NCSL Legislative Leadership Experience - Gettysburg


Gettysburg | May 15-17, 2016

Gettysburg battlefieldLegislative leaders are the backbone of the legislative institution, and we at NCSL believe that the best way to strengthen the legislature is to strengthen the skillset of individual leaders. This is accomplished by providing experiences to learn from each other as well as from extraordinary executive-level trainers.

On May 15-17, NCSL will conduct a unique leadership experience esclusively for a small number of top legislative leaders. The program will bring together 12 leaders for a two-day workshop led in historic Gettysburg. 

Through an on-the-ground study of the leadership challenges facing commanders in the largest battle every fought in North America, participants learn practical and useful lessons about effective teams, morale, courage, dealing with ambiguity, communication and the execution of strategy that will benefit legislatures and caucuses in today's world.

We will discuss:

  • How do leaders make the right calls amid murky, ill-defined conditions, incomplete information and under intense pressure?
  • The intricacies of decision-making in large organizations, and how culture affects what's possible.
  • How leaders promote cohesion, imagination and courage in themselves and others.
  • Why character is vital to leadership.

The Legislative Leadership Experience is a partnership between the NCSL Leaders' Services Center, the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures and our corporate partner, Reynolds American.


Registration InformationThere is no registration fee for this conference.

To attend
Once you have been nominated, complete the electronic registration and housing form.

Registration confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is April 1, 2016.


Spouse/Guest Registration fee: $150
Due to the in-depth material of the meeting, we do not encourage guests to attend. If you bring a guest, guests are only allowed at the social evening events and a fee of $150 will apply. You will be invoiced for the balance due upon completion of registration.

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Stacy Householder at 303-856-1352, of any special accommodations you may require.


Hotel InformationPlease return  the electronic registration and housing form to guarantee your hotel reservations by April 1. NCSL will provide two complimentary nights hotel stay (May 15 and 16).

A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Historic Antrim 1844 Country House
30 Trevanion Rd.
Taneytown, MD 21787

To reserve your room, please complete the electronic registration and housing form.

Attendees wishing to extend their hotel reservations beyond the dates of the conference should note additional dates when completing the registration and housing form.

Reservations for dates outside of the conference nights will be accepted based on availability and your responsibility. The conference rate cannot be guaranteed for dates prior to or after the meeting, and the market rate may apply.


Travel InformationThe NCSL Leadership Experience will take place in Gettysburg, Penn., but the group will stay at the Antrim 1844 House in Taneytown, Maryland.  We recommend you fly into BWI (Baltimore Washington International Airport). 

NCSL does not cover the cost of travel to the meeting, but we will provide a $300 stipend to help offset travel costs. However, if you need assistance booking air travel, you may contact the NCSL Travel Desk at:

Christopherson Travel

800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344