Next-Gen Legislators Pre-Conference Agenda


The Next-Gen Legislators pre-conference is designed to provide information and training that can be applied to help meet your state’s needs and provide professional development.

We will engage in a series of discussions on next generation issues that transcend partisan divides. The meeting will take place at the Hoover Room - Mezzanine Level of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. Dec. 8-9, and is hosted by NCSL's Young and New Professionals (YNP) group and the Millenial Action Project. This is the first bipartisan Next-Gen conference of its kind and we look forward to a highly productive conference.  

Questions? Ask Stacy Householder (303-856-1352) and Melanie Condon (202-624-3597)

View information for the NCSL Capitol Forum. Go to the YNP Homepage.

TuesDay, Dec.8
Time Sessions

1-2 p.m.

The Marriott Wardman Park - Hoover Room

2-2:30 p.m.

Hoover Room-MWP

Welcome and Introductions

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Hoover Room-MWP

The State of Innovation

How can government become the incubators of innovation in their states? Hear ideas from experts in the field and your colleagues about what legislations they’ve passed to help foster innovation and jobs in their state.


Moderator: Steven Olikara, Co-founder and President, MAP



Brandon Pollak, Director of Global Affairs, 1776

Dean Garfield, President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Representative Eric Johnson, Texas 

Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang, Hawaii

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hoover Room- MWP

Climbing the Legislative Career Ladder

Have you contemplated a run for leadership in your caucus or chamber? It’s a job unlike any other, with few to turn to with experience. What does it really mean to be a legislative leader? Learn the demands and skills necessary for the job of legislative leader from your colleagues who have made the leap.


Moderator: Stacy Householder, Program Principal, NCSL



Representative Tyler August, Speaker Pro Tem, Wisconsin

Senator Aaron Ford, Minority Leader, Nevada

Representative Jeff McCabe, Majority Floor Leader, Maine

4:30-5:15 p.m.

Hoover Room-MWP 

Lightning Round: Tips of the Trade

Participate in this relaxed roundtable where we provide tips from experts on social media, communications, dealing with the media, campaigning dos and don'ts and more! Expect Q&A throughout.


Introduction: Melanie Condon, Policy Specialist, NCSL



Jesse Holcomb, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center 

Ethan Wilson, Policy Associate, Center for Ethics, NCSL

5:30-7 p.m.

Offsite - Bar Civita

2609 24th St NW, Washington, DC


Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers as you network with your fellow young legislators and debrief on the days' events. Bar Civita is located within walking distance of the Marriott Wardman Park. The group will meet at the 24th St. entrance.
WednesDay, Dec. 9

7:30-8 a.m.

Hoover Room - MWP


8-9 a.m.

Hoover Room - MWP

A Primer on Better Budgeting Practices 

The budget is the most important document considered by the legislative branch. While budgeting varies greatly by state, there are issues that are common to all states. Learn about mechanisms and techniques that can help improve budgeting practices.


Introduction: Melanie Condon, Policy Specialist, NCSL

Speaker: Luke Martel, Group Director, NCSL 

9-10:45 a.m.

Hoover Room - MWP

Legislator Roundtable - Issues in the Next Session and Emerging Issues

There are never a shortage of issues—both expected and unexpected—that will come up in the 2016 session. Start the session with some trends that we are seeing across the nation and then have a chance to talk with one another about top issues. What do you know will be on the horizon for your state and hear what will be going on in other states. From fantasy sports to the sharing economy to budget reconciliation, tell us what bills you plan to introduce and what you think could be tough battles next session! This will be completly legislator-led. We want to hear and learn from you!


Moderator: Steven Olikara, co-founder and president, Millenial Action Project

10:45-11 a.m.

Hoover Room


Summary of the two-days and take-aways for the future. 

11-11:45 a.m.

Networking Lunch and Adjourn 

As a final closing session, enjoy lunch and networking with your colleagues.

12 p.m. 

NCSL Capitol Forum Begins

The Marriott Wardman Park

Come to the NCSL Capitol Forum  to help craft the States’ Agenda and be a voice for the states on Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. The Capitol Forum features sessions on important state-federal issues, special tours and briefings for legislative staff, and opportunities to connect with legislative colleagues from across the nation.