3:00 - 4:00 PM ET Legislative Process in the Time of COVID-19: Achieving your client's legislative priorities in the face of changing institutions, an uncertain economic future and a global pandemic
Speakers: Chris Greisel, Former Parliamentarian, Texas House of Representatives
Competency: Legislative Process
In the best of times, being a state government affairs professional is a high wire act. You have to balance operating in 99 unique legislative chambers, each with an arcane set of rules, while also mastering and advancing key policy areas and issues vital to your client's interest. SPOILER ALERT: THIS ISN'T THE BEST OF TIMES.
So how do you navigate doing your job in the face of closed Capitol buildings, remote working or furloughed members or staff, daily changes in your client's needs and legislative priorities, and an ongoing health emergency? By examining the work of government affairs professionals & legislatures who have been confronting these challenges, we can recognize successful common operating concepts used by state legislatures and lobbyists, parliamentary tactics and tricks that have moved client's goals forward, and create checklists of new tools to consider adding to your toolbox at each stage of this new legislative landscape.
Thursday, May 7
12:00 - 1:00 PM ET Brown Bag Lunch - Drinking from the Fire Hose: Prioritizing the Data
Speakers: Carol Stewart, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Purpose Financial Jenn Stowe, Vice President, Government Relations, The Carpet and Rug Institute Joseph Testa, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, American Express
Competency: Tracking and Analyzing Legislation
During the typical legislative session, have you felt like you are drowning with all the bills that come out of the state capitals? Navigating it and digging deep can take over your entire day if you let it. Whether you cover one state or all 50, what is the priority? When legislative activity speeds up to address this crisis, will you be ready?
Hear from your colleagues in a roundtable discussion as they share what they wish they knew when they first began tracking state legislation and how to successfully manage active legislative sessions.
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET How to Have Message Discipline When the Media Comes Calling
Speaker: Rob Johnson, President, RJ47
Competency: Media and Communication Training
In today's world you can't afford to miss a media cycle. If you do, your silence can end up costing you and those you represent. When the media comes calling and you feel the pressure, how do you remain patient?
Communication is no game. Message discipline is the art of communicating what you set out to communicate, clearly, memorably and consistently. Everything from your talking points for an interview to the visuals you create should all align to support your core message. Explore the tools necessary to stay on task and have the discipline necessary for your message to be on point!
Friday, May 8
12:00 - 1:00 PM ET Brown Bag Lunch - Nonverbal Communication Skills that Build Trust and Emotional Well-Being During Social Distancing Conditions
Speaker: Jan Hargrave, Body Language Expert
Competency: Media and Communication Training It's a scientific fact that a person's body gestures give away his or her true intentions. Actually, over ninety percent of all face-to-face or face-to-computer camera conversations derive from nonverbal clues; thus, the silent messages of the body can reveal even more than the spoken word in conveying true feelings and attitudes.
Since our body language is the most crucial and trusted part of our personality, it can specifically be used to readily build trust and a sense of well-being during social distancing conditions and virtual conversations. Appropriate and deliberate nonverbal communication is the key tool needed to reconnect with people. Social distancing conditions intensify uncertainty and definitely fuel anxiety; every aspect of our role as leaders or coworkers is now magnified and complicated. Social distancing guidelines require that each of us reset expectations for how work gets done and adapt our communication style to a new context.
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET Importance of Workplace Equity and Culture
Speaker: Emily Dickens, Head of Government Affairs, Society for Human Resources Management
Competency: Leading a State Government Affairs Department
The best workplace culture wins in every industry. A workplace culture of equality supports innovation and growth, resulting in low employee turnover and high engagement.
Explore the impacts of an inclusive workplace through discussion on what it really means, why it matters, and how to get there. Learn how to get your teams to use their talents together and celebrate their unique perspectives to achieve success.