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Academy Schedule


CARL is going virtual! 


We are adapting to the current situation by holding the first part of our program online. 

Virtual sessions will include approximately 6-8 hours of instruction, discussion and networking activities. These hours will be scheduled during the indicated dates. 

In person sessions will require participants to attend both days of the session and stay overnight. Evening activities will be planned for the evening of the session's first day. The March session will be held during CALCOG’s Regional Leadership Forum.

We will continue to assess the situation based on the guidance from state and county public health offices, and the policies of participants’ agencies. The dates listed below will not change unless agreed upon by participants. The session elements are examples of the topics that we include in the program. Exact topics and their timing within the program are subject to change. While we want to provide prospective participants with an idea of program curriculum, we work during the year to tailor the program to the needs of each class. A brief description of the various tracks is on the academy Elements page.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Orientation - Virtual Session

  • Introductions, Orientation and Overview

OCTOBER 22 & 23, 2020 - Virtual Session

  • Essentials of Leadership 
  • Discover your Leadership Style
  • Thinking Critically About Your Career Journey
  • Regional Leader Speaker Series
  • Evening Team Building Activity


NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2020 - Virtual Session

  • Leadership Philosophy
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Communication & Engagement: Social Media
  • Regional Leader Series
  • Perspectives Module
  • Evening Team Building Activity

DECEMBER 9, 2020- Virtual Session

  • Networking Event

JANUARY 21 & 22, 2021 - Virtual Session

  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Emotional Intelligence/Values Leadership
  • Technical Skill Building Workshop: Public Engagement
  • Regional Leader Speaker Series
  • Policy Awareness Roundtable: (TBD)
  • Evening Team Building Activity

FEBRUARY 18 & 19, 2021 

  • Location: Bay Area
  • Intergovernmental Collaboration
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Working with Boards & Other Executive Super Powers 
  • Financing 
  • Regional Leader Speaker Series: (TBD)
  • Perspectives Modules
  • Evening Team Building Activity

MARCH 21-23, 2021

  • Location: Riverside during CALCOG's Regional Leadership Forum
  • Leadership: Strategic Thinking
  • Communicating for Success
  • Regional Leader Speaker Series
  • Policy Roundtable Discussion with Experts (TBD)
  • Technical Skill Building Workshop: Effective Presentations
  • Evening Team Building Activity

MAY 2021 TBD

  • Location: Sacramento
  • Leadership Training: Freedom to Think; Courage to Act 
  • Adaptive Leadership: Managing Change
  • Career Resilience
  • Public Sector Ethics
  • Goal Setting (and following through)
  • Understanding Regions: Policy Development and Legislative Process
  • Graduation Ceremony