Symposium for Emerging Leaders

Embassy Suites – SAS Training Center

Cary, North Carolina

Sept. 19-21, 2012

Wednesday, Sept. 19 |Thursday, Sept. 20 |Friday, Sept. 21

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Wednesday’s sessions will be at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Registration and Networking

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Welcome and Introductions

2:00pm – 4:15pm

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins

Great legislative leaders are able to demonstrate priorities clearly through various communication channels. They are able to inspire fellow legislators and stakeholders with well chosen, and timely, words. And most importantly, they tell stories effectively. Annette Simmons is one of the nation’s best at helping others develop skills as a storyteller. She has written four books including definitive works on how to tell stories effectively in the business world and in all settings, and she has over 30 years experience as a trainer, author and businessperson. This session will help you develop your talents as a storyteller and tap the power of narrative to be a better leader.

Speaker:  Annette Simmons, Author of The Story Factor and Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact, Louisiana

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Demographics is Destiny

One of the nation’s most respected demographers, Dr. Jim Johnson, will discuss America’s rapidly changing demographics. How will demographic shifts affect the nation’s position in the global economy, and what do changes mean for the workforce of your state as well as social and political institutions?

Speaker:  Jim Johnson, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Kenan-Flager  Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 
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5:30pm – 8:30pm

Reception and Dinner
Thursday, Sept. 20
Sessions on Thursday and Friday will be at the Executive Briefing Center on the campus of SAS


Board bus for transportation to SAS Executive Briefing Center

9:00am – 10:00am

Conversation with Jim Davis, Senior Vice President at SAS

Jim Davis has been on the leadership team at SAS for nearly two decades during a time when the company emerged as the world's leading business analytics software company and was repeatedly ranked as at the top of the “Best Places to Work” list by Fortune magazine. In this conversation, he will talk about how SAS develops leaders and communicates its vision and values to its employees.

10:30am – 11:45am

Becoming an Effective Leader

What skills, traits and practices lead do America’s top leaders share in common? During this session, you will learn about specific things you can do to hone your own leadership style.

Speaker :  Chris Tunstall, Leadership Development, SAS, North Carolina -  download presentation

11:45am – 1:00pm


1:15pm – 4:30pm

RedZone Leadership

Participants will learn from former Naval officers and Navy SEALs about tools to handle leadership and ethical challenges. The workshop will help legislators think about leadership, integrity and accountability using lessons learned by the presenters during their time at the U.S. Naval Academy, serving in a wartime environment and in corporate America.

Leadership and Ethics Presentation (PDF)


Board bus for return to Embassy Suite


Friday, Sept. 20


Board bus for transportation to SAS Executive Briefing Center

8:45am – 9:45am 

What Does It Mean to Be A Leader and  Public Servant?: The Allegory of the Cave

The purpose of this session is to get participants to delve more deeply into what it means to serve the public. Does it mean doing what the public wants? Does it mean doing what you think the public wants? Does it mean doing what is best for the public even if they don’t agree? Who is the public? Your voters? Your constituents? Your state? Using Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” to explore these and other issues relative to serving the public, this session will help participants explore the broader definition of legislative leadership.

Speaker: Thom Little, State Legislative Leaders Foundation -  download presentation

9:45am – 10:00am


10:00am – 11:00am

Lessons Learned after Jumping into the “Deep End” of Legislative Leadership

Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos moved quickly through the legislative ranks to become head of Florida Senate. He is retiring this year because of term limits, and he is working on a book chronicling his time in the legislature and the many lessons he learned while leading the Senate of the nation’s fourth largest state. 

Speaker: Mike Haridopolos, Senate President, Florida

11:00am – 12:00pm

The Art of Legislative Leadership Roundtable

In a continuation of the discussion from the previous session, attendees will hear from experienced legislative leaders, past and present, about what it takes to be the best.  Nationally recognized legislative leaders will discuss effective legislative leadership and how to meet the numerous challenges of being leader.

Speakers:  Joe Hackney, former House Speaker, North Carolina
                     Christopher Rants, former House Speaker, Iowa
                     Mike Haridopolos, Senate President, Florida


Symposium for Emerging Leaders adjourns

Board bus for return to the Embassy Suites