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*This schedule is current as of August 12, 2015. All sessions and times are subject to change.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Session
Pre-Conference Workshop
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Expanding Your Sphere of Influence

Ever wonder how some of your colleagues seem to know everybody? Do you want to make a lasting impact on your coworkers, peers or constituents? Through successful networking and political techniques, you can build strong relationships with stakeholders and make your ideas heard throughout your community. Experts will teach you the skills you need to grow your political power and capital.

Welcome Reception
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Please join LGBT leaders from across the country and the globe at a reception to open the 31st International LGBT Leadership Conference.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Session
Concurrent Workshops (breakfast)
9:00am - 10:30am
More than Southern Charm: The Secret to LGBTQ Advocacy in the South

Governing America's Changing Cities Out to Win: New Tools for Voter Targeting

Southern states present unique challenges when it comes to the advancement of LGBT rights. Panelists willl discuss sucessful strategies for nondiscrimination campaigns at the state and local level, and the difficulties involved in beating back anti-LGBT legislation.

Openly LGBT mayors are running some of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the country. Hear from mayors coast to coast about what it takes to govern a municipality and how cities are changing policy conversations across America.

The one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on is the 2016 election will be all about the ground game. The right tools and strategy can maximize voter turnout in surprising ways. Come learn about new software and best practices that will help you or your candidate reach your win number.

Sponsored by Microsoft

Plenary
10:45am - 11:45am
Defining the Debate

In June, the Supreme Court ruled definitively that same-sex marriage is guaranteed by the equal protection clause. 2015 also saw an attempted repeal of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, and an epidemic of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts sweep through legislatures across the country. As opponents of equality seek to define the debate on LGBT rights, tireless advocates and unlikely allies have worked to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination. Come hear policymakers and advocates analyze the effect of these decisions and discuss the strategy for moving forward.

Lunch
12:00pm - 1:45pm

Talk & Q&A with Victory Fund & Institute CEO and President Aisha Moodie-Mills
Concurrent Workshops
2:00pm - 3:30pm

America's Water Crisis

Ending Conversion Therapy: Legislative and Legal Remedies
A Seat at the Table: Social Justice in the LGBT Movement

The importance of prudent water policy has recently been amplified by the shortages and emergencies in the western U.S. How does the management of water impact the future of individuals, businesses, and our nation? Experts will explain the the phenomena behind the water crisis and suggest policy solutions.

Sponsored by the David Bohnett Foundation

Lawsuits and legislation against conversion therapy are on the rise, resulting in several bans and a landmark 2015 pre-trial ruling in New Jersey. A panel of educators, activists, and legal experts will address recent developments in the fight to keep conversion therapy from harming LGBT people and their families.

LGBT leaders know how difficult it can be to gain access to positions of power. How do the challenges involved overlap with our notions of inclusion and social justice? How do we define those terms, and what can we do as to ensure that future generations have more power and representation than we do? Join us at this workshop to learn more about how different communities are breaking down barriers and redefining what it means to be included.

Plenary
3:45pm - 5:00pm
#TransLivesMatter: Transforming the Globe

2015 has been a year of high-profile positive visibility for the transgender community. At the same time, transgender people, particularly transgender people of color, are facing an epidemic of anti-trans violence, which is rarely covered by the media. How do we balance the challenges of a rapidly rising movement as we celebrate the victories and continue the fight for trans rights?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Session
Networking Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am

Concurrent Workshops
10:00am - 11:30am
Shaping the Sharing Economy
TBD
Out to Win: Closing the Gender Gap

From Zipcar and Uber to AirBnB and TaskRabbit, the sharing economy is creating new opportunities and challenges in the marketplace. How can policy makers best protect workers, businesses, and consumers? Learn about insurance practices, regulatory policy, and other solutions being enacted in municipalities across the country.

Sponsored by State Farm

 

While 2015 witnessed the launch of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, women are still highly underrepresented in local, state, and federal government. In this session, political experts and LBT officials will take you through strategies to navigate the barriers still facing women candidates.

Plenary
11:45am - 1:00pm
Visionary Leaders in Action

 

Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
 

 

Concurrent Workshops
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Beyond Borders: Immigration from the Local and International Perspective
Transgender Elected Officials Around the World

Out to Win: Creating a Message-Driven Strategy

From the implementation of President Obama's executive orders to the remarks of 2016 Republican presidential candidates, it's clear the public debate around immigration in the U.S. is far from settled. In this session, officials from Central America and those working on the state and local level in the U.S. will give their perspective on what policymakers can do to fix a broken system.

Join elected officials from around the world to discuss how the presence of openly trans officials and candidates is changing public attitudes. Be the first to see new research out of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and talk about what can we expect over the next few election cycles.

Candidates have a lot to balance - the needs of their constiuents, their vision for the community, the demands of the media, and the contrast with their opponent. Come learn from political consultants and campaign veterans on how to craft your message and make it the driving force in your campaign.

       
     
Closing Dinner
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Closing Reception

Come celebrate newly elected LGBT leaders in 2015 and look forward to the year ahead!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Session
Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am

Breakfast