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Amy Trask's Play-By-Play Leadership Lessons

Los Angeles—Amy Trask spent 30 years with NFL’s Raiders, rising from intern to the league’s first female CEO. “So, in brief, she has spent a career as a woman in a male-dominated field, full of high-maintenance personalities who aren't used to being told ‘no’ and who don't always play nice with each other. Sound familiar?” joked staff chair Chuck Truesdell.

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Listen Up! Learn the Skills of Good Listening

Los Angeles—By focusing only on what you’re saying, chances are good that you’re not hearing. It’s one of several barriers to listening described by leadership coach Samuel Solomon during the workshop “Learning to Listen” at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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Here Are the Winners of the 2018 Notable Document Awards

The Legislative Research Librarians and NCSL announce the winners of the 2018 Notable Document Award winners!

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Beef Up your Professional Potential at the Leadership Staff Seminar

Do you work directly for a legislator, in a capitol or district office? Are you a policy wonk in a caucus office, a legislative assistant or aide? If so, NCSL is providing a professional development seminar that allows you to get the most bang for your travel and professional development buck.

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Debuting ... Legislatures-At-a-Glance

Have you ever wanted to quickly find the leaders of a Legislature, the percent of female legislators in a state or the state’s Capitol city? Well, now you can find all that and more on NCSL’s new Legislatures-At-A-Glance page!

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A New Chapter in Page Programs: The Senate of Virginia’s Page Leadership Program

The Senate of Virginia’s program, geared towards 13- and 14-year-olds, is unique in many ways: It’s long (full time for seven to nine weeks), students live in a hotel supervised by chaperones, it includes a tutoring program, involves several staff, and enlists community partners such as the Virginia Credit Union—for a class on money management—and Central Virginia Food Bank, the location for the community service project.

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Sunshine, Sessions and Staff: Join NCSL This Summer in L.A.

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).

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 From Legislative Staffers to NCSL Staff

NCSL is home to 46 former legislative staff, and they bring their appreciation for the dedication and expertise of our bill drafters, fiscal analysts, IT staff and others to their work serving you at NCSL.

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Audits, Evaluations and Reviews ... Oh My!

Legislators need information to help them make decisions about the programs they oversee—information that tells them whether, and in what important ways, a program is complying with regulations, working well or poorly, and why.

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Staff Profile: Erica Warren: Kentucky, Committee Staff Administrator

Meet Erica Warren a committee staff administrator with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.

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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.