DeHart-Davis and Nelson Advise on Advancing Women in the Local Government Profession

Leisha DeHart-Davis and Kimberly Nelson

School faculty members Leisha DeHart-Davis and Kimberly Nelson are advising on the advancement of women in the local government profession. They will be featured speakers in an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) University Online Classroom webinar entitled “Interest, Confidence, Risk, Reward: Getting More Women Into Local Government Management Positions” scheduled for March 26.

DeHart-Davis and Nelson, among other speakers, will discuss the current state of women entering into local government management and the amount of progress that has been made in recent years. Presenters from ICMA, the League of Women in Government, and the Michigan Municipal League will report on new research data, introduce new professional development models, and provide a range of barrier-breaking ideas and opportunities for women working in local government.

ICMA has funded a UNC School of Government research project entitled Near the Top: Understanding Gender Imbalance in Local Government Management and DeHart-Davis and Nelson will discuss the project during the webinar. The project has sought to understand and address the factors contributing to racial and gender underrepresentation in local government management.  Researchers from six universities (UNC-Chapel Hill included) have conducted interviews, resume analysis, and a survey of local government managers and assistant managers across the country. ELGL and the League of Women in Government are also assisting with project research.

The webinar is free for ICMA members and others can purchase the webinar online at ICMA’s website.