Knowledge Center

Leadership Development

Leadership is the ability to positively influence those over whom we have no authority. Successful urban place management begins with successful leadership that inspires trust, inclusivity and vision. The place manager inspires a culture of leadership and vision that permeates the organization. In addition, they assume a leadership role in creating a long-term strategic plan for a managed place while building an internal team focused on implementing and promoting the mission, values and objectives of that plan. The urban place manager must build meaningful relationships with various stakeholders including, but not limited to, board members, property owners, nonprofit partners, government officials, residents and business owners. Place managers are proactive, industrious and creative community leaders.

Culturally Responsive Placemaking – Embedding Equity in Place Management

September 23, 2022 Presentation

As the importance of inclusive downtowns and city centers becomes increasingly apparent, many place management organizations struggle to appropriately embed equity in their operations. Using tangible and current examples, this presentation will illustrate how organizations can leverage organizational equity commitments into culturally responsive placemaking that thoughtfully increases their impact and community leadership position.

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Brent Toderian Master Talk

September 21, 2022 Master Talk

Brent Toderian is a nationally and internationally respected thought-leader on better cities, and a leading global practitioner in city planning, urban design, transportation, downtown revitalization and advanced urbanism with 30+ years of experience.

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Ebony Walton Master Talk

September 21, 2022 Master Talk

Originally from Miami, Florida, Ebony Patrice Walton is a wife, mom, minister and self-proclaimed BID nerd. A 16-year veteran in the place management industry, Ebony currently serves as Associate Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the DowntownDC Business Improvement District and also supports its organizational development initiatives.

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David Downey Master Talk

September 21, 2022 Master Talk

As President and Chief Executive Officer, David is responsible for the overall strategic positioning of IDA as a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers.

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Kathleen Rawson Master Talk

September 21, 2022 Master Talk

Kathleen Rawson has more than 30 years of experience in both Hospitality and Destination Management. Before arriving at The Hollywood Partnership, Rawson served as CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

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Taking Action in Public Safety & Community Health Planning

June 16, 2022 Presentation

Place management organizations often employ public safety and law enforcement systems as the primary mechanism for response to low-level crimes in their communities. In recent years, calls for defunding and decreasing law enforcement’s response to low level crime has left a service gap for place management organizations. This presentation examines the nuanced role and opportunities BIDs can take on to manage gaps and tackle these issues.

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A New Director’s Guide to Thrive Your First One to Three Years

December 17, 2021 Presentation

So, you’ve landed the position of President/CEO or Executive Director, now what? Join this session and learn from two professionals who have transitioned into leadership roles of urban place management organizations. Learn how to navigate your first year and set reasonable expectations for success for years to come.

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We Aren’t Placemaking, We Are People Making

December 17, 2021 Presentation

We have an opportunity to use experience, a pandemic and data to inform how we cultivate our greatest assets, our people. Before we can “reopen” our districts (as if they were ever closed), we must address the anxieties, fears, languishing, burnout and uncertainties of the past year. If we don’t, then we are asking people to walk out of a burning building, shake it off and build a new building. We can do better.

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Strategic Planning During (and After) COVID

December 17, 2021 Presentation

This session will dive into strategic planning and what it looks like coming out of the pandemic. Panelists will reflect on their experiences leading strategic planning processes during this once-in-a-generation disruption. We’ll also look forward to what’s already changed, what hasn’t and what needs to change when it comes to strategic planning for organizations.

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So You Want to Be More Diverse? Diversifying the Place Management Industry from the Inside Out

December 17, 2021 Presentation

Equity, diversity and inclusion are popular buzzwords, but how are organizations really implementing these initiatives? This roundtable discussion is about diversifying the place management industry from the inside out. We want to uncover the personal experiences of minorities and highlight organizational challenges and successes around increasing staff and board diversity as well as efforts to support minorities.

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