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Monday, October 28
 

1:00pm MDT

5:00pm MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Welcome and Speed Networking (Invitation Only)
Meet and mingle with your fellow 2019 Generation Liberty Fellows.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Pfitzenmaier

Heather Pfitzenmaier

Senior Talent Program Advisor, State Policy Network
Heather Pfitzenmaier serves as Senior Talent Program Advisor at the State Policy Network. In addition, she is the Director of Strategic Engagement at the Network of enlightened Women. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President, and earlier as Vice President and Director of... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm MDT

5:30pm MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Create a Compelling Case for Liberty (Invitation Only)
In today’s landscape, it can seem daunting to stand up and voice an independent point of view. When the left dominates the narrative, and many young people identify as progressive, what is the best approach to advance free-market solutions? T.K. Coleman of Praxis will share how you can be a positive advocate for these ideas and win over your peers’ hearts and minds. Learn how to talk about free-market principles in a way that dispels misperceptions, persuades others through effective communication, and welcomes more individuals into the liberty movement.

Speakers
avatar for T.K. Coleman

T.K. Coleman

Director of Entrepreneurial Education, Foundation for Economic Education
T.K. Coleman is the Co-founder of Praxis and the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education. His life mission is to empower others to become the predominant create force in their own lives. 


Monday October 28, 2019 5:30pm - 6:15pm MDT

6:00pm MDT

Pre-Conference: State Energy Policy Summit (Sponsored by Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy)
Join key state policy experts for an in-depth discussion on important energy and environment issues facing our states and our nation.  This annual gathering prior to the SPN Annual Meeting has become a “must-attend event” for those policy leaders interested in making American energy independent, keeping our energy prices low, reforming current government energy regulations, and challenging current energy-related discussions at the state and federal level.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Isaac

Jason Isaac

Senior Manager and Distinguished Fellow of Life: Powered, Texas Public Policy Foundation
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David Fotouhi

Principal Deputy General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency
JV

James Voyles

Vice President, Policy, HBW Resources
SM

Shawn Martini

Vice President, Advocacy, Colorado Farm Bureau
DD

Dr. David Dismukes

Professor and Executive Director, Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University
RG

Ray Gifford

Attorney, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLC
LS

Laura Schepis

Senior Director, National Security, Edison Electric Institute
HL

Hon. Luther Strange

Senior Advisor, Patomak Global Partners
CH

Christopher Horner

Attorney, Government Accountability & Oversight P.C.


Monday October 28, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm MDT

6:30pm MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Dinner and Keynote: Build Your Business Etiquette Intelligence (Invitation Only)
First impressions matter. The smallest details can make a huge difference. Whether your sights are set on business, government, or traveling the globe, equip yourself with the tools and knowledge to make the best possible first impression and maintain a positive impression over time. Learn the communication skills, proper protocol, and business etiquette for your next meeting, dinner, or gala. By growing your acumen in the intelligence and art of business etiquette, you can position yourself for success in both the public and private sectors as you encounter new opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Noyes

Heather Noyes

Director of Operations and Development, Maine Heritage Policy Center
Heather Noyes is director of operations and development at The Maine Heritage Policy Center in Maine. In her role, she coordinates all operational and development work, and also manages all special events for the public and donors. During her thirteen years with MHPC, Heather has... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm MDT

8:00pm MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows Reception: Think Tank Mania Kick-Off (Invitation Only)
Generation Liberty Fellows will be placed in small groups for the Second Annual Think Tank Mania. Each team will be tasked with developing a five-minute pitch to win the hearts (and money!) of a board of directors to fund their public policy initiative. Fellows will begin outlining their presentations for the panel of think tank experts and craft a plan that details the organization’s background, how to get a legislative or public relations victory for the specific public policy issue, and how this victory is key to advancing the mission.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Rausch

Patricia Rausch

Director of Professional Development, Leadership Institute
Starting her career working on campaigns at all levels, for the past 11 years, Patricia has worked at the Leadership Institute and currently serves as the Director of Professional Development. She heads a division that serves more than 1,000 job seekers annually, counseling and training... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm MDT
 
Tuesday, October 29
 

7:00am MDT

8:00am MDT

Pre-Conference: State Energy Policy Summit (Sponsored by Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy)
Join key state policy experts for an in-depth discussion on important energy and environment issues facing our states and our nation.  This annual gathering prior to the SPN Annual Meeting has become a “must-attend event” for those policy leaders interested in making American energy independent, keeping our energy prices low, reforming current government energy regulations, and challenging current energy-related discussions at the state and federal level.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Isaac

Jason Isaac

Senior Manager and Distinguished Fellow of Life: Powered, Texas Public Policy Foundation
DF

David Fotouhi

Principal Deputy General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency
JV

James Voyles

Vice President, Policy, HBW Resources
SM

Shawn Martini

Vice President, Advocacy, Colorado Farm Bureau
DD

Dr. David Dismukes

Professor and Executive Director, Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University
RG

Ray Gifford

Attorney, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLC
LS

Laura Schepis

Senior Director, National Security, Edison Electric Institute
HL

Hon. Luther Strange

Senior Advisor, Patomak Global Partners
CH

Christopher Horner

Attorney, Government Accountability & Oversight P.C.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 8:00am - 1:00pm MDT

8:00am MDT

Pre-Conference: Emerging Issues in Tech Policy (Sponsored by Center for Growth and Opportunity, James Madison Institute, Libertas Institute, and Washington Policy Center)
Please join us for an interactive forum with policy and industry experts about emerging issues in technology policy across the country. Participants will have opportunities to discuss research, make new friends, and build a network of professionals engaged in tech policy.

Topics will include state-level policy issues such as data privacy, transportation, telecommunications, and the future of work. The discussion will also focus on tools and strategies to build tech policy expertise in your research centers.

Breakfast and registration begin at 8:00 a.m. MT.

For more information, please contact Romy Robinson at romy.robinson@growthopportunity.org.




Speakers
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Jennifer Huddleston

Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
NL

Nancy Libin

Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
ES

Evan Swarztrauber

Federal Communications Commission
BC

Bartlett Cleland

Madery Bridge
CK

Christopher Koopman

Center for Growth and Opportunity
avatar for Sal Nuzzo

Sal Nuzzo

Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute
Sal is the VP of Policy (Chief Policy Nerd) at The James Madison Institute, the SPN affiliate in Florida. He spends far too much time writing for publications like The Hill, Real Clear Policy, Investors’ Business Daily, American Thinker, and far too little time sipping cocktails... Read More →
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Taylor Barkley

Charles Koch Institute
DM

Dann Mead Smith

Washington Policy Center
IA

Ian Adams

TechFreedom
AK

Ashkhen Kazaryan

TechFreedom
MM

Michael Melendez

Libertas Institute
RD

Richard Deulofuet

Trust Ventures
SW

Scott Weathers

Good Food Institute


Tuesday October 29, 2019 8:00am - 2:00pm MDT

8:30am MDT

9:00am MDT

Pre-Conference: The Great Communicators Summit: Marketing the Ideas of Liberty (Sponsored by Think Freely)
This exciting pre-conference summit focuses on communications for leaders in the liberty movement. Participants will learn why organizations should invest in marketing and how to fundraise for marketing initiatives. Build your skills as a communications leader by discovering why and how to lead with a marketing-first mentality. You will also gain insight into why the Left tends to succeed at communication and what that means for the liberty movement.

Lunch will be served while competitors take the stage in this semi-final round of our annual Great Communicators Tournament.

If you are interested in attending this pre-conference, please contact hello@thinkfreelymedia.org.

Speakers
avatar for Austin Berg

Austin Berg

Director of Content Strategy, Illinois Policy Institute
Austin Berg is the Vice President of Marketing for the Illinois Policy Institute. He and his work have been featured in the Economist, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. He is the winner of two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club for his photojournalism. Austin... Read More →
avatar for Richard Lorenc

Richard Lorenc

Executive Vice President, Foundation for Economic Education
Richard N. Lorenc is the Executive Vice President of the Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (FEE) whose vision is to make the ideas of liberty familiar, credible, and compelling to the rising generation. As FEE’s Executive Vice President, Lorenc serves as chief of staff... Read More →
avatar for Brian Walker

Brian Walker

Chief Executive Officer, AE Marketing
Chief Executive Officer at AE Marketing Group, 3x Inc. 5000 Founder, and Award-Winning Host of the Brand Lab Series™ Rachel Maddow angrily referred to me as a "Jet-setting ad executive" in a lead story on MSNBC. Guided 150-year-old UCAN’s non-profit brand to execute a $40M capital... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Mann

Melissa Mann

Vice President of Communications, Atlas Network
Melissa Mann joined Atlas Network as Director of Partnerships in 2018 and became the Vice President of Communications in 2019. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Melissa spent seventeen years as Director of Development at Reason Foundation, a public policy and media organization that... Read More →
avatar for Jo Jensen

Jo Jensen

Impact Producer, Just Add Firewater
Jo Jensen is an Impact Producer at the production company Just Add Firewater. Jo has over a decade of experience designing award winning digital marketing campaigns. She has led grassroots strategies for political campaigns, national PR firms, nonprofits and movies. Jo’s work has... Read More →
avatar for Eric Tubbs

Eric Tubbs

President, Think Freely Media
Eric Tubbs is President of Think Freely Media. While he has served on the board of Think Freely Media and prior to that, The Sam Adams Alliance, he spent most of the last thirty five years in the for profit private sector as an employee, an entrepreneur and a business owner. He sold... Read More →
avatar for John Tillman

John Tillman

Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Policy Institute
John Tillman is one of the nation’s most prominent leaders in the free market public policy arena. As CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, John recruits and leads a talented team of leaders, experts and advocates to advance reforms that can spur Illinois’ comeback story.In addition... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:00am - 1:30pm MDT

9:30am MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Grow a Bartering Mindset (Invitation Only)
Many people struggle to negotiate effectively because they think of negotiations as monetary transactions, locked in a battle with another party over one fixed-sum issue. The “Bartering Mindset” urges professionals who are tasked with persuading others to treat negotiations like bartering trades instead—to redefine negotiations as opportunities to make a series of mutually beneficial trades with multiple partners. Learn key negotiation techniques and approaches that you can adopt at work and use for your career and personal growth.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am MDT

10:00am MDT

Pre-Conference: Lessons in State-Level Criminal Justice Reform: An Introduction to Jumpstart Your Criminal Justice Work (Sponsored by R Street Institute)
This event will focus on working with state-level organizations who want to engage more deeply in the criminal justice reform space. Learn about successful reforms across the states and discuss what reforms across the span of the justice system are most critical. This pre-conference session will serve as an introduction to ways states can work toward a more equitable criminal justice system. It will equip attendees to advance reforms that prioritize public safety, due process, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility. For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jessica Kelley at jkelley@rstreet.org.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm MDT

10:00am MDT

State Think Tank Board Chairmen's Retreat (Invitation Only)
What will it take to build (or re-build) the board necessary to take your organization to the next level—or to inspire your board to even greater levels of engagement? What are the top two or three things you can do as chairman to help your organization succeed? At this year’s Board Chairmen’s Retreat, join your fellow state think tank board chairmen for in-depth discussions of some of the greatest challenges facing your organizations and boards. Bill Sturtevant, an in-demand, nationally respected expert on fundraising and board development, will lead our discussion. The retreat will include dedicated time for networking and peer-to-peer discussions so you can ask questions of one another and share lessons learned.

Lunch will be served. 

Speakers
avatar for William Sturtevant

William Sturtevant

Consultant, Sturtevant Fundraising
William Sturtevant is a fundraising consultant specializing in major and planned gifts. He provides counseling and training to a wide variety of charitable organizations and diverse constituencies such as fundraisers, volunteers and board members. He spent 33 years securing planned... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:00am - 3:30pm MDT

10:45am MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Work Smarter, Not Harder (Invitation Only)
One of the best things you can do for yourself personally and professionally is to take control of your time and priorities. Laurel McCombs will share valuable time management practices, including how to organize, plan, and divide your time between specific activities. Learn how to work smarter—not harder—so you get more done in less time, even when the pressures are high.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel McCombs

Laurel McCombs

Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group
Laurel brings 20 years of experience to her work as consultant and trainer. In addition to her work with clients, Laurel has presented at AFP International, CASE-NAIS, and several professional associations and national conferences. She lives in Portland, OR.  


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT

11:00am MDT

11:45am MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Lunch (Invitation Only)
Generation Liberty Fellows will work on Think Tank Mania in small groups and finalize their presentation plans for the afternoon session with the “Board of Directors.”

Tuesday October 29, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm MDT

12:00pm MDT

Pre-Conference: Advancing Liberty Through Criminal Justice Reform (Sponsored by Charles Koch Institute)
Please join the Charles Koch Institute and Right on Crime for an afternoon that will equip you with skills to navigate emerging issues in the criminal justice space. A panel of experts will give you practical guidance on how to secure additional funding to work on this issue in your state, followed by a TED-talk style session and time to talk with experts and peers who have a track record of proven success. Both experts and those new to the issue will walk away with a better understanding of how criminal justice reform can help you advance your organization goals and mission. 

Lunch will be served for all in attendance but spots are limited. 

Please email jeremiah.mosteller@cki.org if you have questions and to request a spot at the event.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm MDT

1:00pm MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Own Your Seat at the Table (Invitation Only)
As you launch your career, knowing when to speak up and contribute your ideas or perspective in a new environment is a skill you can acquire. Learn the nonverbal cues, phrases, and tactics that will help you establish the best timing before sharing your perspective with your team and broader organization, especially in group settings. Leave this session feeling confident about your ability to make the most of the time when you do speak up and be sure your valuable contributions are heard.

Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm MDT

1:00pm MDT

Pre-Conference: Defending Parental Rights in Healthcare, Education, and Law (Sponsored by Family Policy Alliance and The Heritage Foundation)
With proposals to add new protected classes to existing Civil Rights laws at the federal and state levels, parents are facing unexpected threats to longstanding principles of parental rights—including the constitutional rights to direct the upbringing, education, and care (including healthcare) of their children. This session will focus on awareness of the top threat areas for parental rights in healthcare, education, and law—as well as opportunities to advance sound parental rights policy at the state and federal levels.

To RSVP please contact, Judy Palma at Judy.Palma@familypolicyalliance.com.

Speakers
AS

Autumn Stroup

Family Policy Alliance
EK

Emilie Kao

The Heritage Foundation


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm MDT

1:00pm MDT

Pre-Conference: Operations: Salesforce Decoded (Beginner Level)
This session is a hands-on workshop for accidental administrators or power users who are new to Salesforce and want to learn more about how to make changes in their Salesforce instances. See how to change objects, fields, layouts, and more, and learn about improvements that can be made to key items, such as opportunities, campaigns, accounts, and tasks.

What you will learn:
  • How to evaluate the set-up and health of your Salesforce configuration.
  • How to develop and implement a plan for improvements.
  • How to use Salesforce reports.
 


Speakers
avatar for Shawn Holt

Shawn Holt

Managing Director, BackOffice Thinking
Managing Director at BackOffice Thinking, working on both strategic and hands-on client solutions. Shawn has a top-down view of client solutions with a passion for understanding business processes that can be implemented in engaging users experiences. Prior to joining Backoffice... Read More →
avatar for Paul Keogan

Paul Keogan

CEO and Co-Founder, BackOffice Thinking
Paul Keogan is CEO and co-founder at BackOffice Thinking. Paul has been a leading technology consultant for the past 20 years. Paul’s passion is to transform his clients’ use of technology to better serve and engage their constituents, grow their donor base, and run their organizations... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm MDT

1:45pm MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Think Tank Mania Presentations to “Board of Directors” (Invitation Only)
Each GLF team will present their Think Tank Mania pitches to the “Board of Directors.” The “Board” will give an award to the winning team.

Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →
avatar for Rea Hederman

Rea Hederman

Executive Director of the Economic Research Center and Vice President of Policy, The Buckeye Institute
Rea S. Hederman Jr. is executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute. In this role, Hederman oversees Buckeye’s research and policy output.  A nationally recognized expert in healthcare policy and tax policy, Hederman has... Read More →
avatar for F. Vincent Vernuccio

F. Vincent Vernuccio

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network
avatar for Alyssa Rau

Alyssa Rau

Vice President of External Affairs, Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Aly Rau is the Vice President of External Affairs at The Pelican Institute for Public Policy.  In her role, Aly drives the development strategy, advances Pelican’s mission through facilitating partnerships, and guides annual program planning, ensuring short-term goals, projects... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT

2:30pm MDT

State Think Tank CEO Meeting (Invitation Only)
Speakers
avatar for Heidi Ganahl

Heidi Ganahl

Heidi Ganahl is one of Colorado’s best-known entrepreneurs and community leaders!Heidi has faced extraordinary adversity in her life. Beginning with the loss of her husband at the age of 27, to losing a million-dollar insurance settlement, Heidi’s entrepreneurial spirit and extraordinary... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm MDT

3:00pm MDT

Pre-Conference: Operations: Salesforce Decoded (Intermediate/Advanced Level)
This session is a hands-on workshop for accidental administrators or power users who have significant Salesforce experience and want to know more about how to make changes in their Salesforce instances. Learn how to spot and avoid Salesforce configuration pitfalls, and become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of advanced features of Salesforce that support fundraising, events, membership, and more.

What you will learn:
  • How to spot and avoid Salesforce configuration pitfalls.
  • Advanced reporting and dashboard options.
  • Tips on usability, newer features, and Salesforce online tools for fundraising, events, memberships, etc.



Speakers
avatar for Shawn Holt

Shawn Holt

Managing Director, BackOffice Thinking
Managing Director at BackOffice Thinking, working on both strategic and hands-on client solutions. Shawn has a top-down view of client solutions with a passion for understanding business processes that can be implemented in engaging users experiences. Prior to joining Backoffice... Read More →
avatar for Paul Keogan

Paul Keogan

CEO and Co-Founder, BackOffice Thinking
Paul Keogan is CEO and co-founder at BackOffice Thinking. Paul has been a leading technology consultant for the past 20 years. Paul’s passion is to transform his clients’ use of technology to better serve and engage their constituents, grow their donor base, and run their organizations... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm MDT

3:15pm MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Leverage Annual Meeting (Invitation Only)
GLF alumni will share how to make the most of your week at SPN’s Annual Meeting. Hear how they strategically connect with individuals and grow their personal networks. Learn tips and tricks you can take with you to Annual Meeting and back to your jobs after you depart Colorado.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Gambella

Katy Gambella

Network Engagement Manager, Talent Market
Katy (Ranville) Gambella is Talent Market’s Network Engagement Manager. Katy began her career at the Institute for Humane Studies and later joined the Cato Institute. Starting at Cato as a Research Assistant, Katy quickly realized her comparative advantage (and preference... Read More →
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Casey Given

Executive Director, Young Voices
Casey Given is the executive director of Young Voices. Casey joined Young Voices in January 2014 when it was a project of Students For Liberty and oversaw the project’s transition to an independent nonprofit in May 2016. Casey has also served as director of communications at Students For Liberty... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Goffos

Kristine Goffos

Director of Marketing, America's Future Foundation
Kristine Goffos is the director of marketing at America’s Future Foundation. Kristine earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Previously, she has served as deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and as the digital... Read More →
avatar for Holly Wetzel

Holly Wetzel

Communications Coordinator, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Holly Wetzel is the communications coordinator at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. She started at the Mackinac Center in 2017 and her expertise includes media relations, social media and brand management. She has a B.A. in public relations with a minor in history from Palm Beach... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: A Conversation about Universal Basic Income (Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity)
We are on the cusp of the Fourth Revolution where automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can lead us to an age of abundance or unprecedented turmoil. Universal basic income is a transitional solution that provides an economic floor under which no one can fall.  It is also the beginning of redefining what it means to be human in a world where labor is no longer necessary.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Ask a Heritage Expert (The Heritage Foundation)
Stop by the Heritage table to talk to Heritage experts about election integrity, pension reform, podcasting, education, and other issues. Share with Heritage the initiatives you are working on in your state.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Breaking Down Barriers to Work with Universal Recognition (Goldwater Institute)
This year, Arizona passed first-in-the-nation legislation to recognize out-of-state occupational licenses. This reform makes it easier for new residents to get back to work faster, eliminating costly and often redundant regulatory barriers to work. As states look to empower workers and grow their economies, universal recognition offers a positive, bipartisan path forward. Following Arizona’s lead, Pennsylvania recently passed its own universal recognition reform. Will your state be next? Join Goldwater staff and allies to discuss how to achieve this exciting reform in your state.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Comparing State Public Labor Laws: A Comprehensive Post-Janus Grading of Worker Friendly States (Commonwealth Foundation)
Though public workers have regained their First Amendment rights in the landmark Janus case, in many states, government unions and their legislative allies are passing laws to restrict workers’ rights even more dramatically. Commonwealth Foundation experts have analyzed laws in all 50 states and will speak on what legislative challenges we should be on guard for, and what victories we can replicate.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Develop a Successful Internship Program (Hillsdale College)
Join Ken Koopmans, Executive Director at Hillsdale College, to discuss best practices for utilizing interns. Every organization can benefit from interns, and if run properly, a dynamic internship program will greatly increase your productivity. Learn how to get the most out of your interns by attending this meetup.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Do All Skittles Taste the Same? Let's Find Out. (The Center for Growth and Opportunity)
Join the Center for Growth and Opportunity for an informal meetup. Everyone is welcome to stop by, try some Skittles, debunk the popular Skittles myth, and meet some new people in the process.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: End of Year Fundraising (AC Fitzgerald)
How are you maximizing donor giving at year end? Join Susan Mangels, PhD, Senior Vice President of AC Fitzgerald, to share best practices for securing those last, but important, donations of the year.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Endangered Species as Assets Instead of Liabilities (PERC)
The Endangered Species Act has proven effective at preventing extinctions, but not at promoting species recovery. Because we care about both, the challenge is to find reforms that boost incentives for private landowners and states to recover species. Join The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) for a discussion on current proposals and ongoing needs to improve the Endangered Species Act.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Federalism: Finding and Telling Stories about Federal Grant Boondoggles (Badger Institute)
The Badger Institute has done a good deal of work on federalism issues, highlighting the detrimental effects of federal grants at the state and local level. Badger will share their work in this area, learn about what others are doing, brainstorm ideas, and look for partnership opportunities.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Implementing Janus: How Every State Can Improve Worker Freedom (Mackinac Center)
Janus v. AFSCME was a win for worker freedom everywhere. While most of the effect will be felt in states where public employees didn’t have a choice in union membership, nearly every state is likely out of compliance with the court’s decision that worker’s must “affirmatively consent” to paying dues or fees. Come hear about the steps Alaska is taking to fully implement Janus and learn about how your state can do the same.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Meetup with CSEL (Center for the Study of Economic Liberty: Arizona State University)
Ask questions and learn more about how Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Liberty (CSEL) aims to become an international leader in research that effects liberty-enhancing public policy. CSEL also aims to increase public and academic awareness of the history and philosophy of economic liberty by leveraging our place, fusing academic research with policy engagement, and engaging globally to transform society.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: The Affordable Education Triangle (Western Governors University )
What roles do institutions, industry, and policymakers have in meeting workforce needs through affordable education?

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Turning Think Tanks Into Shark Tanks—Using the Silicon Valley Model to Foster and Fund New Ideas (Georgia Center for Opportunity)
Join the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) to discuss the growing use of incubators, accelerators, and shark tanks to foster innovation in the commercial world and the relevance or applicability of using these models in our world of think tanks. Incubators, accelerators, and shark tanks can serve the purpose of quickly finding much needed support for the best and most innovative ideas, while quickly killing those ideas that may be better off having a short life. Please join GCO for a snack and what surely will be a lively conversation.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Meet-Up: Young People Engaged for Change: School Choice (American Federation for Children)
Are you looking to expand education options in your state, but your advocacy efforts need support? Come meet some of the school choice movement’s most valuable players. During this time, you will connect with the students who are committed to driving change by partnering with seasoned advocacy leaders. Come hear their personal experiences and how they are helping to expand school choice policies across the country.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Networking: Beer Tasting (Sponsored by Enterprise Holdings)
Join Enterprise in the Connections Lounge for a local craft brew tasting—connect with other conference attendees while learning about the future of mobility.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm MDT

5:00pm MDT

6:00pm MDT

Opening Reception (Sponsored by Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University)
After a full day of travel or pre-conference sessions, come unwind and greet your Network friends at this official kick-off for SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm MDT

7:30pm MDT

Communications Reception (Sponsored by The Heritage Foundation)
For communications professionals, the networking—and the exchange of ideas and strategies—starts here.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm MDT

7:30pm MDT

Development Reception (Sponsored by AC Fitzgerald and ClearWord Communications Group, Inc.)
Looking for a way to quickly meet your fundraising colleagues from throughout the network? Please join this reception to make those connections and trade tips and tactics for effectiveness in your role.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm MDT

7:30pm MDT

Policy and Outreach Reception (Sponsored by Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government )
Please join colleagues from across the country to discuss the priority policy issues in your state.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm MDT

8:15pm MDT

Reception: Cato State Leaders Initiative (Sponsored by Cato Institute)
With partisan gridlock holding up meaningful progress in Washington, DC, there are significant opportunities to leverage new and innovative strategies to engage state leadership at the executive and legislative levels. Join the Cato Institute for a discussion on these strategies and go beyond government affairs and policy to understand how to collaborate with and engage leaders across the states today.


Speakers
avatar for Khristine Brookes

Khristine Brookes

Vice President for Communications, CATO Institute
Khristine Brookes is the Vice President for Communications at the Cato Institute.  In that role, she oversees strategy development and operations in media relations, marketing, government relations, and outreach to other external audiences.  Before joining Cato in 2008, she spent... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 8:15pm - 9:30pm MDT

8:30pm MDT

9:30pm MDT

Cigar and Cocktails Reception
Join us for an after-dinner drink and time to continue networking with other Annual Meeting attendees. America's Credit Unions is generously sponsoring your first drink.  

Location Update: The location for this reception has moved indoors to Broadmoor Main: Pompeiian Room. An outdoor space will still be available for those who wish to have a cigar.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm MDT
 
Wednesday, October 30
 

7:00am MDT

8:00am MDT

Plenary Session: Clarify Your Message. Increase the Influence of Your Brand. (Presenting Sponsor: Walton Family Foundation)
When it comes to discussing our organizations, many of us are so close to our services and products we don't know where to start. The human brain is drawn to clarity and away from confusion. If constituents are confused about what you offer, they will look past you for somebody who can say it clearly. Clarifying your organization’s message will lead to stronger influence and greater success—especially when it comes to reaching media, policymakers, government leaders, philanthropists, and other key audiences who need to understand how your organization could change the lives of Americans.

Featuring New York Times bestselling author and CEO of StoryBrand, Donald Miller.

SPN thanks the presenting sponsor for this plenary session: Walton Family Foundation. 

Speakers
avatar for Donald Miller

Donald Miller

CEO, StoryBrand
Donald Miller is the CEO of StoryBrand and every year helps more than 3,000 business leaders clarify their brand message. Combined, Don's books have spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. His books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT

8:00am MDT

9:00am MDT

Activity: Snacks and Drinks To-Go (Sponsored by Enterprise Holdings)
Prepare yourself for the day by stopping by the Enterprise quadrant in the Connections Lounge. Grab a snack, drink, or just come introduce yourself!

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am MDT

9:00am MDT

Hospitality Lounge (Sponsored by Wells Fargo)
Take a break in the Wells Fargo-sponsored Connections Lounge located in Broadmoor Hall A. Meet up with fellow attendees for coffee and refreshments throughout the day (while supplies last). Enjoy great conversation and make new connections!

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT

9:00am MDT

Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by K12)
This hospitality suite is available for those who wish to connect with K12 and fellow attendees to discuss interests in education reform.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT

9:00am MDT

Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by Tax Foundation)
This hospitality suite is available for those who wish to connect with the Tax Foundation and fellow attendees to discuss tax issues.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT

9:30am MDT

Policy Main Stage: The Future of the American Dream
Is the American dream dead? It can often feel that way because Americans encounter one hurdle after another when pursuing the home, business, or life they wish to have. What if the problem isn’t the American dream, but the system around it? In this session, experts will discuss how regulation is stifling the American dream and how states can revitalize the American dream through systematic regulatory reform.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel M. Rothschild

Daniel M. Rothschild

Executive Director, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Daniel M. Rothschild is the Executive Director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He leads strategy and oversees all programs and operations for the organization. His popular writing and articles and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason, Weekly... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Koopman

Christopher Koopman

Senior Director of Strategy and Research, Center for Growth & Opportunity at Utah State University
Christopher Koopman is the Senior Director of Strategy and Research at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. He specializes in regulation, competition, and innovation. His research and commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington... Read More →
avatar for James Broughel

James Broughel

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
James Broughel is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an adjunct professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School. He specializes in state and federal regulatory procedures, cost-benefit analysis, and economic growth.Broughel has authored... Read More →
avatar for Rea Hederman

Rea Hederman

Executive Director of the Economic Research Center and Vice President of Policy, The Buckeye Institute
Rea S. Hederman Jr. is executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute. In this role, Hederman oversees Buckeye’s research and policy output.  A nationally recognized expert in healthcare policy and tax policy, Hederman has... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am MDT

9:30am MDT

Board Leadership: The ABCs of a Strong Board
Are you a state think tank board member who wants to become more engaged? Would you like to feel more confident that you’re contributing in the most effective ways to helping your organization break through to the next level? Do you wish you had a roadmap for becoming a strong board member? If so, this session is for you. Participants will receive practical guidance on the essential role of a board and how you can have the greatest impact. Discover what your CEO wishes you knew about how you can best support your organization and get answers to the questions you and your fellow board members struggle with. You will leave the session with practical information and tools you can begin applying as soon as you get home.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. De Hicks

Dr. De Hicks

Founder and President, RMC Group of Companies
Dr. De Hicks is the Founder and President of the RMC Group of Companies which includes SCGI, a research firm dedicated to improving performance of high impact, mission-oriented organizations. SCGI’s research, led by Dr. Hicks, has resulted in significant gains in impact and productivity... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Communications: Become a Brand They Can't Ignore
A strong brand is critical to your organization’s prosperity. During this session, Brian Walker, CEO of AE Marketing Group, will share his advice to help you build a brand that breaks through media white noise, shifts the marketing conversation, and grows its fundraising.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Walker

Brian Walker

Chief Executive Officer, AE Marketing
Chief Executive Officer at AE Marketing Group, 3x Inc. 5000 Founder, and Award-Winning Host of the Brand Lab Series™ Rachel Maddow angrily referred to me as a "Jet-setting ad executive" in a lead story on MSNBC. Guided 150-year-old UCAN’s non-profit brand to execute a $40M capital... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Development: Engage a New Generation of Donors
If you are building for the long term, you need a pipeline of future donors. But how do you engage younger donors in your work? Is it even worth the effort? Several think tanks have said yes to the challenge and have successfully cultivated millennials who will be their best donors one day. Learn from their examples to see how you can encourage a new generation of philanthropists to support your work.


