Chief Executives Workshops

2021 Chief Executives Winter Workshop

Webinar Thursday, February 25th, 2021
1:00PM to 4:30PM

Registration fee:  $50.00

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New in 2021!  We are adding a Chief Executives Winter Workshop on Thursday, February 25 from 1:00PM to 4:30PM.  Join your peers from across the state for an afternoon of workshops. 


1:00PM – 2:00PM       Crisis Leadership; a local perspective

Moderated by Eric Giordano, Ph.D., Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS)

Mayor Dennis McBride, City of Wauwatosa and Aaron Reeves, Hudson City Administrator

Social unrest, protests and mob violence are almost always an unexpected challenge. Hear from two local leaders what they learned…the hard way…about managing during these times of crisis.


2:00PM – 2:15PM       Break


2:15PM – 3:15PM       Alternative Revenue Sources 

Moderated by Curt Witynski, Deputy Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Mayor Mike Palm, will discuss Baraboo’s recent adoption of a Local Vehicle Registration Fee and a Street Light Fee. Finance Director Max Gagin will discuss Janesville’s interest in adopting a Transportation Utility Fee.


3:15PM – 3:30PM       Break


3:30PM – 4:30PM       Tips for high-performing legislative bodies

Moderated by Todd Schmidt, City Administrator, Waunakee
Mike Golat, Altoona City Administrator/Treasurer 

The best path toward an effective board or council starts with a good onboarding process. We’ll talk about some successful strategies and League resources to help your local legislators become good policymakers.

2020 Chief Executives Summer Workshop

August 25, 26 & 27 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. each day

The 2020 Chief Executives Workshop will be held in your office this year. Due to the pandemic, the League’s annual municipal leadership event will be held virtually.  

Each day’s workshop will consist of a guest presenter or moderated panel discussion followed by a question and answer period with the speaker or panel, which will then lead into an open-ended round-table discussion.  

Thanks to the Municipal Property Insurance Company (MPIC) for sponsoring the Conference! 


Tuesday, August 25:  Never Waste a Crisis: Silver Linings within the Pandemic -- Scott Botcher, Fox Point Village Manager; Scot Simpson, River Falls City Administrator

Wednesday, August 26:  State Finances, Shared Revenue, & the November Election -- Jason Stein, Research Director, Wisconsin Policy Forum; Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll

Global Pandemic, Local Impacts (PDF) - Jason Stein, Wisconsin Policy Forum 

Municipal DataTool: Examining and comparing Wisconsin cities and villages - Wisconsin Policy Forum, August 2020

Marquette Law School Poll, Charles Franklin, Marquette Law School

Black Lives Matter Protests in Wisconsin, Charles Franklin, Marquette Law School Poll, 2020-08-26

Thursday, August 27:  Leading Amid Conflict – Mayor Mike Palm, Baraboo; Mayor Anissa Welch, Milton; Mayor Dan Devine, West Allis.  Moderated by Eric Giordano, Executive Director, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service.

Books recommended by Mayor Welch:
Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis, Dare to Lead by Brene Brown and Permission to Feel by Marc Bracket, Oh. D.