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Here are just some of the speakers you will hear at the Legislative Summit who will challenge and inspire you on the critical issues of our times.

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Quotes from speakers

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great.” -Jim Collins

“Our  fight is clear. We must step up and retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust.” -Rick Perry

“Federal, state, and local governments spend an estimated $214 billion on police, courts, and corrections each year; few have a sense of the return on investment from this spending.”
-Tina Chiu

"The point is that public speaking is a form of empowerment. It can--and often does--make a difference in things people care about very much."   -Stephen Lucas 

"Proper nutrition doesn't solve all of our social problems, but it makes all the others more manageable. The state that prides itself in the production of food should make sure that nobody goes hungry for lack of resources.” -Kevin Concannon

"The relevance of the knowledge to the community, to the individual person, is different and, therefore, should be approached different. So education should not be a global thing—it should not have a global standard or a national standard—education should be very relevant locally, individually, and personally. -Yong Zhao

"Ignorance about energy leads in one direction: bad public policy that ultimately hurts allenergy consumers."
- John Hofmeister

 

Jim Collins

This year, Jim Collins, author of the mega-hit Good to Great and expert on how great businesses—led by great leaders—endure, grow and maintain top performance, will guide us in making the leap from good to great. Collins’ work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. General Session: Tues., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.

Jim Collins

Rick Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry is “Fed Up” with Washington regulations, mandates and intrusion into state decisions. Author of Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, Perry is a staunch advocate of the 10th Amendment, believing that states should have the freedom to determine programs that best fit their respective state. General Session: Wed., Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m. 

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Peter Hart

Hart is one of the leading analysts of public opinion in the United States. Since 1971, he has been chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates.The National Journal named Hart to its select list of leaders who shape federal government policy, describing him as "the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates." General Session: Thurs., Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.

Peter Hart

Neil Newhouse

Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm that The New York Times describes as "the leading Republican polling company" in the country. General Session: Thurs., Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.

Neil Newhouse

Tina Chiu

Chiu is the director of technical assistance at the Vera Institute of Justice. She is an expert in cost-benefit analysis and has worked with state policymakers on a variety of criminal and social justice issues, including police-immigrant relations, prison conditions, juvenile justice and youth development, adult sentencing and domestic violence. State Approaches That Maximize Taxpayer Dollars: Wed., Aug 10, 10 a.m.

Tina Chiu

Stephen Lucas

 Lucas is an expert on public speaking and effective speechmaking. A professor of communications at the University of Wisconsin, he has written The Art of Public Speaking, and is co-editor of Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999, called “simply the best anthology of its kind." The Art of Public Speaking: Wed., Aug. 10, 1 p.m.

Stephen Lucas

Kevin Concannon

Concannon has directed health and human service agencies in Iowa, Maine and Oregon, leading efforts to make food stamps and emergency food assistance more available to those in need. Today, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he oversees supplemental food services for millions of Americans. Addressing Hunger in America, Wed., Aug. 10, 1 p.m.

Kevin Concannon

Allan Wallis

Wallis is an associate professor of public policy at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver, where he directs students concentrating in local government studies. He teaches courses in leadership and ethics, urban policy, growth management policy, and innovation in public management. Ethics at the Box Office: Tues., Aug. 9, 3:30 p.m.

Alan Wallis

Yong Zhao

Zhao, author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization, is currently presidential chair and associate dean for global education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education. He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education. Thinking Outside the Box,  A Fresh Approach to Education Reform:  Mon., Aug. 8, 3 p.m.

John Hofmeister

Hofmeister is the former president of Shell Oil Company and author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk From an Energy Insider. He now heads Citizens for Affordable Energy, an association that promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions. Is It Possible to Craft a Sensible Energy Policy? Thurs., Aug. 11, 8 a.m.

John Hofmeister

Steve Aos

Aos is director of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, and has 34 years of experience conducting cost-benefit analyses in a wide range of public policy areas. His current work focuses on policies that reduce crime, improve K-12 education, reduce child abuse and neglect, improve mental health care, and reduce substance abuse. State Approaches That Maximize Taxpayer Dollars: Wed., Aug. 10, 10 a.m.