Speakers
avatar for Sydney Jansen

Sydney Jansen

Development Director, Washington Policy Center
Sydney Jansen is the Development Director at Washington Policy Center. Sydney graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science and remains a loyal husky fan!  She also earned her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UW. Sydney started at Washington... Read More →
avatar for Peter Lipsett

Peter Lipsett

Vice President, DonorsTrust
Peter Lipsett is vice president of DonorsTrust, the country’s oldest and largest community foundation serving conservative and libertarian donors. He drives DonorsTrust’s growth through outreach, cultivation, and marketing. He founded the Novus Society, DonorsTrust’s network... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Mendoza

Vanessa Mendoza

Vice President, Manhattan Institute
Vanessa Mendoza is the executive vice president of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI), a domestic public-policy think tank. As executive vice president, Vanessa works with MI’s president to develop and manage the Institute’s strategic focus and projects. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Pope

Joyce Pope

Board Member, John William Pope Foundation
Joyce is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving both her undergraduate and law degrees there. She worked with the Washington, D.C. strategic communications consulting firm Greener and Hook, LLC, and while in law school interned at the Federal Bankruptcy... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Government Affairs: What Legislators Want
Get the insider’s scoop! Join three former legislators, now think tank drivers of policy change, who will share how to capture policymakers' attention, become their go-to public policy resource, and drive policy in your state. You will leave with a list of lawmakers, goals for relationship growth, and ideas for how to get there.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Wismer

Emily Wismer

Government Affairs and Policy Specialist, State Policy Network
As SPN’s Government Affairs and Policy Specialist, Emily works directly with state think tanks to develop transformational policy efforts and cultivate high-performing policy leaders at the state level. Emily also serves as a policy advisor to state think tanks in their efforts... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Fox

Nicole Fox

Director of Government Relations, Platte Institute
My career started in healthcare, and through involvement in my professional organization, I become interested in policy. In 2015, I was appointed to the Nebraska Legislature. In 2017 I joined the Platte Institute as their Director of Government Relations where I work on issues related... Read More →
avatar for Victor Riches

Victor Riches

President & CEO, Goldwater Institute
Victor Riches, Goldwater Institute President & CEO Prior to joining the Institute, Victor served as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Budget, where he was responsible for the formation and passage of all of the Governor’s major policy objectives... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Bloom

Stephen Bloom

Vice President, Commonwealth Foundation
Steve grew up in New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Penn State University in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, and his Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law. He became shareholder in a law firm, later founded his own solo... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Operations: Prepare for the Nonprofit Salesforce Surge
Salesforce has moved from a minor player in the nonprofit CRM space to the market leader. The transition from older, established donor management systems to Salesforce is happening quickly, and it's transforming how nonprofits use technology. Is your organization ready to take advantage? Paul Keogan, a recognized nonprofit technology expert, will lead a discussion focused on helping you and your organization prepare.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Keogan

Paul Keogan

CEO and Co-Founder, BackOffice Thinking
Paul Keogan is CEO and co-founder at BackOffice Thinking. Paul has been a leading technology consultant for the past 20 years. Paul’s passion is to transform his clients’ use of technology to better serve and engage their constituents, grow their donor base, and run their organizations... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Professional Development: Hustle, Resilience, and Opportunity: Leaders Share Their Stories
Clarity about personal vision, combined with hard work and a lot of hustle, makes it easier to select the opportunities that best match your talents and identify where those talents can be put to best use. Hear powerful stories from Network leaders who proactively set themselves up for success, learned from their mistakes, and are now making big changes in their organization and beyond. Learn how you can apply their insight to craft and achieve your personal goals.


Speakers
avatar for Madison Ray

Madison Ray

Director of Strategic Engagement, State Policy Network
Madison Ray is director of strategic engagement at State Policy Network, serving on SPN’s Leadership Development Initiative team. A May 2015 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, Madison double majored in political science and Spanish. Prior to her senior year... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Bechtle

Jonathan Bechtle

COO & General Counsel, Foundation for Government Accountability
Jonathan Bechtle is the chief operating officer and general counsel at the Foundation for Government Accountability. As COO, he is responsible for building and upgrading the organizational structure and core systems of FGA through hiring and management, and as general counsel, he... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry

Policy Director, Platte Institute
I am the Policy Director at the Platte Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. I previously worked in fiscal policy at the John Locke Foundation and also with the North Carolina Legislature. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Business Administration in Finance.  
avatar for Mike Reitz

Mike Reitz

Executive Vice President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michael J. Reitz is executive vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute based in Midland, Michigan. Reitz oversees policy development, communications, fundraising and the Center’s strategic plan. Since joining... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Strategy Development (Part 1): Tools to Hone Your Strategic Mindset: Master the Art of Anticipation
Have you ever been caught flat-footed, momentarily stuck and slow to react? There are techniques that you can use to anticipate economic, political, cultural, and societal shifts and react more quickly and effectively. In this session you will learn how to foresee the future and craft responses to increase your agility and seize opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Davidson

Todd Davidson

Senior Director of Strategic Development, State Policy Network
Todd is State Policy Network’s Senior Director of Strategic Development. Todd works directly with state think tanks to develop transformational policy efforts and cultivate high-performing policy leaders at the state level. Todd also serves as a policy advisor to state think tanks... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Be Your Best Self: TV Techniques Workshop – Part 1 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting!
Pre-register here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Learn what it takes to deliver an effective interview. As an expert in your field, you will learn the ropes on how to articulate your message on various media outlets, including television networks like Fox News, CNN, and more. We will cover the ins and outs of live and recorded interviews, and you’ll learn how to develop your message for the media, speak in sound bites, and look like a seasoned professional.

Part 1 will focus on success in different media formats, target answer length, appropriate dress and non-verbal communication, and tactics to stay on message.

Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

10:30am MDT

Book Signing with Donald Miller
Don’t miss this opportunity to get your own copy of Donald Miller’s best-selling book, Building a StoryBrand (Hardback) $24.99 or "Blue Like Jazz" (Paperback) $16.99. He will be available in the Connections Lounge to sign your book after purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Donald Miller

Donald Miller

CEO, StoryBrand
Donald Miller is the CEO of StoryBrand and every year helps more than 3,000 business leaders clarify their brand message. Combined, Don's books have spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. His books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am MDT

10:30am MDT

Policy Main Stage: Reducing Barriers to Choice
School choice is a priority for many state think tanks and partners, but our Network faces some significant challenges that make it hard to pass or expand choice programs. This session will address a few of the key barriers we face, and explore promising new ideas and developments that could pave the way for more school choice.

Speakers
avatar for John Kramer

John Kramer

VP for Communications, Institute for Justice
For the past 27 years, John has headed up the communications for the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm. 
avatar for Kyle Wingfield

Kyle Wingfield

President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Kyle Wingfield is president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in April 2018, he had a career in journalism that spanned the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal Europe, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At the Foundation, healthcare... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Kellett Bathgate

Katherine Kellett Bathgate

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network
avatar for Daniel Erspamer

Daniel Erspamer

CEO, Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Daniel J. Erspamer is the CEO of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. The Pelican Institute is Louisiana’s free-market think tank, the voice for workers, taxpayers, and citizens who believe the best pathway to prosperity and a high quality of life for every citizen of Louisiana... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am MDT

11:00am MDT

Communications: Innovative Marketing Ideas from State Think Tanks
State think tanks are finding innovative ways to communicate policy ideas to key audiences. Four state think tanks will share the secrets behind their creative marketing campaigns, which have included everything from grassroots building through Facebook to covering a state capitol lawn with trolls.

Campaigns to be featured:
  • Beacon Center of Tennessee: Overcaffeinated Facebook Live program
  • Empower Mississippi: Waitlisted campaign for school choice.
  • Illinois Policy Institute: Lincoln Lobby grassroots building
  • Yankee Institute: Toll Trolls campaign



Speakers
avatar for Meredith Turney

Meredith Turney

Senior Director of Leadership Development & Strategic Communications, State Policy Network
Meredith Turney is the Director of Strategic Communications for State Policy Network’s Leadership Development Initiative. She oversees SPN’s internal and external communications strategy, as well as assists SPN affiliates in developing effective and compelling messaging.  Her... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Holbert

Joanna Holbert

Director of Marketing and Communications, Empower Mississippi
Joanna is the Communications Director for Empower Mississippi and is responsible for the organization’s overall communications strategy, including branding, public relations, web presence, and social media. As a former newspaper editor with additional experience in marketing and... Read More →
avatar for Elisabeth Kines

Elisabeth Kines

Executive Vice President, Yankee Institute for Public Policy
Upon earning her Journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, Elisabeth put her degree to good use in the publicity department at Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, CA. From there, she learned how to build organizations that would impact culture through positions in operations... Read More →
avatar for Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham

Vice President of Communications, Beacon Center of Tennessee
Mark Cunningham serves as the Vice President of Communications and Outreach at the Beacon Center of Tennessee and Beacon Impact. He oversees both the communications, marketing, and outreach arms of both organizations. He also serves as Beacon’s chief spokesman, leads the organization’s... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Caruso

Vincent Caruso

Writer, Illinois Policy Institute
Vincent is a writer for the Illinois Policy Institute. In this role, he produces, edits and provides research assistance for written content covering state and local issues such as budget and tax policy, overregulation, criminal justice reform and more. Prior to joining Illinois Policy... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Development: The Art and Science of Powerful Vision and Big Idea Meetings
Do you need to fill your pipeline with new prospective major gift donors? Do you want to identify potential board members with high net worth and influence? Are you starting a campaign and want to excite your donor base? Vision meetings can help you accomplish all of these goals and more. Join us for an interactive session on how to plan vision meetings, get the right people there, implement with panache, and follow up with results.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel McCombs

Laurel McCombs

Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group
Laurel brings 20 years of experience to her work as consultant and trainer. In addition to her work with clients, Laurel has presented at AFP International, CASE-NAIS, and several professional associations and national conferences. She lives in Portland, OR.  


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Government Affairs: Advocacy Tactics in Concert
A think tank has a full arsenal of creative resources that can be deployed at a moment’s notice to influence policy. Join us as we discuss all the tactics in your advocacy toolbox, including the latest ones from 2019, and how to deploy them in concert for maximum impact.

Speakers
avatar for Roy Lenardson

Roy Lenardson

President, Strategic Advocacy
Roy founded Strategic Advocacy, a multi-state public affairs management company that engages in lobbying, grassroots organizing and political campaigns. Prior to that Roy helped start the Maine Heritage Policy Center and also worked for the Maine State Legislature for over 10 years... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Operations: New Manager Crash Course
Calling new managers: this session is just for you! Learn the keys to motivating and coaching your direct reports to success. This session will cover the key elements of successful onboarding, delegating, and managing performance—including some practice with the most dreaded management responsibility: how to let someone go.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Woodlief

Tony Woodlief

Executive Vice President, State Policy Network
Tony Woodlief is Executive Vice President at the State Policy Network. He helps oversee SPN operations, supports SPN’s president in her guidance of the leadership team, and helps ensure the organization’s projects and programs measure success, evolve as SPN grows, and maintain... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Professional Development: Facilitate with Finesse: How to Plan and Run a Productive Meeting
We have all sat through countless meetings that seem to drag on with no apparent purpose, leadership, or action items. When you are tasked with leading meetings, how can you ensure these opportunities are not squandered, but instead result in meaningful breakthroughs toward goals? This session will share essential tips and tools to plan and run an effective meeting.

Speakers
avatar for Deron Lehman

Deron Lehman

Director of Human Resources, Mercatus Center at Geroge Mason University
Deron Lehman has been the Director of Human Resources at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2016. He has more than 18 years of experience in non-profit and government settings, focused on business strategy, building the capacity of HR teams, and streamlining operations... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Strategy Development (Part 2): Tools to Hone Your Strategic Mindset: Determine Your Organization's Comparative Advantage
What are you trying to achieve? Why does your organization exist? If another group is doing something similar, why are you needed? If you have ever struggled to answer these questions, you are not alone. Fortunately, there is a way to confidently answer these challenges: strategy. In this session you will learn the process of crafting a unique strategy that differentiates you from your think tank from peers, aligns your team, and outlines a path to advance your ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Davidson

Todd Davidson

Senior Director of Strategic Development, State Policy Network
Todd is State Policy Network’s Senior Director of Strategic Development. Todd works directly with state think tanks to develop transformational policy efforts and cultivate high-performing policy leaders at the state level. Todd also serves as a policy advisor to state think tanks... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Be Your Best Self: TV Techniques Workshop – Part 2 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting!
Pre-register here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

In Part 2, you will learn how to prepare for a successful interview. Gain experience in developing talking points, soundbites, and more. Through short mock interviews, you can practice delivering your talking points and receive feedback from peers and an expert instructor.



Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:30am MDT

Policy Main Stage: Start with the Heart: How to Lead Boldly in Energy and Environment Policy
For far too long free-market advocates have been painted as enemies of the environment when, in fact, we are passionate about clean air, clean water, and human flourishing. This interview-style discussion will consider Independence Institute’s successful Proposition 112 campaign as an example of how free-market leaders can become bold policy champions for environmental stewardship in their states.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network
Jennifer Butler's lifelong belief in self-sufficiency and free markets led her to State Policy Network and her current role as Senior Policy Advisor. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with national and issue-focused groups.Ms. Butler has over 20 years of experience... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Wright

Christopher Wright

CEO, Liberty Oilfield Services
Chris Wright— CEO, Liberty Oilfield Services Chris Wright serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Oilfield Services. Additionally, Chris founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company and Liberty Midstream... Read More →
avatar for Amy Cooke

Amy Cooke

Executive Vice President, Independence Institute
Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.Amy began working in energy policy... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm MDT

12:30pm MDT

Plenary Session: What Is Your ONE Thing?
Jay Papasan, co-author of the bestselling book, The ONE Thing, will share the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results—it’s about doing the right thing, instead of attempting everything. Backed by years of research, he will show how working from a clear sense of priority elevates results and alleviates stress. Jay’s goal is to leave you with a newfound sense of clarity on your true priorities in all areas of your life.

Jay Papasan is the bestselling author of The ONE Thing, and he is the vice president and executive editor at Keller Williams Realty International, the world’s largest real estate company.



Speakers
avatar for Jay Papasan

Jay Papasan

Author, The ONE Thing
Jay Papasan is a bestselling author that serves as vice president and executive editor at Keller Williams Realty International, the world’s largest real estate company. He is also vice president of KellerINK, co-owner of Keller Capital, and co-owner, alongside his wife Wend... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Live Podcast: Leadership Lessons with the Executive Director of the USA Basketball Foundation
Attend a live recording of the award-winning Brand Lab Series™ Podcast as AE Marketing Group CEO Brian Walker talks with Killjan Anderson, executive director of the USA Basketball Foundation. A combat military veteran turned nonprofit executive, Anderson will share his leadership experience throughout his career—from his time in the United States Air Force, to serving at the Pat Tillman Foundation, and now leading the USA Basketball Foundation as it heads into the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  The two executives will talk about strategic planning, fundraising, team building, and more.  For organizations who have a podcast or want to start one, this is a great opportunity to see firsthand the process of creating a podcast episode.

Check out the Brand Lab Series™ Podcast here.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Walker

Brian Walker

Chief Executive Officer, AE Marketing
Chief Executive Officer at AE Marketing Group, 3x Inc. 5000 Founder, and Award-Winning Host of the Brand Lab Series™ Rachel Maddow angrily referred to me as a "Jet-setting ad executive" in a lead story on MSNBC. Guided 150-year-old UCAN’s non-profit brand to execute a $40M capital... Read More →
avatar for Killjan Anderson

Killjan Anderson

Executive Director, USA Basketball Foundation
Killjan (pronounced Killian) Anderson is the Executive Director of the USA Basketball Foundation, which was created in 2019.As executive director, Anderson is responsible for all aspects of the USA Basketball Foundation, including developing a holistic strategic plan, generating revenue... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

On-Camera Media Training: Session 1 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting! Sign up here to hold your spot in this six-person breakout.

