Magazine article Public Management

Award for Early Career Leadership: In Memory of William H. Hansell Jr

Magazine article Public Management

Award for Early Career Leadership: In Memory of William H. Hansell Jr

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Established in memory of former ICMA Executive Director William H. Hansell Jr., this award recognizes an outstanding early-career local government professional who has demonstrated leadership, competency, and commitment to local government as a profession.

Kirsten Wyatt

Assistant to the City Manager, West Linn, Oregon

In 2011, Kirsten Wyatt and her husband saw the need for a group of informed and motivated government staff to assist those individuals who were interested in learning how to engage in local government, find jobs, and network with other local government leaders. With no budget but a passion for the profession, they founded Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).

With the help of a few senior government executives, the Wyatts started a series of lunchtime lectures for government staff and students interested in expanding their knowledge of local government. Speakers included city managers, Oregon state officials, the governor of Washington, university professors, executive recruiters, and ICMA President Bonnie Svrcek.

In October 2013, ELGL organized its first annual conference. Held at the Kennedy School in Portland, the conference was attended by 180 local government professionals and students from all over the country sharing innovative ideas and challenges confronting the profession. The Wyatts have also presented to the Oregon City Managers Association and other organizations about finding, educating, and mentoring the next generation of government leaders.

Today ELGL comprises more than 450 local government professionals, from city managers to management analysts, in the early to middle stages of their careers.

Its members are "innovative local government leaders with a passion for connecting, communicating, and educating," whose overarching goal is to address the issue of mentoring the next generation of leaders. …

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