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David Downey 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.

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

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.

Kevin Plummer Master Talk

Kevin Plummer is the Immediate-Past Chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. Formerly, Kevin served on the Board of the Executive Steering Committee of the Friends of the Riverwalk. He is a 13-year member of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, and oversaw six years of educational space renovations particularly with local architects Holmes Hepner and Associates and iConstructors, turning roughly 65K square feet of renovated space into active learning environments.

Main Street Grand Forks: The Longest Table

For the past two years, beginning in 2018, the Longest Table has welcomed local Grand Forks, North Dakota residents to sit down for a free meal in a welcoming environment with people they may not have known, to foster stronger connections, exchange stories, discuss community challenges, and spur civic innovation. Through conversations with strangers around the table, attendees are encouraged to listen attentively, share openly, consider thoughtfully, and dream big.


LiveNFK is a combination of professional development seminars and social events that showcase Norfolk’s vibrant culture. Each of the activities is designed to help make a compelling case as to why Norfolk and the region is a fantastic place to live, work and stay.

Kate Joncas Master Talk

Seattle Mayor Murray named Kate Joncas Deputy Mayor of Operations in June, 2014. Previously, Kate had been the President and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association since 1994. Kate has over 30 years’ experience in downtown revitalization in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in communities around the world. Ms. Joncas is the Past Chair of the International Downtown Association.

Tami Door Master Talk – San Antonio

Tami Door is the CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. She joined the Partnership in 2005 after serving as executive vice president of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest regional chamber, and as vice president of a five state division of NBD-First Chicago. She is the co-founder of Denver Startup Week and The Commons on Champa. Tami is a recognized leader for her innovative approach to convening, collaborating and innovating to build a strong City.

Women in Leadership

Regardless of age, experience or gender, studies have shown that successful urban district leaders exhibit key behavioral traits that allow them to succeed in this unique environment that is so dependent on collaboration and partnerships. This session will examine the findings from the “High Performing Urban District CEOs,” a behavioral competency leadership study completed by HRS, Inc. and Somverville Partners, Inc., in partnership with IDA.

The Art of Leadership

What does one do to practice the art of leadership? Our panel will create a vibrant conversation focused on the art of leadership. How do you motivate people? What does it take to build a championship team? How does a leader use conflict to build a stronger team producing better outcomes? This panel will discuss case studies that are directly applicable to your situation to show how you can improve your leadership art.

The Proven Path to Influence and Executive Presence for Women

According to a study by the Center for Talent Innovation, being perceived as possessing leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership positions. We will focus our session on Women in Leadership. As women move forward in their careers, the discussion in most organizations often defaults to their “executive presence.”