Partnering For Success

A Webinar And On Demand Video Series with Public Entity Partners

TML is working with Public Entity Partners to provide the Partnering for Success webinar series beginning August 19, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, both the TML Annual Conference and the Public Entity Partner's Risk & Insurance Symposium have been cancelled. Both organizations are taking this opportunity to work together and provide educational content to members. The webinars will begin August 19 and continue into the fall. 

The webinars sponsored by Public Entity Partners will be live and include an opportunity for questions at the end of the presentations. Each participant must register. These sessions have been approved by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office for utility commissioner credit.

Webinars provided by TML require registration but may not include a Q&A and may not qualify for utility commissioner credit.  Sessions approved for utility commissioner credit are denoted as such below.  On-demand content provided by TML doesn't require registration.  

 

Series Schedule

August 19, 2020 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm CDT

Mauricio Velasquez

Diversity Today: Being More Inclusive Tomorrow, A Template for Looking at Risk 

Current events demand risk managers to be more in tune with diversity and inclusion issues within their organization. Risk managers need to be able to anticipate and address emerging issues before risk levels reach dire proportions.

Have you taken time to evaluate how your organization looks at diversity and inclusion issues?

How does your entity anticipate these issues?

Is your organization responding by reacting to issues or are you proactively addressing diversity and inclusion?

During this engaging webinar, a template for addressing these issues will be presented and discussed. This session will also cover unconscious biases and uncovering your blind spots. Mauricio Velasquez is a nationally recognized speaker and author serving as a diversity and inclusion strategist, consultant, and trainer. He speaks frequently on topics like respectful workplaces, employee engagement / trust, unconscious bias, and diversity and inclusion. Mauricio believes that if you respect all differences in your workplace, your people feel valued and respected, leading to higher engagement and performance.


 

Aug 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. CDT

Jerry Durham, Assistant Director, Division of Local Government Audit, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury

CARES ACT Guidance

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The federally approved CARES Act included payments to state and local governments through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to assist with the financial impact of COVID-19.  Through the CRF, Tennessee was allocated more than $2.6 billion.  $115 million of the state’s allocation is being directed to local governments based on a $15 per capita basis. This presentation will address issues related to the federal funds the state has allocated to local governments including what expeditures qualify for the funds and how to apply for the funding.

View a bio of Jerry Durham here

*This session will be provided via on-demand video.  Registration is not required.  Video will be emailed to membership.


 

September 2, 2020 at 1:00pm-2pm CDT

Abbie Hudgins, Administrator, Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Bureau of Workers Compensation Update

This session will give an update from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation including the impacts of telehealth on workers’ compensation. During the COVID-19 pandemic rules regarding telehealth visits have been temporarily suspended. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has an established Telehealth Working Group to further evaluate the impacts this new technology could have on improving injured employee’s access to care and speed of medical care for certain work-related injuries.

Abbie Hudgins is the Administrator of the State of Tennessee’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The Bureau includes the state of Worekrs’ Compensation Claims, Appeals Board, Mediation Program, Ombudsman Program, Uninsured Employer’s Fund, the Drug Free Workplace Program, and several other worker injury related programs.

Prior to leading the Bureau, Abbie served as risk manager for the Nashville and Davidson County Metropolitan Government and a risk and benefits manager for the City of Knoxville.

*This session was approved by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office for CMFO and utility commissioner credits.  You must register and participate in the live event to receive your credits.  


  

September 9, 2020, at 1:00pm-1:30pm CDT

Sam Glenn -- View Sam Glen's bio on his website

A Virtual Motivational Experience (Session 1)

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Never before have so many people faced change, unpredictable circumstances, and fear all at the same time. Life has changed for people in almost every way possible in both their personal and professional lives. No matter a person's age, location, or industry everyone is facing new challenges on an almost daily basis.
Now, more than ever, people have to be incredibly “intentional” about not only guarding their positive attitude but feeding it so that it can withstand the challenges the current day presents. 

