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Monday, September 22
 

6:00pm

Energy Roundtable Reception (Thomas Jefferson Institute Event)
For more information please contact Mike Thompson at mikethompson@erols.com

Monday September 22, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Governors Square 14
 
Tuesday, September 23
 

7:30am

Energy Roundtable Meeting (Thomas Jefferson Institute Event)
For more information please contact Mike Thompson at mikethompson@erols.com

Tuesday September 23, 2014 7:30am - 12:00pm
Directors Row H

12:00pm

Registration Open
Tuesday September 23, 2014 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

1:30pm

CEO/EVP Session
This is an invitation only meeting for state think tank CEOs and EVPs. 

Tuesday September 23, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Governor\'s Square 10

2:00pm

Exhibitor/Resource Table Set Up
All members (state think tanks) and associate members are entitled to a three foot table. Table tents will designate which table your organization can set up. If you are interested in bringing a booth, having a premium spot, and a six foot table- please email Spencer Hughes for more information at hughes@spn.org. 

Tuesday September 23, 2014 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

4:00pm

5:30pm

6:00pm

7:30pm

Right On Crime Dinner
This event is sold out. If you did not RSVP already, you cannot attend this dinner.

Join Texas Public Policy Foundation, Right on Crime, and the Charles Koch Foundation, a proud sponsor of Charles Koch Institute’s Well-Being Initiative, for a dinner on criminal justice reform. Taking place prior to opening of State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting, our very special guests will discuss how criminal justice reform can help strengthen communities and relationships, maximize opportunity, and improve societal well-being.  RSVPs must register separately from SPN for this complimentary dinner



Tuesday September 23, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Majestic Ballroom

8:00pm

Welcome Suite – Sponsored by National School Choice Week
Unwind after your first day at the State Policy Network conference at a relaxing and fun welcome suite sponsored by National School Choice Week. Enjoy signature cocktails, snacks, and lively conversation with fellow meeting attendees!

Tuesday September 23, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Plaza Ballroom A
 
Wednesday, September 24
 

6:30am

Yoga
This will be an intermediate vinyasa flow yoga class, where poses and breath are linked together to create a fluid practice. All levels are welcome.  Modifications will be offered for an easier or a harder practice.  The 45 minute class will clear the mind and body from the previous evening’s activities and energize you for Wednesday. 
Please bring water and arrive 5-10 minutes early so we can start promptly at 6:30am.

Wednesday September 24, 2014 6:30am - 7:15am
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

7:00am

Registration Open
Wednesday September 24, 2014 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

7:30am

Breakfast Buffet Opens
Wednesday September 24, 2014 7:30am - 8:00am
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

8:00am

Plenary Breakfast: Advance Freedom Up the S-Curve
Sponsored by eResources

Grow from the tension of adversity and scarcity, take the right risks as a leader, know when and how to reevaluate and recalibrate. Whitney Johnson will discuss these actions and more, all aimed at effectively socializing and marketing the ideas of freedom for our key audiences.   

Speakers
WJ

Whitney Johnson

Author of Dare, Dream, Do
Whitney Johnson, highly ranked institutional investor; founding partner of Rose Park Advisors; senior advisor to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards; regular Harvard Business Review author and lecturer; author of Dare, Dream, Do.


Wednesday September 24, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom- BCEF

9:00am

Great Communicators Tournament: Preliminary Rounds
Three preliminary rounds will determine which of 12 finalists advance to the grand finale of the 2014 Great Communicators Tournament!  The finalists, judged by a panel of communications experts, will be arguing in favor of liberty and debating the morality of free market solutions to issues such as health care, pension reform, workplace freedom, and energy freedom.

Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
Plaza Court 2

9:30am

9:30am

Leadership Institute Media Training Day 1
The Leadership Institute's Media Interview Training will teach you how to develop a  message for radio and TV, speak in sound bites, and look professional on-camera. Participants will be coached through one to two rounds of mock interviews while receiving personalized critiques and feedback on how to better tailor a message for radio and TV. Sessions are 90 minutes long. Sessions are 60 minutes long and are led by Beverly Hallberg, president of District Media Group. To register for the training, please go here to sign up: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/spn/. 

Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:30am - 5:00pm
Plaza Court 7

9:45am

Identify Your Target Audiences for Policy Wins

Who needs to be persuaded to advance key policy reforms in your state? It’s probably far fewer people than you think, and it’s likely they live, work and play in different places than you currently reach. Learn how to identify your essential target audience on a budget.


Moderators
RL

Rod Lowman

The Lowman Group, LLC

Speakers
DA

Dee Allsop

Heart + Mind Strategies


Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Plaza Ballroom D

9:45am

How to Turn Donors into Transformational Donors
How do you move from having transactional donors to transformational donors? In this session you will learn one of the critical skills of large gift success is knowing the WHY of your donor, also known as the ArrowHead. You will learn seven-questions that can help you craft your ArrowHead for your Donor. But it’s not just the Donor’s WHY you need to know; you also need to create a relationship of rapport when you discuss how you can address your Donor’s needs, pains & desires with your solution. You will be given a battle-tested tool called, the Donor Discovery Map to help you lay-out your discussion to best serve your Donor. This will be a roll-up-your-sleeves work session. These skills, when honed and used, will help generate larger gifts, speed their decision process and help them become transformational donors to your solution.

