General Session and Keynote speaker


The general session will take place on Tuesday, July 24th beginning a 10:00 AM in the Trailblazer ballrooms

The event will begin with opening comments, recognitions and APRA general business updates, closing with the Keynote speaker.

Be one of the first 300 attendees in the room and you will receive a copy of the book "Peak Performance" written by Brian Elms.

Brian Elms 

Innovation Practice Lead


Brian Elms is the author of Peak Performance and is the former the Director of Peak Academy and Analytics for the City and County of Denver.  He specializes in process improvement and has more than 15 years of experience providing political, policy, and program management expertise to government agencies, elected officials, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations.

Brian started his career in public service after graduating from Regis University and joining the National School and Community Corps (AmeriCorps) as a team leader. He also worked for the Rendell Administration in Pennsylvania as the Policy Director for the Department of Aging. Brian is a Lean Black Belt, a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and a Change Management Professional.

After working in Washington, D.C., for AARP as a Legislative Specialist for health and long term care, Brian moved back to his hometown and served as the Assistant Director of Government Affairs at Denver International Airport. 

In his prior role as Director of the Peak Academy, he developed curriculum, training, and consulting services that focus on employee-led performance management and continuous improvement. Since its inception in 2012, Peak Academy initiatives have saved the City and County of Denver more than $25 million and the Academy has provided training to more than 5,500 public and nonprofit professionals.

Brian joined the Change & Innovation Agency to focus on creating employee-driven innovation programs around the country. He is currently working with multiple cities to launch programs and establish meaningful innovation programs that improve the lives of employees and their clients.

Brian's keynote titled "How to innovate without more people, technology or money"  

In this presentation Brian Elms will provide an energetic presentation about the power of innovation in Government service.   Governments around the country are figuring out ways to impact residents in meaningful ways without additional resources. Are you ready to make your services better and increase your capacity?

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