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Thursday, November 19, 2015


Welcome Reception
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Reception

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


Concurrent Workshops (breakfast)
9:00am - 10:30am

Coalitions Combatting Human Trafficking

Governing America's Changing Cities

Out to Win: New Tools for a Data-Driven Campaign

Human trafficking is a critical global issue that is only increasing in severity, and youth are especially vulnerable. Join a discussion with experts at NGOs, internet companies, and advocacy organizations about how new partnerships around the world are working to address the problem.


John Burchett, Director of Public Policy-Google

Valerie Schmitt, Human Trafficking Advisory Specialist-Polaris

Linda Walubengo, Program Director-Larkin Street Youth Services

Jaan Williams, Director of Domestic Programs-Victory Fund & Institute

Presented by Google

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.


Betsy Fretwell, City Manager-Las Vegas, NV

Mayor Robert Garcia-Long Beach, CA

Mayor Javier Gonzales-Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mayor Annise Parker-Houston, TX

Mayor Ed Murray-Seattle, WA

Presented by Toyota

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


Sue Burnside, Founder & President-Burnside & Associates

Joe Fuld, President-The Campaign Workshop

Karine Jean-Pierre, Deputy Campaign Manager-O'Malley for President 2016

Dave Leichtman, Democratic Advisor for Campaign Tech-Microsoft

Julia Rosen, Director of Marketing-ActBlue

Presented by Microsoft

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. Yet, 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.


Kate Kendell, Executive Director-National Center for Lesbian Rights

Kris Hayashi, Executive Director-Transgender Law Center

Danielle Moodie-Mills, CEO-Politini Media

Representative Mark Pocan-Wisconsin

Gautam Raghavan, Vice President of Policy-Gill Foundation

12:00pm - 1:45pm

Talk and Q&A with Aisha Moodie-Mills

What is the landscape for LGBT leaders in the next few years? What do tomorrow's leaders look like? How do we get them there? Sit down to lunch with Victory Fund & Institute President and CEO, Aisha Moodie-Mills, as elected and appointed officials add their thoughts to the conversation at Victory.


Ashlee Davis, White House Liaison-U.S. Department of Agriculture

Senator Lucia Guzman-Colorado

Aisha Moodie-Mills, President and CEO-Victory Fund & Institute

Mayor Annise Parker-Houston, TX

Mitchell Rivard, Deputy Chief of Staff-Office of Rep. Dan Kildee

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 shortages and emergencies in the western U.S. and superstorms in the east. How does the management of water impact the future of individuals, businesses, and our nation? Experts will explain the phenomena behind the water crisis and suggest policy solutions. Join this deep dive with the Harvard Kennedy School and alumni of the Victory Bohnett LGBT Leaders Fellowship and get a taste of the public policy conversations happening at the Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in the State and Local Government program.


Director Glen Dake-Los Angeles

Commissioner Michael Fleming, Executive Director-David Bohnett Foundation

David King, Professor-Harvard University

Councilmember Rosie Mendez-New York City

Commissioner Debra Shore-Chicago

Presented 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.


Samatha Ames, Staff Attorney-National Center for Lesbian Rights

Mayor Robert Biedron-Slupsk, Poland

Sam Brinton, Co-Chair #BornPerfect Advisory Committee-National Center for Lesbian Rights

Wilson Castaneda, Director-Corporacion Caribe Afirmativo

Bishop Yvette Flunder, Founder and Senior Pastor-City of Refuge

Scott McCoy, Staff Attorney-Southern Poverty Law Center

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.


Raul Alvillar, National Political Director-Democratic National Committee

Ashlee Davis, White House Liaison-U.S. Department of Agriculture

Alex McNeill, Executive Director-More Light Presbyterians

Commissioner Andrea Shorter, President-Commission on the Status of Women

Senator Jessie Ulibarri-Colorado

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?


