What is the State Legislative Leaders Foundation?

Established in 1972, SLLF is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the professional development of all Senate Presidents, Speakers of the House, Majority Leaders, Minority Leaders, and Leaders Pro Tempore. All SLLF programs focus on two categories: strengthening leadership skills, and examining critical public policy issues.

How is SLLF funded?

SLLF receives most of its funding from the private sector, in the form of annual dues and program sponsorship fees. The Foundation’s principal source of funds is its 70-member Advisory Council, made up of representatives of leading corporations.

What role does the private sector play in SLLF programs?

Private sector representatives are invited to sit in the classroom with legislative leaders and take part in the discussions. Though the subject matter usually does not relate to their companies’ direct interests, these representatives of the private sector bring a valuable perspective into the debate.

What role do universities play in SLLF programs?

Most SLLF programs are held in partnership with universities and colleges, and focus on public policy issues or on specific aspects of leadership. The school SLLF chooses to partner with depends primarily on the topic we are presenting, and what schools are strong in that area. Our overarching goal is to provide objectivity, accuracy, and balance in all of the programs we present. Our university partnerships help us ensure that we meet these high standards.

What distinguishes SLLF from other legislative organizations?

SLLF is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that represents all  Senate Presidents, Speakers of the House, Majority Leaders, Minority Leaders, and Leaders Pro Tempore.

SLLF programs are highly regarded as serious learning experiences. Facts and objectivity are valued above all else. Virtually equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, Senate leaders and House leaders, attend SLLF programs.

SLLF does not advocate positions on public policy, nor do we accept public funds.

Our programs are intimate in size when compared to those of other organizations. From 40 to 60 legislative leaders,  and a similar number of corporate leaders, participate in each program. Along with spouses and special guests, the average size of an SLLF event is 125 persons.

Our staff is exceptional and experienced, and our staff members average over 20 years of continuous service with the Foundation.

How are legislative leaders selected to participate in programs?

SLLF is not a membership organization. All Senate Presidents, Speakers of the House, Majority Leaders, and Minority Leaders are eligible to attend our programs. Often we invite the Chairs of important committees, too.