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2018 Convention Daily Schedule

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

 

12:00pm – 9:30pm 
CONVENTION REGISTRATION/CREDENTIALS 
INFORMATION DESK AND SECOND CITY TICKET SALES 
Normandie Lounge

2:00pm – 4:30pm 
DEVELOPING AND MOBILIZING SKILLS TO WIN IN 2018 
Salon A
Training conducted by Wellstone Action
Wellstone Action is partnering with the League of Women Voters to provide participants with a training on how to use a range of mobilizing tools for long term organizing within their communities. Participants will learn the fundamental differences between mobilizing and organizing and how mobilizing skills can increase our impact. This will be a kickoff to our partnership and organizing online learning series with Wellstone Action.

4:30pm – 6:00pm 
DINNER ON YOUR OWN 
Hotel and Neighborhood
Convenient dining options abound.

6:00pm – 7:00pm 
WELCOME DESSERT RECEPTION 
Normandie Lounge
This is your chance to mix, mingle, and engage with League members from around the country. Candidates for LWVUS office will be available to answer questions. All attendees welcome!

7:00pm – 8:30pm
PROGRAM SESSION: 
Grand Ballroom
A Conversation on Redistricting with Nick Stephanopoulos and Ruth Greenwood
LWVUS
Nick Stephanopoulos and Ruth Greenwood are experts in the field of redistricting and heavily involved in the U.S. Supreme Court CaseGill v. Whiford. Greenwood serves as a member of the legal team for the plaintiffs at the Campaign Legal Center, while Stephanopoulos helped to create the Efficiency Gap Theory, which is the standard being considered by the court in this partisan gerrymandering case. Join us for a presentation on the impact of this historical case and a discussion about redistricting reform efforts.

8:45pm – 9:30pm 
Second and Third Levels
CAUCUSES, WORKSHOPS, INFORMATION SESSIONS

Immigration Sharing Session 
Astoria 
LWVIL
What are your Leagues doing to advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees and are you combating xenophobia? Come to a sharing session where we can find out what local & state Leagues are doing on behalf of immigrants.

Transformation Journey Info Session
Boulevard A 
LWVUS
The League’s ongoing Transformation Journey and accompanying Roadmap provide the framework for our next biennium and the future of the League. Attend to ask questions and gain a better understanding of this Transformation Journey and your role in it.

Open Primaries: Is This a More Democratic Way to Select Candidates for Public Office?
Boulevard B
LWV of Florida
The LWV Florida decided at their 2014 convention to conduct a statewide study on Open Primaries. Florida is one of nine states in the country that has a closed primary system. The premise of the study is that closed primaries are a hindrance to voter turnout.

Advocacy Strategies for Our Existing LWV Position to Abolish the Electoral College
Boulevard C
LWV Deerfield-Lincolnshire, IL
The Electoral College system for electing our U.S. President and Vice-President is one of the most glaring impediments to the stated goals of The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® Please join us at our caucus to learn strategies for implementing our existing LWVUS position and to strengthen our united resolve to finally change this confusing and complicated system that discourages people from voting.

Promoting Effective Action on CarbonPricing
Marquette
LWVCA, LWVMA, LWV Evanston, IL, LWV Lake Michigan Region, LWVOR
Discussion is growing at citizen and legislative levels of the need forcarbonpricing to address the accelerating impacts of climate change. Our caucus will clarify the LWVUS position and share examples of successful advocacy partnerships.

Telling the League Story to Raise Money for your League
PDR 1
LWVUS
Leverage storytelling and best practices in fundraising to raise money for your League through mailing, email, phone-a-thons and proposals. Specific language will be provided and easy techniques will be outlined that you are start using right away.

Alternative Methods for Electing Members of the U.S. House of Representatives 
PDR 2
LWV Central Delaware County, PA
Could changing the method by which we elect members of the US House of Representatives promote competition and fair representation, further combat gerrymandering, make sure every vote matters,reduce polarization and voter apathy? Come andhear aboutLeague resources current positions and a possible study on alternative methods for electing the House of Representatives.

Resolutions Committee
PDR 3
LWVUS
Per proposed Convention rules, the Committee will consider each resolution submitted by the deadline. A representative of the submitting League may request time to explain its resolution at this meeting.

