Picture of Madison, WI 2012 NLSSA Fall Training Conference Agenda ♦ October 8-12, 2012 ♦ Madison, Wisconsin 
(As of May 24, 2012)



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Sunday, October 7

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Early Registration

3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite Open

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Executive Board Meeting

Monday, October 8

8:15 am - Noon


7:30 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast: offered at hotel

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Opening Ceremony/Member Orientation

  • Introduction, NLSSA President, Jimmetta Peoples and Host State Chair, Ted Blazel 
  • Member Orientation, Membership Committee Chair, Rod Welsh
  • Host State Welcome, (TBD)

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Dignitary Protection

Sergeants at arms often have to provide increased security inside legislative chambers for dignitaries, governors and other high profile individuals.  Many times they must coordinate directly with other security personnel in order make sure certain security obligations are met.  These obligations may conflict with security requirements or legislative protocols inside the chamber for security personnel and other legislative staff.  This session will highlight a series of 'best practices" for dignitary protection as they relate to creating a plan, effective communication with outside security personnell and dealing with disturbances and emergencies.

Rick Deleon, Senate Sergeant at Arms, Texas


11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Mental Health Talk

NAMI Dane County will lead a panel discussion made up of mental health consumers, mental health professionals and police. This discussion will include effective treatment of persons that are living with mental health concerns as seen through the eyes of the public, professionals and law enforcement.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch: on your own

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Leadership Through Connection

We have been taught "leadership by example" as a prerequisite to excel in the workplace.  This is not enough! It's not enough to "work hard, do a great job, be successful and hope others willl emulate your example."  You really need to learn how to communicate effectively.  Influential communication is the key to connecting with others in a positive way.  When you connect well with others, you are well positioned to make the most of your skills and talents.  This session will focus on the key components of effective communication and how to inspire others to make the most of their talents in the workplace. 


Captain Ken Scheer, Texas Department of Safety

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm


2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Analyzing the Occupy Movement

This session will analyze 390 incidences of civil disobedience relating to the occupy movement in order to frame this political, civil and social conflict in a historical and relevant perspective.  The research will seek to uncover the significant trends, events and circumstances related to this emergent and evolving social morvement.  We will critically review the qualitative and quantitative evidence in order to gain insight into the movement as well as strengthen professional practices.


Lieutenant Brock Martin, North Carolina General Assembly

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

NLSSA Roundtable Discussion

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wisconsin Fish Fry Reception
Enjoy an old fashioned Wisconsin fish fry at the Avenue Bar and Restaurant, voted best fish fry in Madison for decades.

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite Open
Tuesday, October 9

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast: offered at hotel

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Camp Randall Football Stadium Security Tour (Bus leaves from the main hotel entrance)

Camp Randall Stadium, built in 1917, is the home for Wisconsin's football team. The current capacity (80,321) ranks among the nation's largest school-owned stadiums. Distinguished by its impressive double-deck structure, Camp Randall Stadium has been the Badgers' facility since its opening game on Nov. 3, 1917. It has been host to UW football games, outdoor concerts, Drum Corps International, Green Bay Packer exhibition games, and other large public events.

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wisconsin Institute of Discovery

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building serves as a hub for interdisciplinary research – spanning biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technologies – that will lead to the development of new biomedical treatments and technological applications aimed at improving human health and welfare.  As a gateway to campus for the public, the building also is home to teaching labs, designed as "dream" collaborative learning environments. The labs host a wide range of education programs for K-12 and college students, science teachers and the public.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch: on your own

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Managing in Permanent Whitewater

As a manager, you work in a time of permanent whitewater: you barely get to catch your breath before being hit by the next big wave of change.  This workshop presents tools for responding effectively and confidently to all of the uncertainty you face.  We will develop insights from chaos and complexity theories, and examine strategies of systems thinking to construct an integrated model for reading the river and surviving the rapids.

