Athenian Leadership Dialogues

Athenian Leadership Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all Municipal Clerks in training seminars. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in a book that all participants have read. Dialogues are conversations in which Municipal Clerks share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.
The premise of the Athenian Leadership Dialogue is the idea that Municipal Clerks are leaders in very profound yet subtle ways. The interest and involvement of the participants, as well as the author's specific focus and emphasis, require that the facilitator move with purpose using the language of meaning, feeling, and power.

Participants devote 6 hours to a Dialogue and come away intellectually enriched by this communication experience. Participants can also obtain points towards their CMC and MMC certification. For more information regarding Athenian Leadership Dialogues, please visit the IIMC Website at

COVID-19 Policy Update: On November 14, 2020, the IIMC Board of Directors voted to extend the allowance of Athenian Dialogues to be conducted virtually using video conferencing software through June 30, 2021.  All attendees must participate via Zoom, with audio and video on for the duration of the dialogue.


Ashton Rene Gout, CMC
Athenian Leadership Dialogue Coordinator
Deputy City Clerk
City of Palm Springs
(760) 323-8284

[email protected]

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Upcoming Virtual Dates: (Check CCAC Events Calendar)   

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April 16
Annual Conference
Registration Closed 
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 May 7
Registration pending
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: Bach, Richard: 9780380012862: Books
June 4
Registration pending

      Registration is $30. Attendees are required to purchase and read the book prior to the Dialogue.

Points towards CMC or MMC Certification:

     3 CMC/MMC points


Once you have completed 10 Athenian Dialogues you may submit the Athenian Leadership Society Fellowship Application with IIMC, including copies of the 10 Dialogue Certificates (Please note: Participant is required to maintain attendance records. IIMC does not maintain attendance records for dialogues completed outside of the IIMC Annual Conferences). IIMC will verify the attendance and if approved notify the applicant when they will be inducted as a Fellow. For more information on how to become an Athenian Leadership Society Fellow, contact your CCAC Athenian Leadership coordinator or IIMC. 

Undaunted - Jackie Speier October 19, 2019 - San Carlos