Get-Out-The-Vote Strategies that Work!
Waldorf
LWV South Bend, IN
How will your League empower voters in the lead-up to Election Day? Learn from League colleagues who are making the most of their community networks, partners, and League volunteers to get-out-the-vote in key communities! Learn a variety of ideas to take home and try this year.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 29


7:00am – 8:30am 
WARES MARKET
Normandie Lounge
ENGAGEMENT ZONE
Boulevard Foyer

7:30am – 6:30pm 
CONVENTION REGISTRATION/CREDENTIALS
INFORMATION DESK AND SECOND CITY TICKET SALES 
Normandie Lounge

7:30am - 8:15am 
CAUCUSES, WORKSHOPS, INFORMATION SESSIONS

National Popular Vote: Elect the President by Popular Vote
Astoria
LWV Palm Beach County, FL
Democracy means everyone’s vote counts. NPVIC is a bill by which sates would direct their electors to vote for the candidate who wins the national popular vote. 165 of the 270 needed electoral votes to activate the Compact are already secured. LWVUS support for passing NPVIC in additional states will enhance democracy.

The Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet Heads to Court – Leagues' Amici and Positions Support the Kids in Climate Change Lawsuit
Boulevard A 
LWV Corvallis, OR, LWVOR
An overview of the legal reasoning and rulings in the Juliana vs US court case. Discussion of the unique contributions of the LWVUS/LWVOR amicus briefs and positions for League advocacy on climate change.

Federal Land & Water Conservation Funds Threatened
Boulevard B 
LWV Greater Peoria, IL
Both the funds and the lax management of the federal land acquired with these funds are threatened. Since a League goal is to" promote public understanding and participation in decision making as essential elements of responsible and responsive management of our natural resources," the public needs to be made aware of this situation.

Engaging New Citizens: Naturalization Ceremony Voter Registration
Boulevard C
LWV NassauCounty ILO, NY
Is your League interested in starting a naturalization ceremony voter registration program? Want to hear from Leagues who are successfullyregisteringtens of thousands ofnew citizens as voters? Join us tohear about LWVEF grant opportunitiesandlearnwinning tactics to start implementing right away!

Value Statement Resolution LWV
Joliet 
LWVOR
The new Value Statement issued by the LWVUS board says, "We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy." This caucus will consider a possible resolution regarding the value statement for the whole Convention to consider. Come to discuss possible alternatives such as expanding the Value Statement to reflect the diversity of opinions within the League.

Redistricting 
Marquette 
LWVNC
Redistrictingreform strategies for states without citizen-initiated referendum: To date, every successful effort to establish a nonpartisan independentredistrictingcommission has relied on a citizen-initiated ballot measure, but half of the states lack this option. This caucus will examine strategies and emerging reform models for states where legislative action is the only route to gerrymandering reform.

Building League Leadership for the Future
PDR 1
LWVUS Governance Committee & Shur Fellows
Join us for an interactive session that explores how to create a culture that values inclusion, flexible leadership and open communication. Explore “real life” scenarios to hone your leadership skills and take home practical tips for your League’s board.

Budget Q & A
PDR 2
LWVUS Budget Committee
Bring questions and get answers! Convention delegates participate in two votes related to the LWVUS fiscal biennium 2018-2020: deciding the PMP and adopting the LWVUS budget. Proposed LWVUS and LWVEF Budgets are available for review online and in this workbook.

Program Q & A
PDR 3 
LWVUS
Attend to ask questions for clarification or to gain a better understanding of program-related issues presented in Plenary on Friday and in preparation for voting on Saturday.

Gun Safety Arm Yourself with Facts, Not Fiction: Gun Violence Prevention in America Waldorf
LWVFL
This caucus focuses on current trends regarding state gun laws and how best to make a difference in the states at preventing more gun violence.

8:30am – 11:45am
OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Grand Ballroom

11:45am – 1:00pm 
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
Hotel and Neighborhood
Convenient dining options abound.

12:00pm – 1:00pm 
WARES MARKET
Normandie Lounge
ENGAGEMENT ZONE
Boulevard Foyer

1:00pm – 5:30pm 
PLENARY SESSION 
Grand Ballroom

5:30pm – 7:30pm
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
Hotel and Neighborhood
Convenient dining options abound.

