Educational Seminars

ISAC Educational Seminars
Wednesday, August 26

All educational seminars can be attended by any conference attendee at any time. We have some educational track suggestions, but they are not mandatory. See all seminar detail below.

NACo High Performance Leadership Academy Track – all day
Employee and Family Resources Track – all day
Meals from the Heartland Mobile Meal Packaging – morning only
Shot in the Dark Seminar – afternoon only

NACo High Performance Leadership Academy Track
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Meeting Room 307-310

This full-day track will feature keynote presentations and panel discussions that will help you become a better leader and to be poised to help others around you become better leaders. Dr. Tim Rahschulte, Chief Executive Officer at the Professional Development Academy, will give two keynote presentations and facilitate panels throughout the day. Specific topics will include mindset, local leadership, leadership development, and will prove why “you’ve got this.” The cost of this high-level leadership track is included in the price of conference registration.

Employee and Family Resources Track
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Meeting Room 312 – 314

Stress: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
9:00 am – 10:00 am

If there’s one thing we share in common in this world, it is stress. Stress helps keep us alive, but too much can cause significant health problems, reduce efficiency at work, and negatively impact personal relationships. While there is no such thing as eliminating all stress, there are ways you can minimize and manage stress to increase satisfaction and improve productivity in the workplace. In this seminar, you will learn how to identify stress and the best ways to respond under pressure. Speaker: Johanna Dunlevy, Wellness Manager, Employee and Family Resources

Developing Resilience
10:15 am – 11:30 am

Resilience is the ability to bounce back quickly from life’s difficulties. The good news is you can boost your resilience. Resiliency is a skill. This program shares what you can do to maintain energy through non-stop change and bounce back quickly from setbacks. Speaker: Dick Hannasch, Leadership Coach and Trainer, Employee and Family Resources

Staying Charged Through Change
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Change is a natural part of life, but it can be disruptive, both professionally and personally. Changes at work can impact our identity, our sense of belonging and our relationships with coworkers, clients and customers. Emotional reactions to change are a normal reaction to the real and perceived disruption that accompanies most changes. Speaker: Lars Peterson, LISW, Employee and Family Resources

Meals for the Heartland Mobile Meal Packaging
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Hunger isn’t just in the lives of children and families far away, too many Iowans go to bed and wake up hungry every day.  Help fight hunger by joining other Annual Conference attendees on a HUNGER FIGHT. During this off-site session, attendees will travel to the Meals from the Heartland packaging center in West Des Moines.  The group will work together to package around 10,000 meals to feed people around the world.  The bus will leave from the convention center promptly at 9:00 am and will return at 11:30 am.  Seating is limited, so registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and a $20 donation will be required at the time of registration and will go toward purchasing the meals.  Please dress casually and wear comfortable shoes.

Shot in the Dark Seminar
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Meeting Room 302-304

Just a mile from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a woman is shot during a nighttime stroll in a public park.  It’s the latest in a bizarre series of events, three years into a five-year missing persons investigation.  This presentation will cover the thousands of hours of investigative work, dozens of search warrants, hundreds of pages of reports, and, finally, two weeks of testimony necessary to bring a killer to justice in a case of premeditated murder without a body after years of digital impersonation.

This case has been featured on Dateline NBC, Oxygen Network’s Snapped, Investigation Discovery’s True Conviction and Deadly Women, and in a book by author Leslie Rule entitled A Tangled Web. Speakers:  Sgt. James Doty, Dep. Ryan Avis and Anthony Kava, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office

Questions on educational seminars? Contact Kelsey Sebern at or 515.244.7181.