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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Session

Pre-conference Workshop
2 - 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session for Elected Officials: How State and Local Officials Can Push for Equality

Remarks:
Jeff Krehely, Consultant, Victory Institute
Kate Kendell, Executive Director, NCLR
Senator Tammy Baldwin

Elected Official Leads:
Javier Gonzales, Mayor, Santa Fe
LaWana Mayfield, City Council Member, Charlotte

With a rapidly changing political landscape, LGBT elected officials are uniquely positioned to defend our community’s progress. This closed-door session for elected officials is designed to be a strategy session to activate a national LGBT caucus to protect and drive forward equality, and to shield our communities from hateful, discriminatory policies in the wake of the 2016 elections. Advocates and peers will lead a conversation on the next steps that will inform how we move forward in light of the incoming administration.


4:30 - 6 p.m.

Opening Plenary: Around The World in 90 Minutes

Remarks:
Todd Larson, Senior LGBT Coordinator, USAID

Panel:
Moderator: Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
Ambassador James Brewster, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
Ambassador Rufus Gifford, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
Ambassador Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
Ambassador Randy Berry, U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons
Ambassador Michael Guest, Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania  

The Obama Administration appointed six openly gay ambassadors and a Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. This has been the clearest message that a President could send abroad. Our speakers will reflect on their contribution towards equality on the post and provide recommendations regarding how to maintain these advances during the next administration.

Opening Celebration
6 - 8 p.m.

Opening Celebration: Toasting the Obama Administration's Historic Level of LGBT Appointees

 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Session

8 - 9 a.m.

Corporate Appreciation Breakfast

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Briefing featuring Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning
Sponsored by Union Pacific

Remarks:
U.S. Rep. Ruben GallegoArizona District 7
Eric Fanning, Secretary of the U.S. Army

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality: LGBT Officials Who Fire Up the Progressive Movement
Sponsored by DOW Chemical Company

Panel:
Moderator: Jeff Krehely, Consultant, Victory Institute
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island District 1
Sandra Moran, Member of Congress, Guatemala
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, Wisconsin District 2
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, California District 41
Cathy Woolard, Atlanta Mayoral Candidate

Victory’s mission has always been to increase open LGBT representation in all levels of government, and what we know to be true is that, the LGBT community intersects with all other communities, making us the rightful ambassadors for a large scope of issues including reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, and gun violence prevention. Victory has undertaken some groundbreaking research in these areas. Come find out what the voting records of openly LGBT elected officials on these issue areas reveal.

Workshop 1
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Powering Up: Energy Equality
Sponsored by PG&E

Panel:
Moderator: Jeff Riles, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Enel Green Power
State Sen. Ricardo Lara, California District 33
Kim Noble, Director of National Partnerships, Green for All
Melissa Lavinson, Senior Director, Federal Affairs, PG&E

With the looming threat of climate change, smart energy policies will become all the more critical in the coming years. The power sector is in a period of incredible innovation, with rooftop solar, a new push for plug-in electric vehicles, smart grid infrastructure, and new regulations to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, creating fresh opportunities and challenges. Local officials are confronting a range of new policy issues, from incentives and rate structures for renewable energy to aggressive promotion of energy efficiency. This session will help participants understand how to set ambitious yet pragmatic energy policy goals and build coalitions to support them.

Serving OUT, Proud and with Honor: How Pres. Obama Re-imagined an Inclusive Military
Sponsored by Union Pacific

Remarks:
David Black, Director - Washington Affairs, Union Pacific

Panel:
Moderator: Matt Thorn, Executive Director, OutServe - SLDN
State Sen. Pat Spearman, Nevada District 1
Amanda Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy
Sue Fulton, President of SPARTA and Chairperson, West Point Board of Visitors
Shane Bagwell, SPC, U.S. Army

The Obama administration made great strides towards equality over the last 8 years for our service men and women. During his administration, President Obama signed the DADT Repeal Act and became a champion for LGBT rights within military branches following the appointment of Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army, where he became the highest-ranking gay Pentagon official in history. Led by Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, the ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the military was also lifted. With the United States military being the largest employer in the world, the effect of military policies stretches beyond just those in uniform – they affect everyone, from soldiers to civilian personnel to family, friends, and loved ones. We will discuss how these policies have transformed our military and created an environment of inclusivity and honor within in the world's strongest military.

