Courageous Conversations: Digging Deep for Success
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Redwood B, Main Building, Second Floor
Explore one important factor that often holds women back from being the most effective leaders we could be: ourselves. Using humor and examples, we will explore how closely tied our success is with our ability to initiate and navigate courageous (aka difficult!) conversations. Discuss how to give feedback to a colleague, address the seemingly intractable challenge within your caucus, propose the bold idea you've been sitting on or acknowledge the "elephant in the subcommittee" that everyone has been avoiding. In this lively, thought-provoking session, you’ll learn how to:
- Identify the factors that are holding you back from speaking up
- Increase your skills and confidence in how to identify and prepare for important conversations
- Articulate strategies to navigate high-stakes conversations effectively
- Connect with your peers to access the collective wisdom in the room, sharing success stories and lessons learned
Facilitator: Sara Lawson, Shorthand Consulting, Wash.
Sponsored by the Women's Legislative Network and co-sponsored by NCSL's Legislative Effectiveness Committee.
Returning to Trust Workshop: A Process for Rebuilding a Critical Infrastructure
Washington State Convention Center, W201, Level 2
The culture of the legislature is changing, and most people believe it is a change for the worse. At the heart is decreasing trust among members, staff, and the people they serve, and the belief that legislatures can effectively solve complex social problems. The Returning to Trust program is a facilitator-led, interactive learning experience designed to teach participants how to reestablish the connections, practices, values and organizational culture that build trust.
What you’ll learn:
- Thorough discussions and exercises get at the reasons that people say the “fun” has gone out of legislative service.
- Identify values critical to the effectiveness of state legislatures.
- Learn how to set goals and take actions that foster a culture of civility, respect and trust within our treasured institutions.
- Take home new tools, skills and an action plan to begin similar discussions in your state capitol.
Welcome: Senator Elaine S. Bowers, Kan.; Connie Ridley, director of Administration, Tennessee General Assembly
Senator Elaine S. Bowers, Kan.
Ted Celeste, director, Next Generation program at the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Ohio
Diane Douglas, executive director, Seattle City Club, Wash.
Representative Sam Hunt, Wash.
Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director, National Institute for Civil Discourse, Ariz.
Darren Nichols, association director, William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Wash.
Representative Hans Zeiger, Wash.
When the Voters Decide: The Role of Ballot Measures in Making Law
Washington State Convention Center, W204, Level 2
Marijuana, abortion, guns, gambling—what do they all have in common? They all have appeared on statewide election ballots in recent years. Ballot measures are particularly common in the Pacific Northwest. Find out how Washington and Oregon manage this process, including citizen’s review processes—and what impact they may have on turnout.
Moderator: Jennie Drage Bowser, political consultant, Ore.
Panelists: Tyrone Reitman, Healthy Democracy, Ore.
Speaker Joe Fain, Wash.
Sponsored by NCSL’s Redistricting and Elections Committee and co-sponsored by NCSL’s Legislative Effectiveness Committee.