ISAC University

January 17-18, 2018
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel

Please join us January 17-18, 2018 for ISAC University, an exciting two-day conference that will give you essential information and training on how to effectively lead and manage. This conference will provide unique content that is packed with powerful success strategies and tactics for improving your leadership skills. The conference will encourage you to examine and evaluate your current leadership practices, launch new initiatives, and share ideas. It’s the role of a leader to help drive and direct the accomplishments within your county. The agenda (included below) provides a diverse mix of keynote and seminar presentations that will give you tools you can immediately use when you return home.

Knowing Your Leadership Strengths – PowerPoint
Knowing Your Leadership Strengths – Handout
Leadership and Risk – PowerPoint
Leadership and Risk – Handout
Making Millennials Great – PowerPoint

We will be offering CEUs for ISAC University.  Certificates will be available upon completion.

CEU Worksheet

Who Should Attend

Everyone, but more specifically: supervisors and all department heads, county leaders and anyone interested in discovering leadership practices and learning how to create successful results in county government. This conference is a great networking opportunity for county officials from various backgrounds to come together and learn from one another.

Conference Registration

Click here to register!

Registration ends at 4:30 pm on January 5, 2018.

Registration fee is $195 or $225 at the door.


Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel

1800 50th St, West Des Moines 50266

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Hotel Reservation Information

Please call 515.223.1800 or 800.325.3535 before Tuesday, December 26, 2017 to reserve your room within the ISAC University room block.  The room rate is $107/night plus tax. The Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel rooms feature modern conveniences and contemporary comfort. Guests will have access to a 24 hour fitness center, indoor pool, and self-parking facilities.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Registration

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Welcome Remarks

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Opening Keynote: Making Millennials Great…Five Pillars for Building the Next Generation

Have you ever wondered what it takes to motivate the millennial generation and turn them into employees that will do what it takes to get the job done?  Through humorous scenarios, real-life stories, and interactive participation, the program enables participants to learn the five pillars of motivation that are key to unlocking the potential of the millennial generation.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Refreshment Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Seminar: Knowing your Leadership Strengths

It may seem obvious, but it isn’t always something we spend time on.  Come renew your energy and add new tools to your toolbox to increase your leadership effectiveness.  With information and activities, Celina will take you through a discussion about owning our strengths, recognizing our blind spots, and using that insight to make an even better impact on those around us.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Break
***Hotel to Setup Grand Ballroom for Dinner

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner and Closing Keynote: Those Who Laugh, Last

Often people have said there is no room for HUMOR in the workplace; however, having good humor means having a positive attitude toward situations. Everyone has a sense of humor, they just don’t use it to their potential. It shows that you can remain cool under pressure and keep problems in perspective. Stress is a perception of an event. You may not be in control of the events happening around you, but you can control your response to those events. This is when a sense of humor is essential in the workplace.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

8:00 am – 8:30 am Morning Refreshments

8:30 am – 10:30 am Opening Keynote: Leadership and Risk

While the world context is changing rapidly, there is a political shift occurring in our country, and state and local politics are becoming ever more complicated. Because of all this uncertainty and change, we no longer live in a world where technical expertise or skills will see us through. Instead, the world is calling for a new kind of leadership. Our individual and collective ability to address challenges is now more than ever reliant on our ability to collaborate and to create and navigate relationships across multiple groups representing multiple interests. When the challenge is confusing, when the path forward is unclear, when there are multiple and competing ideas for moving forward, it takes someone to stand up and do something different. And, doing something different in the shadow of status quo can be quite risky and can feel lonely, isolating, and terribly scary. This session will explore the intersection of leadership and risk and what is truly required to exercise leadership in the face of complex challenges.

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Seminar: Workplace Innovation

Retaining high quality employees with limited budgets is extremely challenging. This panel discussion will focus on building and maintaining an attractive and productive work environment and holding on to those great employees in whom you have invested and trained. Real life examples from counties and private companies that have little to no additional cost to the employer will be discussed.

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch and Closing Keynote: Lessons Learned from a Date with Destiny/ A Historic and Inspirational View of 9/11/01″

Joe Dittmar’s eyewitness account of the sights, sounds and scenes from inside, and outside the World Trade Center complex on 9/11/01 presents an intriguing and gripping perspective on what really happened before, during, and after the terrorist attacks. While steeped with facts and observations of historic proportions, his presentation also presents concepts and ideas on what was learned that day and what lessons we can continue to teach.