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In the effort to provide employees with professional development opportunities and with the understanding that we also need personal development opportunities in order to find a sense of balance in our lives, we share the following websites. Please offer suggestions to this list to Melany Felton.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBSITES

International City/County Management Association, California consortium (Cal-ICMA) is comprised of the California City Managers’ Department, the California City Managers Foundation, the County CAOs, the COG Directors, and other members of the academic community. Cal-ICMA coordinates much of the professional development and training for local government management professionals in the state.  

International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) represents the interests of governmental human resource professionals on the Federal, State and Local levels. They strive to provide information and assistance to today’s HR professionals and organizations through the offering of cost-effective products and services as well as ongoing educational opportunities.

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) provides today’s human resource management professionals with a comprehensive set of resources and professional support. This partnership allows those HR management professionals to more effectively develop and execute organizational success. 

Toastmasters is a world leader in helping people improve upon their leadership skills and become more comfortable and effective when addressing an audience. There are several active Fresno-area chapters, including our own Fresno City Toastmasters that meets in Room 4017 (4th floor) at City Hall every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm.  For more information, please contact Erin Augusto.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBSITES
It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop Breast Cancer within their lifetime. The Susan G. Komen For The Cure Central Valley Affiliate is an agency that raises funds for breast cancer education, screening, treatment, research, and hosts Fresno's annual 'Race For The Cure' event each October. Sisterhood Of Survivors (SOS) is a non-profit Fresno-based support group that delivers totes filled with educational material and inspirational items to women newly diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This group also meets on a monthly basis to celebrate and support Breast Cancer survivors.

As working professionals, it can be challenging to find innovative and delicious recipes to feed ourselves and/or our families.  This Cooking website offers home cooks a wide variety of recipes as well as how-to cooking videos and blogs. 

Diabetes affects nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States.  It is further estimated that 57 million people have diabetes but are not aware of their condition.  The American Diabetes Association provides helpful information on topics such as nutrition, fitness, lifestyles, and prevention.  In addition, Fresno moms Victoria Roberts and Shannon Briggs have formed a Central Valley Parents of Children With Type 1 Diabetes Support Group and warmly welcome interested individuals.

Have you decided to devote some more time to yourself but aren't sure what you would like to do?  This Hobbies website offers information and insight on many arts/crafts, collecting, electronic games, games and general pastimes.    

Parenthood is a joyous experience, but it can also be challenging, especially for working professionals.  This Parenting website offers many resources, articles, and stories offering parenting help in today’s frenetic world.