Breakout Sessions

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Wondering which sessions to select?  Take a look at the descriptions below.  Additionally, we have put together a suggested list of workshop selections for new council members, staff members, or members of extension council finance, program, or personnel committees in our Breakout Session Tracks document.  As a reminder, council members should select the workshops they wish to attend regardless of the track suggestions.

Breakout Session 1 | 10:00-10:50 a.m.        select one

A. ISU Health Insurance
Is ISU’s health insurance the right fit for our employees? Learn more about the ISU health insurance plan that will be available to county employees on July 1, 2020. The session will cover cost of insurance, coverage, and how counties can take part in the plan.
B. Making Marketing Manageable | Julie Hlas, Cindy Gannon, and Natasha Neal, Advancement Specialists
I placed an ad; why didn’t they come? Building relationships, talking with community members, or persuading someone to take action are all a part of marketing. Discover why getting out f the office should be part of your county marketing plan. Leave knowing it’s ALL of our jobs to be promoters and marketers of ISU Extension and Outreach.
C. County Program Success Stories - Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development
Does a county have a good idea I can steal?! Hear about two very successful Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development programs happening in the state. Collect ideas that may work in your county.
D. Conducting Public Council Meetings | Julie Aberg Robison and Sara Shonrock, Community and Economic Development Program Specialists
Why can't we all go for coffee after the council meeting? Through the use of scenarios, you'll get an overview of the Open Public Meeting laws. Facilitators will give you guidance on responding to citizen requests for council records, going into a closed session, and accommodating comments from the public. Also, learn the guidelines for socializing with fellow council members outside of meetings.


Breakout Session 2 | 11:00-11:50 p.m.        select one

A. Employment Law and Practices | Jaki Samuelson and Kay Oskvig, Whitfield & Eddy LLC
Can a council member be sued? Real life scenarios will be used to help council members understand their obligations as employers. You'll learn about employee record keeping, harassment, nepotism, performance management and evaluations, disciplinary procedures and more.
B. County Finances 101 | Gene Mohling, Regional Director
It all looks like numbers on a page to me! This hands-on workshop is for newer council members and provides some basics to help you read and interpret county financial reports and get a better handle on what council members need to know to do due diligence with county finances. Plan to bring a copy of your county’s most recent financial report and budget.
C. County Program Success Stories - Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community Economic Development
Does a county have a good idea I can steal?! Hear about two very successful Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community and Economic Development programs happening throughout the state. Collect ideas that might work in your county.
D. Managing Risk in the County Office | Brian Hughes, LMC Insurance
Got risk? Learn how you can manage and reduce your county’s exposures to risk. Topics to be explored include cyber/data risk, special events, drones, as well as some interesting claim examples throughout the years (and how you can avoid getting on this list).


Breakout Session 3 | 1:15 - 2:05 p.m.        select one

A. Employment Law and Practices | Jaki Samuelson and Kay Oskvig, Whitfield & Eddy LLC
Can a council member be sued? Real life scenarios will be used to help council members understand their obligations as employers. You'll learn about employee record keeping, harassment, nepotism, performance management and evaluations, disciplinary procedures and more.
B. County Finances 102 | Gene Mohling, Regional Director
How can we manage the county’s finances? This hands-on workshop provides the next level of complexity for council members to understand county finances. You will be empowered to spot potential cash flow issues, understand the different county funds, and shape budgets to reflect your county’s priorities. Plan to bring a copy of your county’s most recent financial report and budget.
C. County Success Stories - Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development
Does a county have a good idea I can steal?! Learn about some very successful programs and community partnerships happening throughout the state. Collect ideas for which ones might work in your county.
D. Imagine Life’s Journey with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach | Deb Sellers, Director, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach
What can Human Sciences Extension and Outreach offer your county residents? Is this session you will learn about two new initiatives and engage in actual programming activities. We’ll explore three recently launched products and discuss ways to use them in your county. Active participation is required!


Breakout Session 4 | 2:15 - 3:05 p.m.        select one

A. Council Member Overview | Council Member Panel
I'm a new council member; now what? Listen to experienced council members share tips and what they have learned about being an extension council member. You'll be able to ask questions at the end of the session.
B. Succeeding with Structured for Success | Dr. John Lawrence, Vice President for Extension and Outreach
How do we make the Structured for Success recommendations work for our county? Meet with Dr. Lawrence to talk about how Structured for Success will be implemented and how your county can move forward successfully with the new staffing structure. Learn about the plans that are in place to help counties reach more citizens for a strong Iowa.
C. County Program Success Stories - Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community Economic Development
Does a county have a good idea I can steal?! Hear about two very successful Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community and Economic Development programs happening throughout the state. Collect ideas that might work in your county.
D. 4-H Annual Check-up | Lisa Berkland and Gail Castillo, 4-H Youth Development Program Specialists
Have you ever wondered if your county 4-H program is healthy? Is there a fairly simple way to visualize where your county is strong and where you might need to focus some attention? Utilizing data, learn one way to assess your county’s program balance, audience balance, market share, and growth.