Below please find the agenda for the Legislative Leaders Symposium, Dec. 14-16, 2016.


Tuesday, Dec. 13-Wednesday, Dec. 14

Invitation-only pre-conference for new top leaders.

Wednesday, dec. 14
Time Sessions

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Marriott Frenchman's Reef

Registration in Grand Harbour Foyer

1-1:30 p.m.
Harbour III
Welcome & Introductions

Corina Eckl, Leaders’ Services, NCSL

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Harbour III

Building Great Teams


Rear Admiral Scott Moore recently retired after a 30-year career in the Navy SEALs. From firsthand experience leading some of our nation’s most strategic missions, Moore shares his thoughts on how to forge teams that will not fail.


Speaker: Admiral Scott Moore (Ret.)

2:45-3:45 p.m.
Harbour III

Economic Outlook


Eight years after the end of the Great Recession, there is still much uncertainty in the U.S. economy. Hear from Dan White, a Senior Economist with Moody’s Analytics, about the latest trends in the U.S. economy and what they mean for state finances.


Speaker: Dan White, Senior Economist, Moody's Analytics

4-5 p.m.
Harbour III

The Art of Persuasion


What does the latest research tell us about how people make decisions? You might be surprised by the answer! Attend this session to learn how to make your points most effectively and gain vital support for your ideas. 


Speaker: Curt Stedron, Dias Consulting

thursday, dec. 15
8-9 a.m.
Harbour IV


9-10 a.m.
Harbour III

Keys to Successful Negotiation


It can be a daunting task moving a caucus, chamber or legislature in the same direction toward a similar goal. What are the key factors that help leaders successfully negotiate and make progress on their objectives? This session will provide you with new ideas and tips to help hone your negotiating skills.

Speaker: Mark R. Hamilton, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.) and President Emeritus, University of Alaska

10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Harbour III

Leadership Roundtable: Big Issues in 2017


The confluence of thorny policy issues, political upheaval and economic uncertainly promises to make 2017 legislative sessions particularly interesting. During this focused roundtable discussion, participants will share key political concerns and policy challenges that are looming in 2017 sessions.


Facilitator: Stacy Householder, Leaders’ Services, NCSL

Noon-1 p.m.
Harbour IV
1:30-5 p.m.
Harbour III

15-minute break midway through the workshop

Shackleton Leadership Workshop


In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton led a team of explorers to Antarctica aboard the Endurance. Ice froze around the ship, stranding the crew for more than a year in some of the most inhospitable conditions known to man. Yet Shackleton performed the unimaginable—he returned to England without losing a single man. His heroic leadership was heralded around the world. Today, more than 100 years later, his philosophies and leadership style are still applicable.


This workshop will provide leaders an opportunity for in-depth conversation and application of leadership philosophies with their peers. We will alternate among sharing content, individual reflection and small group conversations. Leaders will leave with a plan on how they can apply Shackleton’s lessons to their legislative work.


Speaker: Amy Climer, Leadership Expert, Climer Consulting

friday, dec. 16
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Harbour IV
9:45-11 a.m.
Harbour III

Top 10 Things Great Leaders Do


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

Speaker: Tim Storey, State Services, NCSL

11 a.m.

Symposium Adjourns




NCSL’s next Symposium for Legislative Leaders:


June 7-9, 2017

Mayflower Hotel

Washington, D.C.


Stay tuned for more details!