Speakers
DE

Daniel Erspamer

State Policy Network
KK

Kevan Kjar

Arrowhead3 Consulting


Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Plaza Ballroom A

9:45am

Decisions and Actions of Influential Ideas
(CEOs and Board Members Only)
Part II of Whitney Johnson’s plenary presentation with emphasis on the key decisions leaders make and lead actions that can move your organization’s ideas up on the idea innovation S-Curve.

Speakers
WJ

Whitney Johnson

Author of Dare, Dream, Do
Whitney Johnson, highly ranked institutional investor; founding partner of Rose Park Advisors; senior advisor to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards; regular Harvard Business Review author and lecturer; author of Dare, Dream, Do.


Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Governors Square 12

9:45am

Creating and Keeping Your A-Team (Part 1)
Part 1 of 2; we highly recommend you attend both as the sessions are deeply tied together. In a market where good people are hard to find—and sometimes harder to keep—strong leaders recognize the importance of developing a powerful employee culture. When you understand and leverage both the skills and energies of your employees, your ability to retain them increases dramatically. This highly interactive session will equip you with practical knowledge and tools to motivate and retain staff, creating a more integrated employee team that inherently drives better organizational results.

Speakers
LV

Leanne VanBeek

Left Lane Consulting, LLC


Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Governors Square 10

9:45am

Keep a Coalition Together: Case Studies in Working with Difficult Partners
Working with coalition partners with diverse interests and competing voices can be one of the most difficult parts of a policy battle. Learn what it takes to hold a coalition together to accomplish a shared objective. 

Moderators
RK

Rachel Kopec

Coalitions Manager, State Policy Network
State Policy Network

Speakers
AO

Amy Oliver Cooke

Independence Institute
JH

Jonathan Haines

Director of Communications, The Maine Heritage Policy Center
Maine Heritage Policy Center
PV

Peggy Venable

Texas Director, Americans for Prosperity
Taxpayer advocate for 15 years, Reaganite, Texas Director of Americans for Prosperity, proud mother. Reaganite, taxpayer advocate, economic freedom fighter, named Texas Influencer in Campaign and Elections Magazine - #11 Republican (but clearly the magazine has it wrong - her dog Gipper doesn't mind her...how influential can she be?) Views are my own.
JW

Jenni White

Restore Oklahoma Public Education


Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Governors Square 16

9:45am

Change Lives through Innovative Policy Solutions
Big-government advocates believe they can manage human behavior, responsibilities and opportunities better than individuals and families. They regulate the economy and a host of personal choices: education, healthcare, land use and jobs, to name a few. Numerous opportunities exist for us to develop innovative policy solutions that empower people over bureaucracy—solutions that most people understand and can embrace. Hear concepts from freedom movement innovators that can help you craft your own influential policy solutions.

Moderators
TD

Todd Davidson

State Policy Network

Speakers
TB

Tarren Bragdon

Foundation for Government Accountability
LC

Lucy Caldwell

Goldwater Institute
ML

Marc Levin

Texas Public Policy Foundation


Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Governors Square 14

11:15am

Whitney Johnson Book Signing
Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 11:45am
Innovators Lounge

11:15am

Stop Sending Press Releases! How to Get Reporters' Attention
Do you spend hours on a press release only to have it ignored by reporters? Reporters are inundated with press releases on a daily basis, and their deadlines are usually severe. To earn media attention, you must stand out from the crowd. In this session, you’ll hear how to earn more media attention by embracing creative alternatives to the traditional press release. 

Moderators
WS

Will Swaim

Franklin Center

Speakers
LC

Lucy Caldwell

Goldwater Institute
LM

Lachlan Markay

Washington Free Beacon


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Governors Square 11

11:15am

Reach Your Target Audience for Policy Wins: Case Studies
Once you’ve determined who you need to reach, how do you reach them? Tailoring and targeting persuasive messaging is vital to any effective marketing effort. In this session, go behind the scenes of recent case studies to learn how to determine what persuades target audiences, and then craft marketing campaigns to engage them in advancing key policy reforms. 

Moderators
Speakers
MD

Mike Demkovich

High Road Stories
RG

Ryan Green

Illinois Policy Institute


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Plaza Ballroom D

11:15am

Winners and Losers: Why Nearly Every Successful Organization Has a Fundraising Plan and What’s in Them
Successful organizations plan for their success. But for many organizations putting together a strategic development plan is intimidating. It can be hard to carve out the time necessary to do such planning; it may be challenging to referee between different organizational interests and factions; and it is all too easy to put together “wish lists”—which may be useful, but are not strategic. This session will offer a clear rationale for development planning and practical steps for creating a plan that has a good chance of working.

Speakers
DS

Doug Schneider

American Philanthropic


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Plaza Ballroom A

11:15am

Silencing Opposing Views: Attacks on Free Speech and Private Charitable Giving
Over the past several years, an all-out war has been waged on our First Amendment rights. Part of this alarming trend includes attacks on the time-honored legal protection of private, charitable giving.  

