2023 KSGFOA Spring Symposium

The 2nd Annual Symposium is an opportunity to connect with public finance professionals from across the region to learn about the latest topics and trends relevant to you.

Special Presenter: Dan Oblinger is joining us for a special breakout session The Negotiator

Laboratory: Active Listening and Negotiation Principles in Motion”.

Late Registration is $145 from March 14 – 24, 2023

Registration closes on March 24, 2023

Keynote Speaker

Anita Buchanan

Senior HR Advisor

Anita Buchanan has almost 40 years of professional experience in communications, operations and human resources. She is the lead innovator for the course, Transform! Managerial Development and has developed the suite of Transform! People+Business services. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University and holds the certification of Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR). She has a heart for community service and is currently on the board for Raise My Head Foundation, a Wichita organization serving women who are victims of sex trafficking.

Presentation Description

How to Get Along with Anyone, Including Jerry the Jerk and Darlene the Diva

Knowing our temperament style and how it influences our interaction with others is how we can strengthen our working relationships. Participants will have the opportunity to take a personal temperament inventory that provides valuable awareness of the four primary temperament styles. We’ll discover communication strategies that enable us to have more productive teams. We’ll learn pointers to bring out the best in our co-workers while minimizing the negative impact difficult individuals have on the organizational climate.

This eye-opening— and fun! — learning experience will have you laughing about yourself, while giving you new insight on how to get along with even the prickliest personalities and customers.

Special Breakout Speaker

Dan Oblinger

Consulting Negotiator

By night, Dan Oblinger is a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and a hostage negotiation commander. By day, he is a consulting negotiator and communications consultant for private industry. Dan is a father, husband, philosopher, and lawman. He has been successful in his professional life as a public speaker, author, hostage negotiator, undercover human trafficking investigator, human resources consultant, chicken rancher, drug recognition expert, ditch digger, grocery bagger, onion ring maker, landlord, and beat cop. Oblinger has used his exotic blend of experiences and high energy humor to serve audiences since 2008.

Dan is the author of “The 28 Laws of Listening” and “Life or Death Listening: A Hostage Negotiator’s How-to Guide to Mastering the Essential Communication Skill”. In 2021, he co-authored “Negotiation Mythbusters: Rethinking Everything You Know About Building Strong Agreements”. He is a 2018 graduate of the FBI National Crisis Negotiator Course in Quantico, VA. Dan’s passion is sharing his listening, negotiating, and leadership skills so everyone can become more authentic leaders and lovers. Oblinger lives in the heart of the Kansas prairie with his wife; together, they have six children.


  • How To Get Along with Anyone
  • The Negotiator Laboratory: Active Listening and Negotiation Principles in Motion
  • Strategic Planning: Creating Lasting Impact
  • Recruiting (and Re-Recruiting) Through The Great Resignation
  • Don’t Sabotage Your Credibility: Five Tips to Boost Your Professional Image
  • Civility- How to Engage with People without the Heat
  • Fiscal Health and Stress of Kansas Local Governments
  • Public Data: Where to Find It and How to Use It
  • Using Technology for Better Service Delivery
  • Capital Planning and Asset Management


March 30SpeakerTopicRoom
8:00Registration & NetworkingClark/Armstrong
8:25Matt Lawn, KGFOA PresidentWelcome from KSGFOAClark/Armstrong
8:30 – 9:30Keynote Speaker- Anita Buchanan How to Get Along with AnyoneClark/Armstrong

Breakout Session #1

Dan Oblinger

The Negotiator Laboratory: Active Listening and Negotiation Principles in Motion


Breakout Session #2

Misty Bruckner & Kate Young

Strategic Planning: Creating Lasting Impact

11:00 – 12:00

Breakout Session #3

Phil HayesRecruiting (and Re-Recruiting) Through The Great ResignationClark/Armstrong
11:00 – 12:00

Breakout Session #4

Anita BuchananDon’t Sabotage Your Credibility: Five Tips to Boost Your Professional ImageKing

Networking Lunch &


12:30 – 1:15

1:30 – 2:30

General Session

Dr. David GuoUnderstanding of Kansas Local Governments FinanceClark/Armstrong
2:45 – 3:45

Breakout Session #5

Nigel SoriaPublic Data: Where to Find It and How to Use ItClark/Armstrong
2:45 – 3:45

Breakout Session #6

Barry SmithUsing Technology for Better Service DeliveryKing
4:00 – 5:00

General Session

Kyle WedbergCapital Planning and Asset ManagementClark/Armstrong
5:00Matt Lawn, KSGFOA PresidentGeneral Session & ClosingClark/Armstrong



All conference registration cancellations must be in writing, which can be mailed, faxed or sent via email. Cancellations 10 days or more prior to the event will receive a 75% refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the event. Any exception is subject to review by the event policy committee.