3:00 - 5:00 pm - Welcoming Remarks and Opening General Session: Civility in Public Discourse: Lessons from the Sidelines and Aisles of Congress | Talbot D / E Speaker: JC Watts, Former United States Congressman, Founder and Chairman, Watts Partners
Admired by many for his integrity and leadership, J.C. Watts shares no matter what the situation, you too can be a strong leader. Drawing from his experiences as congressman and chairman of the House Republican Conference, quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners and as an ordained minister, Watts will explore everyday leadership practices and tactical steps that legislators can use to achieve their goals all while working across the aisle!
*Credit in the Legislative Process Competency will be given to those enrolled in SGAC's Professional Certificate Program*
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Honor Circle Reception with Legislators | Santa Maria (Honor Circle Members and Legislators Only)
6:00 - 8:30 pm - Dinner on Property | Colonnade
Sunday, November 19
8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast | Tabot Prefunction
9:00 - 10:00 am - General Session: FIGHT: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Passion to Save America | Talbot D / E Speaker: John Della Volpe, Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and Author
John Della Volpe is the director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, where he has led the institute's polling initiatives on understanding American youth since 2000. John's best selling book, FIGHT, How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America, has been called "the definitive account of America's next great generation," and "a great read with a tremendous amount of learning for anyone in the business of marketing, selling, or otherwise engaging with the most exciting generation in decades." Join John as he does a deep dive into the brains of Gen Z.
10:15 - 11:15 am - Breakout Sessions: 1. Artificial Intelligence: More than ChatGPT and Deep Fakes | Talbot A / C Speaker: Senator James Maroney (CT); Danielle Gilliam - Moore, Director of Global Public Policy, Salesforce; Sydney Klein, Chief Information Security Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb; Beth Tsai, Director, Search, Geo and Assistant Policy, Google
As lawmakers consider the new policies to address concerns with artificial intelligence impacts and seek to address AI-related challenges, it is important to consider how current existing regulatory frameworks might already apply and then assess what, if any, new guardrails will need to be created. Join the discussion, look at current instances, and learn more about what artificial intelligence is and how governments are using these tools in a smart and moral way without feeling out of place.
2. High Stakes for States Navigating Cannabis Legalization: Sharing Strategies and Shaping Policies | Talbot F / H Speakers: Tyler Klimas, Executive Director of Nevada's Cannabis Compliance Board; Toi Hutchinson, Managing Director, Mercury; Lauren Niehaus, Trulieve
Join us as we learn about the current status of efforts to legalize marijuana in the states. While cannabis is still illegal on the federal level, states have nonetheless passed legislation or through voter initiative petition legalized various forms of cannabis such as CBD products, medical marijuana and adult / recreational use. Our dynamic panelists include a state regulator, the bill sponsor in a state which recently enacted adult use and an industry association representative. 11:15 - 11:30 am - Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - General Session: Lessons from the Front Lines of Disruption | Talbot D / E Speaker: Bradley Tusk, Venture Capitalist, Political Strategist, Philanthropist, Writer, CEO and co-founder of Tusk Venture Partners
Bradley Tusk led Uber's successful fight against taxi monopolies in cities across the world. Now he's disrupting how we vote, how we solve child hunger, how we do philanthropy overall and even more. Using his 10 Rules That Demystify Politics as a guide, Bradley's talk will share his personal experiences from the front lines of technological and political disruption over the years, with lessons for policymakers to effectively govern through the disruptions that are still to come - whether they're anything from AI to flying cars. 1:00 pm - Optional Social Activities & Free Evening
Football Watch Party (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) | Coquina Cabanas - Come hang out and watch some Sunday afternoon football! Open to all legislators and SGAC members. Snacks will be provided, guests will be responsible for purchasing their own drinks.
