Partake in public policy innovation, information exchange, joint action, entertainment and celebratory events!
Day 1Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019Day 2Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019Day 3Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019Day 4Friday, Dec. 6, 2019Day 5Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
11:00am - 2:50pm
Pre-Conferences - By Invitation Only
  • Health Summit - Eli Lilly - GRAND SALON A
  • Education Summit - K12 - GRAND SALON B-C
  • Energy Summit - Edison Electric - GRAND SALON D
3:00pm - 4:45pm
Race in Sports Town Hall - GRAND EF

Moderator, Tiffany Greene (ESPN)

Panelists: Dawn Staley (University of South Carolina Women's Basketball Coach), Mike Summers (former NFL player, Indianapolis Colts), and Joe Briggs (Staff Counsel, Public Policy Counsel, NFLPA).

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Opening Night Reception - GRAND SALONS A-D
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Executive Committee Meeting - OCEAN SALON 1&3
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Executive Committee Dinner (Offsite)
7:00am - 8:00am
8:00am - 10:30am
Corporate Round Table (CRT) School Visit - Offsite)
10:00am - 11:45am
Opening Ceremony - GRAND EF
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Professional Development Session 1 - GRAND EF

Ethics - Who's Covering the Tab and What Does it Really Cost?

Commissioner and Former Rep. Rodney Ellis (FL)

Fundraising - Paying the Cost to Be the Boss

Diondra Musgrave

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunch – Oceanview Terrace

Social Media: Is Going Viral a Good Thing? What About Your Data Privacy?

Love Hudson-Maggio

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Professional Development Session II - GRAND EF

Public Service: Why Are you Really Here?

Former Senator Rhine McLin (OH)

Relationships: Working the Chamber: Do you Know How to Count?

Senator Karla May (MO)

2:15pm - 3:30pm
AALSCC - Panel Discussion - Clearwater/Orlando

A Different World: Careers in Public Policy: Discussion with Former and Current Legislative Staffers

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ancillary Groups (multiple meetings simultaneously)
  • 15 Policy Committee Meetings (Multiple times and rooms) - GRAND EF
  •  Former Legislator Caucus Formation Meeting - Caribbean Boardroom
  • African American Legislative Staff (AALSCC) Meeting - Clearwater/Orlando
  • Labor Workforce Round Table Meeting - SALONS C-D
5:00pm - 6:00pm
President's Reception (Terrace) - OCEAN VIEW TERRACE

Special Guest, Former Attorney General Eric Holder

Late Night
Late Night Hospitality - Caribbean II - III
7:00am - 8:00am
8:00am - 9:45am
Representative Lois DeBerry Prayer Breakfast - GRAND EF
10:00am - 11:30am
Concurrent Policy Sessions - (Sessions will meet 42 minutes and rotate, to allow you the chance to attend two sessions.)

Generating Work, Wealth and Wages: Closing the Black Wealth Gap – GRAND SALON CD

Michael A. Grant, J.D.

President/CEO, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC)

Michael Grant currently holds the position as president of United Security Financial Corporation, Inc.located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Grant is the former president of the National Bankers Association where… View full bio »

LaToya Benjamin, M.A.

Director of Economic Development - New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (10th D)

For over three years, Ms. Benjamin has been responsible for compiling & analyzing economic, demographic, industry, & occupational data; conducting industry cluster & economic impact analyses, asset mapping; & other… View full bio »

Orim Graves, CFA

Executive Director, National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP)

Orim Graves, CFA is Executive Director of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), a trade association established in 1985 for diverse professionals in the financial services industry headquartered in… View full bio »

Mother’s Lives Matter: Ending the Maternal Mortality Crisis – GRAND SALON AB

Robyn Jones, MD, FACOG

Senior Director of Women’s Health, Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Jones is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who received degrees from Brown University, Temple University School of Medicine and specialty training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University). Her… View full bio »

Environmental Justice: Communities Moving from Surviving to Thriving – GRAND SALON GH

Harold Mitchell, Jr.

Fmr. South Carolina State Representative and Board Member, Environmental Justice Conference, Inc.

The Honorable Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg, South Carolina, is a lifelong resident of his community. He was born in Spartanburg as the 1st of three sons of SGT. Harold Mitchell… View full bio »

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Vice President for Environmental Justice, Climate and Community Revitalization - The National Wildlife Federation

Ali is a nationally recognized leader on environmental justice and climate policy. His work has been grounded in the 17 principles of the environmental justice movement. The first principle affirms… View full bio »

Crispr/Cas9 – Gene Edits Technology: Unlocking a Cure for Sickle Cell – GRAND SALON JK

Ashley Valentine

Co-Founder and President, Sick Cells Nonprofit

Ashley is a Co-Founder and President of Sick Cells nonprofit. She is the youngest sibling of her family.  Her older brother and Co-Founder of Sick Cells, Marqus Valentine, has sickle… View full bio »

Dr. Steve Caffé

Head of Regulatory Affairs, CRISPR Therapeutics

Dr. Steve Caffé brings to CRISPR Therapeutics a 25-year track record in global product development and regulatory affairs, having held senior leadership positions at several leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.… View full bio »

Biree Andemariam, M.D.

