—Preparing for Legislative Sessions—

NCSL invites you to a new pre-2023 legislative session event designed to deliver foresight into pressing policy issues and legislative-specific training. At just $99 for legislators and legislative staff, insights gained at Forecast ’23 will help sharpen your vision and set you up for maximum success during next year’s legislative session.

yourself in the latest policy research and developments and start session prepared and informed.

your legislative skills and strengthen your ability to navigate and impact  the legislative process.

with your colleagues and expand your legislative network for the future.

Monday, Dec. 5 

3-4:15 p.m.

Networking Event

4:30-5:45 p.m.

General Session

6-7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Dec. 6 

7:30-9 a.m. 


9-10 a.m.

General Session  

10:15-11:30 a.m.


11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


12:30-1:15 p.m.

General Session

1:30-2:45 p.m.


3-4:15 p.m.


4:30-5:30 p.m.

General Session 

6-10 p.m.

Dinners & Dessert

Wednesday, Dec. 7 

7:30-9 a.m.

General Session/Breakfast

9-11:45 a.m.


Noon-1:15 p.m.

General Session/Lunch



Jonathan T.M. Reckford, CEO,
Habitat for Humanity International
Session: Lessons in Leadership: What I Learned from the Private Sector, the Church and a Global Nonprofit

Jonathan T.M. Reckford is CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, which has helped house more than 35 million people worldwide. He was named the most influential nonprofit leader in America in 2017 by The NonProfit Times and is the author of “Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World.” Reckford was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina and earned an MBA at Stanford University. 

John Medina, developmental molecular biologist
and author of New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules”
Session: Brain Rules for Legislators and Staff

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He is the bestselling author of “Brain Rules” and writes the “Molecules of the Mind” column for Psychiatric Times. Medina is an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an affiliate scholar at the National Academy of Engineering.


Reid Wilson, founder and editor, Pluribus News
Session: What Just Happened?! The Midterms Explained

Reid Wilson is the founder and editor of Pluribus News, the nation’s only independent news source dedicated to covering state legislatures. He is a former staff writer at The Hill newspaper and the Washington Post and the former editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline. Wilson has written for The New York Times, RealClearPolitics, Atlantic Monthly and the New Republic, and has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN, among others.

Christopher Thornberg, Ph.D., founder, Beacon Economics
Session: Worrying About the Wrong Recession

Christopher Thornberg is an expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy and labor and real estate markets. He is the director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and founder of the research organization Beacon Economics LLC. Thornberg is known for forecasting the 2007 subprime mortgage market crash and predicting the subsequent global economic recession. 




Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter | 910 Broadway Circle | San Diego


Registration Fees:

Until/After Nov. 11 Legislators and staff NCSL Foundation All other
Early Bird $99 $750 $850
After Nov. 11 $299 $950 $1050

Registration Policies:
All cancellations must be in writing and can be emailed to registration@ncsl.org.

Cancellation policy for NCSL members (state legislators, state legislative staff and NCSL international affiliates only): A $50 fee will be charged for cancellations. Full conference registration fee, minus the cancellation fee, will be refunded if received in writing by midnight on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

Cancellation policy for all others (includes international legislators and international legislative staff who are not NCSL dues-paying affiliates): A $100 fee will be charged for cancellations. Full conference registration fee, minus the cancellation fee, will be refunded if received in writing by midnight on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations received after Nov. 21, as well as those who do not show up for the meeting, will be charged full registration.

Guest registration is meant to accommodate spouses and immediate family members. Attendees from the same organization must register independently. No exceptions will be made. Spouse/guest designation will be clearly visible on name badge, and those guests are not permitted to attend sessions. Guest registrations fees will be refunded in full if cancellation is received by midnight on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.


Book a Hotel Room

Reserve your hotel at the discounted NCSL rate of $214 per night plus tax. The housing reservation deadline is Nov. 11, but rooms may sell out prior to that date and are first come, first served, so book today!