Sam Glenn, who has authored more than 30 books based on how the human attitude works, will share his best points and practical tips on how to finish this year strong, while preparing to start next year off in the best possible way.

With humor, real life examples, and strategies that actually work – this virtual webinar will provide a positive boost  to keep moving forward with your head up!

We have all heard speeches on attitude, but we promise this one to be a little bit different than what you are expecting! 

*This session will be provided via on-demand video.  Registration is not required.  Video will be emailed to membership.


 

September 10, 2020, at 12:00pm-1:00pm CDT

Dr. Matt Murray

COVID-19 and the Tennessee Economy 

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As Tennessee’s cities and towns continue to grapple with COVID-19 and the ongoing economic uncertainty, Dr Matt Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, will provide his insights relating to the attitudes and behaviors Tennesseans have toward COVID-19 and the reopening of the economy.

Currently, Dr. Murray works closely with Governor Lee’s Economic Recovery Group and other groups to administer the ongoing Tennessee Pulse Survey. The survey, completing its 5th Wave, provides a Time Series analysis that measures how concerns and attitudes change and evolve over time. 

Murray, who also serves as a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has worked with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues including economic development incentives and economic/fiscal impact analysis. 

We hope that city officials will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to receive expert information about COVID and the Tennessee economy and will participate in a Q&A session in this live webinar.

 


 

September 16, 2020 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT

George Dalton, Public Entity Partners
Leadership and Police Civil Liability: Leading Through Challenging Times <-- register here and view a speaker bio within

*This session has been approved by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office for CMFO and utility commissioner credits.  You must register and participate in the live event to receive your credits.  

Law enforcement leadership and command staff throughout the country are aware that a small percentage of officers are responsible for a disproportionate number of complaints or accidents. Sadly, this can negatively reflect on the department and the law enforcement profession. In light of the recent headlines on national protests, questions about biased policing, calls for increased police accountability, the goal of this training is to increase the awareness and understanding of critical risk management trends in law enforcement, and the latest police liability developments. Law enforcement is experiencing challenging time, and leadership is essential in helping the department maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals during these trying times. A description of the basic civil liability judicial environment will be presented, and the critical importance of reasonable, defensible decision-making will be discussed; with emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of police leadership and mid-level supervisors in identifying issues early and responding strategically. In addition to the legal implications, the impact of engaging your community, positive contacts with the public and superior interpersonal skills will be addressed. Items that will be discussed include:

  • Implicit Bias
  • Community Engagement
  • Police EPLI Issues
  • Early Intervention Warning Systems
  • Law Enforcement Distracted Driving

 


 

September 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. CDT

Sam Glenn -- View Sam Glen's bio on his website

A Virtual Motivational Experience (Session 2)

See description of webinar above.  

View Sam Glen's bio on his website

*This session will be provided via on-demand video.  Registration is not required.  Video will be emailed to membership.


 

September 30, 2020 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm CDT

Kristin Berexa, Farrar & Bates

First Amendment Rights and Employment Actions <-- register here and view a speaker bio within

*This session has been approved by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office for CMFO and utility commissioner credits.  You must register and participate in the live event to receive your credits.  

Understanding where an employee’s first amendment right to free speech and the employer’s right to discipline an employee intersect is a critical component to ensuring you are in compliance with federal law. Unfortunately, this is a growing area of litigation for local governments as the line between public speech and what an employer can prohibit becomes blurred through social media and other outlets.

Join us for an informative webinar led by Kristin Berexa, attorney for Farrar & Bates. Kristin began her career in 1991 after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has experience representing cities and city employees in all alreas of municipal litigation in both federal and state court. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts of Tennessee (Eastern, Middle and Western) and Tennessee State Courts. Ms. Berexa has been a speaker at multiple seminars covering topics related to municipal litigation, such as police liability, employment discrimination, the Tennessee Open Records Act and the Governmental Tort Liability Act.