Leadership Staff Section Professional Development Seminar | Denver, Colo. | Oct. 9-11, 2013

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Colorado Capitol Building Join your leadership staff colleagues from across the nation to connect, contribute and collaborate on successful strategies to help you in your legislative staff career. The Leadership Staff Section (LSS) Professional Development Seminar is designed by legislative staff, for legislative staff, and it happens only once a year— don't miss it! 

LSS provides a forum for state legislative employees who work for legislative leaders or party caucuses. The LSS seminar is designed to help attendees share solutions, discuss innovative uses of communication, increase the effectiveness of legislative staff and forge important connections with peers from around the country. The meeting features a blend of classroom experiences, facilitated dialogue and experiential tours. There will also be plenty of time to network with your counterparts from other states.

The meeting will be held jointly with the professional development seminars for the Research and Committee Staff Section and the Legal Services Staff Section. The 2½-day meeting will be held concurrently with the NCSL National Human Resources Seminar and will include a joint plenary session of interest to all legislative staff.

Each staff section is unique and the meeting programming is designed to meet the training needs for each group. We listened to your thoughts on previous meetings and we have expanded the training time devoted to exploring topics that are designed specifically for leadership staff. You’ll be able to attend a wide variety of workshops that focus on skills-based training and legislative institutional issues.


Registration fees:
  • Legislative staff- $375 regular
  • Spouse/guest- $150 (includes meals and social events)
  • All others- $450

There are three ways to register for the meeting:
  • Register online
    Registration online requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff.
  • Register via fax. Click here for printable registation form.
  • Register Onsite
    If you are unable to meet the Oct. 2 registration deadline, please register onsite at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

Spouse/Guest Registration. The $150 fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions. Spouse/guest fees must be paid in full at the time of registration, as NCSL cannot bill for spouse or guest registration fees.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 8 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.

Questions? Email registration@ncsl.org or call



The seminar will be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver.  Unfortunately, our room block has sold out, although you might continue to check availability to see if there have been cancellations. We do have an overflow hotel

  • Grand Hyatt Denver (SOLD OUT)
    1750 Welton Street
    Denver, CO 80202
    Tel: 303-295-1234
       Denver, CO 80202
       Tel: 303-534-7800
  • Map of Other Nearby Hotels
  • List of Nearby Hotels - all hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt or you may use the 16th Street Mall Shuttle, which runs continuously through the day and early evening.

  • The Brown Palace Hotel —  (800) 627-7468
  • Comfort Inn Downtown — (303) 296-0400
  • Grand Hyatt Denver — (303) 295-1234
  • Magnolia Hotel — (303) 607-9000
  • Hotel Monaco — (303) 296-1717
  • Denver Marriott City Center — (303) 297-1300
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown — (303) 893-3333
  • Crowne Plaza Downtown — (303) 573-1450
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown — (303) 603-8000
  • Hyatt Regency Denver — (303) 436-1234
  • Embassy Suites Denver — (303) 592-1000
  • Westin Denver Downtown — (303) 572-9100

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her own hotel and travel arrangements. Hotel reservations must be held by one night's room deposit (major credit card guarantee is acceptable).


Denver is served by the Denver International Airport. Make arrangements early for the best rates.

To make flight reservations, you may call Christopherson Travel at:

  • 800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT).
  • 303-694-4344

Ground Transportation

A number of shuttles and taxi services go between Denver International Airport and the Grand Hyatt Denver. Check the hotel's website for more information.

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Heather Plush at 303-364-7700, ext. 1496, about any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
Welcome to Denver—the Mile High City—where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving arts and cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and the Rocky Mountain backdrop combine for the world’s most spectacular playground. Denver offers stunning architecture, award-winning dining and unparalleled views, all within walking distance from its famed 16th Street pedestrian mall. A free shuttle carries visitors up and down this central corridor, providing quick access to world-class art and culture, wine bars, restaurants, and live music hot spots in Larimer Square or historic LoDo.

Tour and Exhibits
The LSS seminar sessions will be held both at the Grand Hyatt Denver and the Colorado Capitol. LSS attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Capitol and attend an LSS-only reception.