Legislative Leaders Agenda for the Legislative Summit


The NCSL 2016 Legislative Summit will meet Aug. 7-11 in Chicago, Ill at the McCormick Place, West Building. This NCSL Legislative Summit agenda highlights sessions of interest to legislative leaders, including several leaders-only conversations with top presenters (noted in red).  

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Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016
Time Sessions

4:30-6 p.m.
McCormick Place West
Roof Terrace


International Delegates Welcome Reception 

Greet international delegates while taking in the stunning Chicago skyline. NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Canadian Consul General Roy Norton and the Canadian Consulate of Chicago for hosting this reception.

6-7:30 p.m.

University Club

76 E. Monroe St.

Chicago, Ill. 60603

Reception for NCSL President-Elect Senator Mike Gronstal


Please join us at the University Club for this special event to honor NCSL’s incoming president, Senator Mike Gronstal. 

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

11-11:30 a.m.
McCormick Place West
Room 471a

Refreshments will be served.


Leaders-only conversation with Ted Koppel


Ted Koppel, a 42-year veteran of ABC News, was anchor and managing editor of "Nightline" from 1980 to 2005. New York University recently named him one of the top 100 American journalists of the past 100 years. His bestselling book, "Lights Out," explores the possibility of a major cyberattack on America’s power grid.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
McCormick Place West

Legislative Summit Orientation


New to NCSL’s Legislative Summit? Then you'll want to attend this very helpful session to help you maximize your experience at the meeting.

2:30-3 p.m.
McCormick Place West
Room 471a

Refreshments will be served.

Leaders-only conversation with Ron Insana


Ron Insana is a highly respected business journalist and commentator on financial markets and domestic and global economics. The author of several books, he has interviewed presidents, industry titans and foreign leaders. 

4:15-5:15 p.m.
McCormick Place West

General Session: The Economy -- Five Things You Need to Know


Speaker:  Ron Insana

5:30-7 p.m.
McCormick Place West
Opening Networking Reception
Tuesday, Aug. 9
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NCSL Standing Committees Meet

NCSL’s nine standing committees will examine and discuss a wide variety of important and timely public policy issues. Each committee also will convene a business meeting to discuss policies that will advance to the full NCSL Business Meeting on Wednesday. We hope you will attend one or more of these important discussions.

5:30-7 p.m.
Prairie Center, Hyatt Regency
McCormick Place

NCSL President’s Reception

Please join NCSL President Senator Curt Bramble for a festive gathering.

9 p.m.-Midnight
House of Blues
529 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL  60654

State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) Late Night Event


All legislative leaders are welcome at this event. Entry requires a ticket, which are being mailed to leaders’ offices in the next two weeks.

WEDNESDay, Aug. 10
8:30-9 a.m.
McCormick Place West
Room 471a

Refreshments will be served.

Leaders-only conversation with Hampton Sides

Hampton Sides is the award-winning editor of Outside magazine and a bestselling author. He is best known for his gripping adventure stories, often set in war-time or depicting epic expeditions of exploration and discovery.

9:15-10:30 a.m.
McCormick Place West


A Conversation on Leadership with President Abraham Lincoln


Today’s challenging and often divisive political environment requires bold and nuanced leadership. But are contemporary leadership challenges really so different from those faced by leaders 150 years ago? Hear from one of the most accomplished leaders in American history and draw your own conclusions. You won’t want to miss this riveting conversation!


Speaker: President Abraham Lincoln (as performed by Michael Krebs, Lincoln Productions, Illinois)

Respondents: Senator Michael Sanchez, New Mexico

Senator Brent Hill, Idaho

10:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
McCormick Place West


NCSL Annual Business Meeting


Legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend the NCSL Business Meeting to consider Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration.
1:30-2:30 p.m.
McCormick Place West

General Session: Demographics, Democracy, the Future

Speakers: Jim Johnson, professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Karlyn Bowman, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute

2:45-4:15 p.m.
McCormick Place West

Collective Creativity


New leadership looks, sounds and feels, well, a lot like jazz! You’ll get a musical perspective on the creativity, inspiration and efficiency that characterize leadership from Orbert Davis and members of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, who use music as a catalyst for change. You will learn how an innovative and inclusive leadership approach nurtures an environment where all voices are fully present, and excellence is the standard. Attend this dynamic session for inspiration, learning and fun.


4-4:30 p.m.
McCormick Place West
Room 471a

Refreshments will be served.


Leaders-only conversation with Melinda Gates

Join Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss education and other high priority state issues.
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Field Museum
1400 South Lake Drive
Chicago, IL  60605


Leaders-only Reception at the Field Museum


Please join us for exclusive first access to the Terracotta Warriors exhibit. Leaders may bring one guest. Pre-registration is required. Contact Glenda Riebeling at Glenda.riebeling@ncsl.org to get on the list.  
6:30-10 p.m.
Illinois Signature Event:  Field Museum
Thursday, Aug. 11
8-9:15 a.m.
McCormick Place West

Republican Breakfast


Legal analyst and host of the prime-time Fox News program, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Jeanine Pirro’s incisive insights on today’s politics are fascinating in an election year like no other.

8-9:15 a.m.
McCormick Place West

Democratic Breakfast

Hear an insider’s view of the presidential election—from the Democratic perspective—from Amanda Renteria, national political director for Hillary for America. A former staffer for  U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Debbie Stabenow, she was the first Latina chief of staff in the history of the U.S. Senate. She also was the Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives from California's 21st congressional district in 2014.

9:30-10:30 a.m.
McCormick Place West


10 Things Great Leaders Do


It’s true: There are 10 essentials to great leadership and you’ll leave this session knowing how to apply them and what the field of neuroscience reveals that all successful leaders need to know.  

Speaker:  Tim Storey, director of State Services, NCSL

12:15-1:45 p.m.
McCormick Place West

General Session Luncheon:  Election 2016 -- Insight and Analysis with Mara Liasson


Mara Liasson is a contributor on the Fox News Channel and a panelist on Fox News Sunday. She is a national political correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). She has covered several presidential elections and was NPR's White House correspondent during all eight years of the Clinton administration. .