Trans-forming the Electorate: A Path to Victory for Transgender Elected Officials

Remarks:
U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, California District 17

Panel:
Moderator: City Councilmember Geoff Kors, Palm Springs
Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs Planning Commission Member, Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs Chairwoman
Luisa Revilla, La Esperanza City Council Member, Peru
Shane Ortega, Retired Combat Veteran, U.S. Army

Transgender candidates face unique barriers to public office – barriers that desperately need to be kicked down. Hear experts from around the world discuss how openly trans candidates can better their chances of succeeding in local, state, national and international elections. 

Lunch Plenary
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

A Seat at the Table: Why Representation Matters
Sponsored by Coca-Cola

Speakers:
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, New York District 18

We are at a critical juncture in the LGBT movement. We know that nearly 75% of the states facing anti-LGBT legislation right now have only one or no LGBT elected officials at any level of government. And states with no LGBT elected officials have no laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in housing or employment. Representation matters: hear LGBT leaders highlight how public service is an important path to improving all of our lives.

Workshop 2
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Renewing Our Water Infrastructure
Sponsored by Xylem

Panel:
Al Cho, VP for Strategy & Business Development, Xylem
Renee Willette, Director of Strategic Iniatives, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Debra Shore, Commissioner , Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Cities around the country are confronting urban water challenges ranging from water quality, water scarcity, and water affordability. The Flint water crisis exposed the severity of these challenges, and the potential horror that awaits if they are not addressed. This session will help policymakers understand the basic challenges facing the governance of water systems and understand alternative approaches and trade-offs in solving them.

Unlocking the Doors to Freedom: Criminal Justice Reform & the LGBT Movement

Panel:
Moderator: Urvashi Vaid, CEO, Vaid Group LLC, Founder and Board member, LPAC
City Councilmember Corey Johnson, New York City 
Arisha Hatch, Executive Director, Color of Change PAC

Black and brown youth, including members of the LGBT community, are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. And it’s clear these same youths are routinely targeted by law enforcement and racially profiled. Despite lingering tough-on-crime rhetoric from many on the right, a growing bipartisan coalition gives advocates hope that sentencing reform, police accountability and alternatives to mass incarceration are on the horizon. How do our openly LGBT elected officials discuss these sensitive issues, and how can we encourage openly LGBT activists to heed this increasingly urgent call and run for office? Join us for this necessary and timely discussion.

If You’re Reading This You Should Run For Office

Remarks:
Leslie Herod, House of Representatives Elect, Colorado

Presentation:
Joe Fuld, Founder and President, The Campaign Workshop
Kelton Morgan, President and Founder, Campaign Services Group
Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC 

Are you an openly LGBT person considering running for office in 2017 or beyond? Do you believe that we need more LGBT voices at the decision-making table? Are you ready to learn how to build your platform, messages, and teams? Get a sneak peek into our critically acclaimed candidate & campaign training and learn from experts who work year around to elect openly LGBT candidates. 

Plenary
3:45 - 5 p.m.

No Walls, Only Bridges: Immigration & the LGBT Movement

Panel:
Moderator: Robert Raben, Founder and President, The Raben Group
Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director, United We Dream
Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder and CEO, Define American
Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice-President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza

LGBT activists are at the forefront of the movement for comprehensive immigration reform. Why? Because LGBT immigrants are disproportionately affected by a cruel system that tears apart families, places deportees in unlivable detention centers and deports millions of immigrants to countries with dismal human rights landscapes. This session will address the challenges and the possibilities that lie ahead for immigration reform, and how LGBT leaders can help.

5 - 6 :30 p.m.

International Reception

"Invitation only"

10 p.m.

Late Night Out with Victory

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Session

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Workshop 1
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Think Outside the Cubicle: Shaping the Sharing Economy
Sponsored by Toyota

Panel:
State Rep. Evan Low, California State Assembly District 28
David Gallon, Sr. Dir. Of Strategic Insight & Innovation, Toyota Financial Services
Kristin Sharp, Executive Director, New America’s SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers and Technology
Daniel Penchina, Principal, Raben Group

The emergence of the sharing economy—think Uber, Air BnB and others—not only helps communities unlock new economic opportunities and services for their residents outside of the traditional workplace – but also raises important questions about governance, safety, accessibility, and equity. This session will help participants understand the potential value of fostering a shared economy and help them assess the trade-offs and issues it raises for elected officials. 