Speakers
DA

Dee Allsop

Heart + Mind Strategies
RL

Rod Lowman

The Lowman Group, LLC
MN

Matt Nese

Director of External Relations, Center for Competitive Politics
As the Director of External Relations at the Center for Competitive Politics, I work to promote and defend citizens’ First Amendment political rights of speech, assembly, and petition. On behalf of CCP, I oppose so-called reformers’ efforts to limit campaign contributions, institute taxpayer funded political campaigns, revive the “fairness doctrine” in talk radio and implement other limits on citizens’ ability to support the... Read More →
MS

Michael Sullivan

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
JT

John Tillman

Illinois Policy Institute


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Governors Square 12

11:15am

Creating and Keeping Your A-Team (Part 2)
Part 2 of 2; we highly recommend you attend both as the sessions are deeply tied together. In a market where good people are hard to find—and sometimes harder to keep—strong leaders recognize the importance of developing a powerful employee culture. When you understand and leverage both the skills and energies of your employees, your ability to retain them increases dramatically. This highly interactive session will equip you with practical knowledge and tools to motivate and retain staff, creating a more integrated employee team that inherently drives better organizational results.

Speakers
LV

Leanne VanBeek

Left Lane Consulting, LLC


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Governors Square 10

11:15am

Reach the Next Generation
Hosted By Students for Liberty
Freedom’s future depends on a deep bench of young talent. It depends on us changing the hearts and minds of the next generation. Get some visionary and practical ideas about how your organization can better reach young people in your region from the leaders at Students For Liberty and other groups who have experience in this realm.

Speakers
ML

Matthew La Corte

Students for Liberty
KJ

Kelly Jemison

Students for Liberty


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Governors Square 16

11:15am

Confrontation or Collaboration?
What conditions make policy reform compromise a good idea? When does it undermine genuine reform and accountability? Think tank staff walk a fine line between holding politicians accountable and working with them to ensure good policies are advanced. This panel will explore the strategy behind when to compromise and when to hold firm

Moderators
MR

Mike Reitz

Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Speakers
PI

Patrick Ishmael

Show-Me Institute
ES

Erin Siefring

Heritage Action


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Governors Square 15

11:15am

Public Sector Union Reform

The quality of life for most Americans will improve when government at all levels shrinks in size and scope. This requires that the undue influence of public sector unions also reduces in size and scope. Learn from key reformers in this field, and discuss options that will likely work in your own state. Some of them may surprise you.


Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Governors Square 14

12:45pm

Plenary Lunch: Unsung Hero and Overton Awards
Meet the 2014 Unsung Hero, an individual whose work defines entrepreneurial public policy in the spirit of the Krieble Foundation’s president and founder, Helen Krieble. The Foundation will award a cash prize of $25,000 at the luncheon. 

And, for the first time in ten years, SPN will present the Overton Award to an outstanding COO or EVP—an individual who is successfully executing their organization’s strategic plan. 

Wednesday September 24, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

2:30pm

How to Use Polling to Tailor Your Policy Communications
If advancing your organization’s mission requires that you impact public opinion, this is your session. What do your key audiences care about, and how do you really know? How much does this change over time and can you afford to find out? In this session, learn how polling done well can identify key audiences’ concerns as well as track political, economic and cultural trends. Use this information to increase the impact of your research, products and communications plans.

Moderators
Speakers
DA

Dee Allsop

Heart + Mind Strategies
DF

David Flaherty

Magellan Strategies


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 11

2:30pm

Move Your Target Audiences for Policy Wins: Case Studies for Powerful Stories
What are the personal consequences to your target audiences of freedom gained and freedom lost? How will you communicate the magnitude of critical policy decisions made on their behalf? Learn the building blocks of great stories and effective ways to market and measure them.   

Moderators
avatar for Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

President, Spark Freedom

Speakers
JK

John Kramer

Institute for Justice
JP

John Papola

Emergent Order


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Plaza Ballroom D

2:30pm

Maximizing Special Events Toward a Major Donor Win!

The thought of yet another event may make you want to quit your job. But wait. Don’t break out that resume just yet. Events can be done well and with clearly articulated goals. Events can help you feed your prospect pipeline and strengthen your annual giving program. Learn how to manage the events portion of your fund development program, to evaluate events and to transition your event attendees into regular donors. 


Speakers
JY

Jess Yescalis

Yescalis Campaign Strategies


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 17

2:30pm

Marrying Development and Accounting: Project and Meet Your Fundraising Goals through Accurate Budgeting
There can be friction between development and accounting staff, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Discover how to project future revenue accurately, use financial information in donor presentations, and work effectively as a team to live happily ever after.

Speakers
AF

Ann Fitzgerald

A.C. Fitzgerald and Associates


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Plaza Ballroom A

2:30pm

Transitions: Growing Yourself- Growing Your Organization
Moving from idea to plan to organization to a sustained, robust, high impact enterprise is loaded with unexpected challenges. This session will help you identify those challenges at key stages in the development of an enterprise. You will also learn the crucial skills and four habits you need to successfully navigate those transitions and avoid becoming a rock in the river on the way to your mission.

Speakers
DH

De Hicks

Stuart Consulting Group, Inc.


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 12

2:30pm

The Art of Interviewing
One of the most challenging tasks of the hiring manager is to select the right candidate. When the resumes are piled up, how do you know who to select? When you’re sitting in an interview session, how can you be sure that you’re seeing the “real” candidate and making the best hire? Find answers to all your questions with our panel of experts. This is your chance to see high quality interviews in action.  

