NLSSA Agenda at 2019 Legislative Summit


The National Legislative Services and Security Association serves legislative staff who work in the areas of security, administrative services and tourism management. NLSSA offers training for its members several times per year. The 2019 NCSL Legislative Summit  in Nashville, Tenn., presents an excellent opportunity for training and networking.

View the full 2019 Legislative Summit online agenda.  

View the NLSSA specific online agenda.

Sunday, Aug. 4
Time Sessions

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Task Forces and Pre-Conferences

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Work Groups, Subcommittees and Full Committee Meetings of the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee 
Omni Nashville Hotel
1-3 p.m. Subcommittee Meetings of the NCSL Executive Committee 
Omni Nashville Hotel
3:15-5 p.m. Full NCSL Executive Committee Meeting
Omni Nashville Hotel
Monday, Aug. 5
7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Music City Center

7:30 a.m.-Noon Task Forces and Pre-Conferences
11 a.m.-Noon

New Attendee Orientation
Music City Center

1:30-3 p.m.

General Session for All Attendees 
Music City Center

Dolly Parton launched her first Imagination library in her hometown county in East Tennessee. Inspired by her father’s inability to read or write she determined that there had to be a way to help children fall in love with books. Imagination Library is a gift giving book program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age 5, no matter their family’s income. Dolly’s Imagination Library partners with local communities and state governments to provide a book each month to 1.4 million children in 5 countries. To date, the program has gifted over 110 million books and it continues to grow in the U.S.A. and around the world. Hear Dolly’s captivating story and learn how you can start this program in your state and around the world.

Speaker: Dolly Parton, songwriter, singer and philanthropist, Nashville, Tennessee 

3:15-5 p.m.

Concurrent Session of Possible Interest to NLSSA Members
Music City Center

  • The Changing Cybersecurity Landscape.  Cybercriminals have become ever more sophisticated in recent years and the types of cybercrimes have greatly expanded. Phishing, spoofing, identity theft, hacking, ransomware, and DDoS attacks are just some of the strategies used by cybercriminals against state systems and the general public. Learn about trends in the most recent criminal cyber investigations, who the bad actors are, and initiatives for combating the problem.
5:30-7 p.m. The Opening Act: Music City Country Picnic
Country Music Hall of Fame
Join us in downtown's Walk of Fame Park, where every decade of country music lives on forever. Experience a picnic-style affair with authentic southern cuisine and entertainment. Enjoy touring the iconic Country Music Hall of Fame, open exclusively to Summit attendees.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
Music City Center
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open
Music City Center

8:45-10 a.m. 

General Session for All Attendees
Music City Center
Wes Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader. Moore, author of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates," is the chief executive of The Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation's larges foundation with a sole focus on alleviating poverty.

10:15 a.m.-Noon

Two Concurrent Sessions of Possible Interest to NLSSA Members
Music City Center

  • What I Wish I Knew When I Started in the Legislature. The most valuable skills—and lessons—are usually learned on the job. In this lively discussion, legislative staff share their best and most challenging moments working in the legislature. Key takeaways include managing stressful and demanding session days, engaging in difficult conversations, managing up, maintaining confidentiality and ethics, a-ha! moments and more.
  • Data Privacy Trends at Home and Across the Pond. With the new California Consumer Privacy Act, GDPR, and myriad state and federal proposals on data privacy, the landscape is changing rapidly, and both legislators and private companies are looking for solutions. Hear about innovative state solutions, including credit reporting freezes and consumer privacy rights, as well as updates on federal and international regulation
Noon-1:45 p.m.

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon
Music City Center

Learn tow grow and maintain your credibility in challenging times from Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune and host of the PBS show, "Overheard with Evan Smith." Smith shares insights and lessons learned from developing his credibility as a top journalist and businessman, along with stories from interviewing fascinating public figures, from politicians and actors to authors and singers.

3:30-5 p.m.

Legislative Staff University
Music City Center
We've all experiences two types of leaders. "Diminishers" drain intelligence, energy and capability from others and need to be the smartest person in the room. "Multipliers," on the other hand, use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. Delve into the research behind the best-selling book, "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter." Learn the five disciplines that distinguish multipliers from diminishers and practical tips for leading like a multiplier.

Speaker: Rob Delange, The Wiseman Group, Colorado

Wednesday, Aug. 7
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
Music City Center  
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
Music City Center 
9-10:15 a.m.

Low-Cost Security Measures
Music City Center
State-of-the-art equipment can be cost-prohibitive to purchase and maintain. During this session, participants will discuss effective low-cost security measures and programs that can be used by security personnel and legislative administrators to secure capitols and legislative buildings. 

Sponsored by NLSSA and ASLCS

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session of Possible Interest to NLSSA Members
Music City Center

  • Youth In Legislatures: Inspiring Service. Youth programs serve as both an education in civics and an effective recruitment tool for future legislators and staff—many of whom get their first glimpse of government as pages or interns. Explore how your legislature can attract young people to public service with representatives from highly regarded page, internship and Youth Legislature programs. Learn how these programs were developed and why they continue to flourish.
Noon-1:45 p.m. All Attendee Luncheon
Music City Center
2-5 p.m.

Simply Talking: It's All About Services and Security
State Capitol
NLSSA members will talk about services and security when they meet their counterparts with the Tennessee Capitol Protection Unit.

Attendance for this session is limited to members of the National Legislative Services and Security Association. Preregistration is required. To preregister, email Brenda Erickson before Aug. 2, 2019.

Discussion Leaders: Martin Brock, chief of police, North Carolina General Assembly, and NLSSA President
Michael Hamilton, Major, Tennessee Capitol Protection Unit


Sponsored by NLSSA

6:30-9 :30 p.m. Boot Scooting' Block Party
5th Avenue between Music City Center and Country Music Hall of Fame
Dust off your boots for a private concert and enjoy local eats from those who call Nashville home. Check back soon for the headlining entertainment announcement!
Thursday, Aug. 8
7:30-10 a.m. Registration
Music City Center
9 a.m.-Noon

Exhibit Hall Open
Music City Center

8:30-9:45 a.m. 

Legislative Staff Breakfast
Music City Center

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

NLSSA Executive Board Meeting
Music City Center

Presiding: Martin Brock, chief of police, North Carolina General Assembly, and NLSSA President


12:30-2 p.m. General Session for All Attendees and Indiana Kickoff Lunch
Music City Center
Jon Meacham is a presidential biographer, Pulitzer Prize winner and one of America’s most prominent and well-known historians. Learn from his uncanny ability to put today’s politically trying times into historical context. His most recent book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” is a New York Times bestseller. It examines the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope prevailed over fear.