Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CSAC Conference Center, Sacramento

Conflicts and disagreements are a fact of life. They can contribute to better outcomes or can lead to an escalating situation. Transform the most difficult circumstances into a satisfying experience for all involved. This course helps County elected officials and executives identify constructive approaches to positively managing conflict whether from the dais, in a meeting, or one-on-one. Participants analyze their own response to conflict and develop tools to quickly assess and respond to difficult situations and create practical, positive outcomes.

Instructors: Bill Chiat is Dean of the CSAC Institute. He is an expert in facilitation and organizational development with over 35 years experience in city, county and state governments. Vikki Bauer is former County Supervisor from Mono County.

Real Discussions of Real Issues to Develop Real Leadership Solutions
Thursday, July 18, 2013; 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CSAC Conference Center, Sacramento

Leadership is a term you hear a lot, but as an elected official, how do you practice it? This course addresses the realities of leading in a turbulent political and economic environment. This timely course draws on the insights of Jim Collins’ most recent book, Great by Choice, as well as a three-year research project on leadership and fiscal sustainability conducted by instructor Rich Callahan. The class is designed to initially invite discussion by the elected officials on the leadership challenges they have or are encountering. The course then specifically responds to those items, applying the research and empirical findings across a range of recent public sector and business sector leadership research.

Instructor: Dr. Richard Callahan is associate professor of management at the University of San Francisco. He brings practical experience researching and working with elected officials in leadership practices.

Registration limited to county elected officials.

Help Your County Avoid Unnecessary Financial Costs & Unpleasant Publicity
Friday, July 19, 2013; 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CSAC Conference Center, Sacramento

With few exceptions, counties and partner non-profits which receive grants from the federal government must follow certain cost principles. Violating these principles can result in unallowable expenditures, often culminating in large refunds and costs to counties. Understand the cost principles applicable to county governments and nonprofit organizations and learn how to ensure that costs claimed against government grants are allowable, and therefore, reimbursable. Topics include: criteria for determining allowable costs, permissibility of specific items of cost and how to adequately document costs claimed.

Instructor: Sefton Boyars, CPA, CGFM, CFS from the California Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) Education Foundation.

Eligible for CPE credits for CPAs. Open to county staff and staff of partner non-for-profit agencies.

CSAC Partnership with California State University – Northridge

The CSAC Institute has partnered with CSU-Northridge to offer a unique MPA degree program exclusively for county managers and elected officials. This on-line degree features a cohort approach so you complete all the courses together with your class. All courses are on-line so you take each class at your convenience. The cohort has three Saturday classes in Sacramento during the two-year program so you can meet classmates in-person as well. CSU-Northridge is one of the largest and oldest MPA institutions and has gathered an outstanding faculty of academics and experienced professionals. If you’ve been thinking about earning your MPA, this is an exciting opportunity!

Learn more about the courses, schedule, faculty, costs and other details at: deadline is July 15. Classes begin on September 3, 2013.