Speakers
CK

Claire Kittle

Talent Market
avatar for Donnie Quitugua

Donnie Quitugua

Executive Vice President & COO, SCGI & RCMI
Director of Operations, SCGI
LV

Leanne VanBeek

Left Lane Consulting, LLC


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 10

2:30pm

Community Change Agents: Coalition Case Study from Detroit
Sponsored by State Budget Solutions

The most effective voices for policy reform intimately know and understand the problems in their community. Leaders who have developed holistic policy and outreach strategies in their communities will discuss opportunities for think tanks to better engage their communities to craft policy reforms that change their state for the better. 

Moderators
RK

Rachel Kopec

Coalitions Manager, State Policy Network
State Policy Network

Speakers
MA

Michael Allegretti

Manhattan Institute
HC

Holly Carter

State Budget Solutions
avatar for Dawn Meling

Dawn Meling

Director of Marketing & Outreach, Commonwealth Foundation


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 16

2:30pm

Overcoming Obstacles to Pension Reform
In 30 years, as many has 85% of state and local pensions could be bankrupt, breaking our promise to state retirees and burdening the public with poor services and high taxes. The urgency for reform is evident; however, changes to pension systems often get caught up in technicalities. This session will discuss roadblocks and opportunities. 

Moderators
JW

Jonathan Williams

American Legislative Exchange Council

Speakers
AB

Andrew Biggs

American Enterprise Institute
LC

Lance Christensen

Director of Pension Reform Project, Reason Foundation
Reason is looking for willing partners who have interests in reforming their state or local government public pension programs.
SM

Steve Malanga

Manhattan Institute


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 15

2:30pm

Winning Tactics for Education Reform

Despite mountains of research supporting school choice, big-government opposition continues to cling to the status quo. In this session we’ll discuss successful tactics to advance disruptive innovation in education. 


Moderators
TD

Ted Dabrowski

Illinois Policy Institute

Speakers
LB

Lindsay Boyd

Beacon Center of Tennessee
BD

Ben DeGrow

Independence Institute
JF

James Franko

Kansas Policy Institute


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 14

3:45pm

4:00pm

Filmers and Creatives Brainstorm
Speakers
NB

Naomi Brockwell

Program Officer, The Moving Picture Institute
I work for the Moving Picture Institute (we make films that promote freedom), New York Bitcoin Center, IHS (I host their Learn Liberty Academy), am a contributor for ReasonTV, an alumni speaker with FEE, I host an economics reading group in NYC with the economics editor of Barron's, and have appeared on National TV many times promoting both Bitcoin and Freedom in Film, as well as the Larry Parks Show, and the Peter Schiff Show. Last speaking... Read More →
CB

Corey Burres

eResources
JS

Joel Sorrell

Sorrell Design & Photography


Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Innovators Lounge

4:00pm

Blocking EPA's Power Grab: What can state's do to assert their authority, avoid skyrocketing electricity prices, stem job loss and preserve grid reliability?
EPA proposes new carbon regulation for existing power plants despite evidence that it will have dramatic cost implications, imperil jobs and likely result in electric reliability issues in states throughout  the country.  Twelve states are already fighting against the regulation but the question remains what else can states do to protect their citizens and businesses from more, unlawful regulatory burdens.


Moderators
AO

Amy Oliver Cooke

Independence Institute

Speakers
PG

Patrick Gleason

Americans for Tax Reform
BR

Brandi R. Meek

Colorado GOP Executive Committee
WY

William Yeatman

Competitive Enterprise Institute


Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Governors Square 15

4:00pm

The Right State Tax Incentives: Taxing Weed Not Jobs
While Washington remains in gridlock, the states are paving the way to prosperity with tax reform.  This multi-state panel debates the best ways to support your state in creating the right tax incentives.

Moderators
TH

Travis H Brown

Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States

Speakers
avatar for Rick Akin

Rick Akin

Vice Chairman, The Steamboat Institute
I am the Vice Chairman of The Steamboat Institute, where our Freedom | Conference is the only conservative public policy conference to feature a gondola ride and a live rock band. I am also the President of The Akin Law Firm where we represents clients around the world in connection with their businesses in the U.S.
PG

Paul Guppy

Washington Policy Center
BM

Bob McClure

James Madison Institute


Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza Ballroom A

4:00pm

Unlocking Domestic Energy Production with Free-Market Conservation Policies for Endangered Species
Hosted by the R Street Institute
America’s domestic energy renaissance is bringing new jobs and economic growth to the nation’s heartland, but inflexible approaches to wildlife conservation and habitat protection under the Endangered Species Act are potentially erecting new hurdles to domestic energy production. States and the private sector are pioneering new approaches to species protection that could break the logjam. Join the Conservation Leadership Council and the R Street Institute to learn about free-market policies and local initiatives that promise to overcome regulatory hurdles and keep our domestic energy production on track—while delivering the conservation benefits that America's wildlife and landscapes deserve.

