DC Agenda


Join us for the Legislative Leaders Symposium in Washington, DC, June 8-10, 2016. 

You will hear from leading experts on timely topics, members of Congress and top administration cabinet secretaries. The agenda, which is subject to change, is below.

Time Sessions

2-6 p.m.

Hotel Monaco

Athens Foyer

4th Floor


2:30-3 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Presiding: Utah Senate President Pro Tem Curt Bramble, NCSL president

3-4 p.m.

Crisis Communication and Leadership

Speaker: Dan Bartlett, former White House communications director, executive vice president,  Walmart

4 p.m. Transfer to Google
4:30-5:45 p.m.

Digital Media and Elections

Disruption is everywhere including in how you and your members reach voters and your constituents during campaigns and beyond. Is digital campaigning now more important than classic practices like door-knocking and direct mail? What will campaigns look like in the fall and in cycles to come? What does it mean for you as a leader?



  • Andrew Roos, head of industry, Elections, Google
  • Crystal Patterson, manager, Government and Politics Outreach , Facebook, Washington, D.C.
  • Derrick Kitts, vice president, Government Affairs, icitizen, Oregon
5:45-7 p.m. Opening Reception at Google
thursday, june 9
8-9:30 a.m.


9:30-10 a.m. Transfer to the Library of Congress
10 a.m.-Noon

Private Tour of Founding and Rare Documents at the Library of Congress

Noon-1 p.m.

Lunch at the Library of Congress

1:15-1:30 p.m.

Transfer to the Capitol

2-4:45 p.m. Session with Members of Congress (invited)
4:45-5 p.m. Transfer to McDermott, Will and Emery
5-6 p.m.

Election Outlook

Charlie Cook, one of America’s most respected political analysts, will share his perspective on how the election is shaping up and what the results might mean moving forward.


Speaker: Charlie Cook, editor-in-chief, Cook Political Report 

6-7:30 p.m. Reception
friday, june 10
7:15-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and a Conversation on the Supreme Court with Nina Totenberg

All eyes will be on the short-handed Supreme Court as it nears the end of its current term poised to rule on several major cases with huge implications for states. Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent and has been covering the high court for almost 40 years. In a broad ranging interview, she will share her thoughts on current cases as well as the battle to replace her friend, Antonin Scalia.


Speaker: Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent, National Public Radio

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Transfer to White House

9:15-11:45 a.m.

White House Program

Hear from top cabinet secretaries and administration officials and have the opportunity for in-depth conversations on your most pressing issues.


  • Secretary John King, Secretary of Education
11:45-Noon Return to Hotel Monaco
Noon-1 p.m.