You are invited to our 2019 conference

We would like to invite you to the Public Leadership Institute’s annual State Strategy Forum which is Friday, July 12 @6pm to Sunday, July 14 @1pm, at the Capital Hilton Hotel just two blocks from the White House. We will pay your registration and hotel directly and would reimburse up to $500 for your transportation to DC.

We are inviting about 120 progressive state legislators from more than 40 different states. The policy and leadership sessions, described below, are designed to be as practical and real-world as possible. We guarantee you’ll get a lot out of the workshops and will really enjoy socializing with like-minded colleagues from coast-to-coast.

If you can come, and for more details, please register via this online form. For questions, contact Bernie Horn at


Friday, July 12
6 – 8 pm  Welcome cocktail reception

Saturday, July 13
8 – 9 am Breakfast buffet
9 – 10:30 Opening, Keynote by Andrew Gillum (invited), panel on bold proactive policy agendas

10:45 – 12:15 Strategy sessions

  • A path to prosperity: Policies that support working families
  • Rise up: Protect the Earth for the next generation
  • Strong schools, strong communities
  • Skills session: Social media training

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch buffet, presentation by pollster Celinda Lake (invited)

2 – 3:30 Strategy sessions

  • Making healthy families our priority
  • Fair share economics
  • Keep black families and communities strong
  • Skills session: Voicing Our Values and communications training

3:45 – 5:15 Strategy sessions

  • All in for women’s health: Protecting and expanding abortion rights
  • Stop the madness: Innovations to deal with debt collections and other wayward business practices
  • This is home: Integrative policies immigrants need
  • Skills session: Preparing to Win advocacy training

5:15 – 7:30 Cocktail reception

Sunday, July 14
8:30 – 9:45 am Breakfast buffet, Federal Elections Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub (invited)
9:45 – 11:15 Facilitated action planning breakout sessions
11:15 – 12:15 Planning session report-outs
12:15 – 1 pm Closing lunch plenary session