A panel will feature (l-r) Brookline Town Administrator Mel Kleckner, Stow Assistant Town Administrator Dolores Hamilton and Westford Town Manager Jodi Ross.

Women Leading Government will hold a meeting titled “Owning the Interview Process” on June 23 at Hillview Golf Club in North Reading.

The day will open with a discussion of the book “Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power” by Brooke Baldwin, led by Needham Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick and Southborough Assistant Town Manager Vanessa Hale.

A panel of town managers and human resource directors — including Brookline Town Administrator Mel Kleckner, Sandwich Town Manager Bud Dunham, Stow Assistant Town Administrator Dolores Hamilton, Rowley Town Administrator Deborah Eagan, and Westford Town Manager Jodi Ross — will share their experiences as hiring managers, focusing on why candidates move on in the job search process, and how candidates can be successful. They will also discuss recent trends in municipal hiring.

The panel will also engage in mock interviews with candidates. The interviews will be designed to show strengths and weaknesses of candidates, prompting discussion between attendees and the panel.

All attendees will have the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills in small groups.

The meeting will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, including lunch. Visit www.mma.org to register online.

Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, attendees will be required to wear a facemask at this in-person meeting except when eating, drinking or presenting. On the day of the event, attendees must show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID (card, photo or QR code). (Religious or medical vaccine exemptions are allowed with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.) These safety protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.

Women Leading Government is an initiative of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association. Its mission is to encourage and support women in appointed staff positions in local government. Women working in any level of local government are encouraged to register for this event.

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