This conference content is based on the CSDA Special District Leadership Academy's (SDLA) groundbreaking, curriculum-based continuing education program, which recognizes the necessity for the board and general manager to work closely toward a common goal. SDLA provides the knowledge base to perform essential governance responsibilities.
Embassy Suites La Jolla
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
M. Leffel, Director, Monterey Peninsula Airport District
|5:30 − 7:00 p.m.||Registration and Networking Reception
Take a moment to network with your peers from throughout the state at this informal networking reception. Reception includes light appetizers.
|8:30 a.m. − 12:30 p.m.||Building a Foundation for Good Governance
In this informational session, the instructor will lay the groundwork for good governance in your district. Attendees will discover:
|12:30 − 1:30 p.m.||Lunch provided (All Attendees)|
|1:45 − 4:30 p.m.||Fulfilling Your Districts' Mission - Charting the Course
This session will highlight the importance of setting the direction for your district. Learn the critical components of direction setting
for your district along with how to avoid planning pitfalls. Attendees will walk through the steps of establishing and fulfilling your
district’s mission, vision, values, and strategic goals and how to communicate those objectives to your constituents.
|5:30 − 7:00 p.m||Sip and Savor Evening Reception
Join us at this reception for networking and entertainment.
|8:30 − 10:00 a.m.||Get the Word Out! Best Practices for Communication and Outreach
This session looks at common communication breakdowns and areas for improvement in public agency communications.
It will discuss proper and effective communication methods to be aware of as a governing official including:
|10:00 a.m. − 10:30 a.m.||Break (All Attendees)|
|10:30 a.m. − 12:00 p.m.||
Defining Board and Staff Roles and Relationships (Part 1)
This conference session will teach participants how to determine the Human Resource health of their district and what areas
to focus on as a board and individual governing official including:
|12:00 − 1:00 p.m.||Lunch Provided (All Attendees)|
|1:15 − 4:00 p.m.||Defining Board/Staff Roles and Relationships (Part 2)
|8:30 a.m. − 12:00 p.m.||Show Me the Money! What Do Board Members Need to
Know about District Finances?
This session will provide a review and insight of important financial concepts, reports, and policies specific to public
agencies including special districts. Attendees will learn:
|12:00 − 12:30 p.m.||Graduation Certificate Distribution
At the completion of the conference attendees will be awarded a certificate of completion for the Special District Leadership Academy
"As a new board member, I truly enjoyed attending the Governance Foundations workshop. The material was informative and the instructor did an outstanding job answering relevant questions that were posed. I recommend this workshop to anyone serving as an elected official."
Shiva Frentzen, Director, Cameron Park Community Services District