Keynote Speaker Rebecca Ryan @ the 2021 ACMA Summer Conference

Attention ACMA Members!

This year, ACMA has set out on a new initiative to offer a keynote address at our conferences.

We are excited to announce our first ever Keynote Speaker for ACMA Summer Conference 2021 will be guest speaker Rebecca Ryan!

Join Rebecca on day two of the conference as she brings us on her journey to inspire foresight and prepare us for the future of local government as we transition into our post-pandemic world. You will not want to miss this!

Keynote Address Description

After COVID-19, managers, employees, and the community are still processing one of the hardest years of their careers and/or lives.  The pandemic, within the framework of a politically divided country, pushed us in ways that were demanding and stressful, but also lead us to new innovations, strengthened teamwork in the region/state, and getting comfortable working and making decisions in the face of ambiguity.  While the world, our communities and organizations are in transition back to a better normal, it is important to take a moment to reflect on this experience.  What did we learn that needs to be shared?  How are we improving services to our communities?  And most importantly, how are we leading our teams to do what is right for the City, while respecting that there may be conflict with personal beliefs and choices? Join keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan in this point of reflection about the impacts of COVID-19 on the world, cities and employees and what leadership looks like in a post-pandemic world.

A Gift for the Audience
With Compliments of Rebecca Ryan, conference attendees will receive FREE copies of her E-books:

Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007)
ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Next Leaders (2013).

Attendees can expect to receive their free e-books via weblink at the time of the conference.

View the full ACMA Summer Conference Agenda here.

About Rebecca Ryan:

Rebecca Ryan is a noted top 50 professional futurist, economist, best-selling author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting through which she partners with government leaders across the country. Looking a generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. Rebecca is a graduate of Drake University with a certificate in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston; she is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and on the Executive Committee of the global Association of Professional Futurists.

She is the author of The Next Big Things: The Future of Local Government (2015), ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013), and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). Her TEDx talk, Spring is Coming, was featured at the prestigious TEDxBeaconStreet in 2015.


  • Thought Leader, CPA Practice Advisor
  • Top 100 Most Influential People, Accounting Today
  • Communicator of the Year, Women in Communication
  • Woman of Influence, Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Most Powerful Women in Public
  • Accounting, CPA Practice Advisor


  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Foresight, University of Houston
  • Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Drake University
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Drake University
  • Közgâz University Budapest, Hungary
  • Institüt für European Studiern, Freiburg, Germany

Rebecca Ryan is a futurist, economist, communicator and thought leader.

A born trend-watcher, Ryan realized that the workforce had changed, but cities and the workplace had not. Her mission is to leave the world better for future generations.

Read more about our special guest here. You will not want to miss this!

More Links

Rebecca Ryan Blog

Rebecca Ryan Linkedin

Next Generation Consulting, Inc. Linkedin

ACMA Corporate Partners