NBCSL 41st Annual Legislative Conference    November 30-December 3, 2017    JW Marriott Indianapolis, Indianapolis
Day's Schedule Subject to Change

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. / WHITE RIVER A HEALTH – American Heart Association – Healthy Food Access
Attendees begin arriving – Breakfast
9:30 am – 9:40 am Welcome, Opening Remarks, Intro of Panel
Austin Hurt, The Young Urban Gardener
9:40 am – 10:40 am Panel
Moderator: Rep. Robin Shackleford
Panelists: Tony Gillespie (HFFI), Tracy Fox (SNAP), Dominique Edwards (Institutional Gardening), Sharrona Moore-Breeding (Community Garden)
10:40 am – 10:50 am Remarks from Senator Eddie Melton
Senator Eddie Melton gives feedback then transitions group to round table conversations, explains process
10:50 am – Noon Roundtable Conversations
Legislators from each table will rotate every fifteen minutes
Noon – 1:00 pm Luncheon & Closing
12:00 pm / WHITE RIVER B ENERGY – Edison Electric - Utility of the Future
Attendees will listen to utility executives discuss how the utility industry is transitioning to clean energy resources with the growth of technology.
12:00 pm / WHITE RIVER B ENERGY – Edison Electric - Utility of the Future
Attendees will listen to utility executives discuss how the utility industry is transitioning to clean energy resources with the growth of technology.
1:00 pm Energy Companies and Smart City Innovation
Much discussion is focused on the evolving utility business model driven by more customer choices, new technologies, and transforming regulatory constructs. In the face of all this change, what are utilities doing to unlock innovation?
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Strategic Planning – Who? What? Where? How?
The industry is changing and the workforce must change with it. Our world will be more digital and at the same time, we will compete for its people in a labor marketplace that is also changing. How are energy companies ensuring workforce diversity in the industry?
3:30 pm Powering the Future through Inclusion: Supplier Diversity Best Practices
During this discussion panelists will provide insight on the challenges the industry faces to attain diverse suppliers, and their best practices concerning outreach to Primes and Tier II Suppliers. Panelists will highlight the importance of these inclusive practices to their companies as it concerns maintaining a positive economic impact and increasing opportunity.
4:30 pm Wrap-up and Next Steps
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Pre-Conference Reception – sponsored by Lyft

Thursday, November 30, 2017

7:30 am – 8:30 am / WHITE RIVER G-J Student Arrival & Breakfast
Welcome and Orientation
Rep. Robin Shackleford, IBLC Vice-Chairwoman (IN)
8:30 am – 11:00 am Mock Sessions
Youth Congress House
Room Lead – Rep. Robin Shackleford
Youth Congress Senate
Room Lead – Sen. Greg Taylor & Sen. Eddie Melton
10:40 am – 11:00 am Pro Committee Group Move to other Chamber
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:30 am – 1:00 pm / WHITE RIVER F Youth Congress Day Luncheon

Tamika Catchings Tamika Catchings
Retired WNBA Player for Indiana Fever and Humanitarian
Marlin Jackson Marlin Jackson
Former NFL Player, Social Entrepreneur and Media Personality
11:00 am – 1:30 pm / WHITE RIVER A NOBEL Women
1:15 pm – 3:30 pm ROOM 101/102
Executive Committee Meeting
Corporate Roundtable Meeting
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm / WHITE RIVER B African American Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (AALSCC)
Leadership Development Session
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm WHITE RIVER A,B,C or D
Policy Committees Meetings
ROOM 101/102
Rules Committee Meeting
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm State Caucus Night Out
Executive Committee Dinner (Executive Committee Members Only)
9:00 pm – 12:00 am / WHITE RIVER G-J President’s Reception

Friday, December 1, 2017

8:00 am – 9:30 am / WHITE RIVER F Representative Lois DeBerry Prayer Breakfast
Jeffrey A Johnson Jeffrey A. Johnson
Sr. Senior Pastor, Eastern Star Church
9:30 am – 10:45 am / WHITE RIVER G-J Opening Plenary
Jerome M Adams Vice Admiral Jerome Adams
U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Policy Sessions

Sickle Cell Disease: Access to Treatment and Debunking Stigmas [WHITE RIVER A]
Sickle cell disease affects African-Americans more than any other demographic in this nation. This policy session will share information about treatment for sickle cell disease and how legislators can increase access to care for sickle cell patients. It will also address some of the stigmas often associated with this condition.

Committee(s): Health and Human Services
Moderator: The Honorable Nicole Collier, Representative (TX)

  • The Honorable John King, Representative, South Carolina State Legislature
  • Gary Gibson, Executive Director, Martin Center: Sickle Cell Initiative
  • Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves, Professor, University of Tennessee
  • St. Jude Children’s Hospital Representative

Racial Disparities in School Disciplining Practices [WHITE RIVER B]
Black students, particularly Black girls, are disciplined in school at a higher rate than students of other demographics. In this session, a panel of legislators and subject matter experts will discuss the racial disparities in disciplining practices of students in K – 12th grade, the disproportionate rate of discipline for Black female students in comparison to White female students, and how these practices perpetuate the school to prison pipeline.

Committee(s): Education
  • The Honorable Harold Love, Representative (TN)
  • The Honorable Raumesh Akbari, Representative (TN)

  • JauNae Hanger, Director, Children’s Law and Policy Center of Indianapolis
  • Jamilia Blake, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Russell Skiba, Professor, Indiana University
  • Tara Rinehart, Director of Special Services, Wayne Township

Moving into the Future: Building Smart Infrastructure [WHITE RIVER C]
The new “smart” technologies being deployed in states throughout the nation are transforming our communities and changing the way we live and interact. This panel will provide lawmakers information to consider when developing smart technology initiatives. And panelist will discuss how smart technology can increase students’ access to broadband, modernize energy grids, and change the way we drive or park. It will also highlight opportunities for state legislators to attract smart infrastructure development in predominantly African-American communities.

