon has 34 plus years of experience in leading, supervising, managing, training, evaluating, and various administrative positions. Additionally, he has experiences in aircraft maintenance, space satellite systems technology, and various other military and non-military related academic education and training roles. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Ethics at the Air University, Global College of Professional Military Education (GCPME) where he is the Department Chair, instructor/facilitator and course director in both the traditional and online classrooms.

Prior to his current role, he was an Associate Director for the Institute for Leadership Development and Lecturer at Troy University, Troy Alabama. Before joining the Troy University faculty in 2012, Dr. Shannon served 28 years in the United States Air Force that included four years of enlisted service prior to him earning his officer commission. His service in the Air Force took him to various countries which broaden his exposure to a variety of cultural settings. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, a Master of Art in Management, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law.

He and his wife, Jerdie, are from Clarksdale, Mississippi and they have three sons and seven grandkids. It is his love for God, family, and country that keeps him focused on being a positive influence in the lives of others.

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Additional Resources

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



  • September 13 & 14, 2022: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET

Cost: $300.00

The program has limited availability due to the small group work involved. 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 the 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!



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