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2014 Leadership Staff Section LSS Legislative Summit Agenda

2014 Leadership Staff Section (LSS) | Legislative Summit Agenda

8/12/2014

Circular graphic with a gavel as the logo for the Leadership Staff Section.Join your colleagues from around the states at the 2014 NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Aug. 19-22. With more than 100 sessions, the Summit covers the latest issues and provides opportunities to make new connections with your counterparts in other states. For 40 years, the Legislative Summit is where legislators and staff have come together to tackle critical problems and find solutions that work.

In addition to general sessions and committee and business meetings, LSS sessions include:

  • Leadership Staff Roundtable
  • LSS Business Meeting
  • Managing Legislative Staff: Best Practices
  • Legislative Staff University: Communicate Like a Rock Star
  • Managing Your Online Image
  • Becoming a Transformational Legislative Leader
  • Winston Churchill's Language of Leadership
     

Visit the 2014 Legislative Summit page for full meeting details, registration and hotel information.

Items in bold denote staff section activities.

All meetings will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

MonDay, AuG. 18
Time Sessions

9 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

International Delegations

9-10 a.m.

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC) Staff Section Officers

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Directors Row 1

9-10 a.m.

LSCC Strategic Planning Work Group

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Directors Row 2

9-10 a.m.

LSCC Standing Committees Work Group

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Directors Row 3

10-11 a.m.

LSCC Subcommittee on the Legislative Institution

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Directors Row 1

10-11 a.m.

LSCC Subcommittee on Programs, Professional Development and Member Outreach

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Directors Row 2

10-11 a.m.

LSCC Subcommittee on Information Technology and Website Review

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Directors Row 3

11 a.m.-Noon

LSCC Full Committee Meeting

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Grand Ballroom D

1-2:15 p.m.

Executive Committee—Member Outreach and Communications Subcommittee

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Grand Ballroom C

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Executive Committee—Budget and Finance Subcommittee

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Grand Ballroom C

4-5:30 p.m.

Executive Committee

Hilton Minneapolis, Level 3, Grand Ballroom D

TuesDay, Aug. 19
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration  

Level 1, Registration Lobby
Noon-1:15 p.m.

New Attendee Orientation

Level 1, 103ABC

First time attending the Legislative Summit? Take part in this orientation to learn about sessions that will get you involved with NCSL, including the business meeting and standing committees.
1:30-2:45 p.m.

General Session: A New Education Revolution

Level 1, Auditorium

Sir Ken Robinson, international education leader, is an expert on creativity, education and the economy. His ideas to revolutionize—not just reform—education challenge conventional wisdom and inspire a whole new approach to our educational system. He believes we can transform education so creativity and individual talents flourish and our children can meet the future wisely.

3-4 p.m.

Leadership Staff Roundtable

Mezzanine Level, M101AB

Curious about how leadership staffing works in Minnesota and how it compares to your experience? Listen as staff who work for Minnesota leaders discuss their roles in the legislative institution. Learn from them and other leadership staff attendees in this interactive roundtable.

Moderator: Jeff Johnson, Senior Committee Counsel, West Virginia Senate

Panelists: Michael Charboneau, Minnesota Legislature; Catherine Ryan, Office of Senate President, Minn.

4-5 p.m.

LSS Business Meeting

Mezzanine Level, M101AB

Staff section members will review how the staff section functions and preview the upcoming Professional Development Seminar.

Presiding: Jeff Johnson, Senior Committee Counsel, West Virginia Senate

5-5:30 p.m.

Steering Committee

Level 1, 101DEFG

The steering committee includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff chairs of each standing committee. Members will preview policies for consideration and decide on joint and re-referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.

6-7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Mill City Museum

Explore one of the most spectacular venues in Minnesota, the Mill City Museum, on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River. You'll begin your evening experiencing a day at the cabin, complete with onsite fishing, a walleye fish fry, and local bluegrass music. Flour milling was one of the state's most important industries and you'll experience it first-hand when you ride to the top of the Flour Tower and, in true Minnesota style, enjoy live polka music in the biergarten overlooking the river.

WednesDay, Aug. 20
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration

 Level 1, Registration Lobby

8-8:45 a.m.

Prayer Breakfast

Level 2, 200DEFG

9-10:15 a.m.

General Session: Ending Human Trafficking

Level 1, Auditorium

Human trafficking in the United States exploits tens of thousands of children and vulnerable victims each year. Two women, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and humanitarian Cindy McCain, are working with Congress and the states and through private initiatives to bring national focus on trafficking, to ensure that victims are not treated as criminals and to develop policies to end it.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Exhibits

Level 1, Exhibit Hall B

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Managing Legislative Staff: Best Practices

Lower Level, L100ABC

State legislatures manage their staff in diverse ways. Hear about performance management innovations in state legislatures and discuss common performance challenges faced by staff today.

Speakers: Alan Calandro, Connecticut General Assembly; Amy Carlson, Montana Legislature; Michael Christensen, Utah Legislature; Bernard Dean, Washington Legislature; Amy Zook, Colorado General Assembly

12:30-2 p.m.

