2012 LSS Professional Development Seminar

Agenda (As of September 25, 2012)

Tuesday, October 9 | Wednesday, October 10 | Thursday, October 11 | Friday, October 12 |

Tuesday, October 9

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Registration
Madison Foyer, Concourse Hotel

5:00 pm

LSS Executive Committee Meeting
Conference Room 3, Concourse Hotel

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm              

Reception at the Governor's Residence

Enjoy a visit to the Executive Residence (Governor's Mansion) for an evening of fun and food. The mansion, built in southern Classical Revival Style, sits right on the shore of Lake Mendota. It has served as the official residence of Wisconsin's governors since 1949. From the grounds of the mansion you have beautiful views of the capitol and the Madison skyline. Transportation will be provided from the Concourse to the Residence, and attendees should plan to meet in the Concourse lobby at 5:45 pm.

Wednesday, October 10

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk
Madison Foyer, Concourse Hotel

7:45 am - 10:00 am

Breakfast and Opening Plenary - Decoding Body Language
Masonic Center
Sponsors: ALL STAFF SECTIONS

Welcome: Steve Miller, Chief, Legislative Reference Bureau, Wisconsin
Moderator: Rob Stoddard, Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Washington, DC
Speaker: Janine Driver, President, the Body Language Institute, Washington, DC

Wouldn't you like to learn how to read others accurately and ultimately stop second-guessing how you should've handled that last challenging interaction better? And wouldn't it be awesome if you were always able to gauge whether or not, your non-verbal message, was matching your true intention? During this interactive, cutting-edge, keynote program, you'll discover how to use the New Body Language moves, such as: "The Bellybutton Rule," the 3 power zones, facial micro-expressions, dangerous feet faux pas, and much more, to get what you want in any situation.

Our speaker, Janine Driver, is a former ATF investigator and public information officer, the New York Times bestselling author of "You Say More Than You Think" and president of the Body Language Institute. Janine's NEW book "You Can't Lie to Me" just hit the Washington Post Best Seller's List and was highlighted on NBC's TODAY Show and on Anderson Cooper LIVE.

LSS gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Voter ID Laws
Madison Ballroom, Concourse Hotel
Sponsors: LSS, LSSS, RACSS

Moderator: Michael Gallagher, Legislative Attorney, Legislative Reference Bureau, Wisconsin
Speakers: Jennie Drage Bowser, Senior Fellow, NCSL
John Fellows, General Counsel, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah
Jessica Karls-Ruplinger, Senior Staff Attorney, Legislative Council, Wisconsin

Voter ID has been the hottest topic in the world of elections for the past two years. It is highly partisan and often relies on emotions rather than evidence. This session will feature legislative staff from states that have recently tackled the issue of voter ID, all from different perspectives. Topics will include the general principles that can be drawn from often conflicting court opinions, suggestions on how to evaluate arguments and evidence from a wide array of sources, and stories of voter ID from drafting to the legislative process to implementation and, sometimes, court challenge.

CLE Credit

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

A View from the Bench: Discussion with a Supreme Court Justice
Madison Ballroom, Concourse Hotel
Sponsors: LSS, LSSS, RACSS

Introduced by: Nancy Cyr, Director, Legislative Research Office, Nebraska
Speaker: David T. Prosser Jr., Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin

David T. Prosser Jr., a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, will discuss his perspective on the legislature and the legislative process as a judge and his perspective on the judiciary as a former Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly.

CLE Credit

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Social Media Takeaways
Assembly Ballroom, Concourse Hotel
Sponsors: LSS, LINCS, NALIT

Moderator: Jay Pearson, LINCS Chair and Information & Communications Services Director, Virginia House of Delegates
Speaker: Andrew Krzmarzick, Director of Community Engagement, GovLoop

Andrew Krzmarzick, director of community engagement for GovLoop, will discuss how state legislatures and all branches of government are using social media and how trends indicate these tools could be used in the next three to five years. Andrew will also discuss to impact of social media policies and/or what actions we can take to ensure proper use of these tools within our legislatures.

