NALIT 2019 Legislative Summit Agenda and Handouts


NALIT meetings at the NCSL Legislative Summit cover the latest issues and provide opportunities for legislative information technology professionals and others to come together to discuss IT issues and find solutions that work. All sessions were held at Music City Center.

For more details about Legislative Summit, visit the Legislative Summit home page and the full 2019 Legislative Summit online agenda.  

Sunday, Aug. 4
Time Sessions
6:30-8:30 p.m.
NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner
Network with your legislative IT colleagues from around the country at a local restaurant for this "Dutch treat" event. Spouses or other guests are welcome, but space is limited, so advance reservations are required. Contact Pam Greenberg to RSVP. 
Monday, Aug. 5
7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.



11 a.m.-Noon

New Attendee Orientation


1:30-3 p.m.

General Session: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Helping Children Succeed 
The Imagination Library works with partners in the public and private sectors to gift a book each month to 1.3 million preschool children in the U.S. Learn about the logistics, funding, research and impact of a statewide Imagination Library program. Explore current statewide efforts in Tennessee and North Carolina and impending statewide efforts in Arkansas and Ohio, which illustrate how to bring the program to scale in any state.


3:15-5 p.m.

The Changing Cyber Threat Landscape

(Sponsored by NALIT, Law & Criminal Justice Committee, and Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee)

Cybercriminals have become ever more sophisticated in recent years and the types of cybercrimes have greatly expanded. Phishing, spoofing, identity theft, hacking, ransomware, and DDoS attacks are just some of the strategies used by cybercriminals against state systems and the public. Hear about trends in the most recent criminal cyber investigations, the threat actors and initiatives for combating the problem.


  • Jeff Ford, Indiana


  • Etay Maor, executive security advisor, IBM
  • Cris Thomas (AKA “Space Rogue”), global strategy lead, IBM

  • Andre T. Edwards, special agent, FBI, Tennessee

Session Resources:


5:30-7:30 p.m.


Social Event: Opening Act: Music City Country Picnic

Join us for a warm welcome and famous Southern cuisine in downtown Nashville. 


Tuesday, Aug. 6
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

8:45-10 a.m. 

General Session: Social Entrepreneur Wes Moore 
Wes Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader. Moore, author of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates," is the chief executive of The Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation's largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. 

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


10:15 a.m.-Noon

Issue Sessions that May Be of Particular Interest to NALIT Members

  • What I Wish I Knew When I Started in the Legislature
  • Data Privacy Trends
12-1:45 p.m.

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon: Cultivate Your Credibility

Learn how to grow and maintain your credibility in challenging times from Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune and host of the PBS show, “Overheard with Evan Smith.” Smith shares insights and lessons learned from developing his credibility as a top journalist and businessman, along with stories about interviewing fascinating public figures, from politicians and actors to authors and singers.

  • Jon Heining, Texas Legislature


  • Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune, Texas


2-3:15 p.m.

Recruiting and Retaining Top Tech Talent

Legislative information technology professionals are crucial in providing efficient, effective and secure legislative operations and services. Attracting technology workers with high-level IT skills, however, can be a challenge. Hear about strategies to attract and retain a diverse and talented staff—including justifying investments in training and certifications for IT employees—then discuss successful strategies with your peers.


  • Dave Burhop, Director, Division of Legislative Automated Systems, Virginia


  • Jeff Ford, Indiana
  • Ronda Tentarelli, Washington

Session Resources:


3:30-5 p.m.

Legislative Staff University: Becoming a Multiplier

We’ve all experienced two types of leaders. “Diminishers” drain intelligence, energy and capability from others and need to be the smartest person in the room. “Multipliers,” on the other hand, use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. Delve into the research behind the best-selling book, “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.” Learn the five disciplines that distinguish multipliers from diminishers and practical tips for leading like a multiplier.



  • Rob Delange, The Wiseman Group, Colorado


Evening States Night
Wednesday, Aug. 7
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30-8:45 a.m. Issue Sessions
9-10:15 a.m.

Technology Tools: Making Legislative Life Easier

Chamber dashboards, paperless processes and mobile solutions are making life easier for legislators and staff. See demonstrations and hear about information technology initiatives that help streamline and improve daily processes inside and outside the chamber.


  • Vinay Dattu, Tennessee


  • Tim Banaszak, Alaska
  • Doug Farr, Utah
  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota 
  • Seth McFarland, North Carolina 
  • Ronda Tentarelli, Washington

Session Resources

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Issue Sessions that May Be of Particular Interest to NALIT Members

  • Sharpen Your Social Media Savvy
12-1:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Luncheon
2-3:15 p.m.

Issue Sessions that May Be of Particular Interest to NALIT Members

  • Best Practices for Data Visualization
3:30-5 p.m.

Issue Sessions

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Social Event: Social Event Boot Scootin' Block Party

Kick up your heels downtown Nashville-style with great Southern hospitality and delicious eats. Check back soon for exciting headlining entertainment announcements.

Thursday, Aug. 8
7:30-10 a.m. Registration
9 a.m.-Noon.

Exhibit Hall Open

8:30-9:45 a.m. Legislative Staff Breakfast
10-11 a.m. 

NALIT Annual Business Meeting

NALIT members elect new officers, vote on bylaws changes and recognize the winners of the NALIT logo contest, the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards and the Online Democracy Award.


  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky, Chair, NALIT
11:15-11:45 a.m..

NALIT Executive Committee Meeting

 Discuss association services, review NALIT Summit sessions and other meetings, and discuss outreach efforts. All NALIT members (legislative information technology professionals) are welcome to attend.


  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky, Chair, NALIT
12:30-2 p.m.

General Session and Indiana Kickoff Lunch: Leadership in the Current Political Climate
Jon Meacham is a presidential biographer, Pulitzer Prize winner and one of America’s most prominent and well-known historians. Learn from his uncanny ability to put today’s politically trying times into historical context. His most recent book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” is a New York Times bestseller. It examines the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope prevailed over fear.