Women's Legislative Network Schedule at 2014 Summit


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monday, aug. 18

4-5:30 p.m.

Hilton Minneapolis,

Level 3 Rochester

Women's Legislative Network Board Meeting

All are welcome at the Summer meeting of the Network board. We will share highlights from 2014, brainstorm future program ideas, and discuss fundraising for the Network’s 30th anniversary year.

tuesday, aug. 19

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Convention Center,

M101 AB

Women's Legislative Network Leadership Training

Advance registration is required. Contact Katie Ziegler for more information.


8:30 a.m.         Welcome and Coffee


8:45-9:45 a.m. Women in Legislative Leadership Roundtable Discussion

Hear from female legislative leaders about their experiences moving up the ladder.


Senator Pam Jochum, Senate President, Iowa

Speaker Becky Lockhart, Speaker of the House, Utah

Mary Panzer, former Senate Majority Leader, Wisconsin

Senator Sandra Pappas, Senate President, Minnesota


9:45-10 a.m.    Break


10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Driving Engagement through Strengths, Emotional Intelligence, and Energy (lunch will be served)

Trainers: Carol Granis and Tami Evans, Leading Edge Coaching and Development


Even in the best of times, it can be stressful working in a state government environment. With endless budget challenges, partisan bickering and significant state issues, it can be hard to lift colleagues, staffers and even ourselves out of the funk. That’s why it’s critical to drive engagement throughout your agency and office. Part One of this session is about maximizing engagement through strengths-based leadership. Part Two focuses on your emotional impact on others and what you can do to connect and move ahead with colleagues and constituents. Part Three is about energizing yourself through four critical wellsprings. All three parts are delivered with the unique blend of research, best practices, and improvisational comedy that Leading Edge is known for. By the end of the day, you will leave renewed, taking critical tools and skills you’ll need to lift yourselves and others up.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Convention Center, Auditorium

General Session: A New Education Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson, international education leader, is an expert on creativity, education and the economy. His ideas to revolutionize - not just reform - education challenge conventional wisdom and inspire a whole new approach to our educational system. He believes we can transform education so creativity and individual talents flourish and our children can meet the future wisely.

3-4:30 p.m.

Convention Center, M100 FG

Five Constituent Engagement Tips in 50 Minutes
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Legislators benefit when they participate in meaningful constituent engagement activities. In this fast-paced session, five legislators will share their practical tips for connecting with their constituents and community stakeholders.
6-7:30 p.m.

Social Event: Mill City Museum

Meet with colleagues old and new at the historic Mill City Museum located on the bank of the beautiful Mississippi river, whose power was harnessed for one of the state's first industries – flour milling. Experience the pioneering spirit of Minnesota with local food, musical acts, log rolling and wood carving in one of the city's most treasured locations. The Mill City Museum is a spectacular venue to showcase a proud state considered one of the most innovative in the country.

Wednesday, aug. 20

9-10:15 a.m.

Convention Center, Auditorium

General Session: Ending Human Trafficking

Human trafficking in the United States exploits tens of thousands of children and vulnerable victims each year. Two women, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and humanitarian Cindy McCain, are working with Congress, the states and through private initiatives to bring national focus on trafficking, ensure that victims are not treated as criminals and to develop policies to end it.

4-5 p.m.

Convention Center,

200 C

Women's Legislative Network Roundtables

Join us for informal roundtable discussions about women in politics, leadership, hot topics, and anything else on your mind!

5-6 p.m.

Convention Center,

Lounge A Level 2

Women's Legislative Network Reception

Join the Women's Legislative Network for a reception honoring the incoming president, New Mexico Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert, the Network executive board, and women in politics around the world.



Thursday, aug. 21
6:30-8 a.m.

Walk for Wellness

Join your colleagues for the Walk for Wellness, a 5K run or walk through one of Minneapolis' most beautiful green spaces. Meet at Loring Park at 6:30 a.m. Enter the park on 14th Street by crossing Willow, and head to the park shelter building. Loring Park is walking distance from conference hotels, and transportation is not provided. The Walk for Wellness is open to all Summit attendees, and pre-registration is not required.

9-10 a.m.

Convention Center, Auditorium

General Session: Polls, Politics and What Americans Really Think

Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin are two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation. Their different political stripes make for a lively discussion of what Americans think about their country, which party is likely to win in the upcoming election, and what that will mean for the nation.

12:30-2 p.m.

Convention Center,

200 ABIJ

Women's Legislative Network Lunch and Business Meeting

Join the Women's Legislative Network for our annual elections and a keynote address about women and small business in Minnesota.



Senator Vicki Jensen, Minnesota

Representative Marion O'Neill, Minnesota

Laura Ooley, CEO, Appmosphere, Minnesota

6:30-9 p.m.

Nicollet Island Social Event

Experience the beauty of Nicollet Island, smack dab in the middle of the Mississippi River with its historic St. Anthony Falls, just north of the birthplace of Minneapolis. Delight in the creative, cultural and innovative spirit that makes Minnesota unique. Local musical acts, runway shows, an exciting chef challenge and a biergarten will delight your senses with all that makes Minnesota unique.

Friday, AUG. 22
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

NCSL Business Meeting

All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend the Business Meeting and consider Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget.  All other meeting participants are welcome to observe. 

12:30-2 p.m.

Convention Center, Ballroom AB

General Session: Seattle Kick-Off Luncheon

The Insiders' View: Politics Today: Smart, perceptive and the ultimate political insiders, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann share their unrivaled insights on the interplay among the economy, Wall Street and Washington and the forces that shape American politics. Managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and best-selling authors of Game Change and Double Down, their keen analysis and lively observations make them two of the top political observers today. Find out what's ahead for Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming election from two of the best political pros.