I've Got 99 Problems but My Job Ain't One

APA Missouri Chapter


Wednesday, October 24, 2018
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CDT

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Job retention is about so much more than just ensuring plans and permits are reviewed in a timely manner. Its all about team collaboration, buy-in, establishing trust, having fun, and most importantly it's about having the ability to discover and pursue your personal and professional career goals.

Can you enjoy your job or is that a fairy tale we tell ourselves? For a supervisor, how do you retain your awesome staff and keep them energized? For staff, how do you get your voice heard and feel engaged? It takes more than making sure planners are trained to work within the zoning code and can review plans; its about making people feel important, that they have a voice and are supported with an outlet for dealing with job stress. One of the keys to keeping your amazing staff is to be vested in their career development and aspirations, not the number of zoning cases they review in a year.
 Join us in our group discussion with the division director and planners, some of whom have worked for the City for one year and others have been here for 10+ years! The diversity of experience and time with the City offers an honest and fun look at job retention and satisfaction, along with tips and tricks to keeping the enthusiasm high and stress levels low.
Learning objectives: collaboration and communication skills, have engaged staff meetings, how to focus on and provide professional development and growth opportunities for your team."


Zach Moore

Zach Moore hails from Virginia, by way of Florida, and wound up in Kansas as a Planner II for the City of Olathe for the past year. Zach graduated in 2015 from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography. Read More

Kim Hollingsworth, AICP


Dan Fernandez

Dan Fernandez is a Planner II with the City of Olathe who works primarily on current planning projects for the City. He has worked as a Planner in the Kansas City area and in Auckland, New Zealand. Dan received his Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas and ... Read More

Emily Carrillo


Sean Pendley, AICP


Aimee Nassif, AICP

Aimee Nassif serves as the Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Olathe. She oversees both current and long-range planning activities for the City including zoning map amendments, development reviews, Comprehensive Plan updates, and Unified Development Ordinance updates. Aimee is also responsible for various studies such as Envision ... Read More

Contact Info

Bonnie Johnson, bojojohn@ku.edu