2017 LRL Legislative Summit Agenda


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2017 Legislative Summit
Boston, Massachusetts
Aug. 6-9, 2017

LRL sessions at the 2017 Legislative Summit will cover research methods, critical thinking, expecting the unexpected, and the annual LRL business meeting and Notable Documents Awards ceremony.

View the Legislative Summit online agenda. Go back to the Legislative Summit Homepage.

Sunday, aug.6
Time Sessions

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boston Convention and Exhibit Center - North Lobby

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Legislative Summit Orientation

206 AB

First time at the Summit? Take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Hear about the business meeting, standing committees, deep dives and issue forums to get the most out of your time in Boston!

4:15-5:30 p.m.

Expecting the Unexpected

206 AB
A sudden special session, protesters at the capitol, a natural disaster, cyber security or security threats--legislative staff are on the front line when the unexpected happens. Hear from colleagues in various roles about how they prepared for, dealt with or found solutions for unexpected situations.

5:30-6 p.m.

Legislative Staff Red Carpet Meet and Greet

SE Lobby B2
We’re rolling out the red carpet for legislative staff! Take time to see old friends and meet new colleagues before heading to the reception at the Lawn on D.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Lawn on D

We’re having a party and it’s for you! Come join us at The Lawn on D so you can have the ultimate New England experience. Network with your peers over lobster tails, New England wines and local craft beers.

Monday, Aug. 7
7:30 a.m.-Noon


Boston Convention and Exhibit Center - North Lobby

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Notable Documents Awards Ceremony and LRL Business Meeting


Presentation of the 2017 Notable Documents Awards with light refreshments. Followed by the LRL business meeting.

10-11:45 a.m.

Legislative Staff University

205 ABC

Willow Jacobson, associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Government, will tell you about cutting-edge research – and practical ideas – to motivate people, recognize and reward employees, and give you strategies to improve morale.

2:45-5 p.m. LRL Tour of the Massachusetts State Library
Join your legislative library peers as we get a behind the scenes look at the special collections and much, much more at the Massachusetts State Library. Space on this tour is extremely limited. Please RSVP to LRL Liaison, Megan McClure (megan.mcclure@ncsl.org) to secure a space. Preference is given to LRL Members. The group will meet at the main entrance of the Westin Waterfront and Uber over.
6:00-7:30 p.m.

LRL Dutch Treat Dinner

Join your colleagues and friends from across the states for a Dutch Treat Dinner at Serafina Boston.

Tuesday, Aug. 8
9-10 a.m.

General Session - Voters’ Opinions: Where do we Stand?

Frank Luntz is one of the nation's foremost political commentators and pollsters. Known as the Focus Group Czar, he captures the attitudes of American voters on politics, policies and the direction of the country. He is a news analyst for CBS and author of three New York Times best-sellers. From budgets to taxes, education to healthcare, Americans are demanding action from their legislators -- right now. But what issues matter most? What do voters truly want to hear? Find out how to speak to your constituents with the words (and visuals) that work for the issues and concerns that matter.

12:30-2 p.m.

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon


Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, author and expert on the art of conversation, music, journalism and more. Her TED talk, Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations, has been seen by more than 6.5 million people. She hosts a daily talk show for Georgia Public Broadcasting and was formerly a host at National Public Radio. She holds multiple degrees in music and still performs as a professional opera singer.

2:15-3:30 p.m. 

Critical Thinking: Objective Analysis for Today's World

258 AB

Critical thinkers know how to evaluate massive amounts of information filled with sophisticated rhetoric designed to sway their decisions. In today’s world bombarded with instant information, learn how to filter out bias, recognize misrepresentations, and teach others how to distinguish bias from fact.

3:45-5:30 p.m.

Research Methods - Which One Do I Choose?

151 AB

Good legislative research—whether for a specific member, a committee or a program evaluation—requires having the data needed to make sound decisions. A research method is a systematic plan for gathering evidence, and a range of methodologies exist. How do you decide which method is best suited to achieve your objective? Learn several approaches to designing the appropriate methodology.

6:30-9 p.m.

Reception at Fenway Park
Never been to Major League Baseball’s oldest ballpark? Well now is your chance! Experience the view from Yawkey Way and the Green Monster while snacking on ballpark cuisine. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday, Aug. 9
8-9:15 a.m.

Legislative Staff Breakfast

205 ABC
Barbara Dershowitz takes the crazy out of change. A practical change management specialist, Barbara eases the path of change for individuals and organizations, delivering them – fully-functioning, sane, and intact – into a new normal that is stable, feels right, and works to their best advantage. Named Chief Experience Officer of the Year by SmartCEO magazine, Barbara is author of the book, The Secret Life of Change.

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

The Boston Tea Party

102 AB

Iconic revolutionary figures step out of the pages of history in this reenactment of the historic town meeting held just hours before the Boston Tea Party. Meet an officer of the British Army, and discover why the Boston Tea Party caused Parliament to pass the Intolerable Act, which triggered the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

12:30-2:15 p.m. 

2018 Kick-Off Luncheon


You won’t want to miss Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Goodwin brings history alive with an uncanny sense for detail and a master storyteller’s grasp of drama and depth as she examines the leadership triumphs, trials and tribulations of the men and women who have shaped this nation, culled from her lifetime examination of the U.S. presidency.

2:15-2:45 p.m. Transfer to Library - Try and find fellow LRLers to sit with at the luncheon. The group will quickly leave the lunceon in order to Uber over to the JFK Library.
3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tour of JFK Library

Join LRL as we tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Space is limited, please RSVP to LRL liaison, Megan McClure, (303) 856-1355

5-6 p.m. Transfer back to hotels