Women's Legislative Network Events at 2013 Legislative Summit

Aug. 12-15

Atlanta, Ga.

Visit the Summit website for complete meeting information.
All sessions, unless noted, take place in the Georgia World Congress Center
Monday, August 12
Noon-1:15 p.m.
Level 3, B-306

Women's Legislative Network Executive Board Meeting
Join us  for our summer board meeting.

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Ballroom Level, Thomas Murphy Ballroom

General Session: Our Constitutional Legacy
Sandra Day O’Connor is a trailblazer who has made an enduring mark on the nation. In this 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, you will hear from the first woman—and crucial swing justice—appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court on the principles that have made the nation strong through the centuries. She’ll share her views on representative democracy, civic education and fair courts. She is the author of three books, including the recently released, Out of Order, a history of the Supreme Court, its famous justices and how it evolved into the sometimes controversial institution it is today.

5:30-7 p.m.
Bldg. C, Georgia Ballroom
Georgia on My Mind: Welcome Reception
Meet with friends, old and new, and the opening reception at the Georgia World Congress Center where you'll delight in a Taste of Georgia and special southern entertainment. This kick-off to the Summit will definitely put Georgia on Your Mind.
Tuesday, August 13
8:30-9:45 a.m
Ballroom Level, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
General Session: America's Retirement Crisis
Despite our sluggish economy and the global economic uncertainty, building lifetime financial security is not a pipe dream in 21st century America. But for most Americans, it’s become a do-it-yourself proposition, as a result of the decline of traditional pension plans in the private sector and the challenge of unfunded liabilities in state and local pension plans. TIAA-CREF’s CEO Roger Ferguson believes we need to rethink, repair and restart America’s retirement system so individuals can better ensure their own lifetime financial security.
Noon-4:45 p.m.
Level 3, B-309

Legislator Tested, Legislator Approved: Practical Advice to Connect with Your Constituents
Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Come to this workshop to learn how to lead productive discussions with your constituents, target key groups to help you make policy decisions, use technology to reach more people and find partners to help in your outreach work. Hear best practices and create an action plan to help you connect with your constituents.

Noon-1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Running Your Own District Dialogue

2:15-2:30 p.m.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Using Technology to Reach Your Constituents

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Finding Partners for Your Work

4:15-4:45 p.m.
Creating a Constituent Action Plan


4-5 p.m.
Level 4, B-409

Women's Legislative Network Roundtable Discussion
Join the Network for an informal, bipartisan roundtable discussions and to connect with NCSL experts. Topics will include supporting women in politics and young women's leadership, healthcare, human trafficking, financial stability, and women in the military.

5-6 p.m.
Level 4, outside room B-409

Women's Legislative Network Reception
Join us to honor the Women's Legislative Network executive board and female lawmakers from around the world.

Wednesday, August 14
6:30-8 a.m. Centennial Olympic Park
Walk for Wellness
Stretch your legs and join your friends at the Walk for Wellness, a 5k walk (or run) through Centennial Olympic Park, to raise awareness of chronic diseases and health disparities. It's open to all Summit attendees with no preregistration required. The Walk is a collaborative effort of the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL, the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee, and the NCSL Health Committee.
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Ballroom Level, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
General Session
9:45-10:45 a.m.
Level 2, B-203
Veterans and Civilian Employment: State Legislative Approaches
Some 1 million military personnel are returning to civilian life as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Hear how some states are helping veterans get jobs by issuing them professional licenses or credentials based on their experience in the military. And learn about the laws and policies that enable veteran hiring preferences, tax incentives for employers to hire veterans, and efforts to help military spouses.
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Level 3, B-312
Women's Legislative Network Lunch and Business Meeting
Join the Women's Legislative Network for lunch and our annual business meeting and elections, and to learn about the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving's work. Dr. Easom will share the Institute's research about both professional and family caregivers, and discuss the Institute's program, Operation Family Caregiver, for the families of injured returning service members.
  • Dr. Leisa Easom, PHD, RN, The Rosalynn Carter Institute For Caregiving, Georgia
1:45-3:00 p.m.
Level4, B-407
Cultivating an Honest Environment
Everyone has the best of intentions of behaving with integrity, but Sidetracked, a book by Harvard professor Francesca Gino, shows that certain factors can lead us to cross ethical boundaries. What are these red flags, and how can legislators and staff cultivate an environment that encourages honesty? Attend this interactive session to learn and practice measures to keep yourself and those around you from getting sidetracked.
  • Dr. Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School, Massachusetts
6:30-9 p.m.
Georgia Aquarium
A Whale of an Evening: Social Event
You'll have a whale of a good time in the underwater world of dolphins, sharks, belugas and more at the Georgia Aquarium. It's one of the world's largest and contains more aquatic life in its seven stunning exhibits than any other aquarium in the world. You'll dine on delectable southern cuisine and enjoy the music of Georgia while you mingle with friends.
Thursday, August 15
8:30-9:45 a.m.
Level 4, B-401/402
Looking to the Future: Demographic Shifts and the Future of State Policy
As baby boomers age, immigration slows and the Latino population expands, the country is on the verge of a "cultural generation gap" that will affect state policy, from schools to the workforce to health care. Hear an energetic, wide-ranging and forward-looking discussion of what these demographic changes mean for state policymakers.
10 a.m.-Noon
Level 4, B-405-407
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.
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Ballroom Level, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
General Session: Leadership and Politics Today
David Gergen, a respected CNN senior political analyst, advisor to four presidents, and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, has a unique perspective on politics. He will share his views on leadership in today’s partisan climate, the state of the nation and why things are the way they are in Washington, D.C. An advisor to four presidents—both Democrat and Republican—he has a view of leadership from the pinnacle of power.