2013 NLSSA Fall Training Conference Agenda

2013 NLSSA Fall Training Conference ♦ September 22-27, 2013 ♦ Austin, Texas (As of August 22, 2013)

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Early Registration

3:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Hospitality Suite Open

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLSSA Executive Board Meeting

Monday, September 23, 2013

7:00 am - 12:00 pm


7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast (at hotel)

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Opening Ceremony (with NLPES) Convene in the hotel lobby at 7:45 am.

9:45 am - 11:30 am

Leadership Training

Speaker:  Dr. Johnny E. Lovejoy II, Commissioner, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch at the Robert E. Johnson Building

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

New Member Orientation Meeting

  • Facilitator:  Keshauna Murphy, Assistant Sergeant at Arms, House of Representatives, Louisiana

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

NLSSA Regional Meetings

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

NLSSA 40th Anniversary Staff Section Photograph (south steps of the Texas Capitol)

3:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Texas Disposal System Exotic Game Ranch

The Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion is used as a working ranch and invited guest entertainment facility operation. The Ranch is home to more than 2,000 animals from over 100 different species from six of the seven different continents.  NLSSA Members will enjoy ranch tours, Texas BBQ and Texas entertainment featuring the Law Man Band.

10:30 pm - 11:30 pm

NLSSA Hospitality Suite Open
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

7:00 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast (at hotel)

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Preferred Methods of Communication for Administrators

Effective communication is essential in all aspects of daily life.   To get the most out of your professional or personal life it is important that we communicate in the best way possible in order to achieve our desired result.  This session will provide an overview of communication skills, preferences and conflict resolution techniques that will help you in the office and at home. 

  • Speaker: Ken Scheer, Captain, Texas Department of Public Safety

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Crowd Management

Planning for large events keeps the legislature running smoothly, prepares the staff and protects the rights of citizens.  Several states have learned from dealing with demonstrations, and accommodating other major events.  Learn how to provide citizen access, control crowds and avoid negative publicity from the perspective of sergeants at arms and capitol security personnel who have had to maintain order in their chamber and capitol building under extraordinary circumstances in recent years.

  • Speakers: Martin Brock, Lieutenant, General Assmebly Police Department, North Carolina

                 Steve Pike, Colonel, Capitol Police, Virginia
                 Rick DeLeon, Senate Sergeant at Arms, Texas
                 Rod Welsh, House Sergeant at Arms, Texas
                 Ted Blazel, Senate Sergeant at Arms, Wisconsin

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch at the Robert E. Johnson Building

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

University of Texas Football Stadium Security Tour

Students, alumnia and friends from around the globe enjoy cheering on the Texas Longhorns in Longhorn Stadium, usually unaware of the vast security provisions in place to ensure their safety.  The well-trained and highly professional University of Texas Police Department strives to ensure that every Longhorn experience is a pleasant one.  A behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium's security and emergency operations center will show participants how they maintain everyone's safety.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

University of Texas Active Shooter Incident

The University of Texas at Austin - one of the most respected and admired institutions in the world - faced the unthinkable on September, 2010, when the University of Texas Police Department responded to an active shooter incident involving a 19 year old UT student with an AK-47.  Hear what is was like to respond to such a critical incident from police officers who were directly involved.  Learn from Texas's experiences about crowd management, misinformation management, inter-agency cooperation and the importance of debriefing the staff involved.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Reception at the Texas Trial Lawyers Association Building

8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

NLSSA Hospitality Suite
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

7:00 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast (at hotel)

8:30 pm - 10:00 am

Best Practices for Social Media in the Workplace

Social media has changed everything we thought we knew about communication in and outside of the workplace.  Effectively managing the risks and rewards of social media is one of the biggest challenges faced by organizations and HR professionals today.  While the upside of using social media is quite large, without the proper policies and safeguards in place this same upside can quickly degenerate into a significant organizational liability. HR and recruiting professionals must stay up to date and in the know about social media.  We will take some time to explore some of the latest social media trends and best practices in the workplace.

  • Speaker: James L Freeman, Manager of Payroll/Personnel, Texas House of Representatives

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection

Critical infrastructure is essential to the nation's economy and homeland security.  This session will discuss federal and state strategies, as well as the need for collaboration to protect cyber space and to identify potential threats on our banking, energy, water supply, transportation and other major systems.

  • Speaker: Michael Balboni, Executive Director, Redland Strategies, New York

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch at the Robert E Johnson Building

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Tour of Texas Department of Public Safety Region 7 Emergency Operation Center

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Guided Tours of the Texas State Capitol

The Texas State Capitol, located in Downtown Austin, is the fourth building to house the state government of Texas. The capitol building contains the chambers of the Texas Legislature and the office of the governor. Originally designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed from 1882 to 1888 under the direction of civil engineer Reuben Lindsay Walker. A $75 million underground extension was completed in 1993. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.  Professional guides will take us on a tour of this iconic building.

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Reveille Peak Ranch

Reveille Peak Ranch is the Texas Hill Country at its best, combining a love for the land with the spirit of adventure. The 1,300-acre ranch offers an adventure and education center dedicated to serving the men and women who have sacrificed to protect our homeland and communities and to serving the future of our country, our youth. Through the Serve Who Serve program, the ranch  builds communities, families, and values by support and direct giving for outdoor events and competitions.  The ranch will be hosting a dinner reception and  a presentation on the ranch's mission and programs followed by live enterainment by the Rob Roy Parnell Band. 

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

NLSSA Hospitality Suite
Thursday, September 26, 2013

7:00 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast (at Hotel)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

NLSSA General Business Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Texas Department of Public Safety Fusion Center

The Texas Department of Public Safety is home to the world-renowned Texas Rangers.  This elite group of law enforcement secured the vast boundaries of Texas during the early frontier days.  Today's Rangers investigate major crimes and continue to secure the state's borders, but with much more sophisticated tools from those early years.  Attendees will get an inside look at the highly technical intelligence gathering techniques used by state law enforcement officials.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch at the Lieutenant Governor's Reception Room

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Capitol Security Tour

World events continue to increase security concerns at state capitols, challenging staff to balance the need for safety with the desire for open government - and all within a limited budget.  Come see how the Texas Department of Public Safety does it with a behind-the-scenes tour of the state-of-the-art technology used in the historic Texas Capitol Complex to keep visitors, public officials, employees and dignitaries safe.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NLSSA Executive Board Meeting

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NLSSA Awards Banquet at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

NLSSA will be holding its annual state dinner at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library. Situated on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, the Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, 650,000 photos and 5,000 hours of recordings from President Johnson's political career.  A cocktail reception followed by dinner will take place in the iconic ten story building.  US Senate Sergeant at Arms, Terry Gainer will be offering a keynote address immediately following the awards banquet.

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

NLSSA Hospitality Suite
Friday, September 27, 2013

7:00 pm - 9:00 am

Breakfast (at hotel)

9:00 pm - 10:00 am

Closing Roundtable Discussion

10:00 am

Meeting Adjourns

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