Women's Legislative Network Events at 2013 Fall Forum

Katie Ziegler 1/10/2014

Review the Women's Legislative Network schedule at the Fall Forum in Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, Dec. 3
Time Sessions

10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Madison B, Mezzanine Level

Women's Health: Policy Strategies and Innovations for Wellness
National and state experts spoke about innovative strategies to improve women’s health in such areas as chronic diseases, prevention and wellness, health insurance exchanges, Medicaid, and women and long term care. Complete agenda and presentations.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
8-9:30 a.m.
Madison A, Mezzanine Level

Women's Legislative Network Board Meeting

Minutes available upon request.


Senator Amanda McGill, Nebraska

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Lincoln 3, Exhibition Level

State Services for Veterans

NCSL Task Force on Military & Veterans' Affairs

This session highlighted initiatives to award education credit to veterans and provide homeless female veterans housing, counseling and other services. 


Patricia Gaston, Henderson House, New Mexico. Presentation. NCSL blog post.

Johnelle Welch, Texas College Credit for Heroes Program. Presentation.


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thurgood Marshall SW, Mezzanine Level

Welcome Lunch

Briefing by NCSL officers and staff on the issues discussed on Capitol Hill.

1-5 p.m. Congressional Meetings and Staff Briefings
5 -6:30 p.m.

Reception on Capitol Hill

Thursday, Dec. 5

8 -9:30 a.m.

Tyler, Mezzanine Level

Supporting the Next Generation of Female Leaders
This session was a lively a roundtable discussion about the ways legislators can support women who want to learn more about politics and leadership.
Wyoming State Representative Rosie Berger discussed Leap into Leadership, a program of the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus. The Leap program brings dozens of women from around the state to visit the Capitol and participate in various skills-training workshops. The caucus has started holding smaller, regional Leap trainings around the state, to reach even more people. New Jersey Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande spoke about the mentoring program she started for high school girls in her district. A dozen girls spend a year learning about all levels of government. They spend a lot of time at the Capitol, and also learn from judges, attorneys, city and county officials, and lobbyists. Each girl has a dedicated mentor for the year, as well. The participants are required to plan and implement leadership projects in their schools. Debbie Walsh and Jean Sinzdak, of the Center for American Women and Politics, talked about two CAWP programs. NEW Leadership is a program for college women that exists in 22 states. The participants learn via hands-on experiences about how government works and how to be an active, involved citizen. Teach a Girl to Lead is a new program aimed at reaching elementary-school girls and exposing them to women in leadership positions. CAWP is seeking women in public office to join the Leaders Lineup, a virtual speakers bureau of women around the country who would like to speak to student groups about democracy, politics, and women’s leadership.


Senator Amanda McGill, Nebraska


Representative Rosie M. Berger, Wyoming

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, New Jersey

Jean Sinzdak, Center for American Women and Politics, New Jersey

Debbie Walsh, Center for American Women and Politics, New Jersey

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Thurgood Marshall SW, Mezzanine Level

Plenary Luncheon: The Program for International Student Assessment -- Can an International Assessment Help Us Improve U.S. Schools?

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) looks at 15-year-old students' achievement in reading, math and science literacy in industrialized countries. It is a much anticipated measure of how U.S. students compare to their counterparts elsewhere. Andreas Schleicher of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) spoke about the just-released results of the latest PISA test. A discussion by a distinguished panel on implications for the teaching profession, education reforms in the states, and the future of the U.S. workforce followed.


Carlos Contreras, Intel Corporation, Oregon

Andreas Schleicher, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, Washington, D.C.

Marc Tucker, National Center On Education and the Economy, Washington, D.C.

Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for sponsoring this plenary luncheon session.

1:30-2:45 p.m. 

McKinley, Mezzanine Level

Outstanding Legislative Staff: Hiring and Training for Excellence

Legislative Effectiveness Committee

Great legislative staffs don't just happen by chance. Experts provided their advice on how to hire and develop new staffers to fit the needs of legislators and the institution.

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Lincoln 4, Exhibition Level

Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee, Law & Criminal Justice Committee

Seniors and their money are frequent targets of those who perpetrate financial frauds and scams, making it a growing concern in states. This session had information about state legislation and federal policies designed to prevent the crime and protect the elderly and vulnerable adults.


Senator Terry Clark Burton, Mississippi

Senator Mac Schneider, North Dakota

Robert Chapman, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Washington, D.C.

Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.

Ryan Wilson, AARP, Washington, D.C.

6-7 p.m.

Thurgood Marshall Foyer


Friday, Dec. 6

9-10 a.m.

Lincoln 6, Exhibition Level

Teen Pregnancy

This session included up-to-date data on teen pregnancy and presentations from national experts on health, social and economic implications for states.


Marsheilah Lyons, Nevada Legislature


Sarah Brown, National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington, D.C.


Senator Sally B. Doty, Mississippi

Ron Haskins, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Andrea Kane, National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington, D.C.

Delegate Don C. Perdue, West Virginia

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thurgood Marshall SW, Mezzanine Level

Plenary Luncheon and Business Meeting

The 2013 Americans for the Arts award was presented to Senator Wes Hayes, South Carolina. The 2013 Steven D. Gold Award for Significant Contributions in Public Finance was presented to Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office.


Gridlock in Washington. Who’s to blame? Republicans? Democrats? Both parties? Bottom line, Americans want and expect their government to work.

How do we get there? Two national leaders spoke about an effort to find a way for politicians to work together for the common good. Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and Evan Bayh, former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator are the leaders of No Labels, a national organization working with members of Congress from both political parties to work across the aisle to solve our nation’s problems.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges AT&T for sponsoring this plenary luncheon session.