6:00pm– 10:00pm 
WARES MARKET
Normandie Lounge
ENGAGEMENT ZONE
Boulevard Foyer

7:30pm – 8:30pm 
SECOND CITY PERFORMANCE 
Grand Ballroom 
LWV of Illinois
Experience the world famous Second City Improv All-Stars and support the LWVIL’s work as host committee to recruit and organize 100+ local volunteers who help make Convention a success for all. (Tickets for sale at Information Desk in Normandie Lounge Thurs/Fri.)

8:45pm – 9:30pm
Second and Third Levels
CAUCUSES, WORKSHOPS, INFORMATION SESSIONS

Expanding your Reach with Social Media 
Astoria
LWV Arlington Heights - Mount Prospect - Buffalo Grove, IL.
Is your League looking to harness the power of social media? Come to this informative session and learn how we grew as League using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Leave with practical tips on how to expand your following that you can start using today

The League: Working at the United Nations
Boulevard A 
LWVUS
The world is at a "tipping point" regarding moving forward on advancing women and girls’ human rights. Join with the LWVUSUNObserver Corps to discuss how local and state Leagues' current work coincides with what's happening globally in solving issues including: women's political leadership and empowerment as well as climate change.

Better Single-Winner Voting Methods for a Better Democracy 
Boulevard B
LWVCO
Democracy works best when everyone is participating and heard. In a plurality election with three or more candidates competing for a single seat, an unpopular candidate may win when the other candidates split most of the votes. Learn about other voting options besides just voting for a single candidate (who may or may not be your favorite).

VOTE411.org: Promoting League Work – Guide Creation and Fundraising
Boulevard C
LWVMI, LWVNC, LWV Oberlin Area, OH
Looking to increase the number of voters you reach with your candidate guides? Come learn how you can use VOTE411.org to provide candidate information where voters are looking–online!Join the discussion with Leagues who have used the system for years as theyshare their experiences, tips and ideas for fundraising and increasing visibility for your League through VOTE411.

Screening of "Age of Consequences" documentary: LWV Local and Global Consequences of Climate Change 
Joliet
LWV Port Washington-Manhasset, NY
This extraordinary film,"The Age of Consequences,"directed by Jared Scott,looks at present-day climate change impacts of food and water shortages, drought, extreme weather, sea-level rise, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Making Democracy Work® for the People of DC
Marquette
LWVDC
Nearly 700,000 DC citizens lack voting representation in Congress and are subject to Congressional dictates in local affairs, clearly voter suppression. Using the DC Statehood Toolkit we teach participants how statehood for the residential and commercial parts of DC would enfranchise voters while still conserving a smaller Constitutionally required federal district.

Beyond Youth Vote - Empowering Generation Z
PDR 2
LWV Anchorage, AK
Our newest generation of voters want to make democracy work. In this caucus, we'll explore how Leagues can foster that desire.AnchorageYouth Vote, a student-driven initiative, empowers young people to make democracy work for them. Learn how your League can grow beyond student voter registration to create meaningful engagement for our new and future voters.

Hosting a “Party with a Purpose” to Raise Money for your League 
PDR 3
LWVUS
Over 70% of the nation’s philanthropic dollars come from individuals! In this session, attendees will learn one way of encouraging individuals to philanthropically support the mission of the League by hosting an “Party with a Purpose.” An easy to follow toolkit will part of the workshop.

Want to Drive More Engagement? My League Online Websites are the Solution!
Waldorf
LWVCA
My League Online (MyLO) is a Drupal web platform using modern tech for easy content sharing, accessibility, and mobile-optimized viewing that drives more traffic to increase online and in-person engagement. Join the MyLO Team and current users for an interactive demonstration. Build your site using a service tailored for Leagues--unlike the competition.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 30


7:00am – 8:30am 
WARES MARKET 
Normandie Lounge
ENGAGEMENT ZONE 
Boulevard Foyer

7:30am – 3:00pm 
CONVENTION REGISTRATION/CREDENTIALS 
Normandie Lounge
INFORMATION DESK 
Normandie Lounge

7:30am – 8:15am
Second and Third Levels
CAUCUSES, WORKSHOPS, INFORMATION SESSIONS

Advocacy Around the League 
Astoria
LWVMI, LWVSC, LWVUS
Come hear about the multi-pronged advocacy programs and strategies that Leagues use to create change in their states. We’ll also highlight resources available from LWVUS. This is a great opportunity to speak with other League advocates and share ideas regarding the League’s advocacy work.

