LINCS 2018 Legislative Summit agenda

July 30-Aug.2, 2018 | Los Angeles

2017 NCSL Legislative Summit LogoConnect with legislative communicators from across the country at the NCSL Legislative Summit, the largest gathering of state legislative staff and legislators in the country. See the schedule below for sessions and activities sponsored by LINCS as well as other events of particular interest to legislative staff. 

LINCS Preliminary Agenda at Legislative Summit

7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Convention Center South Lobby

Summit Registration  

7:30 a.m.-noon

LA Convention Center 502 A

Young and New Professionals Preconference: Supercharge Your Talent 


Join NCSL's YNP group for a series of discussions about successfully navigating your work in the legislature.

Noon-1:15 p.m.

LA Convention Center 304 ABC

New Attendee Orientation


First time at the Summit? Grab a box lunch and attend this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the meeting. Learn about the business meeting, deep dive sessions, and tips to help you make the most of your time in LA.

1:15-1:45 p.m.

LA Convention Center Hall K


1:45-3 p.m.

LA Convention Center Hall K


State Networking Event

Find your table and connect with fellow Summit attendees from your state. 


General Session

CEO Forum: The Next Generation of Innovation


Hear from leading technology CEOs about the next generation of innovation and how tech will play an active role in identifying our country’s most promising opportunities and solving its biggest challenges. The conversation will address key policy issues facing the tech industry and legislative bodies, and ways to spur innovation and job creation across America. NCSL is pleased to offer this general session in conjunction with TechNet, the voice of the innovation economy.


  • Moderator: Andrea Deveau, TechNet, California
  • Panelist: Tim Chen, NerdWallet, California
  • Panelist: Brynne Kennedy, Topia, California
  • Panelist: Marco Zappacosta, Thumbtack, California

3:15-4:45 p.m.

LA Convention Center 402 AB
Sponsored by LINCS and YNP

Writing Short: A Workshop


The digital era is fundamentally changing the way we communicate. As it does, legislative communicators and others are working to adapt their writing to social media and other digital platforms. How do you tell your story and communicate your message in new, much more succinct ways? Learn from an expert who has mastered the art of writing short.


  • Speaker: Sam Parr, founder, The Hustle, California 

5:30-7 p.m.

JW Marriott Gold Ballroom


Opening Reception: Meet Us at JW Marriott LA Live!


Feel the vibrancy of Los Angeles with the opening reception at the JW Marriott LA LIVE! Feel as though you’ve been transported to wine country as you experience a California wine tasting inside the ballroom. As you make your way outside, you’ll enjoy sights and sounds typical of LA’s iconic Olvera Street. Revel in the LA sunshine while networking with peers at this exciting event that is within walking distance of the convention center. You must have your badge to enter.

7-9 p.m.

Tom's Urban, 1011 S. Figueroa St. (corner of Figueroa and Chick Hearn Ct. at LA LIVE complex)

LINCS Meetup


If you are a communications professional working in a legislature, you belong to the Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS) association. Meet a great group of your colleagues from across the country for a casual gathering after the Summit’s opening reception. For information, contact


7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Los Angeles Convention Center South Lobby

Summit Registration

7:30-8:45 a.m.

LA Convention Center Petree CD

Co-sponsored by LINCS

Legislative Staff Breakfast

Ethics in the Legislature: How to Avoid the Danger Spots


 Protecting the legislative institution requires ethical decision-making by those who work in the legislature. Legislative staff need to be objective, credible and immune to political pressure. This session looks at the danger spots and the deception of rationalizations, and provides tools for navigating ethical challenges in the legislative environment.


  • Speaker: Marianne Jennings, Marianne M. Jennings, LLC, Arizona

9-10 a.m.

LA Convention Center Hall K

General Session

Healthy Workplaces: Culture Trumps Compliance


As organizations across the country grapple with charges of harassment and other challenges, the national conversation has turned to workplace culture. Hear from Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), about the importance of workplace culture, especially in environments with complicated power dynamics like those inherent in state legislatures. Learn why the underlying culture is even more essential than rules and enforcement, and how to create a safer and more respectful workplace.


