2017 LSS Professional Development Seminar

Aug. 5-6 | Boston

A photo of the Boston skylineThis year the Leadership Staff Section will be holding its professional development seminar the day and a half before the 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston. Allowing attendees to get the most bang for their buck, LSS specific programming will be held during a full day Saturday, Aug. 5. and the first half of the day before the Summit begins on Aug. 6. Then LSS will be co-sponsoring and reccomending more professional development programming during the Summit.

*Note: You must register for the PDS and Summit separately.

Preliminary session topics:

  • Where do you draw the line, ethically speaking?
    Leadership staff sometimes walk a fine line between their political roles working on campaigns and their institutional roles working at the legislature. Where—and howdo you draw the line? The first half of this session will provide a briefing from an ethics specialist. Following a quick break, LSS staff will participate in a roundtable discussion on ethics where they can share stories, suggestions and solutions and discuss this important line that must be walked by leadership staff, and to help each other clarify where, and how, the line should be drawn.
  • Constituent Services Roundtable
    Learn techniques to help improve the public image of the legislature. Learn how to engage those who are apathetic or uninterested and how to educate (protocol, process) those who are newly interested. Learn how can staff provide resources for the education of those coming to the capitol. 
  • In the Trenches with Social MediaTwitter, Facebook Live and other social media apps are increasingly popular and important communications and outreach tools. But their instantaneous nature can lead to unintended consequences. Learn best practices for influencing the narrative surrounding social media content. How can you manage these apps properly without getting too caught up in them? What are some tactics other states are using to master this dynamic and challenging landscape? 
  • Good Supervisors - Good Performance
    Set your team up for success whether you’re a member of a team or a supervisor. This session will focus on how good managerial practices apply to individual professional and personal growth.
  • Training the Trainer
    Learn how to effectively take what you learn at PDS and Summit back to your legislature. How do junior staff convey the new ideas or tools that they have learned to their peers? How do senior staff turn what they learn into training for other staff? And learn how to do this on a tight or nonexistent budget. 
  • 5 minutes of Fame: How to avoid reinventing the wheel
    Share what processes you've put into place in your state/agency/office to help manage continuity of service and abilities when facing staff turnover.


Registration Information Registration fees are:

Legislative Staff: $150


Two ways to register:

Register Online
Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is Aug. 5.

Onsite Registration
If you can't make the  registration cut-off, please contact NCSL's Liaison to LSS, Megan McClure at megan.mcclure@ncsl.org.

register now

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Saturday, Aug. 5, will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationPlease make your hotel reservations for the PDS at the Marriot Copley Place by June 1. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:
Marriot Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116 | Tel: 1-617-236-5800

To book a room in the LSS block please contact the NCSL housing bureau at 800-967-8852 with the code NCSL17LSS

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

Travel Information

Travel Information

Boston Logan International Airport is located 2.5 miles from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. 

Transportation to and from Logan Airport:





If you need assistance booking air travel:
Christopherson Travel
800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Jackie Zimmermann at 303-364-7700, ext. 1417, of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
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