LSS gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Caucus Strategy
Room 300 South East, Wisconsin Capitol Building
Sponsor: LSS

Moderator: Noah Hanson, Staff to Representative Berta Gardner, House of Representatives, Alaska
Speaker: Brian Weberg, Director, Legislative Management Program, NCSL, Colorado
Tom Wright, Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Alaska

Legislative caucuses need to craft their message, achieve policy and budget successes and promote individual members. Hear tips on strategies to identify priorities and energize a caucus.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Lessons Learned from Large Events at Capitols: Safety, Citizens and 1st Amendment Rights
Madison Ballroom, Concourse Hotel
Sponsors: LSS, LINCS, NLSSA, LSSS, RACCS

Moderator: Bryant Howe, Deputy Director, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah
Panelists: Bladen Finch, Senate Page Program Director, Senate Clerk's Office, Virginia
Joseph T. Kreye, Legislative Attorney, Legislative Reference Bureau, Wisconsin
Jay Pearson, Information & Communications Services Director, House of Delegates, Virginia
Kristen Roman, Lieutenant, City of Madison Policy Department, Wisconsin
Ken Scheer, Lieutenant, Department of Public Safety, Texas

Planning for large events keeps the legislature running smoothly, prepares the staff and protects the rights of citizens. Several states have learned from dealing with demonstrations, serving as movie sets, welcoming high-profile visitors and accommodating other major events. Learn how to provide citizens access, control crowds and avoid negative publicity.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

LSS Nominating Committee
Conference Room 3, Concourse Hotel

Presiding: Mechelle Miller, Chair, LSS Nominating Committee

6:30 pm -7:30 pm

Joint Reception and Tours at the Wisconsin Capitol
Enter at Wisconsin Avenue

Sponsors: ALL STAFF SECTIONS

Master of Ceremonies: Steve Miller, Chief, Legislative Reference Bureau, Wisconsin
Honorable Robin Vos, Representative, Co-Chair, Joint Finance Committee, House of Representatives
Honorable Fred A. Risser, President of the Senate
Join your legislative colleagues from all six staff sections for an informal reception and tour the beautiful and unique Wisconsin State Capitol.

Thursday, October 11

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk
Madison Foyer, Concourse Hotel

7:45 am - 9:30 am

Are You Hyperconnected?
Masonic Center
Sponsors: ALL STAFF SECTIONS

Introduction and Opening Remarks: Patsy Spaw, NCSL Staff Chair and Secretary of the Senate, Texas

Moderator: Peter Capriglione, Business Applications Manager, General Assembly, North Carolina
Speaker: Lee Rainey, Director, Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, Washington, D.C.

Being connected to the web, mobile technologies and social media have made many of us feel over or hyper-connected. Is there a downside? Could being hyper-connected actually benefit younger generations? Lee Rainie with the Pew Center on the States will review the latest data that shows how constant contact among younger generations allows them to be nimble, quick-acting multi-taskers who count on the Internet as their external brain and approach problems in a different way from older generations. But could this also lead to a generation that looks for quick fixes, has a loss of patience and eliminates deep-thinking skills?

9:45 am - 11:00 am

Principled Politics and Leadership
411 South, Capitol Building
Sponsors: LSS, NALIT

Moderator: Rich Beckwith, Director of Information Services, House of Representatives, Missouri
Speaker: Adam Schrager, Reporter and Anchor, Wisconsin Public Television

Adam Schrager has covered politics for more than 20 years in London, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Denver. He now works for Wisconsin Public Television. Schrager is the author of The Principled Politician, a biography of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr whose stand on behalf of the Constitutional rights of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor would cost him his political career. The book led state lawmakers to name the new state justice center after the former Colorado chief executive. His latest book, The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care), co-authored with Rob Witwer. It has been lauded by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and political figures on both sides of the political spectrum. He has just completed a biography of the Wisconsin wood scientist who helped solve the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder case. “The 16th Rail: The Evidence, The Scientist and the Lindbergh Kidnapping” is due out next spring.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Role of Leadership Staff
Room 300 South East, Wisconsin Capitol Building
Sponsor: LSS

Speakers: Jennifer Esser, Staff, Office of the Majority Leader, Assembly, Wisconsin
Terry Tuschen, Staff, Office of the President, Senate, Wisconsin 

Wisconsin leadership staff discuss their their work, their jobs and what it means to work for leadership in the Badger State.

