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LELA Educational Opportunities

  1. Leading the Way to Board Excellence

    March 5, 2020, 8:00 AM - June 4, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Western Carolina University

    Leading the Way to Board Excellence is open to county, school board, and municipal elected officials and will be held on the Western Carolina University campus. This unique four-part series offered by the Center for Public Leadership and Governance is designed to help you understand yourself better as a leader and give you skills to work more effectively with others. You will learn how to communicate your vision and values, and explore ways to work collaboratively with others towards a common purpose. Apply by November 30.

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  2. Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

    April 24, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Virtual class via ZOOM

    Does your job require speaking to groups, motivating others toward a common goal, or having difficult conversations with coworkers? If so, this workshop is for you. Our goal is to help you build the communication skills necessary to give excellent presentations, persuade others to support your vision of the future, and turn potentially destructive interactions into productive ones. This day-long, interactive, skill-based workshop is focused on the needs of public-sector officials and open to anyone who wants to communicate more effectively. Experts from the UNC Department of Communication will teach you about the art of public speaking and lead you through exercises designed to help you create and deliver effective messages. Please bring to class a written script, and be prepared to deliver a 5-7 minute speech on a topic you are likely to address in your normal work life. This script/speech will be the basis of intense, individualized attention throughout the day.

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  3. Districts 14 and 18 Meeting * CANCELED *

    April 28, 2020, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Wilkes County Ag Center (Wilkes County)

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  4. Top 10 Primer: Financial Responsibilities of Local Elected Officials (Webinar)

    April 29, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM @ Online

    Adoption of the county or municipal budget is one of the most important responsibilities of an elected board. Understanding the local government budget development process can be challenging, especially for officials in their first terms of office. This webinar, led by UNC School of Government faculty members Greg Allison and Bill Rivenbark, will help elected officials learn the “Top Ten” most important factors to know and understand as you enter the fiscal year budget development season, including understanding your roles and responsibilities related to the arena of local government finance. For those who have taken the Essentials courses (municipal or county), this webinar is an excellent opportunity to dive a little deeper into your financial roles and responsibilities, and also adds a component about the annual audit process.

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  1. NCPTS Users Conference * POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBD *

    April 15, 2020, 8:30 AM - April 16, 2020, 4:15 PM @ Koury Convention Center in Greensboro

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