Thu13Jan2011Sat15Jan2011American University, Washington DC
2011 New Speakers Orientation
BIG Leadership: Effective Leadership in Challenging Times
"Absolutely critical for New Speakers!" - Mike Milburn, MT
"This is a very valuable program from which everyone will take away some ideas that will help them be the best Speaker that they can be". - Robert Nutting, ME
"This was an incredible opportunity! Meeting and networking with other new Speakers has been of great value to me as I begin my service." - Becky Lockhart, UT
This January, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the National Speakers Conference hosted newly elected Speakers of the House for its sixth biennial orientation for new Speakers: BIG Leadership: Leadership in Challenging Times. This year, for the first time, the program was held in the nation’s capitol on the campus of American University.
These new leaders, gathered with their peers, leadership experts, and experienced Speakers to explore the opportunities and challenges they will face as they bring their chambers to order for the first time. Faculty included Dr. Robin Dorff, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College; Chip Scholz, Scholz and Associates; Dr. Kirk O. Hanson, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; and Dr. Thomas Little, State Legislative Leaders Foundation. By bringing these new leaders together with other new Speakers, former and current Speakers and leadership experts, they can be better prepared to face and meet the challenges that lie ahead.
The program began on Thursday evening, January 13, with an opening reception and dinner. Classes continued on Friday on the campus of American University and then continued Saturday at the hotel.Topics of discussion included discerning the opportunities and addressing the challenges necessary to be a successful leader, identifying and developing useful leadership skills, the power of coalition building, effective media relations, and the significance of ethical decision-making. We also featured discussions by experienced Speakers on “Tips for Success” and “What I Wish I had Known!”
Left to Right: David Drovdal, Speaker of the House, ND; Sheila Oliver, Speaker of the General Assembly, NJ; Mike Milburn, Speaker of the House, MT; John Oceguera, Speaker of the Assembly, NV; Robert Nutting, Speaker of the House, ME; Becky Lockhart, Speaker of the House, UT; William O'Brien, Speaker of the House, NH;Gordon Fox, Speaker of the House, RI; Thom Tillis, Speaker of the House, NC; Kurt Zellers, Speaker of the House, MN; Mike Hubbard, Speaker of the House, AL