Steve Aos

Peter H. Schuck

Schuck is a law professor at Yale, where he specializes in immigration, citizenship, refugee and diversity law. A prolific writer, his most recent books include Immigration Stories and Diversity in America: Keeping Government at a Safe Distance and The Limits of Law: Essays on Democratic Governance. Before joining Yale, he worked in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Testing the Constitution: State Immigration Laws and the Courts: Wed., Aug. 10, 10 a.m.

Peter Schuck

Commissioner Sandy Praeger

Commissioner Praeger serves as chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and is its past president.  She is frequently called upon by media and asked to testify before Congress on health reform.  Here And Now:  State Responses to Health Insurance Reform. Thurs., Aug. 11, 8 a.m.

Commissioner Sandy Praeger

Mike Collins

Collins is the president of The Perfect Workday Company. He presents more than 100 programs a year for organizations such as IBM, American Express, Pepsi-Cola and the Duke University Medical Center. He is a guest lecturer in the Executive Masters Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health.  Time Management: Mon., Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. and Tools for Stressful Times: Tues., Aug. 9, Noon. 

Chris McCroskey

McCroskey is active in the worlds of social media and politics and is the co-founder of Tweet Congress, a website which initially began as a grassroots effort to encourage politicians on Capitol Hill to begin tweeting with constituents.Chris is an active speaker on the topics of social media, disruptive technologies and politics. Social Media and Mobile Technologies: Legislative Game-Changers: Thurs., Aug. 11, 4 p.m.

Doug Lewis

Lewis is the Executive Director of The Election Center, a national nonprofit organization serving the elections and voter registration profession. Developed and authored the Professional Education Program for elections/registration officials, the most extensive professional training program in the world for elections officials. Can States Stage More Efficient Elections?: Mon., Aug. 8, 4:15 p.m.   
 

 

 Doug Lewis

Emil Frankel

Frankel is the Director of Transportation Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) in Washington, DC, and an independent consultant on transportation policy and public management issues.  Energy Policy Summit: State and Federal Roles and Policy Options: Mon., Aug. 8, 3:15 p.m. 

 Emil Frankel

Robert Horton

Horton is state archivist and director of the library, publications and collections division at the Minnesota Historical Society. Currently, he is directing the Society’s National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program initiative and working with legislative digital content and its preservation. Open and Accessible Legislative Documents: Mon., Aug. 8, 2:00 p.m.
 

Bob Horton

John Garcia

Garcia was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2011.  Mr. Garcia oversees VA’s Intergovernmental, Tribal Government, and International Affairs programs; Consumer Affairs Program; and National Outreach Program. Preparing for Bringing Home the Troops: Wed., Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m.
 

John Garcia

Congressman Rob Bishop

Bishop is serving his fifth term in Congress, where he helped found the 10th Amendment Task Force, a coalition of representatives committed to disbursing power in Washington back to states.  Previously, he served 16 years in the Utah Legislature, including as majority leader and speaker, was state chairman of the Republican Party, and co-founded the Western States Coalition, dedicated to protecting states’ rights. Federalism and the 10th Amendment -- Roundtable: Mon, Aug. 8, 3:00 p.m.

Congressman Rob Bishop

Former Congressman Charlie Stenholm

Stenholm currently serves on the Farm Foundation Round Table and is a member of the 25 x 25 Steering Committee, which seeks to get 25 percent of our energy from renewable resources like biofuels by the year 2025. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years on the Committee on Agriculture, where he earned a reputation for building bipartisan alliances.Food and Farm Issues Forecast: Thurs., Aug. 11, 7:00 a.m. 
 

 Charlie Stenholm

Congressman Louie Gohmert

U.S. Rep. Gohmert, from Texas, serves on the Judiciary and Natural Resources committees, and several subcommittees and caucuses, including the Tea Party Caucus. He is sponsor of a two-week “Federal Income Tax Holiday,” which is gaining national support. Federalism and the 10th Amendment -- Roundtable: Mon, Aug. 8, 3:00 p.m.