Sunset Cruise (2:30 pm - 6:00 pm) | Meet in Ritz Lobby - Some of the most breathtaking sunsets in Florida can be found on our Amelia Island Sunset Cruise. The colors are spectacular as the sun eases behind the horizon, casting brilliant hues of burnt orange, pink, and red. We begin our Amelia Island Sunset Cruise on Amelia Island and head down the Amelia River taking in the beauty of the historic waterfront. You'll enjoy seeing our charming downtown district and shrimp boats from a different perspective, and at the end of the day, there is a certain tranquility that comes over our surroundings just before dusk. We'll motor past Fort Clinch, a real Civil War fort, then head across Cumberland sound to Cumberland Island National Seashore, where we hope to see wild horses grazing on the dunes, just before the sun sets.Then we'll head back to the harbor, as the sun casts its last, luminous glow of the day. It's the perfect end to any day! Spots are limited and there will be a waitlist. Monday, November 20
8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast | Talbot Prefunction
9:00 - 10:00 am - Breakout Sessions: 1. Retail Crime: Disparities in Underserved Communities | Talbot A / C Speakers: Jason Brewer, RILA; Rep. Ryan Lane (NM); Attorney General Kwame Raoul (IL); Senator Elgie Sims (IL)
The panel will address the multifaceted ways in which organized retail crime negatively impacts diverse communities. Panelists will cover the adverse impacts ORC has on retail employees and customers, commercial property owners, and local communities. Panelists will provide practical solutions that can be implemented to slow down retail theft in a variety of ways, including creating ORC Task Forces and forming partnerships that bring together community stakeholders. 2.Multicloud Management and Strategy: Why Two Clouds are Better than One | Talbot F / H Speakers: Kathryn Gunter, Oracle; Tim Johnson, Google; Matt Lenz, BSA; Rep. Michelle Maldonado (VA); Julien Nagarajan, VMware
Governments are increasingly adopting multi-cloud systems to harness the benefits of diversified cloud infrastructure while addressing the unique demands of public services. This approach fosters competition among providers, potentially leading to cost savings and improved service quality. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend of public sector organizations adopting transformational cloud strategies. This includes strong public policy considerations surrounding interoperability, data governance, and security. This panel will provide a high-level view of the benefits, challenges, and strategic considerations associated with adopting a multi-cloud approach.
10:15 - 11:15 am - General Session: Engaging Differences: Strategies for Creating a More Civil Legislature | Talbot D / E Speakers: Beth Harwell, Former Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives; Dr. Thomas H. Little, State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the National Institute for Civil Discourse; Chuck Winder, President Pro Tempore, Idaho Senate; Valerie Longhust, Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives
Join this panel of legislators and former legislators to discuss strategies for creating a more civil state legislature. We believe that Americans, including policymakers, have more that unites us than divides us. To that end, we will discuss why civility matters and explore specific steps that can be taken to help legislators to view each other as more than Republicans or Democrats, liberals, or conservatives. *Credit in the Ethics and Ethical Leadership Competency will be given to those enrolled in SGAC's Professional Certificate Program*
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Breakout Sessions: 1. Energy: America's Greatest Opportunity | Talbot A / C Speakers: Jeff Berkowitz, Delve, Matt Cybulski, JobsOhio; Donald Davidson, Volkswagen; Steve Higley, Cenovus
Energy presents one of the greatest opportunities for the United States to expand its economic strength and resilience. Whether it is leveraging abundant domestic resources or bringing the latest technologies to market at scale, policy will have a decisive impact on if the United States take advantage of this opportunity and where in the United States it will happen. In particular, the convergence of incentives, regulation and economic development is rapidly shifting the energy investment landscape. Join us for a discussion on how local, state, and federal policy is shaping our energy and economic future.
2. A New Generation of Legislators and Lobbyists: Working Together | Talbot F / H Speakers: Senator Raumesh Akbari (TN); Senator David Craven (NC); Travis Frazier, Association of National Advertisers; Matthew Mastroberti, NBWA; Robyn Matthews, American Association of Political Consultants
As a new wave of legislators and lobbyists emerges, questions arise about potential shifts in the dynamics of legislatures nationwide. As a new generation moves into positions of leadership, it is important to understand what motivates young professionals and explore how mentorships have impacted their tenure. Mutual respect, compromise, and understanding are a near-requirement in this new age. This session will be fun and engaging, we will hear from young legislators and lobbyists about their stories entering the field of state government, what they hope to see for the future of legislator-lobbyist relationships, and why folks of all ages and levels of experience are needed and valued.
*Credit in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Competency will be given to those enrolled in SGAC's Professional Certificate Program*
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Dinner on Property | Ocean Front Lawn Tuesday, November 21
8:30 - 10:00 am - Plated Breakfast and General Session: Going Against Your Plan to Unlock Your Destiny | Talbot D / E Speaker: Jessica Matthews, Uncharted CEO
If entrepreneurial innovator and Uncharted CEO Jessica O. Matthews had followed through with the plans others had for her - and that she had for herself - she may never have set out on the path that has led to her becoming one of the leaders transforming cities across the world to be smarter and more equitable for all. Growing up, there were few examples for her to follow as a diverse woman making an impact in tech. Still her aptitude and ingenuity in tech and innovation were undeniable, and it led Jessica to discover the path that was always meant for her.
In this talk, Jessica reflects on her own story - beginning as a game-changing inventor in the renewable energy space to becoming one of the leaders powering the smart city revolution - to lead an eye-opening conversation on how each person can unlock their own destiny. As she outlines valuable strategies and action steps anyone can use to align their plans to purpose in pursuit of their destiny, she empowers a mindset shift that helps people get out of their own way on the journey to achieving everything they are capable of, and more.