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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Leadership Staff Roundtable

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • Leadership Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Curious about how leadership staffing works in Minnesota and how it compares to your experience? Listen as staff who work for Minnesota leaders discuss their roles in the legislative institution. Learn from them and other leadership staff attendees in this interactive roundtable.

  • Panelist:
  • Michael Charboneau, Minnesota Legislature
  • Catherine Ryan, Office of Senate President, Minnesota

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Leadership Staff Section Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • Leadership Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track

  • Presiding:
  • Jeff Johnson, Senior Committee Counsel, West Virginia Senate and Chair, Leadership Staff Section

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Managing Legislative Staff: Best Practices

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100ABC
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
State legislatures manage their staff in diverse ways. Hear about performance management innovations in state legislatures and discuss common performance challenges faced by staff today.

  • Speaker:
  • Alan Calandro, Connecticut General Assembly
  • Amy Carlson, Montana Legislature
  • Michael Christensen, Utah Legislature
  • Bernard Dean, Washington Legislature
  • Amy Zook, Colorado General Assembly

 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Continuous Improvement: Enhancing Government Performance in Minnesota

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100FG
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
The State of Minnesota has dramatically improved efficiency and delivered exceptional savings through its Continuous Improvement (http://www.lean.state.mn.us/) program. Minnesota is recognized as a leader for these efforts that create a culture of efficiency. Examine elements of the program and learn how other states can start "running lean."

  • Speaker:
  • Senator Terri E. Bonoff, Minnesota
  • Mary Jo Caldwell, Minnesota Department of Administration
  • Spencer Cronk, Minnesota Department of Administration
  • Neal Simon, General Mills, Minnesota

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Legislative Staff University: Communicate Like a Rock Star

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100ABC
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Legislative Education Staff Network
  • Legislative Health Staff Network
  • Legislative Information and Communications Staff
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Are you ready to go from good to great -- to reach rock star status -- as a communicator? How receptive people are to your message depends in large part on what you say beyond your words. Learn how to increase your charisma, adapt in the moment and control your breathing while communicating authentically. Sari de la Motte is a communications expert who has coached Fortune 500 executives, trial attorneys and others on how to boost their influence and enhance their leadership with silent signals.

  • Presiding:
  • Patsy Spaw, Texas Legislature, NCSL Immediate Past Staff Chair
  • Speaker:
  • Sari de la Motte, FORTE, Oregon

 

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Leadership Staff Section Reception

  • Leadership Staff Section
All staff who work for legislative leaders and party caucuses are invited to attend this networking reception at Prairie Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN. Please RSVP to heather.morton@ncsl.org.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Managing Your Online Image

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • Leadership Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Young and New Professionals
Both legislators and legislative staff want to make sure their online images are professional, free of anything inappropriate or embarrassing. Learn 10 important steps to ensure you shine online.

  • Moderator:
  • Hope Stockwell, Montana Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Elizabeth Emerson, Goff Public, Minnesota
  • Clarise Tushie-Lessard, Goff Public, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Chris Duffy, Goff Public Relations and Affairs, Minnesota

 

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Legislative Staff Achievement Luncheon

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Legislative Education Staff Network
  • Legislative Health Staff Network
  • Legislative Information and Communications Staff
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
Legislator/Staff Training Track

Staff work hard every day to effectively run our most important institution -- the state legislature. Roger Moe, Minnesota's Senate majority leader for 22 years, knows that every lawmaker is indebted to the talented staff who are at the very heart of democracy. Enjoy a luncheon celebrating the talents, achievements and triumphs of the nation's legislative staff.

Prayer: Pastor Kevin Schill


  • Presiding:
  • Tom Wright, Alaska Legislature, NCSL Staff Chair
  • Speaker:
  • Roger Moe, Former Senate Majority Leader, Minnesota

Friday, August 22, 2014

 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Power of the Purse

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 1
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Continuing Legal Education
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Appropriating funds is a fundamental legislative power, but administering funding policy is a fundamental executive power. Balancing control of the purse strings was a major issue in the American Revolution, and remains unresolved to this day. Learn about issues arising from recent legislative and executive disputes over appropriations.

  • Moderator:
  • Anne Sappenfield, Wisconsin Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Jonathan Ball, Utah Legislature
  • John Fellows, Utah Legislature
  • Jan Yamane, Hawaii Legislature