Live Plenaries

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT

Opening Plenary

Leadership and Self-Care: Don’t Burn the Candle at Both Ends

The moment a policymaker is sworn into office, they become the chief advocate and go-to person for their constituents on many of the critical matters affecting daily quality of life and safety. However, since the start of the pandemic, many seasoned and newly-elected policymakers have had to govern during an extended period of uncertainty and emergency response. This discussion will provide participants with strategies elected officials can adopt to practice self-care and maintain mental well-being when carrying out their responsibilities as leaders and elected officials.

Thursday, August 26, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

Live Discussion for Education Policymakers

New Era of Education: Policy Actions that Put Equity at the Forefront

While the COVID-19 crisis has disrupted education for all students, the pandemic has affected those in vulnerable communities the hardest. In response to family and student needs, education policymakers have pushed their academic institutions to change policies, staffing support, and resource allocation. Additionally, education policymakers must continue to respond in flexible ways while simultaneously developing robust plans that ensure all students have equal opportunities to succeed. In this live discussion, education policymakers will share lessons learned and highlight the policies and practices they are using in their academic institutions to ensure that equity, empathy, and students’ needs are at the forefront of school preparation for the next academic year and beyond.

Thursday, August 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT

Live Discussion for Municipal/County Officials

Municipal Leaders Roundtable: Reset and Rebuild for an Inclusive Recovery

As the nation rebounds from the impact of COVID-19, county and city governments have continued to be at the forefront of leading community recovery efforts. To be successful in those efforts, local policymakers will need to work on long-term economic recovery plans that take into account the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on communities of color. This discussion will highlight how local policymakers can use this opportunity to reset and create a new normal through innovative ideas and investments to rebuild an equitable infrastructure for strong and resilient communities.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

School Board/Superintendent Relationships

Hear from the Honorable Jacinto Ramos and the Honorable Monica Trejo, who will highlight the different roles and responsibilities of the board and superintendent and how to create and strengthen the relationships between the two. Board President Ramos serves at the Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas and as president at the Mexican American School Boards Association. Board Member Monica Trejo serves at the Tempe Elementary School District in Arizona and is President-Elect at the Arizona School Boards Association.

Don’t Become a Meme! Public Speaking Tips and Tricks

As we continue to see an increased role for digital communications, tune in to hear from Mr. Tim Lim as he provides guidance on what an engaging and impactful communications campaign looks like and how to avoid the perils and pitfalls of the digital age. Mr. Lim serves as Founder of Lim Consulting Services and is a Partner at The Hooligans Agency.

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