First-Time Attendee Schedule

Registration Information

Registration is capped at 40 attendees for First Time attendees due to social distancing requirements.


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.


Building a Foundation for Good Governance 

David Aranda, SDA, Stallion Springs Community Services District

In this informational session, the instructor will lay the ground work for good governance in your district. Attendees will discover:

  • Why good governance is so important to the overall well-being of the district.
  • The traits of effective board members.
  • What good governance means and how to effectively put it into practice.
  • How to move your board from “I” to “we,” including how to become an effective team, establish team standards, and essential conditions for team building.
* This session covers Module 1 of the Special District Leadership Academy: Governance Foundations.

Lunch Provided (All Attendees)

Fulfilling Your District’s Mission: Charting the Course

Brent Ives, BHI Management Consulting

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, strategic goals, and how to communicate those objectives to your constituents.

*This session covers Module 2 of the Special District Leadership Academy: Setting Direction/Community Leadership.

Sip and Savor Evening Reception

Sponsored by the Special District Risk Management Authority (SDRMA)

Join us for a lively evening of networking and refreshments.


Defining Board/Staff Roles and Relationships

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

This conference session will teach participants how to determine the human resource (HR) health of their district and what areas to focus on as a board and individual governing official including:

  • Identifying the board’s role in human resources.
  • Recognizing HR red flags and positive indicators.
  • Developing and maintaining essential HR policies.
  • Covering confidentiality and legal liabilities.
  • Evaluating the general manager.
* This session covers Module 4 of the Special District Leadership Academy: Board’s Role in Human Resources

Lunch Provided (All Attendees)

1:15 – 4:00 pm

Get the Word Out! Best Practices for Communication and Outreach

Martin Rauch, Rauch Communication Consultants, Inc.

This session looks at common communication breakdowns and potential areas for improvement in public agency communications. It will discuss proper and effective communication methods to be aware of as a governing official including:    

  • Identifying audiences.
  • Responding to public input.
  • Media relations.
  • Legislative outreach and advocacy.

* This session covers Module 2 of the Special District Leadership Academy: Setting Direction/Community Leadership.


Show Me the Money! What Do Board Members Need to Know about District Finances?

David Becker, CPA, James Marta & Company LLP., Certified Public Accountants

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:

  • How to ask the right questions.
  • How to link the finance process to the district mission and goals.
  • Budget process, budget assessment, and communicating budget information to the public.
  • How to develop and analyze capital improvement plans and reserve guidelines.
This session covers Module 3 of the Special District Leadership Academy: Board’s Role in Finance and Fiscal Accountability.

12:00 pm

Graduation Certificate Distribution

First-time attendees must attend all sessions in order to receive their certificate at the conclusion of the conference.