Put into practice what you learned in parts 1 and 2 of the TV Techniques Workshop. During these small-group sessions, you will be coached through a mock interview while receiving personalized critiques and feedback on how to better tailor your message for live and recorded interviews. You will develop your message and delivery techniques, learn best practices for on-camera gestures and facial expressions, and gain confidence in your on-camera ability through hands-on experience. You will also receive video footage from the training to review your mock interview.

We highly recommend attending one or both of the TV Techniques Workshops to help you prepare for the on-camera sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Forecasting the Future of Pension Reform in the States (Sponsored by Reason Foundation)
Come enjoy complimentary cocktails and discuss the future of pension reform in the states with experts from the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation. Learn about trends gleaned from their technical consulting work with reformers in the field in states like Michigan, Colorado, and Arizona, and explore the latest on how underfunded teacher pensions are undermining school budgets and fiscal health. The session will also offer a practical and achievable vision for the future of public sector retirement benefits and pension solvency.

Speakers
avatar for Zachary Christensen

Zachary Christensen

Senior Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation
Zachary Christensen is a senior policy analyst for Reason Foundation's Pension Integrity Project, which develops advanced pension analyses and advises stakeholders so they can build more secure retirement plans for public workers. Christensen's public policy research has primarily... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Frost

Ryan Frost

Policy Analyst, Pension Integrity Project, Reason Foundation
Ryan Frost is a policy analyst with the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation. Prior to joining Reason, Ryan was a senior research and policy manager for the Washington state law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ pension plan board. Ryan’s focus during his seven... Read More →
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Steven Gassenberger

Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation
Steven Gassenberger is a policy analyst with Reason Foundation's Pension Integrity Project. Prior to joining Reason, Steven worked as a consumer advocacy manager for Xerox Corporation specializing in financial consumer regulation and compliance. He also worked as a senior associate... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: All’s Not Fair in Corporate Welfare: Ending the “Economic Development” War (Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity)
Across the country, state executives, legislators, and bureaucrats hand out billions in corporate welfare each year. More recently, controversy from mega-deals such as Foxconn and Amazon’s “HQ2” have drawn increased concern about abuse of taxpayer resources. Yet even with increased public scrutiny and a growing body of research that disputes the value of targeted incentives, the road to reform can be long and difficult.

Given these consistent challenges—including state policymakers’ desire to be viewed as job creators—how can organizations best maximize their impact and build effective coalitions? This panel discussion will explore innovative policy and litigation strategies to successfully combat corporate welfare over the long term.

Speakers
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Michael LaFaive

Senior Director, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michael LaFaive is senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He has researched and written extensively on state and local economic development policy over the past 20 years, including full studies on state business tax credits... Read More →
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Russell Latino

Americans for Prosperity
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Greg LeRoy

Founder & Director, Good Jobs First
Greg LeRoy founded and directs Good Jobs First, a non-profit watchdog group on economic development subsidies. GJF First is home to Subsidy Tracker, the only national database of federal, state and local government subsidy awards. GJF has been recognized as the leading advocate for... Read More →
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Matthew Mitchell

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Matthew D. Mitchell is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In his writing and research, he specializes in public choice economics and the economics of government favoritism toward particular businesses... Read More →
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Christina Sandefur

Executive Vice President, Goldwater Institute
Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. Christina has won important victories for property... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Civil Society, Individual Happiness, and the Fundraiser
Join Jeremy Beer, Founding Partner of American Philanthropic, LLC, and author of Forgotten Foundations of Fundraising, Practical Advice and Contrarian Wisdom for Nonprofit Leaders, for a lively interactive discussion about what these three subjects have in common and how each are shaping our work in fundraising today.

Book signing to follow.

Speakers
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Jeff Cain

Author
Jeff Cain is the former CEO of CrossFit, Inc. Prior to his work at CrossFit, he co-founded American Philanthropic, LLC, and worked as an executive in the nonprofit, educational, philanthropic, and development community. Jeff is the author of Protecting Donor Intent: How to Define... Read More →
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Jeremy Beer

Principal Partner, COO & General Counse
Jeremy Beer is the co-founder of and principal partner at American Philanthropic, LLC, which provides strategic consulting and professional services to nonprofit organizations. He is the author of The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity and the coauthor... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Doing Business North America: A New Tool to Rank State and Local Business Regulations (Sponsored by Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University)
This workshop will introduce participants to the Doing Business North America (DBNA) report by the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty (CSEL) at Arizona State University (ASU). This project provides objective measures of business regulations in more than 100 cities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It ranks those cities on the basis of the obstacles the city and state governments put in the way of starting and operating a business. This session will outline the results of the study and walk participants through the project website, which includes downloadable data that SPN organizations can use. Participants will have time to discuss tools that can be added to future editions of the study to make it even more useful.

Speakers
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Paul Bernert

Research Analyst, Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University
Paul Bernert is a research analyst for the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University. He also serves as the chief methodologist and project manager of the Doing Business North America (DBNA) report produced by the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty.His... Read More →
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Steve Slivinski

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Doing Business North America (Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University)
Stephen Slivinski is a senior research fellow and director of the Doing Business North America (DBNA) project at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University. He formerly held the positions of senior economist at the Goldwater Institute, research fellow... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Don’t Be Afraid of Healthcare: What You Can Do Today to Reform Healthcare in Your State
Healthcare makes up nearly one-fifth of the US economy, and it is a top issue in every state legislature nationwide. It’s an issue that can’t be ignored, even though it can be intimidating. The good news is that you can make a difference today by pursuing simple reforms that will reduce healthcare costs to consumers, improve access, and restore healthcare markets. Join us for a discussion with experts who are successfully improving healthcare in their states.

Moderators
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Russ Walker

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network

Speakers
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Naomi Lopez-Bauman

Director of Healthcare Policy, Goldwater Institute
Naomi Lopez is the director of healthcare policy for the Goldwater Institute. She has 25 years' experience in healthcare policy at both the federal and state levels. Her broad expertise includes FDA Compassionate Use and Right to Try policy, state insurance markets, and healthcare... Read More →
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Sal Nuzzo

Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute
Sal is the VP of Policy (Chief Policy Nerd) at The James Madison Institute, the SPN affiliate in Florida. He spends far too much time writing for publications like The Hill, Real Clear Policy, Investors’ Business Daily, American Thinker, and far too little time sipping cocktails... Read More →
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Jordan Roberts

Health Care Policy Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Jordan joined the Locke Foundation in the summer of 2018 as Health Care Policy Analyst. He analyzes state and national health policy issues with an eye toward removing government barriers and instead infusing health care with free-market solutions that encourage competition, expand... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Energy Trends in the States: How Emerging Policies Are Manipulating State Energy Markets
Across the country, state energy markets are being distorted by several types of policies. These include issues state think tanks have long been dealing with, such as renewable portfolio standards and carbon taxes. But new issues are surfacing and spreading as more states attempt to ramp up renewables mandates, expand cap-and-trade programs, and join efforts such as the emerging Transportation and Climate Initiative. This session will address these trends, the impacts that such policies would have on consumers, and how state groups can proactively address energy issues to promote a free-market approach.

Moderators
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Jason Isaac

Senior Manager and Distinguished Fellow of Life: Powered, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Speakers
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Tom Pyle

President, Institute for Energy Research
Thomas J. Pyle is the president of the Institute for Energy Research (IER). In this capacity, Pyle brings a unique backdrop of public and private sector experience to help manage IER’s Washington, DC-based staff and operations. He also helps to develop the organization’s free... Read More →
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David Stevenson

Director of the Center for Energy Competitiveness, Caesar Rodney Institute
Dave has spent the last eight years as the Director of the Center for Energy Competitiveness for the Caesar Rodney Institute.  Dave has published over 100 analytic studies including a major peer reviewed paper published in the Cato Journal this year titled “A Review of the Regional... Read More →
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John Eick

Manager of State & Local Outreach, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
John Eick is a Manager of State & Local Outreach for the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), where he manages the organization’s state and local outreach initiatives in the Southeastern United States. AFPM is a trade association representing the producers of virtually... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: How Hollywood Can Broaden the Conservative Message for a New Generation (Sponsored by The Steamboat Institute)
This discussion, featuring representatives from the film industry and the Steamboat Institute’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Council, will explore the challenges of reaching Millennials and nontraditional audiences with persuasive messages on freedom. Learn how films can be a powerful force in communicating with these groups who don't generally read policy papers or op-eds. This panel is an outgrowth of Steamboat Institute’s Film Festival, which is a part of its annual Freedom Conference weekend each August.

Moderators
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Hadley Heath Manning

Director of Policy, Independent Women's Forum

Speakers
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Sam Sorbo

Author & Film Producer
Sam Sorbo is an actress, film producer, author, speaker and home education advocate. She co-wrote, produced and starred in "Let There Be Light" (2017) and produced and stars in the upcoming feature, "Miracle in East Texas." Her book "They're YOUR Kids" empowers parents to home school... Read More →
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Braeden Sorbo

Speaker & Author
Braeden Sorbo is a speaker and author, even though he’s still in highschool. Staunchly conservative, he is a social media influencer who enjoys public discourse and debate. 
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Roger Simon

Co-founder, Pajamas Media
Roger Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, and journalist who co-founded the online media company PJ Media in 2004. 


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: How to Message School Choice
Whether you are just learning about how to message school choice or you are a veteran who wants to hear the latest research, this session is for anyone who wants to improve their ability to connect with lawmakers, parents, and the public to advance school choice in their state. National experts from EdChoice, American Federation for Children, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and State Policy Network will share the latest school choice messaging research. Come with your toughest messaging questions and challenge this group of experts.

Moderators
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Katherine Kellett Bathgate

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network

Speakers
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Michael Chartier

EdChoice
Michael Chartier serves as EdChoice’s senior director of state relations.Prior to working at EdChoice, Michael served as the director of intergovernmental affairs for former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, as well as policy director for the Professional Licensing Agency.Michael graduated... Read More →
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Tommy Schultz

CEO, American Federation for Children
Tommy Schultz is the CEO of the American Federation for Children (AFC). The American Federation for Children is the nation’s largest school choice advocacy group dedicated to empowering families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education... Read More →
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Christine Patterson

Senior Communications Officer, Walton Family Foundation
Christine is the senior communications officer for the K-12 Education Program. Before joining the foundation, she was a partner for Ed Cities, leading its national communications campaign. She has also been an account director for Larson Communications and worked for Mayor Cory A... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Professional Development: Continued Discussion with Jay Papasan
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of plenary speaker Jay Papasan in this follow-up session. Jay Papasan is the bestselling author of The ONE Thing, and he is the vice president and executive editor at Keller Williams Realty International, the world’s largest real estate company.


Speakers
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Jay Papasan

Author, The ONE Thing
Jay Papasan is a bestselling author that serves as vice president and executive editor at Keller Williams Realty International, the world’s largest real estate company. He is also vice president of KellerINK, co-owner of Keller Capital, and co-owner, alongside his wife Wend... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Workplace Representation: Alternative Forms for the 21st-Century Worker
Hear about alternative options, such as professional associations and new legislative ideas, that will strengthen workers’ ability to exercise their First Amendment rights and continue to have support in the workplace.  

Moderators
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Chantal Lovell

Director of Policy Strategy, State Policy Network
Chantal Lovell is State Policy Network’s Director of Policy Strategy. In her role, Chantal works alongside state-based think tanks as they execute issue campaigns and oversees SPN’s workplace freedom efforts.Prior to joining the State Policy Network, Chantal worked as the communications... Read More →

Speakers
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Keith Williams

Director of Outreach, Americans for Fair Treatment
Keith Williams worked 21 years as a Pennsylvania public school English teacher before joining Americans For Fair Treatment as Director of Outreach in May 2018. He earned a degree in English Education at Geneva College, and worked with at-risk students while in school. Keith has been... Read More →
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Brigette Herbst

NY Field Director, New Choice New York
Brigette Herbst is the Field Director of New Choice NY. Brigette is born and raised in New York State. Before joining New Choice NY, she worked in the state legislature, as a teacher and a municipal employee. This unique experience offers Brigette an inside perspective on public employee... Read More →
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Colin Sharkey

Executive Director, Association of American Educators
Colin Sharkey is the Executive Director of the Association of American Educators and the AAE Foundation. Prior to joining AAE in 2008 Colin worked at The Heritage Foundation in coalition relations. Colin graduated from the University of Notre Dame and resides outside Philadelphia... Read More →
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F. Vincent Vernuccio

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Federal Overreach in Payments: The Fed, Price Controls, and Tech Mandates (Sponsored by Rio Grande Foundation)
Federal intervention in basic everyday activities, such as making a payment, is on the rise. Policymakers at the state and federal levels are considering imposing price controls and technology mandates on the payments industry. The Federal Reserve wants to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to form a duplicative real-time payment network that will compete with the private sector. Furthermore, state governments are considering a mandate on retailers, processors, and banks to remit sales tax automatically—imposing up to $1 billion in regulatory costs.

Learn more about the payments system in the United States and how little-known regulatory interventions at the state and federal levels can increase the rate of the unbanked, reduce consumer welfare, and harm innovation.


Speakers
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Paul Gessing

President, Rio Grande Foundation
Paul is president of Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico's only free market think tank. The Foundation's work is focused primarily on reform the State's economy and education systems. Paul has run the Foundation since March of 2006. Before joining the Rio Grande Foundation Paul... Read More →
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Rob Hunter

Executive Managing Director & Deputy General Counsel, The Clearing House
Mr. Hunter serves as the senior lawyer supporting The Clearing House Payments Company’s CHIPS®, EPN, RTP® and SVPCO Image Exchange networks that clear and settle approximately $2 trillion daily. As principal staff advisor on payments law issues for The Clearing House Association... Read More →
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Patrick Reynolds

Senior Tax Counsel, Council on State Taxation
Patrick J. Reynolds is a Senior Tax Counsel with the Council On State Taxation (COST), a nonprofit trade association based in Washington, DC. COST was formed in 1969 as an advisory committee to the Council of State Chambers of Commerce and today has an independent membership of... Read More →
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Frank Salinger

Lawyer
Frank Salinger runs a boutique law practice helping financial services companies and their trade associations unravel federal and state legislative and regulatory knots that impede business. He specializes in legislative and regulatory analysis and political strategy.Before establishing... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Workshop: Outclass the Competition: A Business Etiquette Course for Development and Nonprofit Professionals (Pre-Registration Required)
In today’s fiercely competitive business world, etiquette and protocol intelligence will distinguish you from the crowd. On its own, etiquette savviness may not seem like it will get you far, but it will give you an edge that can make all the difference between you and another person who is just as smart.  This workshop will share leadership skills you can implement immediately to help you project confidence and authority.  

This workshop is highly recommended for development professionals, but it is also open to other nonprofit leaders and professionals. 


Speakers
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Heather Noyes

Director of Operations and Development, Maine Heritage Policy Center
Heather Noyes is director of operations and development at The Maine Heritage Policy Center in Maine. In her role, she coordinates all operational and development work, and also manages all special events for the public and donors. During her thirteen years with MHPC, Heather has... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:00pm MDT

Networking Reception: Cocktails and Coalitions (Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity)
Join Americans for Prosperity for a networking event with a twist—literally! Meet representatives from AFP’s policy team, government affairs team, and staff from our 35 state chapters. Learn what AFP is working on and how AFP and the Stand Together community can partner with you to help “Greater Your Good,” and enjoy a cocktail or two on us.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT

3:00pm MDT

Networking Reception: Wine, Beer, and Ideas Exchange (Sponsored by Facebook)
Join us at Facebook’s corner quadrant in the Connections Lounge for wine, beer and afternoon conversation. Exchange ideas with other attendees and enjoy a selection of wine and Colorado brews.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm MDT

3:15pm MDT

Networking Break: Refreshments, Coffee, and Connections with Western Governors University (Sponsored by Western Governors University)
Join Western Governors University (WGU) and fellow conference attendees in the WGU Quadrant of the Connections Lounge for a refreshing break during the busy day. Expand your network and meet new colleagues and friends. Coffee and snacks are on us!

