Whether you are a new or an experienced board secretary/clerk, continuing education is essential to keeping current on the many aspects of your job. In an effort to expand educational opportunities for this important position in special districts and to provide an opportunity to recognize individuals who invest the time in becoming trained in the various components of the job, CSDA created this certificate program. The Board Secretary/Clerk Certificate has become the gold standard for special district board secretaries and clerks throughout California. We invite you to participate as a first-time attendee to earn your certificate and come back year after year to advance your knowledge of special districts through new and exciting breakout sessions tailored for you.

Online Community

Connect with your peers attending the conference through the CSDA Special District Board Secretary/Clerk Conference Community.
Keynote speaker Beth Z

Monday, October 26, 2020
8:30 - 9:45 A.M.

Opening Keynote

Leading with Focus: Collaboration and Productivity without a Billion Videoconferences

Beth Z. - Your Nerdy Best Friend

Overnight, the traditional workplace culture shifted when the pandemic forced our country's workforces into work from-home models. Never-ending videoconferences haven't helped you and your colleagues be more efficient... they're just wasting your time. Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Beth Z, for proven techniques for focus and productivity, along with the tools to lead your team to be more efficient and effective.

Keynote Speaker: Laurie Brown

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
8:30 - 9:45 A.M.

Keynote Speaker

How to Listen so People Can Hear You

Laurie Brown

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” This quote still describes the fundamental problem with the current state of day to day communication. Your work with colleagues, managers, vendors, customers, and suppliers requires you to be able to communicate effectively; yet communication has never been more difficult. We must contend with the various generational differences in communication styles among, many other roadblocks. In this highly interactive and fun session, Laurie Brown will provide tools and techniques to help you build rapport, trust, and dynamic listening skills to become an effective communicator.

Experience the Conference

"Board Secretary was a great opportunity to invest in myself and career" quote by Melinda Harris, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District


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CSDA Bookstore

The CSDA Bookstore has many great resources that can be of value to you and your district. Some of our highlighted products include:


Administrative Salary & Benefits Survey

The CSDA Administrative Salary & Benefits Survey is designed to provide you with the data necessary to evaluate the salary and benefits offered by special districts. It serves as a valuable management tool when reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating your district's own salary and benefits structure. 

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Sample Policy Handbook

Our collection of over 100 essential policies includes policies for board and board meetings, administration and financial management, and personnel. The newest edition of the CSDA Sample Policy Handbook is delivered on a USB drive in an editable format to allow you to customize your policies and make your own. 

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Brown Act Compliance Manual

This manual includes an overview of the Brown Act as well as guidelines and tips for complying with various meeting agenda, notice, public participation and public reporting requirements. CSDA thanks contributor Donald Davis, Esq. and the firm of Burke, Williams and Sorensen.</span >

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2019 Required State & Federal Labor Law Poster

Your agency could be fined for not posting the most current state and federal employment notices in an area that is frequented by employees. To make it easy to comply, the CSDA Bookstore is now selling 2020 California & Federal Employment Notices posters. Enjoy special member pricing of $25 (plus shipping and tax) for each poster.

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