Sonoma Returning Attendee Schedule

Sunday, October 22, 2023

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Registration and Networking Reception

Monday, October 23, 2022

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Establishing a Board Culture

Brent Ives, BHI Management Consulting

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Keep Your Eye On the Money: Navigating California’s New Campaign Contribution Prohibitions

Natalie Kalbakian and Chelsea Straus, Richards Watson Gershon

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

How to Develop Innovative and Effective Outreach That Meets the Unique Needs of Your Community

Martin Rauch, Rauch Communication Consultants, Inc.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Special Districts Socialize

Mac Clemmens and Maria Lara, Streamline

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Sponsored by the Special District Risk Management Authority (SDRMA)

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Advanced Financial Reporting and Strategies for Public Officials

Cindy Byerrum, MPA, CPA, Eide Bailly CPAs

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Promoting Civility in Times of Heightened Partisanship and Polarization

Institute for Local Government

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Board / Manager Relationship Best Practices

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

This presentation will expand on the “Defining Board & Staff Roles and Relationships” that participants previously attended. The training will provide “best practices” for a positive relationship between Board members and the General Manager and staff by using real-world scenarios for participants to work through. In addition, the training will provide “hands-on” guidance for evaluating the General Manager as well as tips for drafting and reviewing employment contracts with General Managers.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Leading Challenging Board Meetings

Margaret Long, Prentice Long PC

4:00 p.m.

Conference Ends for Returning Attendees