NCSL Standing Committee Lunch Meetings

NCSL’s eight standing committees will hold informational sessions and policy meetings. The programs are open to all meeting attendees.

1-1:30 p.m.

NCSL 50-State Bill Information Service (BIS) Training—Try Out New Search Features!

Level 1, The Hub

Learn the basics of using NCSL's 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS) and try out new search features. The BIS, available exclusively to state legislators and state legislative staff, provides access to the full text of legislation in the 50 states, D.C. and the U.S. Congress. The BIS was developed in partnership with LexisNexis® State Net®. SPACE IS LIMITED; to reserve a spot, please register in the NCSL Bookstore. Please note this training is available only to state legislators and state legislative staff.

2-3:15 p.m.

Continuous Improvement: Enhancing Government Performance in Minnesota

Mezzanine Level, M100FG

The State of Minnesota has dramatically improved efficiency and delivered exceptional savings through its Continuous Improvement program. Minnesota is recognized as a leader for these efforts that create a culture of efficiency. Examine elements of the program and learn how other states can start "running lean."

Speakers: Senator Terri E. Bonoff, Minn.; Mary Jo Caldwell, Minnesota Department of Administration; Spencer Cronk, Minnesota Department of Administration; Neal Simon, General Mills, Minn.

3:30-5 p.m.

Legislative Staff University: Communicate Like a Rock Star

Lower Level, L100ABC

Are you ready to go from good to great—to reach rock star status—as a communicator? How receptive people are to your message depends in large part on what you say beyond your words. Learn how to increase your charisma, adapt in the moment and control your breathing while communicating authentically. Sari de la Motte is a communications expert who has coached Fortune 500 executives, trial attorneys and others on how to boost their influence and enhance their leadership with silent signals.

Presiding: Tom Wright, Alaska Legislature, NCSL Staff Chair

Speaker: Sari de la Motte, FORTE, Ore.

5-6 p.m.

Women's Legislative Network Reception

Level 2, Lounge A

Join the Women's Legislative Network for a reception honoring the incoming president, New Mexico Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert, the Network executive board, and women in politics around the world.

5:15-6:30 p.m.

Steering Committee

Level 1, 101DEFG

The steering committee will review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Summit and determine the calendar for the NCSL Business Meeting on Friday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m.

5:30-7 p.m.

Leadership Staff Section Reception

Prairie Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall

All staff who work for legislative leaders and party caucuses are invited to attend this networking reception. Please RSVP to Heather Morton by Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Evening States' Night
ThursDay, Aug. 21
6:30-8:30 a.m.

Walk for Wellness

Loring Park

Join your colleagues for the Walk for Wellness, a 5K run or walk through one of Minneapolis' most beautiful green spaces. Meet at Loring Park at 6:30 a.m. Enter the park on 14th Street by crossing Willow, and head to the park shelter building. Loring Park is walking distance from conference hotels, and transportation is not provided. The Walk for Wellness is open to all Summit attendees, and pre-registration is not required. Email Katie Ziegler with any questions.

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration

Level 1, Registration Lobby

9-10 a.m.

General Session: Polls, Politics and What Americans Really Think

Level 1, Auditorium

Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin are two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation. Their different political stripes make for a lively discussion of what Americans think about their country, which party is likely to win in the upcoming election and what that will mean for the nation.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Exhibits

Level 1, Exhibit Hall B

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Issue Forum: Managing Your Online Image

Level 2, 200ABIJ

Both legislators and legislative staff want to make sure their online images are professional, free of anything inappropriate or embarrassing. Learn 10 important steps to ensure you shine online.

Speakers: Elizabeth Emerson, Goff Public, Minn.; Clarise Tushie-Lessard, Goff Public, Minn.; Chris Duffy, Goff Public Relations and Affairs, Minn.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Issue Forum: Becoming a Transformational Legislative Leader

Level 1, 101FG

Becoming an effective legislative leader takes hard work, lots of thought, great colleagues and a dash of luck. Hear from some current leaders about how they made it to the top and what it takes to be extraordinary.

Speakers: Speaker William J. Howell, Va.; Senator Donald E. Williams, Conn.

12:30-2 p.m.

Legislative Staff Achievement Luncheon

Level 1, Ballroom A

Staff work hard every day to effectively run our most important institution—the state legislature. Roger Moe, Minnesota's Senate majority leader for 22 years, knows that every lawmaker is indebted to the talented staff who are at the very heart of democracy. Enjoy a luncheon celebrating the talents, achievements and triumphs of the nation’s legislative staff.

2-2:30 p.m.

NCSL 50-State Bill Information Service (BIS) Training—Try Out New Search Features!

