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Legislative Staff Week 2024

By Holly South  |  May 15, 2024

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Legislative Staff Week 2024 | May 6-10

Thank You, Legislative Staff!

Every day, you and your colleagues work behind the scenes to support the work of state legislatures. From drafting bills to making statehouses accessible to the public to keeping computer networks secure, legislatures couldn’t function without you. During the week of May 6-10, NCSL celebrates your contributions and considers the importance of both gratitude and recognition in the legislative environment. 

Please join us! Here’s how you can participate:

  • Watch an NCSL Town Hall at 1 p.m. ET Monday with NCSL Staff Chair Sabrina Lewellen
  • Check out a special-edition podcast and resources created with you in mind. 
  • Register for a webinar about the benefits of creativity and risk-taking in the legislative environment—and at home. 
  • Share a photo or post on social media to show how you’re honoring your colleagues. 
  • Say thank you to a fellow legislative staffer! 

Praise and Prizes! 

Give a shoutout or two in recognition of a colleague’s or team’s resilience, leadership, innovation or exceptional commitment to the legislature. You’ll both be entered into a daily drawing. Prizes include free registrations for NCSL Base Camp and NCSL swag bags. And for the state receiving the most shoutouts? Dessert’s on us! NCSL will host an ice cream party for all legislative staff. 

Watch the Webinar: ‘Using Creativity: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!’

Many of us yearn to be creative but lack the courage to dive in. An artist with a background in business, Tricia Rose Burt has worked with Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders, blending her experiences and galvanizing audiences to step into their creative selves—so they can reinvent, adapt and develop new solutions both at home and at work. And just in time, too. Studies show the older we get, the more fixed our mindsets become. We grow less expansive and our worlds get smaller. The solution? Take more risks!

On May 8, we’ll use Burt’s “No Time to Be Timid” manifesto as a powerful framework to awaken our creativity and boldness. We’ll explore ways we can start to think differently and more expansively. Participants will leave entertained, inspired and armed with guidelines on how to step off the expected path and create rich personal and professional experiences.

Register for the Webinar

Legislative Staff Week Kickoff Town Hall 

Join us for a short conversation with NCSL Staff Chair Sabrina Lewellen on Monday, May 6, at 1 p.m. ET. Lewellen is deputy director of the Arkansas Senate.  

Watch the Town Hall

Special-Edition Podcast  

Starting May 6, tune in for a special Legislative Staff Week edition of the “Our American States” podcast with Sabrina Lewellen, NCSL staff chair; Anne Sappenfield, immediate past staff chair; and Jay Hartz, director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. The trio will discuss how legislative staff navigated the pandemic—and came out the other side.

And More!

Research Questions?

NCSL is at your service! Legislators ask all sorts of questions to help them understand policy issues or guide decisions on language to include in bill drafts. Consider NCSL your concierge for research requests. A wealth of information is just a phone call or email away. 

Legislative Staff: There’s a Professional Staff Association for you!

Are you a legislative staff member looking to expand your network, enhance your skills and stay up to date on the latest legislative issues? Look no further! NCSL offers nine vibrant communities of peers dedicated to supporting and advancing legislative work nationwide. 

By becoming a professional staff association member, you’ll gain access to: 

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with colleagues from different states, share ideas and forge valuable relationships. 
  • Professional Development: Take advantage of workshops, seminars and online resources tailored to legislative staff professionals. 
  • Legislative Insights: Stay informed about emerging legislative trends, best practices and policy developments. 

Learn More

Six Tips for Being a Successful Legislative Staffer

NCSL sat down with five staffers—who collectively have more than a century’s worth of experience—to learn their top tips for being effective legislative employees

Get Social and Share

Share a photo on social media that shows how you and your team are celebrating Staff Week. Just tag @NCSLorg or add #LegislativeStaff. You could be featured on one of NCSL’s platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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