Making the Case: The Business Community and the Fight for LGBT Nondiscrimination Laws
Co-sponsored by Workplace Equality Index

Panel:
Moderator: Katie Belanger, COO, Freedom for All Americans
Justin Nelson, CEO, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
John Roberts, Portfolio Manager, Workplace Equality Index
Scott Sapperstein, Assistant Vice-President Public Affairs, AT&T

Our federal government and half of our states lack laws protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. In 2015 and 2016, we witnessed an unprecedented attack on LGBT people with hundreds of bills introduced in more than 30 state legislatures each year. Businesses across the country are stepping up to make the case for fully inclusive nondiscrimination laws and to beat back anti-LGBT legislation. Join elected leaders, business representatives, and Freedom for All Americans to explore how businesses and LGBT elected officials can effectively partner to advance proactive legislation and defeat anti-LGBT attacks.

Hash tag Winning: Mastering New Media as an Out Leader
Sponsored by Walmart

Panel:
Moderator: Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign
Rep. Angélica Lozano Correa, Colombian Chamber of Representatives
Roz Silva, Director of Digital Advocacy, Walmart
State Rep. Brian Sims, Pennsylvania House District 182
Tiffany Muller, Executive Director, End Citizens United

Social media is constantly changing the way we do business, organize, and run for office. It has revolutionized how we mobilize our communities and provides a platform for savvy leaders to communicate directly with their audience and motivate them for action. Hear from openly LGBT leaders who have leveraged social media platforms to help them win elected office and advance the causes they believe in.

Lunch Plenary
11:45a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rationalizing the Irrational: Debriefing the 2016 Election

U.S. Panel:
Moderator: Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post Opinion Writer, MSNBC Contributor
Jessica O'Connell, Executive Director, EMILY's List
Hilary Rosen, Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
Cornell Belcher, President, Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies
Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida State House District 49
Toni Atkins, State Senator Elect, California

International Panel:
Sen. Claudia Lopez, Senator, Colombia
Alex Greenwich, Sydney Assembly Member, New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Australia
Nick Herbet, Member of the Parliament, House of Commons, London, United Kingdom

Despite the recent presidential election, and the rollbacks that it suggests, 2016 was a pivotal year for progressive politics and the LGBT community made our voices heard loud and clear. Come hear political analysts discuss what 2016 meant for the LGBT community. Presenters will discuss 2016’s biggest political winners and losers.

Workshop 2
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

LGBT Health Under a Trump Administration
Sponsored by Pfizer

Panel:
Moderator: Laura Durso, Senior Director of LGBT Research & Communications Project, CAP
Brian Agnew, Senior Director US Policy, Pfizer
Greg Price, Goverment Relations, Aetna
Wayne Turner, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program
Mark Sickles, House of Delegates Member, Virginia

During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to reform Medicaid. The shape of any reforms has yet to be determined, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare. Access to reliable healthcare is one of the leading challenges facing the LGBT community and given the poor track record of support for the LGBT community of some members of the transition team, it is vital we contemplate and help shape what the future of healthcare might look like.  Come hear LGBT healthcare experts discuss what the future of health care may look like under the Trump administration, and how communities can take action to protect LGBT health care access. 

The LGBT’s Forgotten “A” Word…Aging
Sponsored by AARP

Panel:
Jeremiah Mora, Associate State Director of Community Outreach, AARP Colorado
Jim Meadows, Executive Director, No Age New Orleans
Angela Foreshaw, Manager of State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania
Rob Schneider, Manager of Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Texas

Aging LGBT adults have different challenges to overcome in our ever-changing society. We will all age at some point and we will need the services that many elderly Americans rely on to be inclusive and sensitive to our community. In this session, we will discuss the status of our LGBT elders and what can we do to be more supportive of their unique needs?

A View from the Front Lines: Why LGBT Leadership at the State and Local Levels Matters Now More than Ever
Sponsored by State Farm

Panel:
Moderator: Rebecca Cokely, Executive Director, National Council on Disability
Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Jeff Marootian, Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Mira Patel, Former Senior Advisor to the Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration
Ashlee Davis, White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Openly LGBT appointees have made a difference in the lives of LGBT Americans since the first appointment of an out person by President Bill Clinton and in each administration since. Over the next two years, advancing equality for the LGBT community will depend on activating and leveraging the influence of the hundreds of openly LGBT elected and appointed officials serving across the country. This session will begin with a presentation on key officials appointed to serve in the new administration, and what those appointments mean for LGBT Americans. Additionally, there will be a panel of state and local leaders who fight for equality around the country. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the work Victory Institute is leading to foster more robust collaboration among LGBT elected and appointed officials in 2017 and beyond.


6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

Living Room (1008 Vermont Ave. NW)