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Wednesday, September 24
 

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
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Rod Lowman

The Lowman Group, LLC

Speakers
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Dee Allsop

Heart + Mind Strategies


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

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
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Tarren Bragdon

Foundation for Government Accountability
LC

Lucy Caldwell

Goldwater Institute
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Marc Levin

Texas Public Policy Foundation


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

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
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Ryan Green

Illinois Policy Institute


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

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
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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

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
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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

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
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Jonathan Williams

American Legislative Exchange Council

Speakers
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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.
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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
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Ben DeGrow

Independence Institute
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James Franko

Kansas Policy Institute


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Governors Square 14
 
Thursday, September 25
 

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

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
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Kyle Precourt

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Speakers
LG

Len Gilroy

Reason Foundation
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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
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Greg Lawson

Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions
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Oran P. Smith

Palmetto Policy Forum
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Vincent Vernuccio

Mackinac Center for Public Policy


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

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
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Chris Cinquemani

Foundation for Government Accountability

Speakers
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Lindsay Boyd

Beacon Center of Tennessee
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Lindsay Young Craig

National Review Institute


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

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... 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
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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

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
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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

5:30pm

 
Friday, September 26
 

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
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Michael Allegretti

Manhattan Institute
LM

Liz Malm

Tax Foundation
BP

Bill Peacock

Texas Public Policy Foundation
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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