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By Katie Peshek

If you’re looking to connect with fellow legislative staff, sharpen your skills and explore top state policy issues, all with a side of California dreaming, be sure to register for the NCSL Legislative Summit (July 30-Aug. 2 in Los Angeles).

coming from katie Here are just a few of the programs designed with legislative staff in mind:

Play-by-Play Leadership Lessons with Amy Trask: From her job as the first female CEO in the NFL to serving as chairman of Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league, Amy Trask has an abundance of experience to share. Join Trask as she offers a play-by-play of some of her most memorable leadership lessons—in life and in business.

Supercharge your Talent (Preconference): Working in a legislative environment is exciting, challenging and, often, chaotic. Dive deep into three key professional development topics during this half day workshop, including strategies for overcoming blind spots, conquering fear of failure, and living a balanced and productive professional life.

Ethics in the Legislature: How to Avoid the Danger Spots: Protecting the legislative institution requires ethical decision-making, and staff need to be objective, credible and immune to political pressure. Hear about danger spots and the deception of rationalizations, and learn tips for navigating ethical challenges.

Understanding and Optimizing Workforce Diversity: Today’s workforce is becoming more diverse, and many organizations are deploying strategies to retain, engage and support talented staff. Learn why workforce diversity matters, and how appreciating and understanding diversity can create optimal work environments.

Plus sessions on:

  • Mentoring, Motivating and Maintaining Staff.
  • Ethics in the World of Social Media.
  • Security in the Legislature.
  • Being Nonpartisan: The Art of Navigating a Political Landscape.
  • Legislative Internships: Pathway to Public Service.

Don’t forget that early bird rates end May 23—so register now and get ready to connect, learn and enjoy L.A.

Katie Peshek is a program manager in NCSL's Marketing and Member Outreach program.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.