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Joint Luncheon and Awards Presentation
Masonic Center
Presiding: Patsy Spaw, NCSL Staff Chair and Secretary of the Senate, Texas

LINCS and LSS will present their 2012 Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.  Honorees from all staff sections will be recognized, including those whose awards were presented at the Legislative Summit.

LSS Awards Presentation by Sallie Bolton, LSS Chair and Administrative Assistant, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Kentucky
LINCS Awards presentation by Bladen Finch, LINCS Vice Chair and Senate Page Program Director, Senate Clerk's Office, Virginia

LSS gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor, LexisNexis.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Joint Session: Compromise and Negotiation in the Legislative Arena
Masonic Center
Sponsors: ALL STAFF SECTIONS

Moderator: Sallie Bolton, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Speaker, Kentucky

Speaker: Professor Ralph Cagle, University of Wisconsin Law School, Wisconsin

Negotiation has always been a primary instrument in the legislative process, where skillful policymakers meet determined advocacy with principled compromise.  Yet recent trends of hyper-partisanship may be eroding the vitality of negotiation and compromise as a discipline of democracy. How can legislative staff ensure its survival? What techniques and perspectives can help you negotiate more favorable and lasting outcomes? This session will provide you with practical skills and lend insight into your own negotiation strengths and weaknesses.

 Professor Ralph Cagle teaches negotiation skills at the University of Wisconsin Law School and has conducted negotiation training programs for professional groups throughout the United States. In a prior career, he served as a key aide to legislative leaders in Wisconsin, represented clients before the legislature and conducted research on state legislatures.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Team Building - The Push for the Summit
Concourse Hotel
Sponsor: LSS

Facilitator: Lisa Jennings, Wildly Different, Florida

Teamwork is a cornerstone of success for legislative staff. Yet in the day to day of getting our jobs done, we lose sight of ways to energize, inspire and motivate our teammates. How can leadership staff keep enthusiasm levels and collaboration high among their complex, busy teams while pushing their colleagues to reach common goals? The trainers from "Wildly Different" have some answers, the simplest of which is to spend some time devoted to "play."  Playing connects people, making them more passionate about working together towards common goals, and challenging them to use their skills so the entire team can succeed. This session, open to only LSS attendees, will have teams compete in the art of play by completing challenges and revealing clues that lead them up the summit of a mountain. The quicker a team finishes each leg, the better their chances of being the first to ascend the summit and plant their flag as the winning team! Participants will spend time debriefing on lessons learned and takeaways that will help to team build at home.

   5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibitors Reception
Madison Ballroom, Concourse Hotel

All LSS members are invited to attend the NALIT Exhibitors Reception, where you can enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and learn about the newest technology supporting state legislatures.

Exhibitors:

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

LSS Dinner
Francesca's, 111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Madison, WI 53703
All LSS attendees are welcome to attend!

Friday, October 12

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Information Desk
Madison Foyer, Concourse Hotel

8:30 am - 10:00 am

LSS Breakfast and Business Meeting
Room 607 (6th floor), Concourse Hotel

Presiding: Sallie Bolton, Chair, LSS and Administrative Assistant, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Kentucky

10:00 am - 11:00 am

My Best Mistake
Room 634 (6th floor), Concourse Hotel
Sponsors: LSS and LINCS

Speakers: Noah Hanson, Staff to Representative Berta Gardner, House of Representatives, Alaska

Learn from your mistakes...or our mistakes. LSS and LINCS colleagues from across the country will openly discuss some "lessons learned" on the job and how the experience made them grow as individuals and legislative employees.

11:00 am - 11:30 am

LSS PDS Evaluation - What Worked, What Didn't
Room 607 (6th floor), Concourse Hotel

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

2012-2013 LSS Executive Committee Meeting
Room 607 (6th floor), Concourse Hotel

Presiding: Sallie Bolton, Chair, LSS and Administrative Assistant, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Kentucky

12:30 pm

Meeting Adjourned