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GOVERNING Georgia: A Leadership Forum – 2012

Apr. 26, 2012 | Marriott Atlanta Marquis | Atlanta, GA


The GOVERNING Georgia Leadership Forum brings thought leaders from GOVERNING’s award-winning editorial team, Georgia and around the nation to you. The day is designed to be interactive, and will include sessions on some of the most important challenges facing Georgia.

The forum will feature a highly interactive format and an agenda created in partnership with the Advisory Board. Learn from your peers in different agencies and jurisdictions, hear from thought leaders and industry experts chosen for their knowledge of the challenges of your region.

Who Should Attend:
- Elected officials
- State executives, managers and deputies
- City and county managers, department directors and deputies 

Morning Keynote:

Leadership and Accountability When It Matters

Commander Kirk Lippold,
Inspirational Leader and Commander of the USS Cole

The privilege and burden of leadership comes with a level of accountability that many aspire to emulate and anyone can rise up to and achieve. Using a devastating suicide terrorist attack as a backdrop, Commander Lippold conveys how the bedrock principle of integrity created an environment for leadership where his crew felt imbued with a sense of ownership as they seized the opportunity to be responsible for their ship and not just their jobs. Their own sense of personal accountability and leadership proved to be a guiding principle in the crucible of combat.

Lunch Keynote:

Georgia's Story: Demographics and Predicting the Future

Mathew Hauer, Public Service Assistant, Governmental Services and Research, Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Georgia - and our nation - are experiencing major demographic, social, educational and economic shifts. If government is to prepare for the Georgia of tomorrow, leaders must understand and adjust to these shifts. Matt Hauer, demographer and Public Service Assistant with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government,  will give you insights into what Georgia looked like 30 years ago, what the Georgia  of tomorrow may look like, and more importantly, what it means to the state’s leaders. 

The day will include:

  • Georgia Today and Tomorrow
  • Working together to Build a Better Tomorrow
  • Governing for Results - It's about Performance
  • Rethinking Government Finances: When All-Cuts Budgeting Doesn't Get It All Done
  • A Look to the Future: Polls, People, and Public Service
  • And More!

 The program has been created in partnership with Georgia state and local government leaders.





  • The Honorable Kasim Reed
  • Mayor, City of Atlanta, Georgia

  • W. Burrell Ellis, Jr.
  • Chief Executive Officer, DeKalb County, Georgia

  • Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D.
  • Director, the GOVERNING Institute, former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Patrick Ibarra
  • Co-Founder and Partner, The Mejorando Group

  • John Kachmar
  • City Manager, City of Johns Creek, Georgia

  • Ross King
  • Executive Director, Association County Commissioners of Georgia

  • John McDonough
  • City Manager, City of Sandy Springs, Georgia

  • Richard Norment
  • Executive Director, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

  • Jonathan Walters
  • Executive Editor, GOVERNING

  • Mark Whitlock
  • Chief Executive Officer Central Education Center (CEC)

  • Katherine Willoughby, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Public Management and Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University



Sponsorship Opportunities are Available:

For more information, contact:
Fred Kuhn, Publisher
Phone: 202-862-1455


For conference registration and general assistance contact:

Jeremy Smith, Registration Coordinator
Phone: 916-932-1402



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