As the role of the County Offices of Education continues to evolve, this conference is dedicated to providing COE board members with the tools and information to empower them to be effective elected education leaders. This year’s sessions will address governance during challenging times, focusing on the unique responsibilities that differentiate county school board members from district board members. Be inspired as you leave with new ideas for serving students.

Please thank our AC sponsors: Capitol Advisors, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Seneca Family of Agencies, Voler Strategic Advisors, California State Lottery, Lozano Smith, Footsteps2Brilliance, and Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP.
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Saturday, September 10 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Connecting in Conflict: How to Resonate with Challenging Colleagues and Maintain Productive Relationships with Other Elected Leaders

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To achieve your organization’s goals, you must work cooperatively with other officials and elected leaders, even when these relationships are steeped in conflict. This can be challenging when you are not the only authority in the room and must work with colleagues with opposing views. As an elected leader, you can influence other elected officials without having control over them. This session will cover how to connect with anyone and build relationships, maintain trust, and communicate with challenging or hostile colleagues.

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Kimberly Vallee

Administrative Operations Manager, Sonoma COE
Administrative operations manager at the Sonoma COE, with over 20 years of experience building and maintaining critical relationships on behalf of C-suite executives, board members, and elected officials in corporate, non-profit, and government settings.
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Lisa Wittke Schaffner

Board Member, CEO, Sonoma COE
Trustee for ten years with the Sonoma COE, and CEO of the North Coast Builders Exchange, has over 25 years of experience serving as CEO, mayor, and member of her local city council.

Saturday September 10, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Regency 1-2