Level 1, The Hub

Try Out New Search Features! Learn the basics of using NCSL's 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS) and try out new search features. The BIS, available exclusively to state legislators and state legislative staff, provides access to the full text of legislation in the 50-states, D.C. and the U.S. Congress. The BIS was developed in partnership with LexisNexis® State Net®. SPACE IS LIMITED; to reserve a spot, please register in the NCSL Bookstore. Please note training is available only to state legislators and state legislative staff.

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Issue Forum: Winston Churchill's Language of Leadership

Level 1, 101DE

Churchill's communication skills are legendary. Come study the "British Bulldog" with your colleagues, not only for his masterful use of language to inspire but also as a quintessential leader.

Speaker: Representative D. Craig Horn, N.C.

2:30-3 p.m.

NCSL 50-State Bill Information Service (BIS) Training—Try Out New Search Features!

Level 1, The Hub

Try Out New Search Features! Learn the basics of using NCSL's 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS) and try out new search features. The BIS, available exclusively to state legislators and state legislative staff, provides access to the full text of legislation in the 50-states, D.C. and the U.S. Congress. The BIS was developed in partnership with LexisNexis® State Net®. SPACE IS LIMITED; to reserve a spot, please register in the NCSL Bookstore. Please note training is available only to state legislators and state legislative staff.
3:45-5 p.m.

Issue Forum: Coping with Term Limits

Level 2, 200ABIJ

This roundtable for legislators, staff and public affairs professionals from term-limited legislatures will provide participants an opportunity to hear about the latest research on the effects of term limits and share information and ideas about the special problems facing these institutions.

Presiding: Senator Debbie Smith, Nev.

Facilitators: Art Hamilton, The Art Hamilton Group, LLC, Ariz.; Karl Kurtz, NCSL; Patrick O'Donnell, Nebraska Legislature

6:30-9 p.m.

Social Event

Nicollet Island

Experience the beauty of Nicollet Island, smack dab in the middle of the Mississippi River with its historic St. Anthony Falls, just north of the birthplace of Minneapolis. Delight in the creative, cultural and innovative spirit that makes Minnesota unique. Explore the natural beauty of the island, farm to table cuisine, craft beer tents, championship log rollers and lumberjack show and showcase tents featuring some of the most innovative products Minnesota has to offer. This night of exploration will be capped off by an unforgettable performance by Minnesota's own Soul Asylum set on a stage with the city skyline as a backdrop.

FriDay, Aug. 22
6:15-8 a.m.

Bipartisan Bike Ride

NCSL gratefully acknowledges Walmart, American Society of Civil Engineers, BNSF Railway, General Mills, Primal Wear, People for Bikes, Siemens and Quality Bicycle Products for sponsoring this event.

Join us as we cruise the streets and trails of Minneapolis for the 10th annual NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride. Touted by Bicycling Magazine as the nation's number one bicycle city, the ride around Minneapolis will be a great way to start the conference day and see the sights of the city at a leisurely 10 miles an hour. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones as you pedal with colleagues, family and friends. The Bipartisan Bike Ride is a collaboration between NCSL and BikeTexas. Bikes, helmets, water and riding tips will be provided by BikeTexas. Dress comfortably. All skill levels and ages are welcome to join this guided ride. Coffee and healthy breakfast snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required, with priority given to legislators and their immediate family, followed by legislative staffers. SPACE IS LIMITED! Starting location to be determined. Contact Douglas Shinkle for registration and ride details.
7:30 a.m.-Noon

Registration

Level 1, Registration Lobby

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Statehouse Ambassadors

Mezzanine Level, M100FG

NCSL staff network with their Statehouse Ambassadors. The NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors are legislative staff who serve as in-state field representatives for NCSL. The Statehouse Ambassador program is designed to energize and sustain legislative participation in NCSL and strengthen the organization’s role as an extension of state legislatures.

9-10:15 a.m. Republican and Democratic Breakfasts
9-10:15 a.m.

Power of the Purse

Level 1, Auditorium Room 1

Appropriating funds is a fundamental legislative power, but administering funding policy is a fundamental executive power. Balancing control of the purse strings was a major issue in the American Revolution and remains unresolved to this day. Learn about issues arising from recent legislative and executive disputes over appropriations.

Moderator: Anne Sappenfield, Wisconsin Legislature

Panelists: Jonathan Ball, Utah Legislature; John Fellows, Utah Legislature; Jan Yamane, Hawaii Legislature

9 a.m.-Noon

Exhibits

Level 1, Exhibit Hall B

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

NCSL Business Meeting

Level 1, 101ABCDEFGHIJ

All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend the Business Meeting and consider Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All other meeting participants are welcome to observe.
12:30-2 p.m.

General Session: Seattle Kick-off Luncheon

Level 1, Ballroom AB

The Insiders’ View: Politics Today: Smart, perceptive and the ultimate political insiders, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann share their unrivaled insights on the interplay among the economy, Wall Street and Washington and the forces that shape American politics. Managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and best-selling authors of Game Change and Double Down, their keen analysis and lively observations make them two of the top political observers today. Find out what’s ahead for Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming election from two of the best political pros.

Prayer: Reverend Billy Russell

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