2015 Legislative Summit | ASLCS Agenda


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The American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries will meet in conjunction with the NCSL Legislative Summit in Seattle.

In addition to the ASLCS Business Meeting, all 12 standing committees, as well as the Strategic Planning Committee and the 2020 Mason's Manual Commission, will meet.

Below are details on ASLCS sessions at the Summit, along with general sessions and social events.

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015


9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sheraton Hotel/Issaquah AB

Mason's Manual Commission

The full Mason's Manual Commission and its subcommittees meet.

Presiding: Alfred “Butch” Speer, Chair

Clerk, Louisiana House of Representatives

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sheraton Hotel

(see rooms at right)

ASLCS 'A' Committees

The ASLCS 'A' Committees will meet:

  • Bylaws and Standing Orders – Willow A
  • Inside the Legislative Process – Willow B
  • Site Selection – Redwood A
  • Technology – Redwood B

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sheraton Hotel

(see rooms at right)

ASLCS 'B' Committees

The ASLCS 'B' Committees will meet:

  • International Communication and Development – Willow A
  • Legislative Administrator – Willow B
  • Membership and Communication – Redwood A
  • Support Staff – Redwood B

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sheraton Hotel

(see rooms at right)

ASLCS 'C' Committees

The ASLCS 'C' Committees will meet:

  • Canadian-American Relations – Willow A
  • Professional Journal – Willow B
  • Program Development – Redwood A
  • Roster – Redwood B

5:30-7:00 pm

Convention Center, Atrium Lobby


Opening Reception | A Taste of Washington

Take a whirlwind tasting tour of Washington and experience what makes this state such a great place to visit. Enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of the Evergreen State. Vintners from all over the world have made Washington their home, and some will share their award-winning wines with you. Sample chardonnay from Walla Walla, Syrah from Woodinville, blush rose’ from the Columbia River Gorge, and more! Washington is also home to America’s very first brewpub and more than 240 breweries. So if wine’s not your cup of tea, you can enjoy the art of craft-brewing from a wide variety of local, small-batch superstars. You will also be treated to musical and dancing performances by young, local artists from the Seattle Theater Group. And, as you’re out for the rest of the evening in the Emerald City, be sure to grab a cup of the state’s other world-famous beverage—coffee!

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015


8:30-9:30 am

Ballroom 6ABC


General Session | Redefining Corporate Responsibility: A Perspective from Starbucks

Summary: What is the role and responsibility of a for-profit, public company? Starbucks' answer is both aspirational and global. Its ambitious efforts include helping veterans and their spouses find jobs, helping employees achieve a college degree, hiring 10,000 opportunity youth in three years, and partnering with government in other civic efforts under the direction of John Kelly, senior vice president of Global Responsibility and Public Policy.

Speaker: John Kelly, Starbucks, Washington

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

727 Pine. (8th and Pine)

RSVP Required.

ASLCS Business Meeting and Luncheon

Members of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries will hold their annual Business Meeting and Luncheon. Reservations are required for this meeting. Location: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 727 Pine St., Seattle.

RSVP required to jeanne.mejeur@ncsl.org.

Presiding: Russell Humphrey, Chief Clerk, Tennessee Senate, ASLCS President

ASLCS gratefully acknowledges the support of International Roll-Call Corporation for sponsoring the luncheon.




Legislative Staff University | Rock Star Communication: Take it To the Next Level! With Sari de la Motte

Summary: Ready to go from good to great—to actual rock star status—as a communicator? The key is non-verbal communication--how you use your voice, body, eyes and breathing to get your message across. How receptive people are to our message depends in large part on what we say without words. You’ll learn how to increase your nonverbal presence so that you can be, do and have more! But don't be fooled: This isn't manipulative body language "gimmicks." Know how to show up, be noticed and influence the people around you. You'll learn:

• Four concrete ways to increase your nonverbal PRESENCE

• The #1 communication skill all rock stars know and use

• How to increase receptivity with everyone you meet

• And more!

Speaker: Sari de la Motte, FORTE, Oregon

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015


8:00-9:00 am

Ballroom 6ABC


Wednesday General Session | Big Trends, Big Opportunities

Summary: Innovation, technology and the economy shape the world where we live and work. What’s on the horizon for these major global influences? Attend this session to hear three provocative perspectives on what’s in store for people, business and government.

Presenters: Sheryl Connelly, head of global consumer trends and futurist for Ford; Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services, the pioneer in cloud computing; Christopher Thornberg, leading economist and expert in forecasting, employment and labor markets.

Moderator: Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois

Speaker: Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company, Michigan

Speaker: Andy Jassy, Amazon, Web Services, Washington

Speaker: Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics, California

11:45am-12:30 pm

Ballroom 6ABC


Wednesday General Session | Robert Gates: The Challenge of Politics and America’s Global Standing

Summary: Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush. On Gates' last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. An Eagle Scout and president of the Boy Scouts of America, Gates is the author of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, a profoundly personal story and an insightful look into two administrations and the wars that defined them.

Speaker: Robert Gates, Author and Former Secretary of Defense

12:30-2:00 pm



Legislative Staff Luncheon | There's Nothing Trivial About It! With Ken Jennings

Summary: Ken Jennings is the biggest winner ever on "Jeopardy," the champion who won 74 games and $2.52 million and became a TV folk hero. The co-inventor of two trivia games and book author, Jennings knows you can’t put a price on knowledge in a world where nothing is trivial. Hear how you, too, can be a knowledge superstar—and why it’s so important.

Speaker: Ken Jennings, Author, Washington

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


ASLCS Executive Committee Meeting

The ASLCS Executive Committee will meet to discuss plans, budgets and activities for the staff section.

Presiding: Russell Humphrey, ASLCS President

Chief Clerk, Tennessee Senate

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


ASLCS Special Committee on Strategic Planning

Members of the ASLCS Special Committee on Strategic Planning will meet to discuss ASLCS projects and activities.

Presiding: Susan Clarke Schaar, Chair; Clerk of the Senate, Virginia

6:30-10:00 pm

Seattle Center/Space Needle

Washington Block Party | Space Needle and Chihuly Garden

The Space Needle is one of the world’s most famous landmarks, and, for this one night, it’s reserved just for us. Breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound and the beautiful Seattle skyline are just an elevator ride away. But that’s not all that awaits you as you step into a block party Seattle style. Enjoy a variety of street performers and artists as you sample delicious local foods and wines. Listen to the Seattle Rock Orchestra, a 50-piece group that delights with tributes to the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Queen and other classic musicians, and Vicci Martiniz, a local rock musician and known for her powerhouse vocals. Wander through the gorgeous Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit and experience the genius of artist Dale Chihuly. Come and enjoy Seattle’s block party, a not-to-be-missed adventure for the whole family!

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015


12:15-1:45 pm

Ballroom 6ABC

Thursday General Session Luncheon | Leadership Lessons With Jon Meacham

Summary: Thomas Jefferson embodied the aspirations of a young nation in ways that reverberate still today. New York Times best-selling author Jon Meacham paints a portrait of Jefferson as a flawed, contradictory, elusive man who embodies an eternal drama—and one we confront today: The struggle of leadership to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world.

Speaker: Jon Meacham, Author, New York

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Technology: It's Not Magic

Consumer electronic devices and technologies are widespread, affordable and user friendly, raising expectations that all types of information systems should be easy to develop and use. Learn what questions to ask of IT staff and customers when looking for new solutions, how to bridge technical and non-technical communication gaps, and how to balance competing demands for IT services. (cosponsored by NALIT and ASLCS.)