Moderators
Speakers
SK

Spencer Kimball

Western Energy Alliance
GN

Gale Norton

Former United States Secretary of the Interior
BS

Brian Seasholes

Director, Endangered Species Project, Reason Foundation
JS

John Swartout

Rural Policy and Outreach Director, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper


Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Governors Square 14

5:00pm

Generation Liberty Fellows: Keynote Speaker
Speakers
JP

John Papola

Emergent Order


Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Directors Row J

5:00pm

Book Signings
Joel Fund, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy 
Travis Brown, Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States
Michael Daugherty, Devil Inside the Beltway 

Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Innovators Lounge

5:00pm

6:30pm

9:30pm

Cigar Reception
Sponsored by the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association and Americans for Tax Reform.

Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Katie Mullins Irish Restaurant and Pub Tower Building, Street Level
 
Thursday, September 25
 

6:30am

CrossFit
Stay tuned for more details

Thursday September 25, 2014 6:30am - 7:30am
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

7:30am

Medicaid Strategy Breakfast
This breakfast is inviation only. For more information please contact Kathleen O'Hearn at ohearn@spn.org. 

Thursday September 25, 2014 7:30am - 9:00am
Governors Square 17

7:30am

Registration Open
Thursday September 25, 2014 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

8:00am

Marijuana Policy: Follow the Money
Sponsored by the Reason Foundation
What are the costs and benefits of marijuana legalization and decriminalization? According to some estimates, marijuana prohibition costs the U.S. government $20 billion per year. Who are the financial beneficiaries of the drug war, and who stands to gain from legalization or decriminalization? Hear from local experts what has been learned from the experiment in Colorado to date.​

Moderators
HK

Harris Kenny

Aleph Objects

Speakers
SK

Sam Kamin

University of Denver
JW

Jordan Wellington

Vicente Sederberg


Thursday September 25, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Plaza Ballroom A

8:00am

Make Me an Expert: Getting Past the Gatekeeper to Secure the Face-to-Face Meeting
Make Me an Expert Breakout Sessions: Choose 2 sessions to attend. 

Speakers
BT

Betsy Thraves

State Policy Network


Thursday September 25, 2014 8:00am - 10:15am
Plaza Court 6

8:00am

Make Me an Expert: Increasing Your Fundraising Capacity: Maximizing Consultant Relationships
Make Me an Expert Breakout Sessions: Choose 2 sessions to attend. 

Speakers
RH

Rick Hendrix

ClearWord Communications Group
MT

Michelle Taylor

A.C. Fitzgerald and Associates


Thursday September 25, 2014 8:00am - 10:15am
Plaza Court 4

8:00am

Make Me an Expert: Major Gifts- Building Impact Through Giving
Make Me an Expert Breakout Sessions: Choose 2 sessions to attend. 

Speakers
BC

Ben Case

Case Consulting Services


Thursday September 25, 2014 8:00am - 10:15am
Plaza Court 3

8:00am

Make Me an Expert: Perfecting the Pitch
Make Me an Expert Breakout Sessions: Choose 2 sessions to attend. 

Speakers
JY

Jess Yescalis

Yescalis Campaign Strategies


Thursday September 25, 2014 8:00am - 10:15am
Plaza Court 2

8:00am

Make Me an Expert: Raising Foundation Money Is Time Consuming, Frustrating... and Absolutely Necessary: Ten Ways to Improve Your Foundation Cultivation Program Today
Make Me an Expert Breakout Sessions: Choose 2 sessions to attend. 

Speakers
SR

Scott Rubush

American Philanthropic


Thursday September 25, 2014 8:00am - 10:15am
Plaza Court 5

9:00am

Organize Your Communications Shop to Achieve Your Vision
Every successful organization starts with big vision. While resources initially may be modest, your vision isn’t. Whether you are a shop of one or ten people, achieving ambitious goals requires executing the fundamentals of a quality communications plan. Learn how to build a communications plan to ensure lasting success for your organization

Moderators
JK

John Kramer

Institute for Justice

Speakers

Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Plaza Ballroom D

9:00am

Click to Donate: How to Set Up an E-Fundraising Campaign
Crossover with Development
With so many people going online to shop, consume information and learn how to engage their community, organizations can’t afford not to take their fundraising efforts online. Learn how to set up an e-fundraising campaign for your organization and find out how development and communications can work together to make it successful.

Speakers
TK

Tim Kachuriak

NextAfter


Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Governors Square 11

9:00am

The Dream Team: How to Get One and What to Do With It Once You Have One
 It’s not a one pony show any more. Your enterprise is growing. You’ve worked long and hard and now you can afford to hire another person (or more). Or, you are finally able to stretch with your team to achieve a higher challenge by adding a key player. This session will help you learn how to choose the right people, create a new team, focus efforts and work with a Dream Team. You will learn the four things that need to be in place before you can have a highly effective team, the three disciplines of working with Dream Teams and the two things you can do right now to make your current team significantly more effective. Whether you are the leader of a team of a dozen or the second person to join the project, this session will help you build and work with the right team.

Speakers
DH

De Hicks

Stuart Consulting Group, Inc.


Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Governors Square 12

9:00am

501c3 Boundaries: Where's the Line?
Where is the boundary for lawful 501c3 activity? Execute your strategies with confidence that you are complying with the law and will not have your tax status revoked. An attorney, accountant and think tank legislative outreach practitioner will share how you can protect your organization and still communicate effectively.