Jeffrey Russell, Co-Director of Russell Consulting, Inc.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

NLSSA Committee Meetings

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

NLSSA Region Meetings

4:15 pm

Buses departing Promptly back to the hotel 

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NLSSA 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.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite Open
Wednesday, October 10

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Opening Plenary Breakfast: Decoding Body Language

Janine Driver is the New York Times Best Selling author of You Say More Than You Think, and president of the Body Language Institute, an elite certification program that offers advanced communications training.

9:45 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am - 11:15 am

Employee Policy Manuals

An informal discussion on developing effective employee policy manuals that are easy to maintain, unambiguous and void of overwhelming informationthat tends to render them useless as a reference.


Mark Kaeppel, HR Director for Wisconsin Legislature

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Social Media

An informal discussion addressing the increasingly popular social networking mediums, their value in professional and personal forums and the potential negative impact they could have on current and future employment.  Additionally, we will discuss a systematic approach to crafting professional policies in regards to social networking in and out of the workplace.


Mark Kaeppel, HR Director for Wisconsin Legislature 

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch: on your own

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Executive Board Working Lunch

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm  


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Lessons Learned from Large Events at Capitols: Safety, Citizens and 1st Amendment Rights
Planning for large events keeps the legislature running smoothly, prepares the staff and protects the right of citizens.  Several states have learned from dealing with demonstrations, serving as movie sets, welcoming high-profile visitors and accomodating other major events.  Learn how to provide citizen access, control crowds and avoid negative publicity.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Lessons Learned from Large Events at Capitols: Safety, Citizens and 1st Amendment Rights
Planning for large events keeps the legislature running smoothly, prepares the staff and protects the right of citizens.  Several states have learned from dealing with demonstrations, serving as movie sets, welcoming high-profile visitors and accomodating other major events.  Learn how to provide citizen access, control crowds and avoid negative publicity.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Joint Reception at the Wisconsin State Capitol

Enjoy dinner and entertainment under the capitol dome.  the event will be held in the capitol rotunda on the 1st floor.  The evening will provide an opportunity to explore the capitol at your leisure and enjoy some good Wisconsin food and entertainment. 

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite Open (2013 Host State Showcase: Austin, Texas
Thursday, October 11

7:15 am - 8:30 am

Plenary Breakfast: Are You Hyper-Connected?

Lee Rainie is Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System. He is a a former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report.

8:30 am - 10:15 am

Dome Tours

The Wisconsin State Capitol is the largest buidling in Madison.  The building is 284 feet from the ground floor to the top of the  outside statue.  On this tour NLSSA members will walk to the top of capitol dome and visit its three observation decks to take in the beautiful scenery of downtown Madison. 

10:15 am - 11:45 am

NLSSA General Business Meeting

11:45 am - 12:00 am


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Plenary Lunch: Compromise and Negotiation in the Legislative Arena

Professor Ralph Cagle teaches negotiation and compromise skills at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  He is a former key aide to legislative leaders in Wisconsin.

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Are we Flirtin with Disaster?

This session offers a hands on approach to emergency planning and preparedness.  Through proper planning it is possible to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.  We will look at a number of different plans that cover various strategic, operational and tactical scenarios that have practical application in day to day operations. 


Jo Ann Wipperfurth, CEO, Pre-Emergency Planning LLC 

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm  


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Securing Your State's Capitol Building: Panic Alarm Systems

Members of the government often become the focal point for resentment.  Unfortunately, as recent events have reminded us, those resentments can turn violent without provocation.  It is imperitive that every member of government have the ability to signal for help when and where it is needed.

Peter Peterson, Wisconsin Capitol Police
Dorian Kruse, Capital Fire and Security
Bryon Gebhard, Capital Fire and Security

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NLSSA Awards Banquet at the Capitol Chophouse Restaurant

The annual NLSSA state dinner will be held at the Capitol Chophouse Restaurant.  A traditional steak house with contemporary flair, specializing in tender steaks and fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list.  The room provides picturesque views of the capitol and Lake Monona.

8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Hospitality Suite Open
Friday, October 12

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast: offered at hotel

7:15 am - 8:30 am

Closing Roundtable Discussion

9:00 am

2012 NLSSA Annual Fall Training Conference Adjourned