Tamara Adrian, President-Proinclusion

Precious Davis, Assistant Director of Diversity-Columbia College Chicago

Kris Hayashi, Executive Director-Transgender Law Center

Mara Keisling, Executive Director-National Center for Transgender Equality

Andy Marra, Communications Manager-Arcus Foundation

Tiq Milan, Writer and Advocate-Milan Media Productions

Keynote: Geena Rocero and Juniper Cordova-Goff

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Lessons from Marriage Equality: A Fireside Chat

Join leaders in the fight for marriage equality in an intimate conversation reflecting on recent victories, movements outside the U.S., and what we can learn from them as we move forward.


Member of Parliament Jerry Buttimer-Ireland

Member of Parliament Alex Greenwich-Australia

Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director-Freedom to Marry

Czeslaw Walek, Chairman-Prague Pride

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Networking Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am

Concurrent Workshops
10:00am - 11:30am

Shaping the Sharing Economy

Communities Working Together for Criminal Justice Reform

Out to Win: Closing the Gender Gap

From Zipcar and Uber to AirBnB, the sharing economy is creating new opportunities and challenges in the marketplace. How can policy makers best protect workers, businesses, and consumers? Learn about the issues faced by public officials and the solutions they’ve developed as they seek to balance the interests of stakeholders and protect their constituents.


James Healey, Former State Assemblyman-Nevada

Vivienne Ming, Managing Partner and Co-Founder-Socos

David Owen, Regional Head of Public Policy-Airbnb

John Roberts, Portfolio Manager-Workplace Equality Index

Cathy Schwamberger, Associate General Counsel-State Farm

Presented by State Farm

The past two years have seen America struggle to reckon with a longstanding epidemic of police violence and the disproportionate effects of our criminal justice system on people of color. This discussion of current events, policies, and issues facing our communities will bring together a variety of voices to illuminate potential solutions.


Representative Nelson Araujo-Nevada

Senator Kelvin Atkinson-Nevada

Senator Lucia Guzman-Colorado

Lori Lightfoot, President-Chicago Police Board

Meghan Maury, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director-National LGBTQ Task Force

Maya Rupert

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.


Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski-Salt Lake City, UT

Lucinda Guinn, Vice President of Campaigns-EMILY's List

Tanisha Humphrey

Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director-Planned Parenthood Federation of America/Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Beth Shipp, Executive Director-LPAC

Senator Pat Spearman-Nevada

11:45am - 1:00pm

Visionary Leaders in Action

Three visionary leaders take the stage to share their groundbreaking work. From expanding your sphere of influence to new developments in the fight for LGBT rights around the world, these talks are a can't-miss opportunity to learn from some of today's trailblazers.


Selisse Berry, Founder and CEO-Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Ross LaJeunesse, Head of International Relations-Google

Leanne Pittsford, Founder and CEO-Lesbians Who Tech

Bob Satawake, LGBT National Co-Chair-Obama for America

Presented by Google

Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00am

Elected Officials Caucus

Transgender Caucus

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Concurrent Workshops
2:15pm - 3:45pm

Beyond Borders: Immigration from the Local and International Perspective

Out to Win: Transgender Elected Officials

More than Southern Charm: The Secret to LGBTQ Advocacy in the South

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.


Flor Bermudez, Detention Project Director-Transgender Law Center

Anais Deleglise, Regional Legal Adviser-Comunidad Casabierta

Representative Mary Gonzalez-Texas

Zenén Jaimes Pérez, Policy & Advocacy Analyst-United We Dream

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa-Wisconsin

Join transgender elected and appointed officials to discuss how the presence of trans people in politics 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.


Logan Casey, Doctoral Student-University of Michigan

Phillipe Cunningham, Senior Policy Advisor on Youth Development and Racial Equity-Office of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Mara Keisling, Executive Director-National Center for Transgender Equality

Judge Victoria Kolakowski-California

Alderperson Vered Meltzer-Appleton, WI

Paula Sophia Schonauer, Board Member-Freedom Oklahoma

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


Comissioner Kevin Beckner-Tampa, FL

Richard Carlbom, Senior Campaign Specialist-Freedom for All Americans

Nadine Smith, Executive Director-Equality Florida

Councilmember Alex Wan-Atlanta

Michelle Wright, LGBT Outreach Advocate-Southern Poverty Law Center

Presented by Dow

Closing Reception
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Closing Reception

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