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*This schedule is current as of November, 30 2014. All sessions and times are subject to change.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Session
Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Room: Columbia 11
Effective Incumbency: Connecting with Constituents

Presented by
Dow Chemical

Holding elected office is a distinguished honor, but also comes with a great deal of responsibility. This intensive workshop provides elected leaders with the tools needed to ensure success. Covering diverse topics such as fundraising as an incumbent, maintaining constituent relations, and how to effectively communicate through social media, the session will help LGBT elected officials at every level of government be more responsive and effective public servants.

Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Room: Columbia 12
Executive Appointments: How to Get Appointed to City, State or Federal Office
An unprecedented number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are serving as appointed officials at all levels of government. Learn how to best position yourself for an appointment and get one-on-one resume advice from current and former appointees.
Welcome Reception
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Please join Senator Tammy Baldwin and LGBT leaders from across the country and the globe at a reception to open the 30th International LGBT Leadership Conference.

Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC

Friday, December 5, 2014

Session
Concurrent Workshops(breakfast)
8:30am - 10:00am
Dealing with Disasters: Preparing, Responding, and Recovering

Presented by
State Farm


Room: Columbia 3 & 4
Marketing Equality

Presented by
Google


Room: Columbia 9 & 10
Empowered to Win: Transgender and People of Color Running for Office

Presented by
The Arcus Foundation


Room: Columbia 11 & 12

Natural disasters like hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes happen in communities throughout the world. These events pose a serious threat to the safety and security of citizens and infrastructure, even when municipalities are proactive in their approach to them. This panel discussion with elected officials and experts will equip participants with new strategies and knowledge about emergency preparedness and response.

A strong message of LGBT equality can connect with individuals, increase favorability over competitors and ultimately, increase revenue. Join a panel of marketing and political experts to discuss what data shows us about promoting a message of equality and what political lessons can be learned from America's favorite brand names.

While opportunities have expanded for out elected and appointed officials around the globe, openly transgender people and LGBT people of color still face significant barriers to public service. This discussion will address some of the common challenges of running, venues for appointed office, and the challenges of serving openly as an out transgender person or LGBT person of color.

Plenary
10:15am - 11:45am

Room:
Columbia 5-8
What's Up in Washington?

A distinguished panel of federal officials, policy experts and consultants will survey the landscape of post-mid-terms Washington to talk about what's possible after the power shift. LGBT issues such as employment non-discrimination, immigration and open military service for trans troops are up for discussion as panelists consider the possibilities for both legislative and executive action.

Networking Lunch
12:00pm - 1:45pm

Room:
Columbia 5-8
Presented by Union Pacific
Concurrent Workshops
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Religion, Politics, and LGBT Equality

Room: Columbia 3 & 4
Green 2.0: What's Next for Environmental Policy?

Presented by
Toyota


Room: Columbia 9 & 10
The Public Trust: Gaining It, Keeping It, or Losing It

Presented by
The Bohnett Foundation


Room: Columbia 11 & 12

Opponents of LGBT equality are increasingly claiming our movement threatens their religious liberty. Have they effectively flipped the script, or is religion-based bigotry still a powerful force in denying basic civil rights protections to all LGBT people? This discussion with out elected officials and religious leaders will examine the ways LGBT equality and religious practice coexist in public life.

Environmental concerns remain a top priority for public officials around the world. From renewable energy sources to energy-efficient transportation, policy-makers have a lot to learn about how to meet the challenges ahead. Join a panel of experts as we discuss political and policy efforts to conserve energy, protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future.

Whether confronting a pandemic or launching a new policy initiative, gaining and maintaining the trust of your constituents and the public is essential. Join the Harvard Kennedy School and elected officials from Victory's Bohnett Leaders Fellowship for an interactive training on leading effectively in times of crisis and change.