Speakers
DB

Dave Bond

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
AD

Alan Dye

Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
CM

Charles Mitchell

Commonwealth Foundation
MP

Matt Paprocki

Illinois Policy Institute


Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Governors Square 10

9:00am

Creating a Culture of Innovation
Hosted by Voter Gravity
This panel will share best practices with regards to creating a culture of innovation and leading positive change, with a discussion focused how you can innovate with regards to messaging, policy advancement, and fundraising utilizing the power of data analytics and technology.

Speakers
DB

Debbie Brown

Colorado Women's Alliance
MW

Michele Weslander Quaid

Voter Gravity board member and Google
NR

Ned Ryun

American Majority


Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Governors Square 16

9:00am

Income Inequality and Poverty
The left is clamoring to use the heavy-hand of government to level American’s incomes, even at the cost of trapping citizens in welfare programs. What are our solutions to help the most vulnerable among us improve their lives? 

Moderators
RH

Randy Hicks

Georgia Center for Opportunity

Speakers
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Lori Sanders

R Street
MT

Michael Tanner

CATO Institute
BW

Brad Wassink

American Enterprise Institute


Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Governors Square 15

9:00am

Murder Boards: Refine Your Testimony Skills by Fire
Murder Boards are an established strategy to improve testimony skills. Experts will teach us how to conduct a successful murder board so you can do it back home in your own shops. Plus, you’ll watch a few of your peers get grilled by a mock committee.

Moderators
ML

Mike Leland

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
KP

Kyle Precourt

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Speakers
LG

Len Gilroy

Reason Foundation
DG

David Guenthner

Senior Director for Public Affairs, Texas Public Policy Foundation
David Guenthner is the Senior Director of Public Affairs for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is one of the speakers during the session, "Murder Boards: Refine Your Testimony Skills by Fire," at 9:00 a.m. Thursday in Governors Square 14.
CH

Christie Herrera

Foundation for Government Accountability
GL

Greg Lawson

Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions
OP

Oran P. Smith

Palmetto Policy Forum
VV

Vincent Vernuccio

Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Governors Square 14

9:30am

Leadership Institute Media Training Day 2
The Leadership Institute's Media Interview Training will teach you how to develop a  message for radio and TV, speak in sound bites, and look professional on-camera. Participants will be coached through one to two rounds of mock interviews while receiving personalized critiques and feedback on how to better tailor a message for radio and TV. Sessions are 90 minutes long. Sessions are 60 minutes long and are led by Beverly Hallberg, president of District Media Group. To register for the training, please go here to sign up: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/spn/. 

Thursday September 25, 2014 9:30am - 5:00pm
Plaza Court 7

10:30am

The Power of Imagery and Film
Compelling images in story format powerfully communicate the benefits of freedom to our key audiences’ well-being. It all starts with finding the right heroes and drawing out their stories.  Learn how to uncover your policy heroes and persuade hearts and minds through videos and images that show the human side of policy reforms. 

Moderators
LL

Lasse Lund

Program Director, Spark Freedom
Follow me on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/lasselund *This is a personal Facebook page. The views expressed here are my own, and do not represent those of my employer.

Speakers
CB

Corey Burres

eResources
JP

John Papola

Emergent Order
JS

Joel Sorrell

Sorrell Design & Photography


Thursday September 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Plaza Ballroom D

10:30am

Communications and Policy: How to Work Together to Market Innovative Ideas
Crossover with Policy
Getting your organization’s research in front of other people’s eyes happens when policy hands off a finished paper to communications . . . right? Not necessarily. This session will teach policy and communications professionals how to maximize the impact of their organization’s work by collaborating on the marketing plan before the policy paper is finished.

Moderators
CC

Chris Cinquemani

Foundation for Government Accountability

Speakers
LB

Lindsay Boyd

Beacon Center of Tennessee
LY

Lindsay Young Craig

National Review Institute


Thursday September 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Governors Square 11

10:30am

Congratulations on Your Growing House File! Now What? How to Cultivate Direct Mail Donors
Many organizations grow impressive house files through direct mail prospecting but then have difficulty cultivating major gifts from their direct mail donors. As such, they never realize their list’s potential and their would-be major donors miss an opportunity to invest significantly in a meaningful cause. This session will focus on the building blocks necessary for creating a successful direct mail donor cultivation program, one that turns occasional donors into major investors.

Speakers
JB

Jeremy Beer

American Philanthropic


Thursday September 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Plaza Ballroom A

10:30am

Project Management 301- Managing a Project in Choppy Water
Did your project get off to an exciting start only to struggle once you jumped into the meat of the work? Learn from a seasoned professional how to manage a project from its start to a successful conclusion. Hear from a state think tank leader how they handled extraordinary obstacles and opportunities—all the ups and downs. 

Speakers
BG

Brad Gruber

State Policy Network
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Dawn Meling

Director of Marketing & Outreach, Commonwealth Foundation


Thursday September 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Governors Square 10

10:30am

Outside the Box: Unlikely Legislative Strategies to Win
Imagine if there were unconventional ways to introduce your ideas that leapt past the standard bearers of policy? Strategic innovators share their creative tactics to move policies from paper to reality. 

