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Closing PLENARY: Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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This virtual course will be delivered regionally via Zoom.

Registration is open to insular government professionals.

This course is limited to the paid participants of the 2021 AGA GPDC. Please ensure that your registration fee has been paid.

Course Description

In times of crisis, the community turns to their government leaders for guidance and support. During this particular time of economic uncertainty when residents’ health and state of mind are also at risk, government leaders have the unique opportunity to rise to the challenge of being that role model in the communities they serve. Effective leadership is no small task, as it requires diligence, integrity, and a deep understanding of good governance — trust, accountability, responsiveness, and transparency.

To gain an understanding of the leadership and managerial concepts used during the COVID-19 crisis. Guest speakers will share their experience and lessons learned in managing and leading their government agencies. They will also share the tools and techniques used to communicate, identify risks, and manage stakeholders.

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Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Gain a great understanding of a leader's responsibilities
  • Create and maintain an efficient, effective, and motivated team
  • Build your teams' performance by understanding human behavior and focusing on their needs 
  • Improve your ability to communicate with teams, stakeholders, and the public
  • Strengthen your techniques for managing the teams' performance
  • Build public trust and transparency
  • Identify the lessons learned in times of crisis

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2021 AGA GPDC Registrants










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May 28, 2021

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10:20 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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CPEs - 2 Credit Hours

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Virtual Delivery

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Susan Murphy

Rory J. Respicio


Rory J. Respicio has extensive experience in both the legislative and executive branches of government. He served as a Senator in the 27th through 33rd Guam Legislatures and held various legislative leadership positions including Majority Leader and Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign and Micronesian Affairs, Human and Natural Resources, Election Reform and Capitol District. His legislation has had a positive impact in many areas including raising the minimum wage on Guam, increasing teacher’s salaries, paying off Retirement debt of Guam Memorial Hospital, providing money to Mental Health for non-profit service providers and creating an economic recycling zone at the Port Authority of Guam.  

In 2019, Respicio was appointed General Manager of the Port Authority of Guam under the administration of Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Joshua F. Tenorio. Bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in public administration and the management of public programs, he was ideal for the agency.  As the 21st General Manager of the Port Authority of Guam, Respicio’s leadership took the agency’s finances from a $103 loss in FY 2018 to a net income of $3.5 million is just one year.  His foresight and discernment was instrumental in dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic and keeping the Port 100% operational throughout the contagion, ensuring the safety of all employees, tenants and customers, and securing the flow of goods and supplies into the community.  Various initiatives and Port modernization projects have launched off, with more underway, especially with the Port Authority obtaining its Procurement Delegation in May 2020.

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Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero


Guam Governor Lourdes “Lou” Aflague Leon Guerrero is one of three children born to the late Jesus S. Leon Guerrero and Eugenia A. Leon Guerrero. Along with her brothers Tony and Jesse, she learned from her parents the importance of hard work, compassion, and the responsibility we all have to give back to our community. A graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, Lou embarked on a career in nursing, securing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, and later a Masters of Public Health from UCLA. She has worked as a staff nurse in hospitals in both California and Guam. Lou also has held several management positions in health care at both the Guam Memorial Hospital and FHP Inc., as well as serving on the GMHA Board of Trustees. To this day, Lou continues to be passionate about health care and has maintained her licensure as a registered nurse.

In 1994, Lou was elected to the first of five terms in the Guam Legislature. As a Senator, Lou held the posts of Majority Leader as well as Chair of the Rules and Health Committees. Among her achievements are laws creating the Healthy Futures Fund and banning smoking in restaurants and bars.


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Lillian Perez-Posadas, MN, RN


Lillian Perez-Posadas is the CEO/Hospital Administrator of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority. She is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in clinical and administrative/leadership nursing positions primarily at Guam's only government hospital. Other nursing experience includes community health nursing as well as faculty at the University of Guam School of Nursing. In addition to the diverse and vast professional nursing experience, Lillian served voluntarily as Chairperson of the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners (GBNE) for eight consecutive years. A significant accomplishment as GBNE Chair is the revision and update of the GBNE Rules and Regulations.

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