Events at NCSL Fall Forum

Dec. 4-7, 2012
Washington, D.C.
Hilton Washington Hotel

Complete Forum information here.


Tuesday, Dec. 4

1-8 p.m.
Monroe - Concourse Level

Improving Women's Health: Research, Innovation and Leadership

This seminar featured presentations from national and state experts about innovative strategies to improve women’s health. Topics included the status of women’s heath in America, state examples of policy options related to women’s health, and women and long-term care.

Full Agenda. (pdf)
Link to faculty videos.

Yvonne Green, RN, CNM, MSN, director, Office of Women’s Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-10 pages)

Susan F. Wood, PhD, executive director, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health and Associate Professor, Health Policy and Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
"Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-12 pages)

Alina Salganicoff, PhD, vice president and Director of Women's Health Policy and KaiserEDU.org, Kaiser Family Foundation
"Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-14 pages)

Randi Chapman, director, State Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association
"Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-8 pages)


Wednesday, Dec. 5

7:30-10 a.m.
Monroe - Concourse Level

Improving Women's Health: Research, Innovation and Leadership

This morning's program was a workshop on Cultivating Winning Relationships.
  • Trainer: Morag Barrett, Skye Associates LLC, Colorado

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
International Ballroom East - Concourse Level

Welcome to Washington Buffet Lunch

The Fall Forum kicked off with a briefing on NCSL's lobbying activity in Washington. Attendees learned what to expect during the remaining days of the lame duck session of Congress and NCSL's push to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act this year.

1-2 p.m.

Plenary Session: Marketplace Fairness Act - Now or Never!

The leading sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act spoke about the importance of this legislation for main street retailers and equity for state taxpayers.

  • Presiding: Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah
  • Senator Sharon Weston Broome, Louisiana
  • Speakers:
  • U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Wyoming
  • U.S. Representative Steve Womak, Arkansas

2-5 p.m.

Individual Meetings with Members of Congress, Legislative Staff Tours

After the plenary, legislators met with their states' congressional delegations.

5:30-7 p.m.

Reception at Union Station
Thursday, Dec. 6

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Responding to Human Trafficking: Intergovernmental Approaches

Legislators met with White House officials responsible for federal strategies to address human trafficking, discuss intergovernmental approaches to deter, respond and provide services.

10:15-11:30 a.m.
Monroe - Concourse Level

Expanding Employment for Military Veterans
Labor and Economic Development Committee, Task Force on Military and Veterans' Affairs, Women's Legislative Network

Presentations were about work being done to expand and grow job opportunities for our military veterans and ensure that they receive the benefits they deserve.

  • Moderator: Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
  • Speakers: Deputy Under Secretary Curtis Coy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary John Garcia, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • Ted Daywalt, president, Vet Jobs
  • Kevin Stakelum and Josh Galle, Talent Acquisition, Humana’s Veteran and Military Spouse Initiative
  • The Boot Campaign

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
International Ballroom East - Concourse Level

Plenary Luncheon: Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a serious problem in the United States and abroad. Oscar winning actress Mira Sorvino, a United Nations Goodwill ambassador, discussed state and federal efforts to combat human trafficking and the important role of state lawmakers to prosecute criminals and assist victims.

1:30-3:15 p.m.
Fairchild - Terrace Level

Leadership Workshop: Tough Conversations
Legislative Effectiveness Committee and the Women's Legislative Network

The 2012 election season brought many important issues to the forefront of public debate. When passions run high and opinions differ widely on the best approach to solve a problem, it can be hard to have a useful discussion. This workshop featured new skills for holding tough conversations that will make the encounters more productive and satisfying.

  • Trainer: Morag Barrett, Skye Associates LLC, Colorado

5-6 p.m.
Jefferson East - Concourse Level

Women's Legislative Network Roundtable

The Network met for an informal discussion to plan programs for 2013.

6-7 p.m.
International Ballroom East - Concourse Level

Friday, Dec. 7

8:30-10 a.m.
International Ballroom East - Concourse Level

Plenary Breakfast: Partisan Gridlock

With the fiscal cliff and dozens of other critical issues looming ahead, it's imperative that members of Congress work together. But in today's hyper-partisan environment, is this even possible? This program featured former U.S. legislative giants who know a thing or two about how to get things done in Congress.

  • Speakers: Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, North Dakota
  • Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott, Mississippi

10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
International Ballroom East - Concourse Level

NCSL Business Meeting