Moderators
TE

Trent England

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Speakers
TB

Tarren Bragdon

Foundation for Government Accountability
ND

Nick Dranias

Goldwater Institute
LH

Lynn Harsh

Vice President of Strategy


Thursday September 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Governors Square 16

10:30am

Federal Spending in State Budgets
What does a can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew have to do with federalism? Join us to learn about practical policy ideas that will equip decision makers to understand the amount of federal money flowing into state and local budgets. You will leave with a plan for action and resources that can be quickly customized and deployed to advance these policies.

Moderators
JB

Jennifer Butler

State Policy Network

Speakers
CG

Carl Graham

The Center for Self-Government in the West
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Wayne Hoffman

President, Idaho Freedom Foundation
Wayne Hoffman is one of Idaho’s leading experts on public policy, the Idaho Legislature and the practice of journalism. | | Hoffman has spent 25 years writing about government and politicians. He writes a weekly column, found in newspapers and on websites throughout Idaho, and is often invited to speak on complex issues including taxation, health care, free markets and education. | | Throughout his years in the news business, Wayne... Read More →
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Jess Yescalis

Yescalis Campaign Strategies


Thursday September 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Governors Square 14

10:30am

Health Care Solutions for States
Health care is a problem in America; costs are soaring and access is dwindling. If we do not work to innovate and bring market solutions into healthcare, the current system will continue to deteriorate. In this session you will learn about innovative policy solutions to our healthcare crisis. 

Moderators
KO

Kathleen O'Hearn

Director of Coalitions, SPN

Speakers
JD

John Davidson

Texas Public Policy Foundation
CH

Christie Herrera

Foundation for Government Accountability
PI

Patrick Ishmael

Show-Me Institute
KR

Katherine Restrepo

John Locke Foundation


Thursday September 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Governors Square 17

11:30am

Oxygen Bar
Thursday September 25, 2014 11:30am - 7:30pm
Innovators Lounge

12:00pm

Plenary Lunch: Great Communicators' Tournament
Think Freely Media is sponsoring its first Great Communicators Tournament in 2014 to identify and promote individuals who can persuasively describe a policy issue using moral arguments to support a free enterprise or limited government position. Finalists’ work will be featured at SPN’s luncheon. Judges will make their selection and award prizes. Click here for more information.

Thursday September 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Ballroom- BCEF

2:00pm

Reframing 10 Objections Think Tanks Face
As you become more successful in marketing your policy ideas, big-government advocates will fire back. Will you be ready to respond? This session will teach you how to anticipate and neutralize opponents’ objections. You’ll learn how to re-focus the narrative on the positive outcomes of your policy.

Speakers
KK

Kevan Kjar

Arrowhead3 Consulting


Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza Ballroom D

2:00pm

The Daily Habits of Highly Successful Fundraisers
Every development professional is different. We each have different strengths and weaknesses, and we each have our preferred strategies and tactics. In this session we will discover the daily habits that are shared by the most effective development professionals… those who are most likely to meet or exceed the goals laid out by their organizations. Learn the practical, applicable steps that fundraisers do every day to maximize their performance every day.

Speakers
BC

Ben Case

Case Consulting Services


Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Plaza Ballroom A

2:00pm

What a Great Board Can Mean to an Organization
This session is for board members only

Speakers
JC

Jeff Cain

American Philanthropic


Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governors Square 11

2:00pm

Navigating Overwhelming Digital Strategy Options
As digital strategies evolve and technology platforms proliferate, there’s increased pressure on your organization to make the correct choice for your online communication efforts. In this session, we'll analyze the cultural, business and strategic reasons you should consider in these decisions. This topic will cover web sites products like WordPress & custom solutions. We’ll also tackle online fundraising tools, database solutions and email marketing options. Whether you’re in leadership, marketing or operations, we’ll discuss how to seamlessly integrate these solutions to maximize your policy impact and internal efficiency. 

Speakers
MT

Mike Toguchi

eResources


Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governors Square 10

2:00pm

Ask a State Legislator: Moving Your Ideas from the Trash to the Desktop
Do your policy ideas actually get read by policymakers you are targeting? Keep your ideas from lining the litterbox and create a product that has an impact. State legislators share their honest feedback on who they pay attention to, what they read, and what they need from think tanks.

Moderators
JO

Justin Owen

Beacon Center of Tennessee

Speakers

Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governors Square 16

2:00pm

Disruptive Innovation vs. Regulation

The lifestyle most Americans appreciate today is possible because of innovators. Millennials in particular expect and appreciate innovation. Advocates of freedom have a great opportunity to contrast a regulatory landscape where special interests use government regulations to protect themselves against innovators with that of a deregulated environment where innovators and the customers they serve can flourish.


Moderators
TD

Todd Davidson

State Policy Network

Speakers
JH

Jacob Huebert

Illinois Policy Institute
HK

Harris Kenny

Aleph Objects
CT

Chris Tyrrell

Offerboard


Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Governors Square 12

3:00pm

3:30pm

Energy Regulations and Policy: How you can get involved
A series of recently released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations coupled with state policies like net metering will be transforming the way electricity transmitted, distributed and generated in the United States. The session will touch upon some of the more significant EPA regulations affecting the electric power industry and highlight distributed generation policies at the state level. Panelists will discuss the impact of these policies and regulations and inform attendees on how they can get engaged and active in their respective states.

