2020 LESN Virtual Fall Meeting


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While we had hoped to gather together in Washington, D.C., this fall, we're taking 2020 in stride and going virtual! Join us as we close out the year with a two-day virtual meeting Dec. 1-2 from 1-4 p.m. ET. We'll combine the content and professional development you've come to expect in virtual meetings with the networking and social connection of in-person gatherings. Use the tabs below to view the agenda and learn more about the optional evening social activities.




Meeting Agenda

Please note: All times shown are ET.

Monday, Nov. 30

6:30-8 p.m.


Trivia Night 

*This optional event requires a separate registration.

Ready for some fun and casual networking? We have you covered. Connect with colleagues from across the country as you try to outwit each other during our online trivia. 

Register here


Tuesday, Dec. 1

1-1:10 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

1:10-1:30 p.m.

2020 LESN Recognition Award Presentation 


  • Steven Hernández, LESN co-chair 
  • Tanya Liberman, LESN co-chair 

1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Election Results  

After the Nov. 3 results are in, the next question is, “What do the results mean for states?” Join NCSL experts for a unique analysis and discussion of how the election outcomes will impact states.


  • Ben Williams, NCSL 

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:45 p.m. 

CTE Session 


7-8:30 p.m. 

Virtual Wine School

While winemaking in the New World is relatively young, the traditions, history, and heritage transported to our continent during the Colonial era have all contributed to one of the most important—and delicious!-- sectors of our nation’s economy.

Let’s learn about the four largest winemaking regions in the U.S. while tasting wines representative of these areas together!

Speaker: Erlinda Doherty, Vinicola

Register here. 


Wednesday, Dec. 2

1-1:10 p.m. 


1:10-1:30 p.m.

Steering Committee Recognition 


  • Joel Moore, Education Commission of the States 
  • Emily Ronco, NCSL 
  • Marilyn Villalobos, NCSL 

1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Boosting EQ: How to Increase our Emotional Intelligence  

Everyone wants to think of themselves as intelligent, in possession of a high IQ. But recent research in the field of organizational psychology suggests emotional intelligence, or EQ, is an even more important attribute for success in both our personal and professional lives. In this training, we will explore what EQ is, why it matters, and how you can boost your own EQ score to improve the outcomes of your interactions with others.  


  • Curt Stedron, NCSL 

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:45 p.m. 

State Policy Solutions to the Student Loan Debt Crisis 

Prior to COVID-19, student loan debt imposed significant financial burdens on millions of students and borrowers. The pandemic has exacerbated the challenges that borrowers face in managing and repaying their educational loans. While action from the federal government has suspended payments and waived interest, these programs are slated to expire at the end of the year, with uncertainty looming in the future. In recent years, states have passed legislation to address the student debt crisis including bills to modify or create loan forgiveness programs, expand consumer protections, or provide tax incentives to aid repayment. 

Much like the impacts of the pandemic, the effects of student debt are not felt evenly. Learn about the state of student loan debt today and what strategies states are using to address the problem. 


3:45-4 p.m. 

Reflection and Wrapup 

Happy Hour Trivia

Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 6:30-8 p.m.

Ready for some fun? We have you covered. Connect with colleagues from across the country as you try to outwit each other during our online trivia.

Register for trivia.

Wine School

erlinda doherty ncsl  Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun night of #wineschool with Erlinda Doherty, certified wine educator, columnist and sommelier, as she teaches us about the United States' largest winemaking regions. Feel free to bring your partner, roommates or family to this gathering as we virtually learn and physically taste our way through West Coast wineries. Once you've registered for this social event, you will receive additional information via email about the optional tasting portion of the evening, including wine recommendations and food pairings.

Register for Wine School.