Training Workshops

Dr. Frank Benest provides professional development workshops, training sessions, and presentations cutomized to meet your organizational needs. Frank specializes in the following areas:

  • Leadership Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Rightsizing Public Organizations
  • Public Sector Marketing
  • Entrepreneurial Government
  • Creating a Learning Culture
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Developing Political Support for Controversial Projects
  • Strategic Planning
  • Promoting Civic Engagement
  • Self-Renewal Strategies
  • Becoming an “Employer of Choice”
  • Employee Retention
  • Rebuilding Confidence in Government
  • Building High Performance Teams
  • Crafting Your Next Life Phase – The Art of Self-Renewal


Frank helps government, nonprofit agencies, and businesses in a variety of areas:

  • Developing and implementing succession plans
  • Designing and delivering leadership development programs
  • Creating marketing campaigns
  • Conducting internal and external communications and marketing audits
  • Planning and executing organizational development programs
  • Evaluating downtown redevelopment and other economic development efforts
  • Developing rightsizing strategies
  • Designing civic engagement processes
  • Developing and implementing employee retention programs


Frank teaches public management and administration at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Interim Management

Frank is available for short-term (less than six months) assignments managing local government and non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.


Through the Cal-ICMA Coaching Program, Frank provides pro bono coaching for aspiring managers in local government. Coaching may be provided in person or by telephone. For more information on the Cal-ICMA Coaching Program, go to:

Pro Bono Activities

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, Washington, D.C.

Senior Advisor for International City/County Management Associaiton (ICMA)

Co-Chair, “Preparing the Next Generation” Initiative, sponsored by Cal-ICMA

Chair, Two-County “Next Generation” Committee, sponsored by the City/County Manager Associations of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, California

Member, Strategic Planning Committee, ICMA

Coach for Aspiring Managers, Cal-ICMA Coaching Program and ICMA Emerging Leaders Development Program

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