Speakers
ND

Nick Dranias

Goldwater Institute
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Travis Fisher

Economist, Institute for Energy Research
Come find me if you want to talk about electricity, the rugby world cup, or bourbon!
CS

Cameron Smith

Liberty Foundation


Thursday September 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Governors Square 14

3:30pm

GONS: Broadband Battles in Your State
Creating government-owned broadband networks (GONs) can seem like an appealing option for local and state municipalities to increase greater access and speed to the internet in their areas. However, the U.S. Broadband Market is robust in terms of speed, affordability, and choice for internet users. With these traits, the market is well-positioned to continue to improve in response to evolving consumer demand.  Learn more about GONs and why it's important for government to leave the internet to the marketplace and what you can do in your state.

Speakers
CM

Charles M. Davidson

New York Law School


Thursday September 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Governors Square 17

3:45pm

3D Printing Demonstration by Aleph Objects
Speakers
HK

Harris Kenny

Aleph Objects


Thursday September 25, 2014 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Innovators Lounge

4:00pm

4:30pm

Techies and Communication Gurus Meet-Up
Speakers
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Grace Courter

Marketing & Communications Manager, Atlas Network
Florida transplant advancing worldwide freedom at @AtlasNetwork by day. GWU grad student by night. Florida Gators fan always.


Thursday September 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Innovators Lounge

4:45pm

5:00pm

Solutions for Human Flourishing
Come brainsotrm policy, tech and business ideas for an optimistic future. 

Thursday September 25, 2014 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Innovators Lounge

5:30pm

5:30pm

Development Reception
Thursday September 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Plaza Ballroom A

5:30pm

6:30pm

7:15pm

9:00pm

Dessert Reception Sponsored by Atlas Network
Sponsored by the Atlas Network

Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza Foyer

10:00pm

 
Friday, September 26
 

8:30am

8:30am

Registration
Friday September 26, 2014 8:30am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place

8:30am

Litigation Meeting
This is an invite only meeting, please contact Christina Sandefur for more information at csandefur@goldwaterinstitute.org

Friday September 26, 2014 8:30am - 2:00pm
Governors Square 12

9:00am

9:30am

Just Say No to Vanity Metrics: Set and Achieve Measurable Communications Goals
Big data is changing the way we understand audiences and communicate with them. But how do you use all this information to effectively reach your target audience and then measure your success? In this important session, learn how to use and test data, establish reasonable goals, select methods to track your progress and then measure whether your communications are hitting the mark.

Moderators
IS

Ian Spencer

Red Edge

Speakers
TM

Tim McGovern

Heritage Foundation


Friday September 26, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Plaza Ballroom D

9:30am

Proven Secrets to Fundraising Success: Fundraising Experts Take Your Questions
Back by popular demand! Something we didn’t cover in earlier sessions? Run out of time in another session with one of your burning questions not answered? Don’t worry. We’ve set aside time specifically for you to ask questions of the experts who’ve presented throughout the sessions. This is just for you and your questions, so queue them up!

Moderators
DE

Daniel Erspamer

State Policy Network

Speakers
JC

Jeff Cain

American Philanthropic
SD

Shana Davidson

ClearWord Communications Group
AF

Ann Fitzgerald

A.C. Fitzgerald and Associates
JY

Jess Yescalis

Yescalis Campaign Strategies


Friday September 26, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Plaza Ballroom A

9:30am

Building a Winning Culture
One of the most powerful forces in an organization is the culture. With the right culture you can offer someone their dream job and change the world. With the wrong though you can fall into a spiral of frustration, staff demoralization, and even mission failure. Join our panel of experts in a lively discussion about building organizational culture. Learn what makes a great culture, how to change a culture, and how to maintain a successful culture. Ask your tough questions to those who have been there and know what it takes for an organization to thrive.

Moderators
JB

Jennifer Butler

State Policy Network

Speakers
KR

Kristina Rasmussen

Illinois Policy Institute
MR

Mike Reitz

Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Friday September 26, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Governors Square 10

9:30am

Policy Tool Belt
As technology has innovated, think tanks have moved beyond the traditional white paper to offer tools that present complex research in a user-friendly format. In this session, learn about resources you can add to your policy tool belt in your fight for education, healthcare, and fiscal policy reforms.

Speakers
MA

Michael Allegretti

Manhattan Institute
LM

Liz Malm

Tax Foundation
BP

Bill Peacock

Texas Public Policy Foundation
WW

Wayne Winegarden

Pacific Research Institute


Friday September 26, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Governors Square 15

9:30am

School Choice Fiscal Note Calculator
An online tool for demystifying the task of estimating the fiscal effects of proposed school choice legislation. Developed with the goal of assisting legislative fiscal analysts on the complex task of building an accurate, data-driven fiscal forecast by applying well-established economic principles, sound forecast model design, and empirical data all supported by credible research. In addition, the tool will also include a mode intended to enable non-financial users to generate rough estimates of school choice fiscal effects without requiring detailed data entry or in-depth knowledge of the underlying economic principles.       

Friday September 26, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Governors Square 16

11:00am

12:00pm

SPN Annual Meeting Concludes
Friday September 26, 2014 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place