Workshops & Training

Women’s Leadership Symposium sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 8/26/21

Registration is closed - workshop at capacity. 

Location: Maine Municipal Association, 60 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
Time:  Registration: 8:30-9:00am / Workshop: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost:  MMA Member: $85; Non-Member: $170
Presenters: Meredith Strang Burgess, President & CEO, Burgess Advertising & Marketing; Cathy Conlow, Current City Manager of Bangor/Incoming MMA Executive Director; Alyssa Tibbetts, Attorney, Jensen Baird; Megan Bates, Deputy Director Maintenance & Operations, City of Lewiston Public Works; Stacy Thompson, Deputy Director, City of Saco Water Resource Recovery; Vicki Schmidt, Firefighter, Town of Buckfield; Michelle Kennedy, Manager, BerryDunn, OD Certified Consultant, Institute of Organization Development and Prosci Certified Practitioner

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Course Information:

Join us for this brand new, full-day offering focusing on some of the biggest issues women face in leadership positions, and in municipal government especially. Explore the ways that women are uniquely equipped to handle workplace situations and gain important skills such as how to manage difficult people, resolve conflict, negotiate contracts and advocate for oneself, build confidence and create a successful work/life balance.



Keynote Presentation: Meredith Strang Burgess

As a female business owner, breast cancer survivor and a former member of the Maine State House of Representatives, Meredith is the epitome of leadership. You don’t want to miss her inspiring address!

The New Face of MMA: Cathy Conlow

Cathy will become MMA’s new Executive Director on August 9th. Most recently, Cathy was the City Manager of Bangor and prior to that, the Town Manager in Orono. Cathy will divulge the secrets to her success, including how to approach contract negotiations and bargain for the job you really want.

Everything You Need to Know About FMLA: Alyssa Tibbetts

Alyssa is a mother of two, an attorney specializing in government services and employment/labor law and was previously the Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Cumberland. In addition to FMLA, Alyssa will also cover a variety of legal issues relevant to women in the workplace, including breastfeeding laws, equal pay, gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Success Stories from the Municipal Frontlines: Megan Bates, Stacy Thompson, and Vicki Schmidt

This panel will feature women working – and leading – in traditionally male-dominated professions, like public works, wastewater and fire service. Learn about the unique challenges and rewards for women working in these fields.


Shaping Your Workplace Culture: Michelle Kennedy

A clear, consistent and aligned organizational culture is one of the best offenses and defenses a leader can build to weather turbulent times and build a high performance workplace. When leaders create this type of culture, it inspires high commitment and employees are able to believe in and live out the organization’s purpose, which ultimately results in better outcomes for the communities and people you serve. In this workshop you will learn why culture matters, the drivers of culture, why culture change fails, and concrete steps you can take to build an organizational culture that is inclusive, innovative, adaptable and more engaging of your employees.



Cancellations for In-Person Workshops/Conferences:
Cancellation notification must be given in writing at least 3 business days before the session begins. Cancellations received within that 3 day window may be charged the full registration fee. All cancellations are subject to a $10 administrative fee for processing. Please go to to cancel. If you have any questions please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428.


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