Committee(s): Technology, Science, Telecommunications & Energy, Transportation, and Environment
Moderator: The Honorable Valencia Seay, Senator (GA)

  • Zac Elliot, Manager, Indianapolis Power and Light Co.
  • Ryan Gammelgard, Counsel, State Farm
  • Nathaniel Davis, Executive Chairman, k12
  • Donna Epps, Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon Communications
  • Antonio Williams, Senior Director Government and External Affairs, Comcast
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm / WHITE RIVER F Benjamin S. Ruffin Corporate Roundtable Luncheon
Rod Cotton Rod Cotton
Senior Vice President, West Zone, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Policy Sessions

Consequences of Government Restrictions on Controlled Substances and Tobacco [WHITE RIVER B]
The enforcement of government restrictions on controlled substances have disproportionately affected African Americans in the past. This policy session will discuss the impacts of policies and legislation that support the banning or prohibiting of controlled substances and tobacco, especially as it relates to the African American community.

Committee(s): Law, Justice, and Ethics
Moderator: The Honorable Reginald Meeks, Representative (KY)

  • John Dixon III, Former Chief of Police in Petersburg, Virginia
  • The Honorable Ronald Rice, Senator, New Jersey State Legislature
  • Monique French, Director of Tobacco Control & Advocacy, American Lung Association
  • Kendrick Meek, Senior Advisor, King & Spalding

What’s New in Attacks on Reproductive Health? [WHITE RIVER A]
Federal and state healthcare proposals will impact women’s’ access to reproductive health services. This policy session will allow state lawmakers, women’s rights advocates, and public health professionals discuss federal and state policies and legislation that affect Black women’s access to medical services and their reproductive rights.

Committee(s): Health and Human Services
Moderator: The Honorable Holly Mitchell, Senator, (CA)

  • The Honorable Charleta Tavares, Senator, Ohio State Legislature
  • Jacqueline Ayers, National Director of Legislative Affairs, Planned Parenthood of America
  • Alencia Johnson, Director of Constituency Communications, Planned Parenthood of America
  • Yvonne Beasely, Project Director, Indianapolis Healthy Start

Legislative Solutions to Address Minority Health Issues [WHITE RIVER C]
Given the current state of healthcare law in America, it is critical that state lawmakers develop health initiatives, policies, and legislation to address the health disparities and chronic conditions that affect communities of color. In this session, public health professionals and state lawmakers will discuss government initiatives that focus on the health issues of communities of color and how to replicate those efforts in other states.

Committee(s): Health and Human Services
Moderator: The Honorable Toni Rose, Representative (TX)

  • Carl Ellison, President and CEO, Indiana Minority Health Coalition
  • The Honorable Charles Brown, Representative, Indiana State Legislature
  • Stephanie DeKemper, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Sheila Craig, Associate Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Opportunities in Public Finance Transactions for Minority Owned Businesses [WHITE RIVER D]
African American legal and financial professionals are often underrepresented in state public finance transactions. In this session, public finance experts will discuss opportunities for state lawmakers to increase the number of African American attorneys, underwriters, and bankers that engage in public finance transactions.

Committee(s): Business and Economic Development
Moderator: The Honorable Harold Mitchell, Representative (SC)

  • The Honorable Greg Taylor, Senator, Indiana State Legislature
  • Bo Daniels, Managing Director, Loop Capital Markets
  • Phil Culpepper, Managing Director, Ramirez & Company, Inc.
  • Anderson Bynam, Managing Director, Mesirow Financial, Inc.
  • F. Brooke Dunn, Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm / ROOM 101/102 Labor Roundtable Meeting
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm / ROOM (TBD) Policy Resolutions Deliberations
6:30 pm Begin Boarding Bus for Host State Night Out
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Host State Night

Saturday, December 2, 2017

8:00 am – 9:30 am / WHITE RIVER F NOBEL Women’s Breakfast
Janice Bryant Howroyd Janice Bryant Howroyd
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ActOne Group
10:00 am – 12:00 pm / WHITE RIVER A-D Town Hall Meeting
Lessons from 13th the Film: State Initiatives to Ending Mass Incarceration
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm / ROOM 101/102 AALSCC Leadership Development Luncheon
J Shiri Anderson J. Shiri Anderson, MSM
Higher Education Resource Officer, Office of Research & Education Accountability, Comptroller of the Treasury
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm / ROOM (TBD) Labor Round Table Meeting
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm - WHITE RIVER A-D Policy Resolution Ratification Session and Model Legislation Presentation
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm / TBD State Black Caucus Chair Reception
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm / WHITE RIVER F-J Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner
10:15 pm – 12:30 am / WHITE RIVER E 2018 Host State Kick-off

Sunday, December 3, 2017

8:00 am – 9:30 am / WHITE RIVER F Wake Up With W.I. G. Breakfast
“Women In Government invites you to Wake Up With WIG! Join us for breakfast and learn about WIG’s successes from 2017, and what is on the horizon for 2018.”

Lucy Gettman, Executive Director of Women In Government (WIG)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm / TBD NBCSL Annual Meeting
1:00 pm NBCSL Conference Adjournment


Join us for NBCSL 2017 “Racing Toward the Future: Leading in a Time of Change.”
Together, we can finish.