Conference schedule

All conference sessions and events are at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201, unless otherwise noted.
Subject to change.

Tuesday, June 25

3 – 6 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk

5:30 – 7 pm

President's Welcome Reception
Light appetizers and hosted bar; dinner on your own

Wednesday, June 26

7 – 8 am

Morning wellness activity

7:30 am – 6 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk

8 am – 5 pm

Exhibit Hall

8 – 9:30 am

Continental breakfast

8 – 11:30 am

Early start sessions

Noon – 1:30 pm

Welcome and opening lunch
Parade of flags
City award recognition
DyeDavid2018appKeynote: Courageous collaboration: leading through change and challenge

David Dye, Leadership Consultant, Let’s Grow Leaders
Being a municipal leader is challenging. You’ve got to adapt under pressure, respond in tight timeframes, and incorporate diverse priorities – all in an environment that changes rapidly and without warning. At the same time, people look to you for confidence, inspiration, and hope.

How do you maintain people’s energy and motivation when so much is changing? How do you keep them focused on what matters most without adding to their stress? How do you encourage and support your colleagues to come together and solve problems when you don’t have all the answers?

In this fun, high-energy interactive keynote experience, David will lead you through a mix of improv comedy techniques, strategic stories, and interactive exercises that will have you laughing and building deeper relationships with peers. You’ll learn practical ways to inspire and encourage people, to show up strong for your constituents, your colleagues, and yourself, and grow your ability to navigate and lead through times of ambiguity and change.

1:30 – 2 pm

Exhibit break

2 – 3 pm

Concurrent sessions

3 – 3:15 pm


3:15 – 4:30 pm

Concurrent sessions

5:30 – 7 pm

Evening Reception at Riverfront Park
Light appetizers and hosted bar; dinner on your own

Thursday, June 27

6:30 – 8 am
Wellness challenge

AWC Fun Run and Walk

6:30 am – 5:30 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk

7:30 – 9 am

Networking breakfast

8 am – 3 pm

Exhibit Hall open

9:15 – 10:15 am
General session

HuffmanPolsonShannon2019appLeading from any seat: Stories from the cockpit – lessons from the grit project
Shannon Huffman Polson, Writer and one of the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter in the U.S. Army
Tenacity, determination, grit and an innate ability to lead has defined Shannon Huffman Polson. An adventurous young woman, she summited Mount McKinley (now Denali) and, at the time, was the youngest woman to complete the attempt. From there, she was commissioned in the Army and was one of the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter. Through her leadership and aviation skills she earned the right to lead two flight platoons and was the first woman to command an Apache flight company in the 2nd Infantry Division. With real-world stories and insights from in and out of the cockpit, she offers tangible leadership lessons for audience members to seek out their own targets and, where passion and purpose intersect, incorporate them into their own professional lives. By examining everyday leadership and situational challenges, Shannon empowers others to effectively lead and thrive in any dynamic environment.

10:15 – 10:45 am

Exhibit break

10:45 – 11:45 am

Concurrent sessions

11:45 am – Noon


Noon – 1 pm

AWC Center for Quality Communities fundraising lunch
Join us as we honor this year’s scholarship winners and continue our efforts to raise funds that nurture young community members to take on new leadership roles.

1 – 1:30 pm

Exhibit break

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Concurrent sessions

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 3:45 pm

Concurrent sessions

3:45 – 4 pm


4 – 5:45 pm

AWC Annual Business Meeting

5:45 – 7:30 pm

Exhibitor Reception
Appetizers and hosted bar; dinner on your own

Friday, June 28

6:30 – 10:30 am

AWC Registration Kiosk

6:30 – 8:15 am

Networking breakfast

7 – 8 am

Morning wellness activity

8:20 – 9:20 am
General session

AndrewsLeon2019appREAL action: Getting started with building racial equity in your city
Leon Andrews, Director, NLC’s Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Initiative
In the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the National League of Cities created REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions and build more equitable communities. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how city leadership can embed racial equity into their priorities. Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. Examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Take away concrete steps they can take to advance racial equity and racial healing work in their cities.

9:30 – 10:30 am
General session

Advocating for cities is a year-round job – Tips for action in the interim

10:30 am

Adjourn, safe travels!

Updated: 4/15/19


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