Upcoming Dialogues

Virginia Municipal Clerks Institute & Academy Virtual Dialogue Series


The Virginia Institute is offering an online series of 8 Athenian Dialogues in 2020 (July-October) open to all IIMC members! 

Book Selections Include:

  • July 17-18, 2020 | Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell 
  • July 24-25, 2020 | Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown 
  • July 31-August 1, 2020 | The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organization by James M. Kouzes and Barry M. Posner 
  • August 7-8, 2020 | Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability and Inspire Actions on Your Most Important Work by Peter Bregman 
  • August 21-22, 2020 | Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg 
  • August 28-29, 2020 | Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek 
  • September 15-16, 2020 | Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes 
  • October 2-3, 2020 | Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner 

Please click here to read more about the series and each individual dialogue.

Please reach out to Institute Director, Jennifer Sisane for additional information regarding these programs. 

Sully: My Search For What Really Matters by Chelsea B. Sullenberger 

  • Facilitator: Kathleen Newkirk, MMC
  • Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Place: Virtual via Zoom Meetings
  • Cost: $45 - Does not include the price of the book.
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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

  • Facilitator: Dr. Jane Long
  • Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Place: Virtual via Zoom Meetings
  • Cost: $85 - Does not include the price of the book.
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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

  • Facilitator: Janice Bates, MMC
  • Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Second Option: Monday, August 3, 2020 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Place: Virtual via Zoom Meetings
  • Cost: $200 - Does not include the price of the book.
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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

  • Facilitator: Jannette Goodall, MMC
  • Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: Virtual via Zoom Meetings
  • Cost: $50 - Does not include the price of the book.
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Facilitator: Peggy Hawker, MMC
  • Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM and Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 9:00 AM - Noon
  • Place: Virtual via Zoom Meetings
  • Cost: $60 - Does not include the price of the book.
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The Gatekeeper  by Kathryn Smith 

  • Facilitator: Camilla Pitman, MMC
  • Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: Virtual via Zoom Meetings
  • Cost: $50 - Does not include the price of the book.
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Creating Magic: 10 COMMON SENSE LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FROM A LIFE AT DISNEY  by Lee Cockrell 

  • Facilitator: Mary Lynne Stratta, MMC
  • Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: Omni Austin Hotel Southpark, 4140 Governor’s Row, Texas
  • Cost: $55 - Includes Lunch | Does not include the price of the book.
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Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith

  • Facilitator: Stephanie Smith, MMC
  • Date: Friday, August 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: La Habra, CA
  • Cost: $75 - Does not include the price of the book.
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Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Facilitator: Stephanie Smith, MMC
  • Date: Saturday, October 2, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: La Quinta, CA
  • Cost: $75 includes lunch - Does not include the price of the book.
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Toto’s Reflection: leadership Lessons Form the Wizard of Oz by Kevin Fickensher

  • Facilitator: Marita Rhude, MMC
  • Date: Friday, October 9, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: Grand Rapids, MN
  • Cost: $75 - Includes Lunch. Does not include the price of the book.
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The Essential Ronald Reagan by Lee Edwards

  • Facilitator: Deb Hladky, MMC
  • Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: Westerville, Ohio
  • Cost: $10 - Does not include the price of the book.
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Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brene Brown

  • Facilitator: Kathy Flamson, MMC
  • Date: Friday, October 30, 2020 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM and Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Place: Virtual via Zoom Meetings
  • Cost: $60 -  Does not include the price of the book.
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Opening the Doors by BJ Hollars

  • Facilitator: Kathie Novak
  • Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 
  • Place: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Cost: $100 - Includes Lunch. 
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Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned  Doing Stupid Things by Chip Gaines

  • Facilitator: Laura Nieto, MMC
  • Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Place: Eastvale, California
  • Cost: $75 includes lunch - Does not include the price of the book.
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