  • Speaker: Johnny Taylor, Society For Human Resource Management, Virginia

10:15 a.m.-noon

LA Convention Center 205 ABC
Co-sponsored by LINCS

Legislative Staff University

Understanding and Optimizing Workforce Diversity


Today’s workforce is becoming more diverse and many organizations, including legislatures, are deploying strategies to retain, engage and support skilled and talented staff. Learn why workforce diversity matters, and how appreciating and understanding diversity can create optimal work environments—places where everyone gets to apply their skills and feel recognized, appreciated and valued.


  • Speaker: Daryl Dixon, Diversity Resource Group, Georgia

3-4:30 p.m.

LA Convention Center 303 AB
Sponsored by LINCS, ASLCS and NALIT

A Sign of the Times: Digital Signage in State Capitols


Using digital signs in state capitols opens a whole new world of communications. States are beginning to get creative—moving beyond listing hearings, floor votes and events to include news and weather, along with slides and videos on legislative activity and the legislative process. Learn how legislative writers, photographers, videographers and IT staff are collaborating to provide information to statehouse workers and visitors in a new and dazzling way.


  • Moderator: David Byerman, director, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
  • Panelist: Jeff Fossett, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky, and LINCS Chair 
  • Panelist: Mark Pulliam, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Los Angeles Convention Center South Lobby

Summit Registration   

8:45-9:45 a.m.

LA Convention Center 308 AB
Sponsored by LINCS

LINCS Networking Breakfast


Join your fellow legislative communicators for the most important meal of the day. Network and discuss communications issues in a relaxed and casual setting.


  • Sponsor: NCSL gratefully acknowledges NCTA – The Internet & Television Association for its support of this breakfast.

Noon-1:45 p.m.

LA Convention Center Hall K
Co-sponsored by LINCS

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon: Play-by-Play Leadership Lessons


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. Amy will take you on her journey of successes and failures, where she learned to thrive under pressure, advocate for herself, make decisions under a microscope, deal with strong personalities and “negotiate like a girl,” as her memoir declares. Join Amy as she offers a play-by-play of some of her most memorable leadership lessons—in life and in business.


  • Speaker: Amy Trask, NFL Analyst, CBS Sports
  • Sponsor: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Carpet & Rug Institute for donating the red carpet for today’s luncheon.

5-6:30 p.m.

JW Marriott ION Patio

Young and New Professionals Reception


Come to the NCSL Young and New Professionals reception to meet and network with your peers from across the country. Young and new(ly elected) legislators, legislative staff, and private sector representatives are all welcome to mingle, grab a drink and get to know each other.


Sponsor: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Biogen for its support of this reception.


6:30-9 p.m.

Paramount Picture Studios

(See program or online agenda for shuttle information.)

Closing Event: Lights, Camera, Action!


Get a glimpse behind the scenes at this exclusive event on the New York Street Backlot at Paramount Pictures Studios. Pose for the paparazzi before rubbing elbows with some of Hollywood’s elite impersonators! As you tour through the streets used for so many memorable scenes in movies and television, stop to enjoy small bites from one of the various food stations. This will be an unforgettable evening fit for the stars! You must have your badge to enter.


7:30-10 a.m.

Los Angeles Convention Center South Lobby

Summit Registration

8-9:30 a.m.

LA Convention Center Hall K

General Session/2019 Summit Kickoff Breakfast

It's All About Country: Politics, Polling and Pop Culture


Explore what America is thinking with nationally renowned pollsters Margie Omero and Kristen Soltis Anderson as Nashville sets the stage for next year’s Summit. Enjoy a scrumptious, southern-style breakfast while Omero and Soltis Anderson share how the numbers reveal the public’s mindset on news, politics and pop culture. You won’t want to miss the bipartisan team that co-hosts the top-200 podcast, “The Pollsters,” while getting a peek at what’s in store at next year’s Summit in Nashville.


  • Speaker: Margie Omero, GBA Strategies, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker: Kristen Soltis Anderson, Echelon Insights, Virginia

9:45-11 a.m.

LA Convention Center 402 AB

Promoting the People's Branch of Government


Legislatures tackle the most pressing problems in the states, but how much do citizens know about the people’s branch of government and our democratic system? Hear an update on the current state of civics education. Learn from counterparts in other states about strategies to educate the public—from  students to seniors—about representative democracy and their role in it.


  • Speaker: Louise Dube, Director, iCivics, Massachusetts
  • Panelist: Senator Toi W. Hutchinson, Illinois
  • Panelist: Paula Rehwaldt, Washington House of Representatives