Budget Q & A 
Boulevard A
LWVUS Budget Committee
Bring questions and get answers! Convention delegates participate in two votes related to the LWVUS fiscal biennium 2018-2020: deciding the PMP and adopting the LWVUS budget. Proposed LWVUS and LWVEF Budgets are available for review online and in this workbook.

Redistricting: Tips, Techniques and Tools You Can Use 
Boulevard C
LWVWA, LWVCA, LWVCO, LWVMI, LWVMD
The success of our democratic republic depends on fair, equal, and trusted representation. Elected officials must represent the rights, needs and desires of residents. Our democracy is threatened by partisan gerrymandering, secret map drawing and challenges to courts. The LWV must coordinate strategies for improvingredistrictinghowever maps are drawn.


THE TIME FOR THE ERA IS NOW 
Joliet
LWV Leelanau County, MI, LWV MI
New and veteran ERA supporters are energized by the renewed efforts to pass the ERA to insure constitutional protection for women in the United States.The League’s renewed efforts would increase our membership and make us more relevant to empowering women to defend democracy

Bylaws Q & A 
PDR 1
LWVUS
Meet the Bylaws Committee and learn about the five proposed Bylaws amendments presented and voted on in Plenary on Saturday.

Youth Voter Registration: Learn Winning Tactics! 
PDR 2
LWV Los Angeles, CA
Hear from League leaders leveraging LWVEF grants to conduct innovative youth voter registration programs. Learn strategies for planning registration events that get the biggest bang for your volunteer buck and help empower young people!

Improving Civics Education with the Harvard Case Study Method
Waldorf
LWV Greenwich, CT
The League in Greenwich has piloted a successful civics education program in partnership with area high schools, using cases from Harvard Business School Professor David Moss's recent book, Democracy: A Case Study. Survey results from the pilot showed significantly increased interest in voting, political engagement, and constructive political dialogue.

8:30am – 12:00pm 
PLENARY SESSION
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm – 1:30pm
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN Hotel and Neighborhood
Convenient dining options abound.

12:00pm – 2:00pm 
WARES MARKET 
Normandie Lounge

ENGAGEMENT ZONE

Boulevard Foyer

2:00pm – 5:00pm
Using Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lens to Strengthen Social Impact and Collaboration
Second and Third Levels
Training conducted by Diversity Dimensions
This interactive training is designed to discuss the importance of self-awareness, intention and impact when applying a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to social impact work at the national, state and local level and to leadership and culture across LWV. Delegates will explore practical skills that can be applied immediately to external work with state/local elections and organization-building and to internal League growth and development.

6:00pm – 7:00pm 
PRE-BANQUET RECEPTION – CASH BAR 
Normandie Lounge

7:00pm – 9:30pm
BANQUET 
Grand Ballroom
Celebrate with dinner and conversation as we present the 2018 Convention Awards and hear from author Elaine Weiss, whose new book The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote chronicles the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. There will be a book signing post-banquet.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1


7:00am – 8:00am 
WARES MARKET 
Normandie Lounge
ENGAGEMENT ZONE 
Boulevard Foyer

7:30am – 8:15am
Second and Third Levels
CAUCUSES, WORKSHOPS, INFORMATION SESSIONS

Fostering Civility and Respect in our Divided Democracy 
Astoria
LWV Orange County, CA, LWV Huntington Beach, CA, LWV Rochester, MN
LWV is a trusted place for communities to come together,learn civil discourse, listening skills and improve the tone of our political discourse.This session offers activities, tips, techniques and examples of how Leagues are helping people unite across our divides to rebuild trust and reweave the fabric of our democracy with civility and respect.

Voting as a Right of Passage: The Case for Lowering the Voting Age 
Boulevard A
LWV San Diego,CA, LWV Berkeley-Alameda-Emeryville CA, LWV San Francisco, CA
Expand access to voting, make democracy more representative and encourage voting for ages 18-25 by creating a habit and tradition of voting at a younger age.