Plenary
3:45pm - 5:15pm

Room:
Columbia 5-8
Making America Whole for LGBT People and Families

The United States is currently a patchwork of LGBT legal rights and protections, with laws varying widely from state to state and few LGBT non-discrimination protections enshrined in overarching national laws. How are national, state and local LGBT organizations responding, and what does the future hold for states where equality is late in arriving? Join this discussion focusing on strategies to eliminate the boundaries and borders that still exist for LGBT Americans.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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

Room: Columbia
6 & 8

Concurrent Workshops
10:15am - 11:45am
Understanding Rapidly Changing Smoke-Free Tobacco Policies

Room: Columbia 6 & 8
Addressing the LGBT Youth Homelessness Crisis

Presented by Frank Selvaggi

Room: Columbia 9 & 10
Proud Veterans: Meeting the Needs of a Growing LGBT Ex-Military Population

Room: Columbia 11 & 12

The vapor products (e-cigarette) industry is experiencing rapid growth, leading to questions among elected officials about how and how much to regulate these and other forms of smoke-free tobacco products. This panel discussion with government officials and health professionals will debate the policy landscape and the science behind it.

Between 20 and 40 percent of homeless youth in the U.S. identify as LGBT. What can LGBT leaders and lawmakers do to address and reduce these alarming rates? This panel discussion with policy experts and out officials will explore strategies and solutions attendees can employ in their own communities.

Following the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the public and private sectors are adapting to serve the unique needs of LGBT veterans and their families. From employment to health care to family benefits, out retired service members can face a complex set of issues as they transition to civilian life. Join elected officials, military officials, and LGBT veterans for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges faced by this growing population.

Plenary (lunch)
12:00pm - 1:45pm

Room: Columbia
5 - 8
Globalizing Freedom for LGBT People

Presented by Google

The U.S. and other countries are adding LGBT concerns to their human rights, development and diplomatic priorities, but the response from some countries has been to push back hard. Hear from top activists and government officials about the potential for change and the future of LGBT activism in some of the toughest places on Earth to be openly LGBT.

Concurrent Workshops
2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Science of the Ask: Fundraising for Local Races

Room: Cabinet
Labor of Love: Unions and the LGBT Workforce

Presented by
PG&E


Room: Columbia 9 & 10
The Entire Trans Agenda at the City Level in 90 Minutes

Room: Columbia 11 & 12

Political campaigns are both art and science, but most people only pay attention to the art. Understanding how to develop a winning strategy that uses campaign tools effectively is what leads a campaign to victory. Learn proven fundraising strategies for local races from experts who have worked with hundreds of openly LGBT candidates and campaign staff, and add to your fundraising toolbox.

The LGBT community has made unprecedented gains and yet in many states it is still legal for LGBT workers to be fired or discriminated against. What can unions do to protect LGBT members of the workforce? How can LGBT employee organizations operate effectively in small and large scale industries? This session will be an opportunity to learn from legislators and labor experts about building coalitions as workplace organizers, LGBT advocates, and elected and appointed officials.

Trans people often struggle to survive, or thrive, because of the discrimination, harassment and violence they face in all aspects of society. Thankfully, there are things we can do at the city level to address the discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, and health issues trans adults and young people face. Though some changes need city council approval, many actions can be taken by city officials and agencies without city council action. Hear the full range of what policies are needed and get connected to examples of working programs so your city doesn't have to re-invent the wheel.

Concurrent Workshops
3:45pm - 5:15pm
HIV Prevention in a Pill?: Prophylaxis and Policy

Room: Cabinet
Applying New Technologies in Digital Communications

Presented by
Google


Room: Columbia 9 & 10
Women Out to Win: The Path to Parliament

Presented by
Chris Abele


Room: Columbia 11 & 12

With the emergence of new drug therapies, what is the prognosis for curbing HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community? Some say newly available preventative medication should be taken to protect ourselves and each other. This session will be a chance to explore the political, policy and public health implications of using antiretroviral drugs to prevent infections.

The 2014 election cycle has seen a variety of new technologies and tools for campaigns, from email and social media to digital advertising. Join our experienced panelists for an interactive discussion on the digital communications that are revolutionizing how we contact constituents and win.

As the political gender gap begins to shrink worldwide, visibility for LBT women in public service is increasing. Join a discussion with international female elected officials and candidates about the impact out women leaders have on policy, their paths to office, and emerging opportunities for LBT women in legislatures across the globe.

Closing Reception
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Presented by
Chris Abele, Google, RAI Services Company

Come celebrate newly elected LGBT leaders in 2014 and look forward to the year ahead!

Cannon Caucus Room
C St & Independence Ave, SE, Room 345
Washington, D.C. 20003

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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

Room: Jefferson West
2015 Conference Planning Breakfast