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2018 NCRA Legislative Bootcamp - Agenda

Program Agenda*

2018 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp
March 11–13, 2018

Regency B Room, Reston Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA


Sunday, March 11 — Knowledge is Power: Take It to Your State!

12:30–1 p.m.


1–1:30 p.m.

Goals of Boot Camp: What You Need to Know

Marcia Ferranto, NCRA Executive Director and CEO

1:30–2 p.m.

Politics 101

Matthew Barusch, NCRA State Government Relations Manager

This session will provide a baseline understanding of American politics and how Capitol Hill works. It will focus on the nuts and bolts of how legislation is made, bills become laws, and to effectively advocate for your ideas.

2–2:15 p.m.


2:15–2:45 p.m.

NEW! The State of Court Reporting

Chris Willette, NCRA President
Matthew Barusch, NCRA State Government Relations Manager

To effectively advocate for the court reporting profession in your state, you must be informed on the most recent developments in the profession. This presentation will take you through what’s happening at the state level.

2:45–3:15 p.m.

NEW! Certification: An Important Issue in the States

Cynthia Bruce Andrews, NCRA Senior Director of Certification and Education
Matthew Barusch, NCRA State Government Relations Manager

One of the best things state leaders can do to protect the profession at the state level is to advocate for certification and licensure. Learn the value of NCRA certification and how to pursue these policies as a legislative goal in your state.

3:15–4:15 p.m.

NEW! Connecticut: A Lesson on the Importance of Certification

John Brandon, Interim President of Connecticut Court Reporters Association

The state of Connecticut recently lost its licensure policies through unfortunate legislation. Learn what happened and how state leaders are responding, and take those lessons home with you to protect the profession in your state.

4:15–4:30 p.m.


4:30– 5:30 p.m. 

NEW! Grassroots Lobbying

Jacqueline Sly, Former State Representative for South Dakota

In today’s legislative climate, you must incorporate grassroots efforts into your overall strategy to have the maximum impact. This session will give you what you need for your advocacy toolbox and help you construct a full-scale grassroots campaign.

5:30 p.m.  

Dinner on your own

Monday, March 12 — Leadership in Action: How to Influence Outcomes

8–9 a.m.

Continental breakfast

9–11 a.m.

NEW! Go with Your Gut! Effective Decision-Making in an Overthinking World

Shelley Row, Speaker, Consultant, Author

When seeking decisions from staff, colleagues, bosses, or legislators, do you experience churning conversations that never reach a decision? Are some situations lightning rods that put a halt to rational conversation? In a complex world, we can get mired in analysis-paralysis. Other times, tension and reactivity destroy rational discussion. In these cases, data alone is not enough. Learn the neuroscience behind effective decisions that balance hard-line analytics with gut feel.

Session objectives:

  • Limit and stop overthinking by resolving the forces that freeze decision-making.
  • Discover proven techniques to slow a quick reaction before you respond and regret it.
  • Enable “aha!” moments when you need them the most.

11–11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

NEW! Implementing Effective Programs in Your State

James C. Cool, Attorney at Law

You’ve learned a great deal over the past few days; now it’s time to learn how to implement an effective legislative program in your state. In this session, you will receive tips and strategies for communicating your new skills with your board members back at home and, eventually, turning your legislative knowledge into action.

12:45–2 p.m.

Lunch on your own

2–2:30 p.m.

NEW! Understanding NCRA’s 2018 Federal Initiative

Matthew Barusch, NCRA State Government Relations Manager

In this session, you will learn the details of the mock meetings and background information on how to make your arguments and your pitch more effective. Understanding these issues completely will give you the upper hand in your mock meetings and on Capitol Hill.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Group meetings and preparation for Mock Meetings

3:30–5 p.m.

Mock Meetings

Time to put what you have learned into action! Put your game face on because it’s time to testify in front of a panel of senators. 

5–6 p.m.

Meeting Reviews/What to Expect on the Hill

Matthew Barusch, NCRA State Government Relations Manager
Marcia Ferranto, NCRA Executive Director and CEO

This session will be an orientation for Hill Day. Maps and instructions will be reviewed.

6 p.m.

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, March 13 — Hill Day: Make Your Impact

6:45 a.m.

Depart for Metro

8:30 a.m.

Arrive at Capitol South

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Meetings with legislators and key staff

Note: Some meetings will start at 9 a.m. Plan to arrive on time for your meetings. Refer to your Hill Day folders for details.

NEW! Lunch in the Dirksen Senate Dining Room

5–7 p.m.

NEW! Closing Session and Reception

Library of Congress — Veterans History Project (tentative)
Tentative: After an action-packed day on the Hill, convene at the Library of Congress to see the Veterans History Project and National Court Reporters Foundation in action. After a live presentation with special guests, join your fellow Boot Camp participants at a reception with light refreshments and networking.

 7 p.m.

On your own for dinner and Metro back to Reston Hyatt Regency


* Itinerary is subject to change.