Athenian Leadership Dialogue

2018 OAMR Mid-Year Athenian Leadership Dialogue

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M

It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
Facilitated by Anthony Mejia, MMC
Holiday Inn @ PDX Airport

Registration Closed

Athenian Leadership Dialogue Information

OAMR is excited to offer another Athenian Leadership Dialogue before the 2018 Mid-Year Academy. It will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Holiday Inn @ PDX, 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon. It will be held from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., and will be facilitated by Anthony J. Mejia, MMC, City Clerk for the City of Palm Springs, California.

This session will provide three education points for both CMC and MMC candidates on completion of an assessment. The cost of the session is $75.00. Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants.

Athenian Leadership Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all recorders in training seminars. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in a book that all participants have read.

Dialogues are conversations in which recorders share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.

The premise of the Athenian Dialogue Society is the idea that recorders are leaders in very profound yet subtle ways. Leadership here is not the transactional vending machine citizens seem to believe about public management. The interest and involvement of the participants, as well as the author's specific focus and emphasis, require that the facilitator move with purpose using language of meaning, feeling, and power. Participants devote six hours to a Dialogue and come away intellectually enriched by this communication experience.

Participation in an Athenian Leadership Dialogue requires the purchase and reading of the book prior to the session. The book selected for this Dialogue is It Worked for Me by Colin Powell.  Buy now on AmazonSmile and OAMR will benefit! 

According to Amazon, “This book is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world. Powell's short but sweet rules among them, "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit" are illustrated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand upon his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. In work and in life, Powell writes, "it's about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet. It's all about the people." A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond. "Trust your people," he counsels as he delegates presidential briefing responsibilities to two junior State Department desk officers. "Do your best someone is watching," he advises those just starting out, recalling his own teenage summer job mopping floors in a soda-bottling factory. Powell combines the insights he has gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations with the lessons he has learned from his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx, his training in the ROTC, and his growth as an Army officer. The result is a powerful portrait of a leader who is reflective, self-effacing, and grateful for the contributions of everyone he works with. Colin Powell's It Worked for Me is bound to inspire, move, and surprise readers. Thoughtful and revealing, it is a brilliant and original blueprint for leadership."

Anthony’s facilitation will generate ideas and perspectives that produce lively and intense discussion. The various leadership revelations roles, styles, and principles used by Colin Powell will be discussed, and participants will see how relative and useful they are to their own positions. Happy Reading!!

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, at, or by telephone at 541.574.0613.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Now:

Holiday Inn @ PDX Airport
8439 Ne Columbia Boulevard
Portland, Oregon  97220-1382

Call (503) 914-5245 or 1.800.HOLIDAY

GROUP CODE – Mention block code OMR (not OAMR)

Reserve your rooms for the Mid-Year Athenian Dialogue and Academy Session. The room block for the Holiday Inn is now open and includes dates from Wednesday, April 4 through Friday, April 6, at the $129 +tax rate. The discounted group rate is available until March 14.

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