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

On-Camera Media Training: Session 2 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting! Sign up here to hold your spot in this six-person breakout.

Put into practice what you learned in parts 1 and 2 of the TV Techniques Workshop. During these small-group sessions, you will be coached through a mock interview while receiving personalized critiques and feedback on how to better tailor your message for live and recorded interviews. You will develop your message and delivery techniques, learn best practices for on-camera gestures and facial expressions, and gain confidence in your on-camera ability through hands-on experience. You will also receive video footage from the training to review your mock interview.

We highly recommend attending one or both of the TV Techniques Workshops to help you prepare for the on-camera sessions.

Speakers
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Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: Deploy Strategic Litigation to Further Your Policy Goals (Sponsored by Pacific Legal Foundation)
The tide is turning in the courts. Throughout the judicial system, we are witnessing a resurgence of pro-liberty thought—from the Supreme Court down to district courts. This renaissance of constitutional originalism presents a powerful opportunity to create lasting wins through litigation by establishing precedent that can guide our political system for years to come.

How can existing think tanks and policy organizations take advantage of this opportunity? This panel of established litigators and policy experts break down how they have secured wins for liberty through integrated, litigation-focused strategies that include research, legislation, outreach, media, and more.

You’ll receive practical advice on ways to access and leverage the court system towards your goals; incorporate litigation into your policy strategies; and partner with litigators or public interest law firms to advance your policy goals.

Speakers
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Rachel Swaffer

Outreach Director, Pacific Legal Foundation
Rachel is the Outreach Director at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where she develops individual relationships, strategic partnerships, and issue-based coalitions that increase the impact of PLF litigation toward a more free, just, and prosperous society. Rachel is a passionate advocate... Read More →
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David Guenthner

Senior Strategist for State Affairs, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
14 years in the state think-tank movement, 9th Annual Meeting. OG of the government affairs track. Drinking buddy of The Kramer.
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Christina Martin

Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Christina Martin is an attorney at PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. She fights to bring justice to her clients, and set precedents that help protect individuals across the country from government overreach.  Christina served as co-counsel and second-chair before... Read More →
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Drew Zinecker

Communications Director, Montana State Senate Majority
Serving 35 elected officials, Drew Zinecker works as the Communications Director for the Montana State Senate Majority and the Montana Public Service Commission. Outside the legislative session, he focuses on directly engaging constituents with their elected representative in their... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: Healthcare Innovation Waivers: A State Reform to the Affordable Care Act
States have an opportunity to fundamentally reform the Affordable Care Act through 1332 Innovation Waivers, which are designed to allow more innovative healthcare solutions and give states a way to grow beyond the ACA’s one-size-fits-all solution. Innovation is key to increasing affordable healthcare and giving Americans access to the physicians of their choice. This roundtable discussion will feature state leaders who are using 1332 innovation waivers to improve competition, lower healthcare costs, and restore state healthcare markets.

Moderators
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Lindsay Killen

Vice President for Strategic Outreach and Communications, Mackinac Center

Speakers
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Rea Hederman

Executive Director of the Economic Research Center and Vice President of Policy, The Buckeye Institute
Rea S. Hederman Jr. is executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy at The Buckeye Institute. In this role, Hederman oversees Buckeye’s research and policy output.  A nationally recognized expert in healthcare policy and tax policy, Hederman has... Read More →
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Kyle Wingfield

President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Kyle Wingfield is president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in April 2018, he had a career in journalism that spanned the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal Europe, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At the Foundation, healthcare... Read More →
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David Balat

Director, Right on Healthcare, Texas Public Policy Foundation
David Balat is currently the Director of the Right on Healthcare initiative with Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has a broad base of experience throughout the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former Congressional Candidate in Texas’2nd... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: Life in America Through the Eyes of the Poor…and What It Means (Sponsored by Georgia Center for Opportunity)
Persistent welfare dependency can be dehumanizing, robbing people of the opportunity to achieve their potential and keeping them from seizing opportunities. But how do the poor see themselves and their circumstances? How might chronic poverty and unemployment shape one’s perception of the future, free enterprise, and the role of government?

Drawing from extensive interviews of people mired in intergenerational poverty, this session will provide insights into the experiences, perceptions, and attitudes of the poor that can improve messaging and solution development for organizations that champion opportunity, free enterprise, and liberty.

Speakers
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Corey Burres

Vice President of Communications, Georgia Center for Opportunity
Corey Burres is Vice President of Communications for the Georgia Center for Opportunity. He has worked in the marketing and communication field for a national technology firm and within the SPN network for over 13 years. Much of his work and expertise is around building and bringing... Read More →
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Randy Hicks

CEO & President, Georgia Center for Opportunity
Randy Hicks is the president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO), an independent, non-partisan organization in Georgia. GCO conducts public policy research and mobilizes community resources with the goal of removing barriers to opportunity to the... Read More →
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Erin Norman

Senior Solutions Consultant, Public Policy, Heart + Mind Strategies
Erin is an expert in public opinion thriving on using market research to help clients solve strategic communications challenges. She is skilled in turning research insights into actionable recommendations. She brings over a decade of experience in qualitative and quantitative market... Read More →
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Tamra Ryan

Women's Bean Project
Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise that provides transitional employment, while operating a food manufacturing business, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra is a former partner and board member for Social... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: Occupational Licensing: Failing Consumers, Costing Jobs, and What States Can Do About It
State legislators are increasingly noticing the shortcomings of their states’ licensing laws, and reforms have gained momentum in Nebraska, Ohio, and Arizona. Even so, occupational licensing still limits American workers’ job opportunities, as well as innovation and choice for consumers. Licensing covers about 20% of workers—a larger swath of the population than union participants (11%) and minimum-wage recipients (3% of hourly workers). This panel will discuss reform opportunities for states and examine legislative solutions, including sunrise reviews, sunset reviews, recognition-versus-reciprocity agreements, collateral consequences of a criminal record on those aspiring to obtain an occupational license, and other reforms. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of the true costs of occupational licensing and the solutions that could equip their state to be the next occupational licensing reform leader.

Speakers
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Daniel Greenberg

Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor
Daniel Greenberg is senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor. He served two terms as a county legislator and then two terms as a state legislator from 2003-2010 in Arkansas. He was also the president of the Advance Arkansas Institute and senior counsel for the... Read More →
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Laura Ebke

Senior Fellow for Job Licensing, Platte Institute
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Dick Carpenter

Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice
Dr. Dick Carpenter is a director of Strategic Research at the Institute for Justice and a professor at the University of Colorado. As an experienced researcher, his work has appeared in academic journals, such as Economic Development Quarterly, The Forum, Education and Urban Society... Read More →
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Lee McGrath

Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice
Lee McGrath is the Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice’s Minnesota office and serves as IJ’s Senior Legislative Counsel. Lee became IJ’s legislative counsel in 2011 and has been instrumental in lobbying for greater economic liberty and reforms to forfeiture laws in... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: Policy Solutions for Local Government
It is at the local level—in cities, towns, and counties—that we experience the consequences of policy decisions. Have you ever wondered: What policies or ideas would help my city thrive? Should my state intervene when my city creates a harmful law? How much control do local communities have to determine their fate? Join three state think tank leaders as they discuss a set of governing principles for local government and policy ideas for thriving communities.

Speakers
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Sarah C. Keenan

Coalitions Manager, State Policy Network
Sarah C. Keenan is the Coalitions Manager at State Policy Network. Her role is to find, connect, and empower state-based and national free-market organizations across the country so that SPN can catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state.Additionally, in her role... Read More →
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Tuttle Twins

217, Libertas Institute
The Tuttle Twins series close the gap, helping parents convey the principles of freedom to their kids in a fun way.Each book in this series focuses on a different aspect of the principles of a free society: free markets, competition, individual rights, the non-aggression principle... Read More →
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Christina Sandefur

Executive Vice President, Goldwater Institute
Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. Christina has won important victories for property... Read More →
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Ron Shultis

Director of Policy and Research, Beacon Center
Ron Shultis serves as the Director of Policy and Research for both the Beacon Center and Beacon Impact. As Director, Ron leads and conducts Beacon's in-house research, sets the organization's policy agenda and coordinates research with Beacon's senior fellows. Additionally, Ron... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: The Electoral College: How It Works to Protect Liberty (Sponsored by Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs)
The Electoral College is under attack in the media, in Congress, and in state legislatures. Find out why these are serious threats to federalism, election integrity, and liberty—and how by fighting this fight, we can help legislators and others better understand our constitutional system of states.

Speakers
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Michael Maibach

Founder & Director, Center For the Electoral College
Founder & Director, Center For the Electoral College (currently) -- President & CEO, European-American Business Council (2003-12) -- Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Intel Corporation (1983-2001). 
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Trent England

Executive Vice President, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Trent England is executive vice president at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), where he also directs the Save Our States project and is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow. He is a contributor to The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and his writing has also... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: The Property Tax Puzzle
Property taxes: the most loathed tax of all. Big spenders recognize this unpopularity and make loud calls to reduce the property tax by increasing an income tax. How do we reduce or reform painful property taxes without hiking up income taxes? This session will discuss the puzzle of property tax with experts who have faced it in red and blue states.

Moderators
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Lee Schalk

Senior Director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, ALEC

Speakers
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Ken Girardin

Analyst, Empire Center for Public Policy
Ken Girardin is an analyst at the Empire Center for Public Policy, which played a key role in the 2011 adoption of New York's property tax cap. Ken co-authored the Center's 2015 analysis that showed the cap had saved New Yorkers close to $8 billion in just four years as school property... Read More →
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Sarah Curry

Policy Director, Platte Institute
I am the Policy Director at the Platte Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. I previously worked in fiscal policy at the John Locke Foundation and also with the North Carolina Legislature. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Business Administration in Finance.  
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Regina Egea

President, Garden State Initiative
Regina M. Egea, President of the Garden State Initiative (GSI), has held senior positions in both the private sector and public service.In 2008, Regina concluded a 30-year career as an Officer at AT&T after holding leadership positions with expanding responsibility in Product Management... Read More →
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Jared Walczak

Senior Policy Analyst, Tax Foundation
Jared is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Tax Foundation and the lead researcher on the annual State Business Tax Climate Index. He has authored or coauthored tax reform books on Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Jared’s work has been cited by The New York... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Workshop: Build Your Digital Toolkit (Sponsored by Google)
Learn about how Google and YouTube can help amplify your message and protect your information. The presentation will cover how think tanks can utilize Google Search, Maps, Analytics, and YouTube to establish their online presence and boost engagement with target audiences.  

Speakers
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Andrea Holtermann

State and Local Outreach, Google
Andrea Holtermann leads state and local outreach for Google's Civics team in Washington, DC. As a part of the team, she works with civic entities to help them establish their presence and amplify their message across Google and YouTube. Prior to joining Google, Andrea worked for several... Read More →
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Maria Giannopoulos

Civics Outreach Team, Google
Maria Giannopoulos is a bubbly political professional who hails from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She now lives in our Nations Capitol working in the conservative digital space. In the past, Maria worked at i360, a political data firm, buying ads on their digital team. She served as the... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Discussion: Succession Planning: Ensure the Long-Term Success of Your Organization (Closed Session for state think tank senior executives and board members)
Whether your state think tank is relatively new or has been around for decades, every organization should have a plan in place to ensure it is able to meet the organization’s leadership needs now and in the future. Have you considered how your organization’s leadership needs may change in the coming years? Are you building a pipeline of leaders who can fill leadership openings as they occur? Have you considered the various scenarios that might lead to a leadership transition? Do you have a plan in place to deal with an unexpected departure?

These can be daunting questions, but leadership changes are inevitable. Grappling with such questions now, proactively, dramatically lessens the odds that a leadership transition—even an unexpected one—will disrupt or derail the important work of your organization. Join this roundtable discussion and hear from current and former state think tank leaders who have navigated such transitions within their organization. Leave with some practical insights and tools you can take back to your organization to help you begin to develop—or continue to refine—an effective succession plan designed to ensure your organization’s success now and for years to come.

Speakers
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Dr. De Hicks

Founder and President, RMC Group of Companies
Dr. De Hicks is the Founder and President of the RMC Group of Companies which includes SCGI, a research firm dedicated to improving performance of high impact, mission-oriented organizations. SCGI’s research, led by Dr. Hicks, has resulted in significant gains in impact and productivity... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Movie Screening: Miss Virginia (Presented by Moving Picture Institute)
An inspiring feature film based on the true story of Virginia Walden Ford's tireless work to bring educational opportunities to the children of Washington, DC.

Join the Moving Picture Institute as it screens its newly released feature film Miss Virginia. The film stars Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba ("Orange Is the New Black") as a struggling single mother who is losing her fifteen-year-old son to the rough streets of Washington, DC. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she places him in a private school. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him. Attacked and threatened by those who don’t want change—from corrupt politicians to the local drug lord—Virginia must discover depths of strength she never knew she had. A discussion will follow the screening on how to empower parents to advocate for change in their local communities.



Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm MDT

4:00pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Book Signing: The Not-So-Great-Society With Authors Lindsey Burke and Jonathan Butcher
Attention education enthusiasts! This is your chance to get your hands on an essential collection for any education reform thought leader, researcher, or advocate: The Not-So-Great Society.

This edited volume features dozens of top scholars in the field of education policy. They re-examine more than 50 years of War on Poverty-era education programs, and they map a comprehensive conservative education policy agenda moving forward. The book contrasts the Great Society approach to education with the civil society alternative, presenting a searing indictment of the failures of the federal government’s involvement in preschool through higher education.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Networking: Wine Tasting (Sponsored by Enterprise Holdings)
Join Enterprise in the Connections Lounge for a wine tasting—connect with other conference attendees while learning about the future of mobility.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm MDT

5:00pm MDT

Reception: Beer, Banter, and Ballotpedia (Sponsored by Ballotpedia)
Ballotpedia has research and resources to offer you and your organizations. Come learn more about how we can help your team!

Wednesday October 30, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm MDT

5:00pm MDT

Reception: Talent Market's 10th Anniversary
Join Talent Market in a toast to talent as it celebrates 10 years serving the free-market nonprofit community. Whether you are a client, a candidate, one of Talent Market’s 500+ placements, or just a friend in liberty, Talent Market looks forward to raising a glass with you during this reception!

Wednesday October 30, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm MDT

5:00pm MDT

Reception: American Federation for Children Presents Voices for Choice (Sponsored by American Federation for Children)
Come meet the American Federation for Children Voices for Choice: young men and women who have benefitted from school choice programs across America. Listen to their stories about the life-changing effect of educational options, and learn how they're using those stories to expand educational freedom to more families across the country.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm MDT

5:00pm MDT

Whiskey Tasting (Sponsored by Facebook)
Join us at Facebook’s corner quadrant for a distilled spirits experience! Don’t miss this chance to taste some of Colorado’s and the country’s best whiskies while connecting with fellow event attendees.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm MDT

6:00pm MDT

7:00pm MDT

Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner
The annual Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner is a special time to celebrate our Network’s growth and accomplishments. Named after SPN’s founder, the Roe Award pays tribute to those in the state-based liberty movement whose achievements have greatly advanced free-market principles and solutions. This year’s Roe Award will recognize an outstanding Network leader for their leadership, innovation, and accomplishment in public policy.

Keynote Speaker
Following the award presentation, Robyn Benincasa will speak about building world class teams and how to achieve breakthrough performance through collaboration, creativity and a culture of ONE. How do you inspire individual team members to become great teamMATES? What if your teams were not only driven to achieve goals with each other but FOR each other?

