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July 31 - Aug. 16

Young Women’s Leadership Institute

Organizer: Junior State of America

Location: Virtual

The Young Women's Leadership Institute is an engaging and hands-on digital experience created to empower young women in their everyday lives. Leadership is a skill that can be learned and nurtured through instruction, self-reflection, and practice. In this institute, young women will learn about their own leadership styles, the history of women's leadership in the United States, how to build teams and manage collaborative relationships, how leadership intersects with identity, and how all young women have the opportunity to lead in their communities. This institute provides direct experience in community organizing and action planning. Previous participants have successfully created and implemented community action plans and nonprofit organizations.

In addition to experiential projects and instruction, students will have an opportunity to hear from women currently leading on critical issues in our country. Past speakers and presenters include Ambassador Susan Rice, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor London Breed, Dr. Brooke Rios, Executive Director of New Los Angeles Charter Schools, Dr. Kelley Le, Author and Climate Science Activist, and Dr. Marie Peoples, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County.

July 30
10:30 AM EST

2021 Future Summit

Organizer: Millennial Action Project

Location: Virtual

Each summer the Millennial Action Project (MAP) hosts the nation's largest bipartisan convening of young legislators at Future Summit. Because we're going virtual for this year's Future Summit, we are able to offer an opportunity for you to get involved in Future Summit!

We are thrilled to announce that Julie Chávez Rodriguez, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, will be joining us on July 30, 2021. Director Julie Chávez Rodriguez's role as director is to engage with State, Local, and Tribal governments for the most effective State and Federal cooperation.

Aug. 3-5, 2021

NCSL Basecamp

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislatures

The stakes are high as states work to move beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. Education, law enforcement, state budgets — every facet of state government has been impacted, and those who work in legislatures — like you — are instrumental in shaping their states' futures. This event takes the online experience to a new level, providing unique opportunities to engage with national experts, ask burning questions and walk away with new ideas covering every angle of state policy.

Location: Virtual

Sept. 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Stay-cation Advocacy: Building Relationships Back Home

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Members of Congress often are harried and overbooked when in Washington. Interacting with lawmakers back home can be the best strategy to get "quality time" with key decision makers. In this session, participants will learn about who lawmakers listen to and why; the most effective tactics and strategies to use in the district or state; how to build long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff; and the best opportunities for setting up meetings and events back home.

Location: Webinar

Nov. 3-5, 2021

NCSL Legislative Summit

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislatures

Join colleagues from across the country to connect, collaborate and share best practices for how to address common policy challenges. You will also learn from the nation's foremost policy experts on a wide range of issues and to gain unique insights and practical knowledge to navigate your state's future in a post-pandemic world.

Location: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602

Nov. 18, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA

Dec. 31, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Using Research to Connect the Dots Between You and Your Lawmaker

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Despite the narrative presented by Hollywood and the media, lawmakers are people too. Before being elected, they had careers, attended schools and universities, or volunteered in their community. This presentation will explore strategies for using research to connect the dots between issues advocates care about to those that their Members care about.

Location: Webinar