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2021 OAMR Annual Conference

Best Western Agate Beach Inn
Newport, OR
September 29-October 1, 2021

Annual Academy - Wednesday, September 29
Athenian Leadership Dialogue - Thursday, September 30
Annual Conference - Thursday & Friday, September 30-October 1

Hotel Reservations:

Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn in Newport. Contact the hotel at 541-265-9411 to make your reservations. Be sure to mention you're with OAMR for our rates. Annual Academy is on September 29, 2021, Annual Conference is September 30, 2021 through October 1, 2021. Rooms blocked September 27, 2021, through October 3, 2021.

Hotel Group Rate Hillside Room:  $114  (plus  11.3% tax)
Hotel Group Rate Ocean View Room: $134 (plus 11.3% tax)


Member base fee for Academy: $150 (Non-member $175)
Member base fee for Conference: $350 (Non-member $375)

Athenian Leadership Dialogue: $35 (ALD only $75)


OAMR is holding its annual Conference IN-PERSON this year, so mark your calendars for September 29 through October 1, 2021 and plan to learn, network, and have fun. This year, there are two Academy Sessions, one Athenian Leadership Dialogue, and a full day of concurrent sessions geared toward the new Recorder.

Academy Session No. 1
The first Academy Session will be held on Wednesday, September 29, and is titled, “Leveraging Strengths to Improve Individual and Team Performance.” The presenter is Dr. Daniel Hiltz. In this session, participants will use the results of their CliftonStrengths© profile to learn how their unique talents impact the way they perform, how those talents can be honed to become strengths, and how these strengths can be focused on improving work performance and achieving professional objectives.

Participants will engage in a wide variety of activities including a guided review of their CliftonStrengths© profiles, watching short videos, sharing insights with each other, applying their knowledge to case studies, completing small group activities, and creating individual and team action plans.

At the end of the day, participants will understand how strengths: Participants will discover and understand how strengths:

          are developed from talents

          have impacted their performance in the past

          can be refined and increased

          impact execution, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking

          can be leveraged to achieve individual performance objectives

          are distributed within their team

          complement each other in a team environment

          can be leveraged to achieve team performance objectives

          can be used to drive closer collaboration within and between teams.

This session is a win for both new and seasoned City Recorders. Registration for this Academy Session is separate and distinct from the general Conference registration. This session qualifies for three educational points providing an assessment is submitted on completion of the session.

Academy Session No. 2

The second Academy Session is included as a part of the Conference registration. This session will be held on Friday, October 1, and is titled “Advancing Workforce Equity and Inclusion.” The presenter is Dion Jordan.

This Academy Session will delve into the promotion of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. The goal of the session is to help organizations ensure access, equity, and inclusion in all services, policies, and procedures while helping all employees lean into the work. We will begin by building some trust and bravery around engaging in courageous conversations and then progress into bringing awareness around the implicit bias we all carry. The session will conclude by talking about what it takes to advance equity work within your workforce. This training provides useful tools that will help further incorporate core values into all work serving the community. Woven throughout this training are goals and action items. These are our irreplaceable ideals of being:

          people and mission-focused

          accountable and transparent

          racially just and trauma-informed

          focused where the need is the greatest

          dedicated to bringing a sense of belonging to all.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are hot topics, and many cities are struggling to identify how to develop related strategies in our work places. At the end of the day, participants will have learned how to:

●          Build a shared racial vocabulary

●          Create an Equity Strategic Proposal

●          Address disparities in the workplace

●          Decrease micro aggressions and discrimination

●          Facilitate difficult conversations

●          Recruit, retain, and onboard diverse candidates

●          Develop equity leadership within your organization

●          Help create a culture of trust, bravery, and belonging

●          Strategies to help the resistant to be engaged

●          Resources and tools to advance equity efforts

●          Mediation strategies and best practices

●          Cultural competency

●          Decenter white-dominant culture.

This is another “must” for City Recorders as we strive to implement strategies that make our work places more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just. This session qualifies for three educational points providing an assessment is submitted on completion of the session.

Concurrent Sessions
On Thursday, September 30, there are two sessions geared toward new Recorders. These include “Welcome to the Profession,” in which new members will learn all about OAMR, IIMC, certification, and more. Later that day, a session on “Recorder Essentials” will be presented by two long-time City Recorders – Karin Johnson, MMC and Ruth Post, MMC.

Also on Thursday, September 30, concurrent sessions will include: “Annexations,” presented by Robert Ayers, Oregon Department of Revenue, and Derrick Tokos, Community Development Director for the City of Newport. Later this day, Sharon Harris, from CIS, will present, “Performance Evaluations, Leading Up To, and Delivery.” 

To end the day, Scott Winkels, Lobbyist for the League of Oregon Cities, will present a legislative update in a general session.

Questions regarding any sessions may be directed to Peggy Hawker, OAMR Education Committee Chair.

Athenian Leadership Dialogue
On Thursday, September 30, OAMR is offering an Athenian Leadership Dialogue based on the book, The Girls of Atomic City – The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, by Denise Kiernan. This Dialogue is facilitated by the one; the only – Mary Lynne Stratta – former IIMC President and Friend of OAMR. The Dialogue requires a separate and distinct registration, and participation is limited to 30 attendees.

The Girls of Atomic City tells the unbelievable true story of young women during World War II who worked in a secret city dedicated to making fuel for the first atomic bomb — only they didn’t know that.

This narrative non-fiction book introduces the reader to this world through the eyes of the real women who lived and worked there during the war. The Girls of Atomic City is a story of patriotism and purpose, of mystery and suspicion, survival and remembrance.

This session qualifies for three educational points providing an assessment is submitted on completion of the session.

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