VOTER Girl Project Teams Up LWV & Girl Scouts 
Boulevard B
LWV Kent, OH
Perfect union: Girl Scouts from Brownies to high school eager to earn citizenship badges and Leaguers with the know-how. This workshop offers a plan to engage youth in citizenship training and voting traditions. Offering tools in advocacy, voter rights, civics to strengthen democracy at the grass roots withscouts, leaders, parents.

501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4): Which to Be, or Both? 
Boulevard C 
LWVCO
Over the last seven years, six state Leagues and more than 75 local Leagues have converted to 501(c)(3), and more are currently in process. Our expert instructors will explore the opportunities, and the pros and cons of this process.

Transformation Journey Info Session 
Joliet 
LWVUS
The League’s ongoing Transformation Journey and accompanying Roadmap provide the framework for our next biennium and the future of the League. Attend to ask questions and gain a better understanding of this Transformation Journey and your role in it.

The Critical Role of Healthcare in a Democracy 
Marquette
LWVAZ, LWVOR, LWVVT, LWVMA, LWVLA, LWV Metropolitan Phoenix, AZ; LWV of Northwest Maricopa County, AZ; LWV of Amherst, MA.LWV Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC, LWV Los Angeles, CA,LWV of the Ann Arbor Area, MI
Making Democracy Work® requires advocating for policies that benefit all including universal, quality, affordable healthcare. Congress is eroding the progress that has been made and our goal is to provide leagues with tools to help them continue to fight for healthcare for all.

Telling the League Story to Raise Money for Your League 
PDR 3
LWVUS
Leverage storytelling and best practices in fundraising to raise money for your league through mailing, email, phone-a-thons and proposals. Specific language will be provided and easy techniques will be outlined that you are start using right away.

8:30am – 12:00pm 
PLENARY SESSION
Grand Ballroom

VOTE411 TRAININGS AND ROSTER MANAGER PORTAL UPDATES 
ROOM PDR 6 
TRAINING TIMES BELOW

THURSDAY JUNE 28, 8:45 pm
VOTE411.org: Online Voter’s Guide System Training – Basic
If you’ve never used VOTE411’s online voters’ guide software, or if you’re new to the program this year, learn how to publish candidate and ballot information directly onto VOTE411.org. Inviting candidates to answer questions important to your community, publishing this information online, exporting data to create a printed voters’ guide and much more!

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 7:30 am 
VOTE411.org: Online Voter’s Guide Training – PR and Fundraising
Are you thinking about using VOTE411’s online voters’ guide software but don’t know where to get the money? Are you currently using the online voters’ guide software and want ideas on how to promote your information in your community? Join this discussion and learn ways your League can promote and fundraise for this important program to help ensure coverage year after year!

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 2018 12 Noon
VOTE411.org: Online Voter’s Guide System Training – Basic
If you’ve never used VOTE411’s online voters’ guide software, or if you’re new to the program this year, learn how to publish candidate and ballot information directly onto VOTE411.org. Inviting candidates to answer questions important to your community, publishing this information online, exporting data to create a printed voters’ guide and much more!

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 2018 8:45 pm. Roster Manager Portal Updates
Come learn about improvements to the roster manager portal planned for 2018.

SATURDAY JUNE 30, 2018 7:30 am VOTE411.org
Online Voter’s Guide System Training – Advanced
If you currently use VOTE411’s online voters’ guide software and want to learn new trick this workshop’s for you! Learn how you can find GIS districts for smaller races, provide candidate information in alternate languages, ask candidates new scale questions, upload races and candidates from a spreadsheet and much more!

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 12 Noon 
VOTE411.org: Online Voter’s Guide Training – PR and Fundraising
Are you thinking about using VOTE411’s online voters’ guide software but don’t know where to get the money? Are you currently using the online voters’ guide software and want ideas on how to promote your information in your community? Join this discussion and learn ways your League can promote and fundraise for this important program to help ensure coverage year after year!

SATURDAY JUNE 30, 2018 7:30 p.m. Roster Manager Portal Updates
Come learn about improvements to the roster manager portal planned for 2018.