MISAC Announces Annual Conference

The State Board of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) will gather this weekend for their 16th Annual Conference, IT’s a Team Sport, Oct. 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. The central coast location, just an hour south of the San Jose International Airport, offers easy access for members from the organization’s Northern, Central and Southern Chapters. The theme emphasizes the importance of collaboration with not only MISAC colleagues, but also city staff members and elected officials.

This year’s program will be jam-packed with presentations on both cutting-edge cyber-topics and management topics such as leadership, service and marketing.

The conference’s headline speakers include the following:

  • Kevin Ciccotti, CPCC, PCC, a student of peak performance, interpersonal communication and human behavior, trained at The Coaches Training Institute and the Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention, founded by world-renowned human performance experts Anthony Robbins and Psychotherapist Cloe Madanes. He is certified by both CTI and the ICF, and in 2012 was named President of the Nevada Professional Coaches Association.
  • David Rabiner helps audiences become better leaders, perform at a higher level and create stronger teams and organizations. His programs are fun, substantive and have practical application, featuring a common-sense approach and real-world examples.  He is one of the most experienced speakers in America. In 2003, he earned the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, an honor awarded to a small percentage of speakers worldwide.
  • Keni Thomas, author of Get It On! What it Means to Lead the Way, is a decorated U.S. military veteran-turned-country musician who gives a personal account of his heart-wrenching experiences in the chaotic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu to express a unique set of leadership lessons and inspired view of our greater purpose.

Attendees also will hear from MISAC’s Legislative Committee.

For the first time this year, the program will feature one-on-one executive coaching sessions with Kevin Ciccotti, during which members can experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhance their interpersonal, thinking and decision-making skills and build confidence in carrying out work and life roles. Members also can access a photo booth at which they may update their professional head shot for use on LinkedIn or other networking tools. A Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum, facilitated by Oullette & Associates, will offer hands-on, soft-skills programming on Moving Information Technology Up the Maturity Curve and the Human Side of Technology.

Other topical content will include sessions on smart cities, drones, project management in the public sector, cybersecurity, crisis communications and benchmarking.

The Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) was founded in 1980 out of a need for collaboration and solution sharing. The organization consists of three chapters—Central, Northern and Southern—and also offers informal and formal sub-regional specialization. The chapters are managed by regional boards, which gives them greater influence in their respective areas. Membership includes IT professionals from cities, towns, public safety, special districts and other local governmental agencies/districts. The MISAC State Board of Directors manages the direction of the association as a whole via state bylaws and Four Pillars.

For more information on the annual conference or to become a MISAC member, visit misac.org.