Robyn will take you on an awe-inspiring journey that will transform the mindset of your team, fuel deep and lasting connections, and build a culture of “We Thinkers.” Robyn’s interactive presentation will help your team members:
  • Discover how to build the right team and inspire them to any challenging finish line.
  • Reverse the win-lose mentality from conquering to collaborating with other winners.
  • Eliminate a silo mindset and foster a “We Thinking” culture.
Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, an adventure racing world champion, a CNN Hero, and a full-time San Diego firefighter.



Speakers
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Robyn Benincasa

Founder, World Class Teams
Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, an adventure racing world champion, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. One of the highest-rated, female motivational speakers... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 7:00pm - 9:15pm MDT

9:15pm MDT

 
Thursday, October 31
 

6:30am MDT

7:00am MDT

5K for Freedom
Due to extremely cold temperatures on Thursday morning (October 31), the 5K for Freedom has moved indoors. The new location is Broadmoor Event Center: International Center. We’ll have some great music to keep you inspired, and we still promise a competitive, fun race!

Thursday October 31, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am MDT

7:00am MDT

8:00am MDT

Breakfast: Building Policies to Make Housing Affordable: Working Together at the Federal, State, and Local Levels (Sponsored by Mercatus Center at George Mason University)
In cities across America, renters and home-buyers face shockingly high prices. Rising home prices in cities with growing populations are not a law of nature. Until the 1970s, regions generally accommodated new residents by allowing new housing construction and maintaining a housing stock affordable to households with a range of incomes. What’s changed and how can policymakers and experts deal with this growing problem? The breakfast is an opportunity to meet three leading voices in the policy community and learn from their research and initiatives, which  show how federal, state, and local leaders can reach across the aisle and lead the way to making American housing affordable again.

Moderators
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Chris Myers

Director of External Relations, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Speakers
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Will Toor

Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
Will Toor is Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office, where he is helping lead the Polis Administration's clean energy and climate agenda. He is a former mayor of Boulder, Boulder County Commissioner, chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments and state Air Quality... Read More →
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Eric Hoplin

Head of External Relations, Wells Fargo
Eric Hoplin is the Head of External Relations for Wells Fargo & Company.  He leads a team that engages stakeholders across the country to help address challenges plaguing our communities and our nation.In this role, Hoplin serves as an ambassador for Wells Fargo, bringing the resources... Read More →
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Emily Hamilton

Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Emily Hamilton is a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her research focuses on urban economics and land-use policy. Hamilton has authored numerous academic articles and policy papers. She is a PhD candidate in economics at George Mason University.
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Michael Hendrix

Director of State and Local Policy, Manhattan Institute
Michael Hendrix is director of state and local policy at the Manhattan Institute. Previously, he served as senior director for research and emerging issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Hendrix is a frequent public speaker, and his writings have appeared in, among... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT

8:00am MDT

Breakfast: Environmental Ghost Stories: The Horrors of Government Overreach (Sponsored by PERC)
From Silent Spring to the Green New Deal, environmental movements hide behind a veil of political romanticism. Join the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) for breakfast to explore the dismal environmental legacy of government overreach and why market approaches are crucial for conservation. Though creative conservation and voluntary exchange, we can move forward to achieve long-standing environmental success.

Speakers
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Holly Fretwell

Director of Outreach, PERC
Holly Fretwell is Director of Outreach and a Research Fellow at PERC where she has focused her research on public lands policy, property rights, and markets for over two decades. She is author of Who is Minding the Federal Estate: Political Management of America’s Public Lands... Read More →
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Hannah Downey

Policy and Partnerships Coordinator, PERC
Hannah Downey is the policy and partnerships coordinator at PERC, helping to bring the ideas of free market environmentalism to the policy world. 
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Nick Loris

Deputy Director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Nick an economist, focuses on energy, environmental, and regulatory issues as the Deputy Director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Loris studies and writes about energy supplies, energy prices, and other economic effects of environmental... Read More →
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Brian Isom

Research Manager, Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University
Brian Isom is a research manager at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. His role is heavily focused on collaboration with outside scholars and mentoring the center’s student research fellows. His past research has covered issues relating to the regulation... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT

8:00am MDT

Breakfast: Is the End of Cannabis Prohibition in the United States Near? (Sponsored by Altria Client Services)
Cannabis prohibition and the lessons learned have left a distinct impression on America. Skeptical attitudes toward cannabis prohibition in the United States appear to be coming to an end. An October 2018 Gallup poll found that 66 percent of Americans now support legalizing cannabis—another new record in Gallup's trend over nearly half a century.

This panel will explore the many policy questions surrounding the future of cannabis in this country, such as:
  • Should prohibition be lifted federally or state-by-state?
  •  How should states and the federal government regulate the product?
  •  What are the public safety and public health concerns?
  •   What is the appropriate taxation system, and should the funds be restricted to specific uses?
  •  Should social justice reform be part of the discussion?
  •  What is seen as the best outcome for the country?
These challenges and opportunities will certainly affect the development of state and federal legislative, regulatory, and fiscal policies moving forward.



Speakers
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Melissa Kuipers Blake

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Dubbed "The Negotiator" by ColoradoBiz Magazine and a "power lobbyist" by Colorado Politics, Melissa Kuipers Blake is a leading lobbyist and seasoned political strategist with more than 20 years of national political experience at the local, state and federal levels of government... Read More →
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Grover Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform... Read More →
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Yaël Ossowski

Deputy Director, Consumer Choice Center
Yaël Ossowski is an international consumer advocate and writer. He’s currently deputy director for the Consumer Choice Center. Since 2010, he has worked as a journalist and grassroots organizer with activists around the world and was previously Watchdog.org’s Florida Bureau... Read More →
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Tuttle Twins

217, Libertas Institute
The Tuttle Twins series close the gap, helping parents convey the principles of freedom to their kids in a fun way.Each book in this series focuses on a different aspect of the principles of a free society: free markets, competition, individual rights, the non-aggression principle... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT

8:00am MDT

Breakfast: Protect the Marketplace of Ideas with Donor Privacy (Sponsored by People United for Privacy)
Privacy for individuals who support nonprofit organizations is critical for a wide range of public policy debates. How can we more effectively drive conversation about free speech, citizen privacy, and government transparency?

Speakers
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Shelby Emmett

Director of Free Speech Initiatives, Stand Together
Shelby Emmett graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University (GO GREEN!!) in 2006 with a dual-major in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Social Relations & Policy. Shelby attended the David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington DC.    After law... Read More →
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Matt Nese

Director of External Relations, Institute for Free Speech
Matt re-joined the Institute for Free Speech as the organization’s Director of External Relations in July 2012 after spending time at Stateside Associates, where he gained an extensive knowledge of state legislative processes. In his capacity as Director of External Relations, Matt... Read More →
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Jameson Taylor

Vice President for Policy, Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Dr. Jameson Taylor is vice president for policy at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Over the past 15 years, he has worked on state-level policy issues, with a focus on health care, civil liberties and good governance. He has engineered passage of numerous laws, including... Read More →
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Ted Trimpa

Principal and CEO, Trimpa Group
Ted Trimpa is the Principal and CEO of Trimpa Group LLC, a national political consulting and government relations firm that specializes in progressive public policy advocacy and political strategy. He is considered a key architect of the political infrastructure that facilitated the... Read More →
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Amy Cooke

Executive Vice President, Independence Institute
Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.Amy began working in energy policy... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT

8:00am MDT

Breakfast: Real Forfeiture Reform: Beware of Friendly Prosecutors (Sponsored by Institute for Justice)
Nationwide, state legislators are increasingly becoming aware of the serious abuses of civil forfeiture—where police seize, and prosecutors litigate the transfer of titles to people’s property without convicting or even charging them of any criminal wrongdoing.  Just as troubling, they often keep the proceeds to fund their own departments, thus giving them a direct financial incentive to abuse this power.  

In 2015 and 2016, New Mexico, Nebraska, and other states enacted effective reforms to protect citizens in their states. But prosecutors are pushing back. Instead of opposing reform bills, prosecutors are undermining reform efforts by offering watered-down legislation. These “compromise” bills are based on earlier and ineffective reforms that (a) simply put a criminal conviction in front of an existing civil forfeiture process or (b) include numerous exceptions to the conviction prerequisite. They gain traction because of the enormous complexity of seizures and forfeitures and some legislators’ deference to law enforcement.

This panel will discuss the details of the forfeiture process and how some prosecutors may have become too friendly to be trusted.



Speakers
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John Kramer

VP for Communications, Institute for Justice
For the past 27 years, John has headed up the communications for the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm. 
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Lee McGrath

Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice
Lee McGrath is the Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice’s Minnesota office and serves as IJ’s Senior Legislative Counsel. Lee became IJ’s legislative counsel in 2011 and has been instrumental in lobbying for greater economic liberty and reforms to forfeiture laws in... Read More →
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Rep. Alan Clemmons

South Carolina House of Representatives
Alan Clemmons is a nine-term member of the South Carolina House of Representatives serving the district that includes the popular vacation destination, Myrtle Beach. Rep. Clemmons paints with a widely varied political palette: from election security and redistricting to legislative... Read More →
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Dick Carpenter

Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice
Dr. Dick Carpenter is a director of Strategic Research at the Institute for Justice and a professor at the University of Colorado. As an experienced researcher, his work has appeared in academic journals, such as Economic Development Quarterly, The Forum, Education and Urban Society... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT

8:00am MDT

Connections Lounge Open
Thursday October 31, 2019 8:00am - 10:00pm MDT

9:00am MDT

Hospitality Lounge (Sponsored by Wells Fargo)
Take a break in the Wells Fargo-sponsored Connections Lounge located in Broadmoor Hall A. Meet up with fellow attendees for coffee and refreshments throughout the day (while supplies last). Enjoy great conversation and make new connections!

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT

9:00am MDT

Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by K12)
This hospitality suite is available for those who wish to connect with K12 and fellow attendees to discuss interests in education reform.

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT

9:00am MDT

Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by Tax Foundation)
This hospitality suite is available for those who wish to connect with the Tax Foundation and fellow attendees to discuss tax issues.

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT

9:30am MDT

Policy Main Stage: Reaching the American Worker
It has been over a year since the Supreme Court issued its historic decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Are we reaching the American Worker?

Speakers
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Keith Williams

Director of Outreach, Americans for Fair Treatment
Keith Williams worked 21 years as a Pennsylvania public school English teacher before joining Americans For Fair Treatment as Director of Outreach in May 2018. He earned a degree in English Education at Geneva College, and worked with at-risk students while in school. Keith has been... Read More →
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Mark Janus

Senior Fellow, Liberty Justice Center
Mark Janus is a Senior Fellow at the Liberty Justice Center, where he serves as an advocate and spokesperson for workers’ rights.  Mark spent the last 11 years of his career as a child support specialist for the Illinois state government, ensuring that children get all the resources... Read More →
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Tim Hoefer

Executive Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
Tim Hoefer is the Executive Director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, his work focuses on transparency, government reform and accountability. He has written several papers on those subjects, testified before local and statewide panels and authored various op-eds. His numerous... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am MDT

9:30am MDT

Communications: The Tricks and Treats of Healthcare Messaging
Without the guidance of market research, messaging can often be like trick or treating: full of surprises! During this session, State Policy Network will share the findings of a new, nationwide market research project designed to better understand how Americans think about healthcare and what will motivate them to support a limited-government approach. This session will cover opinions on healthcare, tactical suggestions for positioning ideas in ways that audiences will understand and support, and tips for responding to opposing messages.

Speakers
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Adam Schaeffer

Founder, Evolving Strategies
Adam Schaeffer is the founder of Evolving Strategies. As a behavioral scientist, he likes to solve human problems – whether it’s getting more people to support a policy or candidate, buy a particular energy drink, or assign negligence in a lawsuit. He’s spent the last twelve... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Development: Tales from the Crypt: Great Donors Never Die! How to Maximize the Lifetime Value of Your Donors
Predicting and maximizing the lifetime value of donors impacts everything from acquisition decisions to future cashflow. Experts will share how to break down internal silos; retain more donors; and integrate acquisition programs, major gifts, and bequest giving.

Speakers
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Ann Fitzgerald

President, A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates
AC Fitzgerald partners with nonprofits to build capacity, break through plateaus and fast forward fundraising teams. Our experienced consultants deliver focus, direction and results. Services include fundraising audits, strategic planning, major gift program development, donor and... Read More →
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David Bufkin

President, ClearWord Communications
Dave has been raising money through direct response for more than 30 years as a copy writer, creative director and agency executive. Before founding ClearWord in 2005, he worked for some of the nation’s largest direct response agencies. His clients have included a wide variety... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Government Affairs: How to Change Policy Without Selling Out
Keep calm and let your brand drive you on. This session will discuss how to avoid sleezy backroom deals and allow your organization’s identity and mission  to drive policy change through issue campaigns in your state.

Speakers
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Mark Cunningham

Vice President of Communications, Beacon Center of Tennessee
Mark Cunningham serves as the Vice President of Communications and Outreach at the Beacon Center of Tennessee and Beacon Impact. He oversees both the communications, marketing, and outreach arms of both organizations. He also serves as Beacon’s chief spokesman, leads the organization’s... Read More →
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Emily Wismer

Government Affairs and Policy Specialist, State Policy Network
As SPN’s Government Affairs and Policy Specialist, Emily works directly with state think tanks to develop transformational policy efforts and cultivate high-performing policy leaders at the state level. Emily also serves as a policy advisor to state think tanks in their efforts... Read More →
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Ron Shultis

Director of Policy and Research, Beacon Center
Ron Shultis serves as the Director of Policy and Research for both the Beacon Center and Beacon Impact. As Director, Ron leads and conducts Beacon's in-house research, sets the organization's policy agenda and coordinates research with Beacon's senior fellows. Additionally, Ron... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Leadership: Using Heat, Collision, and Elevation for National Impact
Performance is what matters most for an organization, and performance depends on doing the hard work of developing leaders. It’s a process, not an event, and organizations that spend too much time delivering content and not enough on leadership development will suffer in the performance arena. This session will discuss how leaders can become more influential and improve at communicating vision and managing change. Learn how this “vertical” perspective makes leadership development and content inseparable, accelerating an organization’s influence.

Speakers
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Ren Washington

Leadership Solutions Facilitator, Center for Creative Leadership
Ren Washington is a Leadership Solutions Facilitator for the Center for Creative Leadership from the Colorado Springs Campus. As an organizational communication expert, Ren is committed to helping clients address their most challenging and complex issues around organizational change... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Professional Development: Be Proactive, Increase Effectiveness, and Help Others: An Overview of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Natalie Brown is a skilled human capital consultant who recently joined FranklinCovey in a senior consultant role. She is fascinated by the power of personal transformation within herself and those around her. Before coming to FranklinCovey she was a facilitator and executive coach for 15 years after over a decade with Accenture in their Change Management Organization. She has had the opportunity to practice her craft globally and is humbled to have engaged with amazing clients in more than 20 countries. Natalie earned her M.B.A. from The Smith School of Business in Maryland, has coach certification through the Center for Executive Coaching, and is a proud alumna of Hampton University.

Speakers
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Natalie Brown

FranklinCovery
Natalie Brown is a skilled human capital consultant who recently joined FranklinCovey in a senior consultant role. She is fascinated by the power of personal transformation within herself and those around her. Before coming to FranklinCovey she was a facilitator and executive coach... Read More →



Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

9:30am MDT

Be Your Best Self: TV Techniques Workshop – Part 1 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting!
Pre-register here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Learn what it takes to deliver an effective interview. As an expert in your field, you will learn the ropes on how to articulate your message on various media outlets, including television networks like Fox News, CNN, and more. We will cover the ins and outs of live and recorded interviews, and you’ll learn how to develop your message for the media, speak in sound bites, and look like a seasoned professional.

Part 1 will focus on success in different media formats, target answer length, appropriate dress and non-verbal communication, and tactics to stay on message.

