Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

  • Intro of all NRP staff with photos and bio
  • Summary of what POOL/PACT is and what it is not
  • GL & WC
  • Relevance to POOL/PACT Services/Programs

Tony shares the latest in risks and prevention strategies in the cybersecurity world.

  • Jeff Kaye - Schools
  • Steve Campbell – Law Enforcement
  • Tony Rucci – Cyber
  • Tom and Rachel Griffiths - Aquatics

Thursday, October 19, 2023

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

Start your day with coffee and pastry and get to know your table mates. 

Leadership is much more than bottom line and short-term gains. 

  1. They care about the organization and community as a whole.  Not chasing money. Profitability doesn't lead at all costs, particularly when it does not align with their purpose and values.
  2. They seek connection. Purpose-driven leaders make a consistent effort to stay connected with their staff and customers, keeping them at the forefront in terms of all of their decision-making.
  3. They have an ethical compass. Purpose-driven business leaders look at every decision critically and make ethically responsible choices. There are many things that are legal and profitable, but not ethical. 
  4. They surround themselves with other ethical leaders and set a positive example. Purpose-driven leaders set the tone for others and surround themselves with those who share the same values and purpose. This practice enables these leaders to grow an entire purpose-driven organization or team.
  5. They talk about their values and purpose regularly. Communication is the surest way that we can bring about change in organizations. Purpose-driven leaders talk about what they value as well as the company’s vision and purpose regularly. 
  6. They look for opportunities to learn, change and grow.


Attorney Brett Sutton will cover common issues and the latest updates regarding wage and hour law for public-sector employers. 


Session Agenda presented by Renée Mayne, Arbitrator and Mediator

11:00 a.m. Greetings and Brief Introduction of “Effective Labor-Management Relations”

11:05 a.m. Review Session Agenda and Invite Questions about the Labor-Management Relations Agenda

11:10 a.m. The Psychology of Why Mutuality between “Opponents” is Uniquely Necessary in Labor-Management Relations

11:20 a.m. Foundational Research Lecture: Understanding What Trust Means; Building Trust

11:30 a.m. Foundational Research Lecture: Sharing Information; Maintaining Confidentiality

11:35 a.m. Personal Qualities of an Effective Labor-Management Relations Professional
  Small Group Discussion Results; List Qualities

11:40 a.m. Building Resilient Labor-Management Relations for the Long Haul

11:50 a.m. Facilitating Dialog and Understanding in Misunderstandings, Anger, Frustration, and Mistrust
11:55 a.m. Questions and Comments

12:00 p.m. Program Concludes

Details TBA

Participants will break out into groups by entity type to share their questions and challenges, and discuss their experiences, potential resources and solutions. Groups will include:

  1. Cities and Towns, moderated by Neal Freitas
  2. Counties, moderated by Jeff Coulam
  3. Public Safety, moderated by Stacy
  4. Special Districts, moderated by Ashley Creel
  5. Hospitals, moderated by Lessly Monroy
  6. Schools, moderated by Sean Moyle


This presentation will cover the newest PERS related updates, general overview and key issues related to HR and administrators.

In this session, participants will walk away with strategies on how to prepare for and present at meetings (internal and external). This workshop will provide you with new tricks and a review of the old tricks to allow you to perform as an amazing public speaker, whether it is at a board meeting, an internal departmental meeting, or a presentation/training. You will come away with the following:
• Define the key steps in preparing for a public speaking event:
• Creating a solid agenda/presentation (don’t forget icebreakers!)
• Designing your presentation and handouts
• Building good content – including storytelling and a memorable message for closing
• Managing your nerves, body movement, and voice inflection
• How to handle a presentation on video conference.  How is it different?
• Overcoming obstacles (time, attention, questions, distractions, participation)
• Preparation and rehearsing – how much is enough? Strategies on ensuring you know your stuff!
• What to do when you arrive – set up and logistics
• Post meeting – ask for feedback!

Enjoy snacks and drinks on us as you get to know your fellow POOL/PACT members and partner vendors. 

Friday, October 20, 2023

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Friday, October 20, 2023

Empathy is a critical leadership skill. It helps build and sustain positive workplace relationships, foster diversity, and inclusion, encourage cooperation and collaboration and facilitate conflict management. Empathy makes it possible to work cooperatively with people who have very different experiences, preferences, styles, and opinions.  With millions of job openings nationwide, employers are working around the clock to identify, recruit and train new talent while also striving to engage their current workforce. Empathy seems to be the key to success.

• Review data that shows the impact of empathy within the workplace
• Examine how to build a business case for intentionally implementing empathy within the workplace
• Determine how to cultivate empathy within the workplace.


Session Agenda  presented by Renée Mayne, Arbitrator and Mediator

9:30 a.m. Greetings and Brief Introduction of “Mediation Skills for the Workplace”

9:40 a.m. Review Session Agenda and Invite Questions about the Mediation Skills Agenda

9:45 a.m. Foundational Research Lecture: Field Theory

9:50 a.m. Foundational Research Lecture: Theory of Cooperation and Competition

9:55 a.m. Personal Qualities of an Effective Problem Solver in the Workplace
  Small Group Discussion Results; List Qualities

10:10 a.m. Applying Mediation in the Workplace Lecture: Who, What, Where, and When

10:20 a.m. Facilitating Dialog and Understanding in Mediation in Misunderstandings, Anger, Frustration, and Mistrust
  Lecture, Full Group Discussion

10:30 a.m. 10-minute Break

10:20 a.m. Conflict Resolution Technique: Building Trust Among Disputants with the Trust Question

10:40 a.m. Drafting and Approving the Mediated Agreement

10:45 a.m. The Psychology of Why Mediation Works or Fails

10:50 a.m. Questions and Comments

11:00 a.m. Program Concludes

This panel session will give participants the chance to have their toughest employment law questions answered - anyone who "stumps" the attorneys with their question wins a prize!

Joining us for this session will be Ann Alexander, who will be our moderator/MC, and we will have the following attorneys as panelists to answer questions:

  • Charity Felts - Assistant General Counsel at UNR
  • Rebecca Bruch - Attorney at Lemons, Grundy & Eisenberg
  • Scott Husbands - Senior Deputy Attorney General, Personnel Division 

Details TBA

Attorney Becky Bruch will review the latest legal updates from the 2023 Nevada legislative session and provide guidance on how these changes may affect POOL/PACT member employment practices. 

Close out the event with some friendly team competition and the chance to win some great prizes. Must be present to win!