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Wednesday, September 24

9:45am PDT

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.


Rod Lowman

The Lowman Group, LLC


Dee Allsop

Heart + Mind Strategies

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

9:45am PDT

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. 


Rachel Kopec

Coalitions Manager, State Policy Network
State Policy Network


Amy Oliver Cooke

Independence Institute

Jonathan Haines

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

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... Read More →

Jenni White

Restore Oklahoma Public Education

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

11:15am PDT

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.


Matthew La Corte

Students for Liberty

Kelly Jemison

Students for Liberty

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

2:30pm PDT

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. 


Rachel Kopec

Coalitions Manager, State Policy Network
State Policy Network


Michael Allegretti

Manhattan Institute

Holly Carter

State Budget Solutions
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Dawn Meling

Director of Marketing & Outreach, Commonwealth Foundation

Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Governors Square 16
Thursday, September 25

9:00am PDT

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.


Dave Bond

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Alan Dye

Webster, Chamberlain & Bean

Charles Mitchell

Commonwealth Foundation

Matt Paprocki

Illinois Policy Institute

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

9:00am PDT

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.


Debbie Brown

Colorado Women's Alliance

Michele Weslander Quaid

Voter Gravity board member and Google

Ned Ryun

American Majority

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

10:30am PDT

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. 


Trent England

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs


Tarren Bragdon

Foundation for Government Accountability

Nick Dranias

Goldwater Institute

Lynn Harsh

Vice President of Strategy

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

2:00pm PDT

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.


Justin Owen

Beacon Center of Tennessee


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