Speakers
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Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT

10:30am MDT

Policy Main Stage: State Innovations Driving National Impact
States have become the pioneers of policy innovations that are changing the lives of Americans across this country. This series of TED-style talks from four state think tank leaders will highlight four policy innovations making a big impact.

Speakers
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Tarren Bragdon

CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability
Tarren Bragdon is the CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which he founded in 2011. FGA’s mission is to change public policy to open up the American Dream to millions of Americans by helping people get that first job or a better job. In eight years, FGA has... Read More →
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Will Swaim

President, California Policy Center
Will Swaim is president of the California Policy Center, an Orange County-based nonprofit working for the wellbeing of all Californians by advancing personal and economic freedom.    Swaim began his career as a journalist in 1990, working as a reporter, managing editor and ultimately... Read More →
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Kevin Roberts

Executive Director, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has twenty years of experience as a teacher, professor, headmaster, and college president, and has been involved in a number of education reform initiatives around the country. 
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Victor Riches

President & CEO, Goldwater Institute
Victor Riches, Goldwater Institute President & CEO Prior to joining the Institute, Victor served as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Budget, where he was responsible for the formation and passage of all of the Governor’s major policy objectives... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am MDT

11:00am MDT

Communications: The Craft: Develop Your Communications Strategy
Messaging, media, content creation, social media, online advertising—there is a plethora of tasks that can consume communications professionals’ time and energy. Without a strategy, communications work can feel chaotic, unfocused, and overwhelming. Carrie Conko will discuss how to build a communications strategy that meets your organization’s objectives and focuses your priorities. This session is ideal for communications professionals looking to grow their skills in strategy and leadership and for non-communications professionals who want to better understand or break into the communications field.  


Speakers
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Meredith Turney

Senior Director of Leadership Development & Strategic Communications, State Policy Network
Meredith Turney is the Director of Strategic Communications for State Policy Network’s Leadership Development Initiative. She oversees SPN’s internal and external communications strategy, as well as assists SPN affiliates in developing effective and compelling messaging.  Her... Read More →
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Carrie Conko

Vice President of Communications, State Policy Network
Carrie Conko is the Vice President of Communications of State Policy Network. State Policy Network is the incubator and connector of the free market, independent, state-focused think tank network. Carrie provides strategic guidance to enhance and promote the State Policy Network... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Development: Secrets to Fundraising in the States
Join a group of Network fundraising leaders as they discuss keys and powerful methods they use daily to unravel the mystery of how to build successful development departments.

Speakers
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Peter Lipsett

Vice President, DonorsTrust
Peter Lipsett is vice president of DonorsTrust, the country’s oldest and largest community foundation serving conservative and libertarian donors. He drives DonorsTrust’s growth through outreach, cultivation, and marketing. He founded the Novus Society, DonorsTrust’s network... Read More →
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Rachel Hays Roberts

Vice President for Development and Operations, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Rachel Hays currently serves as Vice President for Development and Operations, joining the staff in 2012. During her tenure at OCPA, Hays has served in all areas of development before being named vice president in the spring of 2019 where she now oversees all of the organization’s... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Atnipp Partin

Sarah Atnipp Partin

Director of Major Gifts, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Sarah is the Director of Major Gifts at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, overseeing the major gifts program and fundraising team. Prior to TPPF, Sarah served as the Corporate Relations Development Officer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston helping to grow its corporate... Read More →
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Kimberly Chalek

Executive Vice President, Platte Institute.
Kimberly was an Air Force brat, but is proud to call Nebraska home. Kimberly is a graduate of Bellevue Public Schools, and went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation, Kimberly worked in corporate... Read More →
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Claire Kittle Dixon

Executive Director, Talent Market
Claire’s career has focused almost exclusively on talent development. She operated her own headhunting firm in the private sector before realizing she didn’t want to build a life around “making widgets.” She joined the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation where she served... Read More →
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Jeremy Beer

Principal Partner, COO & General Counse
Jeremy Beer is the co-founder of and principal partner at American Philanthropic, LLC, which provides strategic consulting and professional services to nonprofit organizations. He is the author of The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity and the coauthor... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Government Affairs: Impact by Design: Best Practices in Policy Research
Why did you pick the research you are working on? Why did other projects get cut? Even if you can provide some answers to these questions, this session will give you a framework to better structure your decision-making process, to ensure you keep your goal in mind throughout the project's life, and—perhaps most importantly—to know when to cancel work you have put so much time and energy into. Discover key questions that should be asked before a project starts, and learn best practices for research strategy, peer review, policy editing, and other steps that can improve research quality without breaking the research budget.

Speakers
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Christopher Koopman

Senior Director of Strategy and Research, Center for Growth & Opportunity at Utah State University
Christopher Koopman is the Senior Director of Strategy and Research at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. He specializes in regulation, competition, and innovation. His research and commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington... Read More →
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Megan Hansen

Research Director, Center for Growth & Opportunity at Utah State University
Megan Hansen is the Research Director at the Center for Growth and Opportunity where she manages the Center’s portfolio of policy-relevant research while ensuring student fellows receive quality mentorship and hands-on research experience. Her current research focuses on the future... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Operations: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities (Sexual Harassment Training)



Speakers
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Natalie Brown

FranklinCovery
Natalie Brown is a skilled human capital consultant who recently joined FranklinCovey in a senior consultant role. She is fascinated by the power of personal transformation within herself and those around her. Before coming to FranklinCovey she was a facilitator and executive coach... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Be Your Best Self: TV Techniques Workshop – Part 2 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting!
Pre-register here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

In Part 2, you will learn how to prepare for a successful interview. Gain experience in developing talking points, soundbites, and more. Through short mock interviews, you can practice delivering your talking points and receive feedback from peers and an expert instructor.



Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT

11:30am MDT

Policy Main Stage: A Tale of Two Cities
While most cities are drowning in debt and cronyism, Colorado Springs, the host city for this year's SPN Annual Meeting, is known for its fiscally responsible decisions and transparent government at the local level. Next year, SPN’s 28th Annual Meeting will visit a very different city: Chicago, IL. How have both of these cities fared? What decisions have set them apart, for good or ill, and what can we learn from comparing the two? Join Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and Austin Berg, Director of Content Strategy at Illinois Policy Institute and co-author of the book, The New Chicago Way: Lessons from Other Big Cities, as they discuss the lessons from these two cities.

Speakers
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Christina Sandefur

Executive Vice President, Goldwater Institute
Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. Christina has won important victories for property... Read More →
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John Suthers

Mayor of Colorado Springs, City of Colorado Springs
John Suthers was re-elected for a second term as Mayor of Colorado Springs in April of 2019. Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management to the City of Colorado Springs. Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to... Read More →
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Austin Berg

Director of Content Strategy, Illinois Policy Institute
Austin Berg is the Vice President of Marketing for the Illinois Policy Institute. He and his work have been featured in the Economist, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. He is the winner of two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club for his photojournalism. Austin... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm MDT

12:30pm MDT

Plenary Session: Presentations of Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement
At this lunch, State Policy Network will present the Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement to celebrate state think tanks doing exceptional work in four policy categories: Best Issue Campaign, Most Influential Research, Biggest Home State Win, and Biggest Win for Freedom.

Speakers
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Todd Davidson

Senior Director of Strategic Development, State Policy Network
Todd is State Policy Network’s Senior Director of Strategic Development. Todd works directly with state think tanks to develop transformational policy efforts and cultivate high-performing policy leaders at the state level. Todd also serves as a policy advisor to state think tanks... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm MDT

1:30pm MDT

Networking: Meet the Winners (Coffee and dessert to be served)
One of the best ways to accelerate your policy work is to find out what strategies did or did not work for your fellow think tanks. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the winners of this year’s Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement over coffee and dessert. You will have the chance to congratulate them and learn more about how they accomplished their amazing policy results.

Thursday October 31, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Movie Screening: Quota: Using Supporter Voices for Effective Storytelling (Sponsored by Pacific Legal Foundation)
Pacific Legal Foundation’s documentary short, Quota, investigates a law in Connecticut that pressures world class magnet schools to turn away minority students and leave seats empty. The film features students’ parents who, alongside community activists, make a fierce demand for change. In collaboration with the Connecticut Parents Union, Pacific Legal Foundation is proud to answer the call of these parents, working to restore civil rights and level the educational playing field for black and Hispanic students across the state.
 
Join PLF for a screening of Quota and other short films that amplify community voices through storytelling. Afterward, grab a beer and chat with filmmakers and marketers about how you can put your supporters at the forefront of your outreach strategies without sacrificing message consistency.

Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

On-Camera Media Training: Session 3 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting! Sign up here to hold your spot in this six-person breakout.

Put into practice what you learned in parts 1 and 2 of the TV Techniques Workshop. During these small-group sessions, you will be coached through a mock interview while receiving personalized critiques and feedback on how to better tailor your message for live and recorded interviews. You will develop your message and delivery techniques, learn best practices for on-camera gestures and facial expressions, and gain confidence in your on-camera ability through hands-on experience. You will also receive video footage from the training to review your mock interview.

We highly recommend attending one or both of the TV Techniques Workshops to help you prepare for the on-camera sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Blue State Strategies: How to Play Offense and Defense Simultaneously
This session will explore new and creative ways to advance sound policy ideas and stymie bad ones—even in the most hostile environments.

Moderators
avatar for Kathleen O'Hearn

Kathleen O'Hearn

Senior Director of Policy Advancement, State Policy Network

Speakers
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Tim Hoefer

Executive Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
Tim Hoefer is the Executive Director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, his work focuses on transparency, government reform and accountability. He has written several papers on those subjects, testified before local and statewide panels and authored various op-eds. His numerous... Read More →
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Matt Paprocki

Executive Vice President, Illinois Policy Institute
Matt Paprocki is the executive vice president at the Illinois Policy Institute. In this role, Matt implements the organization’s mission of taking free market principals, turning them into marketable policies and passing them into laws.  
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Carol Platt Liebau

President, Yankee Institute for Public Policy
Carol has worked as an attorney, author, political and policy advisor, and media commentator. In addition to practicing law, she has served as legislative assistant to Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri; as a consultant to the U.S. Senate campaigns of John D. Ashcroft... Read More →
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Keli’i Akina

President and CEO, Grassroots Institute of Hawaii
Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, is a recognized scholar, public policy spokesman and community leader in Hawaii. In 2016, Akina was elected to statewide public office as trustee-at-large for the state Office of Hawaiian... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Fiddling While Our Forests Burn: Forest Management Essentials for Forest Health
Our country’s public lands are under attack from fire, insects, and disease. Many of these problems can be addressed through policy changes that encourage federal and state cooperation, active stewardship, and local engagement. This session will share best practices and ways state think tanks can effectively engage on this issue to take care of their land.

Speakers
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Ellen Roberts

Owner, Ellen S. Roberts, LLC
Ellen Roberts has lived on the western slope of Colorado for almost 40 years, beginning as a ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. Ellen, an attorney, served in the Colorado State House and Senate for a decade and now focuses on forest health and water policy consulting. She currently... Read More →
avatar for Holly Fretwell

Holly Fretwell

Director of Outreach, PERC
Holly Fretwell is Director of Outreach and a Research Fellow at PERC where she has focused her research on public lands policy, property rights, and markets for over two decades. She is author of Who is Minding the Federal Estate: Political Management of America’s Public Lands... Read More →
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Greg Walcher

President, National Resources Group
Greg Walcher is the author of Smoking Them Out: the Theft of the Environment, and How to Take it Back, writes a weekly newspaper column on natural resources issues, and publishes a blog called “Resources and Reality” with several thousand subscribers. A former secretary of... Read More →
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Jason Hayes

Director of Environmental Policy, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Jason Hayes is the director of Environmental Policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and an adjunct faculty member at Northwood University. Jason has three decades of energy/environmental policy experience, having worked as a backcountry ranger and a forester in British... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: How to Listen and Build Trust in Your Community
Policy experts want to make the world a better place, but they often neglect to gather insight from the communities that their policy recommendations purport to serve. Community engagement is a strategic, proactive part of the policy development process that will empower and improve your organizations’ policy ideas. Join community outreach leaders for a discussion on how you can create buy-in, build relationships, and bring the right people to the table at the outset of policy discussions.

Moderators
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Britt Paul

Director of Donor Engagement, Reason Foundation

Speakers
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Sarah C. Keenan

Coalitions Manager, State Policy Network
Sarah C. Keenan is the Coalitions Manager at State Policy Network. Her role is to find, connect, and empower state-based and national free-market organizations across the country so that SPN can catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state.Additionally, in her role... Read More →
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Taylor Dawson

Director of Outreach and Digital Media, Beacon Center of Tennessee
Taylor is the Director of Outreach and Digital Media for both the Beacon Center of Tennessee and Beacon Impact. Taylor has spent her career focused on advancing free enterprise and individual liberty. In her outreach role at Beacon, she serves as a liaison to ambassadors, young professionals... Read More →
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Shari Williams

President, Leadership Program of the Rockies
Shari Williams is the President of the Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR), serves on the Board of Directors, and has held a leadership role in the organization and its predecessor since 1989. Her expertise and passion is educating and training emerging free market public policy... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Make Your Mark: How to Stand Up, Stand Out, and Increase Freedom, No Matter Your Experience Level (Sponsored by America's Future Foundation)
America's Future Foundation (AFF) is committed to supporting the next generation of freedom-advancing leaders through building community and leadership skills both in your city and across the country. During this session, you will learn strategies for building a career that makes a difference. Join AFF's Buckley Award winners, all inspiring and impact-driving leaders within think tanks around the country. They will provide insights and advice on how to build a career you love, rise through the ranks of your organization, and establish your own niche.  

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Cerquitella

Cindy Cerquitella

Executive Director, America’s Future Foundation
Cindy Cerquitella is executive director at America’s Future Foundation. Cindy has spent her career empowering champions of freedom across the globe by giving them the skills, support, guidance, and community they need to take the ideas of liberty and spread them throughout their... Read More →
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Austin Berg

Director of Content Strategy, Illinois Policy Institute
Austin Berg is the Vice President of Marketing for the Illinois Policy Institute. He and his work have been featured in the Economist, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. He is the winner of two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club for his photojournalism. Austin... Read More →
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Brooke Fallon

Assistant Director of Activism, Institute for Justice
Brooke Fallon is the Assistant Director of Activism at the Institute for Justice. Brooke teaches activists across the country how to fight for their rights to own property and earn an honest living. Through organizing, trainings, coalition building, and public outreach, Brooke helps... Read More →
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Richard Lorenc

Executive Vice President, Foundation for Economic Education
Richard N. Lorenc is the Executive Vice President of the Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (FEE) whose vision is to make the ideas of liberty familiar, credible, and compelling to the rising generation. As FEE’s Executive Vice President, Lorenc serves as chief of staff... Read More →
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Aaron Rice

Director, Mississippi Justice Institute
Aaron Rice serves as the Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute and is passionate about the vital role the Constitution plays in protecting our most precious freedoms.After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Aaron felt called to serve his country. He joined the Marine Corps... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Make Your Next School Choice Campaign a Success
Having a great idea and a good bill introduced is only the first step. Getting a policy across the finish line requires a good strategy, effective tactics, and a thoughtful campaign to educate lawmakers and the public. In 2019, several state think tanks had education policy wins, due in large part to their campaigns. Come hear what they did and spend time brainstorming with them for your own education campaign for next year.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Kellett Bathgate

Katherine Kellett Bathgate

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network
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Elyse Marcellino

Director of Education Policy, Empower Mississippi
Elyse is the Vice President of Empower Mississippi and oversees advocacy efforts and education reform strategy. She has worked in the United States Senate and been a founding teacher at a charter school in Atlanta. She also holds a Master of Education Policy and Management from Harvard... Read More →
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Justin Owen

President & CEO, Beacon Center of Tennessee & Beacon Impact
Justin Owen is the president & chief executive officer of the Beacon Center of Tennessee and its 501(c)(4) advocacy partner, Beacon Impact. He advances the strategic growth and mission of both organizations. He previously served as Beacon’s director of policy and general... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Operations: Ask the Lawyer
Have questions about permissible nonprofit activities? Bring them all to this open legal Q & A. It is a great time to dispel myths, clear confusion, and close gaps in your knowledge. No limits on the topics—lobbying, elections, compliance, and more are fair game.