Hematologist, Chief Medical Officer for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

Biree Andemariam, M.D. received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology and African studies from Princeton University and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, graduating with research honors. … View full bio »

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Benjamin S. Ruffin Corporate Round Table Luncheon - GRAND EF
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Concurrent Policy Sessions - (Sessions will meet 42 minutes and rotate, to allow you the chance to attend two sessions.)

Census 2020 & Redistricting: Getting a Complete Count – GRAND SALON CD

Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean

Vice President, Fair Count

Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean is the Vice President at Fair Count, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, founded by Stacey Abrams. The goal of Fair Count is to facilitate and ensure a… View full bio »

Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins (MD)

Maryland State Delegate, State of Maryland House of Delegates.

Jheanelle Wilkins is an advocate for underserved communities and dedicated to creating greater opportunity for all people to live their best lives. She has pursued this passion through advocacy for… View full bio »

Marilyn Stephens

Assistant Regional Census Manager, The U.S. Census Bureau

In November 2016, Marilyn Stephens was promoted to Assistant Regional Census Manager for the 2020 Census for the Atlanta Region. In this capacity, she will manage the community engagement and… View full bio »

Cannabis Landscape: Equity, Economics, Opportunities – GRAND SALON AB

Dorothea (Dee) Dawkins-Haigler

Ordained Minister, College Educator, Community Activist, and Political Strategist, DDH & Associates and TIME 1000.

Dorothea (Dee) Dawkins-Haigler dedicates her life to public service through her role as an ordained minister, college educator, community activist, and political strategist. Dee served 8 1/2 years as a… View full bio »

Rep. Sonya Harper

Illinois State Representative – Illinois House of Representatives

Sonya Marie Harper has been a community activist on the South Side since she was 16 years old. Her passions include promoting community, economic development and civic engagement in an… View full bio »

What State Legislators Need to Know About Online Privacy Regulation? – GRAND SALON GH

Diane Holland

Senior Advisor for Technology and Telecom, National Urban League Washington Bureau

Diane Holland is Senior Advisor for Technology and Telecom at the Washington Bureau of the National Urban League. In this role, she develops strategic advocacy and analysis for issues important… View full bio »

Jotaka L Eaddy

Chief Strategy Officer, Promise Network

Jotaka L. Eaddy is a tech executive and seasoned strategist with more than 20 years of experience in policy and movement building.  Described as the “Olivia Pope of Silicon Valley”… View full bio »

PhRMA Health Equity Roundtable – GRAND SALON JK

Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health

Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards is an Associate Professor in the Public Health Leadership Program, and adjunct faculty of Epidemiology and Health Behavior at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global… View full bio »

Courtney Christian

Policy and Research Director, PhRMA

Courtney Christian is a Director of Policy and Research at PhRMA focusing on state-based reforms impacting health insurance, prescription drug coverage, Medicaid, and on health equity. Prior to joining PhRMA,… View full bio »

Phebe D. Fuqua

Patient Advocate

Phebe Fuqua was born in Flowood, Mississippi and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. Phebe has three beautiful children: Amaziah Raphael, Jaylisa Gabrielle and Hezekiah Judah, who are her drive and… View full bio »

3:30pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Policy Resolutions Deliberations & Adoptions - GRAND EF
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Departure for Host State Night Out
7:00pm - 10:30pm
Host State Night Out (Suggested: White attire or Business Casual. Wear comfortable shoes. Outdoor Event.)
Late Night
Late Night Hospitality - Caribbean II - III
7:00am - 8:00am
8:00am - 10:00am
NOBEL Women’s Breakfast & Meeting - GRAND EF
10:00am - 12:00pm
Legislators ONLY Workshop/Annual Meeting - GRAND SALONS A-D

(Former Legislators Caucus on Life After Serving)

10:00am - 12:00pm
10:00am - 12:00pm
10:00am - 12:00pm
Labor Workforce Round Table Meeting & Elections - GRAND SALONS G - H
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Labor Workforce Round Table Luncheon - GRAND EF
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Policy Resolutions Ratification, Model Legislation & By-Laws - GRAND SALONS A - D
6:30pm - 7:15pm
Awards Dinner Reception - GRAND EF FOYER
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Annual Awards Dinner - GRAND SALONS EF
10:15pm - 12:30am
2020 Host State Kick-off - GRAND SALONS A - D
Late Night
Late Night Hospitality - GRAND SALON JK
10:00am - 2:00pm
Opportunity Zones Workshop - GRAND EF
NBCSL Conference Adjournment