Leadership Development

Padrinos/Madrinas Program

Welcome to the LGHN Padrinos/Madrinas Coaching Program!  The Padrinos/Madrinas Coaching Program builds on the Padrinos/Madrinas tradition in Hispanic/Latino(a) culture.  Padrinos and Madrinas are an extension of family and provide a strong support system for family members.  Extending this concept  to the professional realm, the LGHN Padrinos/Madrinas Program creates the same support system for emerging leaders working in local government.

LGHN is excited to offer seasoned leaders in local government who are committed to assisting emerging leaders who serve diverse populations and supporting the next generation of government innovators.  These one-to-one volunteer coaches are from all disciplines and are available to offer career advancement strategies, solution based discussions, assistance in addressing local challenges faced when serving a diverse community and/or to share their experience and expertise on specific issues.

The volunteer network of leaders is available for a one-time meeting or conversation, periodic discussions, or a continuous coaching relationship; your professional goals drive the coaching process.

Professional Development

The Professional Development programs will focus on providing support for seminars, conferences, webinars, service delivery and community outreach practices, and the Pardinos/ Madrinas coaching program.  Upcoming events and webinars will be posted on this site.

Career Advancement

The Career Advancement programs be focus on working with executive search firms to assist LGHN members advance their careers by providing training on resume writing, interview skills and other skills related increasing competitiveness when applying for leadership positions. Upcoming events and webinars will be posted on this site.

Webinar Series: The Difficult Road: How Local Governments Prepare to Reopen

Communities are preparing to emerge from the pandemic and leaders must do so with the same care, if not more, that they did in managing through the crisis. Reopening will not happen overnight. Join us as local government leaders across the US discuss what service delivery will look like, impacts to the community, what plans may change in the fall if there is a second wave, and what current practices will continue. LGHN will host this webinar on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:00-11:30 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT) for a discussion about how local governments are planning for the “new normal.”  Panelists from across the country will be present to share their stories and answer your questions.  There is no cost for participation.  Participation is limited to 100 people.

Recorded Webinar

Webinar Series: Economic Development in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Webinar Series: Human Resources on the Front Line of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 29, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time 

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Webinar Series: Local Government Issues and Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic

When: Apr 9, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: LGHN Presents – Local Government Issues and Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded Webinar

Webinar Series: Harnessing Your Potential

Webinar Series .PDF

Part 1 – Harnessing Your Potential – Preparing for Opportunities Without Knowing the Details.

Part 2 – Part 2: Harnessing Your Potential – I  Spy: Looking for Opportunities in all the Right Places

Evaluating Whether to Pursue a Job Opportunity:

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Preparing a Notable Resume and Transmittal Letter to Help You Become a Semifinalist

Recorded Webinar

Responding to Questionnaires & Online Interviews to Help You become a Finalist:

Recorded Webinar

Interviewing Like a Boss

Recorded Webinar

6/3/20 Words from the Wise: An Interview with Raymond Gonzales, County Manager, Adams County, CO


6/9/20 – Words from the Wise: An Interview with Jorge Gonzalez, Village Manager, Bal Harbour, FL


7/9/20-  Case Studies in Effective Leadership


Part 10 – Servant Leadership: The Importance of Nurturing Healthy Relationships


Part 11 – Servant Leadership: Leading Change and Executing with Excellence


Part 12 – Readers are Leaders: Finding the Time to Grow Your Mind


Webinars Archive

  1. Moving up the Ladder Without Burning Bridges
  2. Chess Skills to Interview Like a Grand Master  (View Interviewing Skills PowerPoint) & (View SGR Resources For Candidates)

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