Speakers
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H. Edward DeBee

Partner, DeBee Clark, PLLC
H. Edward DeBee is an attorney and certified public accountant who practices regularly in the area of non-profit law and taxation with specific emphasis on organizations engaged in public policy work. Mr. DeBee has a master of the laws degree (LLM, in taxation) from New York... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Reaching the American Worker: One Year Post-Janus Decision
Since the Janus v. AFSCME decision in 2018, there has been a massive effort to ensure workers know their rights when it comes to union membership. How can we better help American workers know their rights? What are the biggest obstacles they face? Our experts will address these questions.


Speakers
avatar for Chantal Lovell

Chantal Lovell

Director of Policy Strategy, State Policy Network
Chantal Lovell is State Policy Network’s Director of Policy Strategy. In her role, Chantal works alongside state-based think tanks as they execute issue campaigns and oversees SPN’s workplace freedom efforts.Prior to joining the State Policy Network, Chantal worked as the communications... Read More →
avatar for Elisabeth Kines

Elisabeth Kines

Executive Vice President, Yankee Institute for Public Policy
Upon earning her Journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, Elisabeth put her degree to good use in the publicity department at Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, CA. From there, she learned how to build organizations that would impact culture through positions in operations... Read More →
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Maxford Nelsen

Director of Labor Policy, Freedom Foundation
Maxford Nelsen is the director of labor policy for the Freedom Foundation, where he has worked for six years. He graduated magna cum laude from Whitworth University with a bachelor's degree in political science. A Washington native, he lives in Olympia with his wife and son... Read More →
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Mike Reitz

Executive Vice President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michael J. Reitz is executive vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute based in Midland, Michigan. Reitz oversees policy development, communications, fundraising and the Center’s strategic plan. Since joining... Read More →
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Catrin Wigfall

Policy Fellow, Center of the American Experiment
Catrin Wigfall is a policy fellow at Center of the American Experiment. She primarily focuses on education research and writing and is the director of the Center's Educated Teachers MN project, an awareness campaign to inform educators of their options and rights regarding union... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Threats to Free Speech from the Left and the Right: Open Inquiry on College Campuses, and in the Culture
Debates about political polarization, hate speech, and freedom of speech on college campuses raise legal questions, as well as cultural questions, about the public square. This session will cover policies, tactics, and messaging you need to engage in these debates.

Speakers
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Jim Manley

Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Jim Manley is an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, where he litigates in defense of free speech, economic liberty, and property rights. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute and a co-author of the Institute’s Campus Free Speech Act, winner of the 2017 Bob Williams... Read More →
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Casey Mattox

Senior Fellow for Free Speech and Toleration, Charles Koch Institute
Casey Mattox is Vice President for Legal and Judicial Strategy for Americans for Prosperity and Senior Fellow for Free Speech and Toleration at the Charles Koch Institute. He is a First Amendment litigator by training and now works to develop strategies and empower legal partners... Read More →
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Pete Peterson

Dean, Pepperdine University
Pete Peterson is the dean of Pepperdine’s School of public policy, and a leading national speaker and writer on issues related to civic participation, and the use of technology to make government more responsive and transparent. He was the first executive director of the Davenport... Read More →
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Christopher Snapp

Institute for Humane Studies
Chris Snapp heads up the Network Relations capability at the Institute for Humane Studies. In his role, Chris works to foster strategic partnerships, bring IHS resources to university based centers and facilitate connections between academics and groups outside of the academy. He... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Roundtable: Win at the Ballot: How to Educate the Public on Ballot Initiatives
Liberal organizations like the Fairness Project are spending millions of dollars to pass progressive initiatives in more conservative states. Think tanks can educate voters on the harmful consequences of these initiatives before they reach the ballot box. But where should you start? Join campaign and compliance experts for a lively and fun discussion about building an effective campaign team and what it will take to prepare, fight, and win at the ballot box.

Moderators
avatar for Russ Walker

Russ Walker

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network

Speakers
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Chuck Warren

Managing Director, September Group LLC
Chuck Warren is Managing Director of September Group, LLC, a public affairs, crisis communication and initiative qualification company; Managing Director, Monolith Registry, LLC. Mr. Warren has worked for major law firms, municipalities, and companies as diverse as Ragnar Relay; Overstock.com; Blue Cross Blue Shield; Arches Health Plan, Inc.; Delta Airlines; Dorado Systems; Comcast; Gold Cross Ambulance; Eureka Casino Resort; Casablanca Resort Casino; Republican G... Read More →
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Roy Lenardson

President, Strategic Advocacy
Roy founded Strategic Advocacy, a multi-state public affairs management company that engages in lobbying, grassroots organizing and political campaigns. Prior to that Roy helped start the Maine Heritage Policy Center and also worked for the Maine State Legislature for over 10 years... Read More →
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Jim Bopp

Attorney, The Bopp Law Firm, PC
The Bopp Law Firm PC provides compliance advice and litigation representation regarding non-profit tax law, campaign finance and election law, religious liberty and pro-life issues. The Bopp Law Firm has was had 14 cases decided on the merits in the US Supreme Court and has won... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Workshop: Professional Development: The Key to Winning Hearts and Minds
This interactive workshop focuses on two of the most important—and least applied—skills in communications: listening and storytelling. Together these timeless skills work like magic to help you connect with people and transform your relationships. In this workshop, you will learn and apply tangible tactics you can use immediately. You will practice methods that quickly draw people in, make them feel important, and build your brand. It may take a lifetime to become a world-class writer, but you can be an expert listener and storyteller after attending this workshop!

Speakers
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Bob Ewing

President, The Ewing School
Bob Ewing helps people to grow and connect. He has coached thousands of professionals, activists, and students, empowering them to explain complex ideas in clear, compelling terms. Through individualized trainings and tailored workshops, Bob helps market advocates nationwide and beyond... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 4:00pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Activity: Axes & Allies: Throw an Ax for Freedom (Sponsored by The Zoldak Agency)
From meeting new people to seeing new sights, SPN’s Annual Meeting always promises to be a place to try something exciting! Colorado Springs is no exception. All attendees are invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience: The Axes and Allies tomahawk throw! Just like mountaineers, you can pick up an axe and train your sights on a target in the name of freedom. While you're there, meet our sponsor, The Zoldak Agency, and pick up some mountain swag!



Thursday October 31, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm MDT

2:30pm MDT

Networking Break: Refreshments, Coffee, and Connections with Western Governors University (Sponsored by Western Governors University)
Join Western Governors University (WGU) and fellow conference attendees in the WGU Quadrant of the Connections Lounge for a refreshing break during the busy day. Expand your network and meet new colleagues and friends. Coffee and snacks are on us!  

Thursday October 31, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm MDT

2:30pm MDT

Networking Reception: Wine, Beer, and Ideas Exchange (Sponsored by Facebook)
Join us at Facebook’s corner quadrant in the Connections Lounge for wine, beer and afternoon conversation. Exchange ideas with other attendees and enjoy a selection of wine and Colorado brews.

Thursday October 31, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

On-Camera Media Training: Session 4 (Sponsored by Leadership Institute)
Join the Leadership Institute for free media training at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting! Sign up here to hold your spot in this six-person breakout.

Put into practice what you learned in parts 1 and 2 of the TV Techniques Workshop. During these small-group sessions, you will be coached through a mock interview while receiving personalized critiques and feedback on how to better tailor your message for live and recorded interviews. You will develop your message and delivery techniques, learn best practices for on-camera gestures and facial expressions, and gain confidence in your on-camera ability through hands-on experience. You will also receive video footage from the training to review your mock interview.

We highly recommend attending one or both of the TV Techniques Workshops to help you prepare for the on-camera sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Beverly Hallberg

Beverly Hallberg

President, District Media Group
Beverly Hallberg is the founder and president of District Media Group. An expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker with more than 18 years of experience, she has trained Members of Congress, CEOs, policy wonks, reporters, non-profit and movement leaders, and politicos. In... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Reception: Build Community and Engagement with America's Future Foundation (Sponsored by America's Future Foundation)
During this Halloween-themed meet and greet, you will have the chance to network with fellow young professionals across the country and learn about ways to advance your leadership skills by joining or launching an America's Future Foundation chapter in your city. America's Future Foundation connects freedom-loving professionals in 28 cities, and AFF’s network is growing across the country. Don a costume and enjoy this trick-or-treat-themed networking event.

Thursday October 31, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Roundtable: 2019 Fundraising Survey Results Revealed
Are you interested in learning how you can improve your fundraising efforts based on your very own data-driven results? Join us for this afternoon roundtable where we will dive into snacks, sips, and the fundraising survey results! Find out this year’s results of the annual fundraising survey, and learn how the Network and its fundraising has changed over the last few years. The information provided will help you better plan for the future and give you insight into the best practices for state think tank fundraising. We'll have afternoon appetizers and drinks, including a specialty cocktail, sponsored by Davidson & Co.!

Speakers
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Laura Pallares

Managing Consultant, American Philanthropic
Laura is a managing consultant with American Philanthropic, working out of Chestertown, Maryland. She works with clients major-gifts strategy, foundations programs, and general fundraising departmental management and coordination—but most importantly, Laura heads SPN’s annual... Read More →
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Kristina Mitten Sanders

Senior Director of Leadership and Philanthropic Strategy, State Policy Network
Kristina Mitten Sanders joined SPN in April 2011 and is SPN’s Senior Director of Leadership and Philanthropic Strategy. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies from the University of Indianapolis, a master’s in philanthropic studies from Indiana University... Read More →
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Jeremy Beer

Principal Partner, COO & General Counse
Jeremy Beer is the co-founder of and principal partner at American Philanthropic, LLC, which provides strategic consulting and professional services to nonprofit organizations. He is the author of The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity and the coauthor... Read More →


Thursday October 31, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Whiskey Tasting (Sponsored by Facebook)
Join us at Facebook’s corner quadrant for a distilled spirits experience! Don’t miss this chance to taste some of Colorado’s and the country’s best whiskies while connecting with fellow event attendees.

Thursday October 31, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Reception: Litigation Network (Sponsored by American Juris Link)
Celebrate your victories and deliberate over your hardest legal questions while you share a drink with attorneys from some of the 50+ nonprofits litigating for freedom and the rule of law. Catch up with old colleagues, meet new allies, and learn how a new nonprofit network for litigators can offer free services and connect you with other professionals to maximize your impact and efficiency.  

Thursday October 31, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm MDT

4:30pm MDT

Networking: Beer Tasting (Sponsored by Enterprise Holdings)
Join Enterprise in the Connections Lounge for a local craft brew tasting—connect with other conference attendees while learning about the future of mobility.

Thursday October 31, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm MDT

5:00pm MDT

Activity: Halloween Costume Contest Entry
Please join us at Broadmoor South to enter tonight’s Halloween Costume Contest. We’ll take a picture of you in your costume to share with our judges. Categories for the content are:
  • Best State-Themed Costume
  • Best Staff-Wide Costume
  • Funniest Costume
  • Scariest Costume
  • Best Overall Costume
Winners will be announced at State Night at Phantom Canyon Brewery. Be advised that buses will not leave for the venue until 6:30 p.m.

Thursday October 31, 2019 5:00pm - 6:45pm MDT

6:15pm MDT

Departure for State Night
Thursday October 31, 2019 6:15pm - 7:00pm MDT

7:00pm MDT

State Night: Halloween in Downtown Colorado Springs
Join us at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company for a night of Halloween-themed festivities. Located in downtown Colorado Springs, the Phantom Canyon Brewing Company’s local brews and food are award-winning. Bring your competitive spirit for the Halloween costume competition, as well as trivia, billiards, darts, and shuffle board. Or, enjoy a night of networking at the fire pits on the outside patio. And don't miss out on the graffiti photo booth sponsored by Coalition Against Socialized Medicine (CASM).

Billiards Tournament

If you would like to participate in the Billiards Tournament, advance registration is required. There are 32 spots available. Please sign up here. 

Please arrive at the Billiards Hall at Phantom Canyon Brewery (2nd floor) at 7:00 p.m. for the start of the tournament. Those who arrive late may forfeit the chance to play.

Additional Details
  • 6:45p.m. Doors open. Make sure you have your ID and badge to access the venue and partake in adult beverages.
  • 7:00p.m-7:30p.m. Brewery Tour led by Phantom Canyon's Head Brewer. Groups of 20-25, tours lasting 30 minutes. Meet at the Host Stand on the 1st floor prior to the start time to join the tour. 
  • 7:00p.m-9:00p.m. Billiards Tournament. Single Elimination Game. 18 players start first round, as eliminations occur, new players will enter tournament. Gift card awarded to winner. See rules. 
  • 7:15p.m-8:15p.m. Trivia contest starts on 1st floor, hosted by Geeks Who Drink. Teams of 8-10. When you pick your table, you pick your team. Additional drink tickets will be awarded to the winning teams. 
  • 7:15p.m-8:15p.m. Chess Championship Playoff begins in the Sun Room on the 1st floor. Additional chess boards will be available and open for play. 
  • 7:30p.m-8:00p.m. Brewery Tour led by Phantom Canyon's Head Brewer. Groups of 20-25, tours lasting 30 minutes. Meet at the Host Stand on the 1st floor prior to the start time to join the tour.
  • 8:00p.m-8:30p.m. Brewery Tour led by Phantom Canyon's Head Brewer. Groups of 20-25, tours lasting 30 minutes. Meet at the Host Stand on the 1st floor prior to the start time to join the tour.
  • 8:30p.m-9:00p.m. Costume Contest Awards on the 3rd floor. Top entries and winners in each category will be announced. Head to the 3rd floor to see the top costumes of the night. 
  • There will be an interactive graffiti photo booth along with darts, corn hole, and an outdoor cigar lounge to ensure there is a fun activity for all! 


Thursday October 31, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company 2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

7:15pm MDT

Chess Tournament: Championship
Thursday October 31, 2019 7:15pm - 8:15pm MDT
 
Friday, November 1
 

7:00am MDT

8:00am MDT

Exhibitor Check-Out
Friday November 1, 2019 8:00am - 11:00am MDT

8:00am MDT

8th Annual State Litigation Strategy Session (Closed Session)
The Litigation Strategy Session is geared toward state-based think tanks that are looking to start litigation centers, as well as litigation directors and attorneys who currently run litigation centers. This session offers a unique opportunity for organizations to coordinate and develop strategic plans and to share lawsuits as case studies and successful models that can be replicated in other states. For groups interested in starting their own litigation centers, this session will also provide a blueprint and organizational information for developing litigation centers at state-based think tanks.

Friday November 1, 2019 8:00am - 2:00pm MDT

8:30am MDT

Generation Liberty Fellows: Closing Session and Breakfast Keynote: Create Your Impact (Invitation Only)
The liberty movement is an entrepreneurial movement, and leaders within it should focus on being entrepreneurial in their own lives, too. What kind of impact do you want to have? Is it possible to succeed on your own terms while advancing the goals we believe in? Brown will lead a discussion on how to clarify your personal priorities and vision. Find the opportunities that best match your talents and interests and where your talents can be best put to use in this movement. Learn how to apply these entrepreneurial lessons to craft and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Speakers
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Teresa Brown

Vice President of Leadership Development, State Policy Network
Teresa Brown is State Policy Network’s Vice President of Leadership Development. Teresa leads SPN’s Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) team, which provides state-based institutions with the practical guidance and support required to execute their missions, including knowledge... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am MDT
 

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