 Congressman Louis Gohmert

Joseph Wright

Wright is Senior Vice President and head of the Child Health Advocacy Institute, a newly established center of excellence at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, the nation’s third-oldest children’s hospital. Bullying, Schools and Mental Health (Breakfast): Tues., Aug. 9, 7:00 a.m.
 

Joseph Wright

Catherine Dower

Dower is the Associate Director for Research at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions where for over 15 years she has led health professions’ research and policy efforts. At the Center, she directs a national Innovative Workforce Models in Health Care project and co-directs the Health Workforce Tracking Collaborative.  Filling the Gap in the Primary Care Workforce: Tues., Aug. 9, 10:45 a.m.  

Catherine Dower

Roland Goertz

Goertz is the president of the 100,300 member, American Academy of Family Physicians.  He has served on various AAFP commissions and helped revise the organization’s Family Medicine Workforce Policy Document. He is a past president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and Texas Association of Community Health Centers. Filling the Gap in the Primary Care Workforce: Tues., Aug. 9, 10:45 a.m.  

Roland Goertz

Robert Cook

Cook is managing partner of Hudson Cook, LLP. He represents nationwide lenders and investors in establishing new programs and products, conducting due diligence and compliance reviews.  He also advises with regard to class action lawsuits based on alleged violations of consumer protection statutes. CFPB: The Unique Bureau: Wed., Aug. 10, 10 a.m.

Robert Cook

Gary Cohen

Cohen is Acting Director of the Oversight Group in CCIIO, Mr. Cohen is responsible for implementation, compliance and enforcement of the market rules, medical loss ratio and rate review provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the Rate Review Grant Program. Here and Now: States Respond to Health Insurance Reform: Thurs., Aug. 11, 8:00 a.m.

Ron Haskins

Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore.  He is the author of Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law, the co-author of Creating an Opportunity Society and Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in AmericaWelfare Reform: TANF During the Recession and into the Future: Tues., Aug. 9, 10:45 a.m.

Ron Haskings

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy is the President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. NCSL/Annie E. Casey Foundation Partnership on Family Economic Success (Breakfast): Wed., Aug. 10, 7 a.m.

Patrick McCarthy

Former Governor Bill Ritter

Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. As governor, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies. Growing Green: Fertilizing Job Growth and Local Economies : Wed. Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m.

Former Governor Bill Ritter

Bobby Henline

Henline is an Army veteran who was severely burned in Iraq in 2007 when a bomb hit his Humvee. After more than 40 surgeries, he decided he would try stand-up comedy, and was wildly successful. This “Well-Done Comedian” seeks to inspire and heal others with laughter and his story of survival. He has appeared on numerous national news shows.

 Bobby Henline

 Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz

Stultz has served as Chief, Army Reserve, and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command for two terms. Presiding over 200,000 soldiers, Lt. Gen Stultz is responsible for setting Army Reserve priorities, mobilizing forces and ensuring the well being of soldiers and their families. Preparing for Bringing Home the Troops: Wed., Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m.
 

 

Eric Holdsworth

Holdsworth is a leading expert on the issue of global climate change, with over 20 years worth of experience in this field.  Currently, he is the Director of Climate Programs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), where he helps oversee EEI’s involvement in the global climate change issue. What Are the Long-Term Impacts of Environmental Regulations on Industry and Consumers?: Tues, Aug. 9, 10:45 a.m. 

 

Mark Duvall

Duvall, is Director of Electric Transportation and Energy Storage at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His activities focus on plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and related electric infrastructure research.  Energy Policy Summit: Electric Vehicles and the Role of Utilities: Mon., Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m.

 

Joanne Weiss

Joanne  is Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.  She joined the Department in 2009 to serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of the Race to the Top Fund, where she led the Department’s $4.35B Race to the Top program. Collaborative School Reform: Building Partners for School Improvement: Tues., Aug. 9, 1:45 p.m. 
 

 

Carolyn M. Clancy

Clancy, was appointed Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on February 5, 2003, and reappointed on October 9, 2009. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Clancy was Director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. Dr. Clancy's major research interests include improving health care quality and patient safety and reducing disparities in care. Evidence-Based Care: Better Bang for the Buck? : Tues., Aug. 9, 2:45 p.m.
 

 
   
 
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