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Wednesday December 6, 2017

Opening Reception: Representation is Power
Co-sponsored by Altria and Miller Coors

1011 4th St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

LGBTQ elected officials makeup less than 0.1% of all elected officials nationwide – yet their influence on the LGBTQ movement far outweighs their numbers. When LGBTQ elected officials are in the halls of power, it humanizes our lives, changes the debate and leads to more inclusive policies and legislation. During the opening reception, we celebrate LGBTQ elected officials and allies who use their positions of power to advance equality for our community.

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO, Victory Fund & Institute
Jared Polis, U.S. Representative, Colorado
Carlos Guillermo Smith, State House of Representatives, Florida
Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative, California

Thursday December 7, 2017 – Washington Hilton

Pre-Conference Summit for LGBTQ Elected Officials

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Elected Officials Only

Looking ahead to 2018, Victory Institute is doubling down on its commitment to support LGBTQ elected officials and their work as they challenge anti-LGBTQ politicians and policies in Washington and across the country. The second annual summit for LGBTQ elected officials will give our nation’s most powerful network of leader’s opportunities to network, strategize and share best practices with one another. The summit will feature a strategy session, regional caucus lunches and breakout sessions for LGBTQ elected officials to discuss issues and topics affecting their work and our community.

 Opening Plenary: Representation is Power: How Openly LGBTQ Elected Officials Are Leading the Resistance

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

LGBTQ elected officials represent America at its best – leading with values of inclusion, fairness and social justice. LGBTQ elected leaders are at the forefront in fighting the ban on trans military members, declaring “sanctuary cities” safe for immigrants and working to guarantee access to healthcare. Hear from some officials who are leading the resistance against policies undermining social equality – and their vision for moving forward.

State of Victory Speech: Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO, Victory Fund & Institute

Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Senator, Wisconsin
Ricardo Lara, State Senator, California
Danica Roem, State Representative-Elect, Virginia
Cory Booker, U.S. Senator, New Jersey

Bohnett Reception
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Invite Only

Leading in Color Reception
7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Sponsored by Morales Public Relations and Westfuller Advisors

Mark Takano, U.S. Representative, California
Ricardo Lara, State Senator, California
Leslie Herod, State Representative, Colorado
Evan Low, State Assemblymember, California
LaWana Mayfield, City Council Member, Charlotte

Friday, December 8, 2017 – Washington Hilton

Corporate Appreciation Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

The Victory Institute works tirelessly throughout the year to train and empower openly LGBTQ elected officials and political operatives. Come learn about our well-known programs and recent wins. Despite our successes, we can’t do this alone. We need the continuous support of the business community and we’re excited to share best practices as we work to create a more inclusive government and business environment.

Dan Kildee, U.S. Representative, Michigan 
Brandon Hernandez, Member, Victory Institute Board of Directors

Breakfast Plenary: 
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in ate every level of government over the last two years – and LGBTQ elected officials are best positioned to prevent and defeat them. But how can officials advance a pro-equality agenda while hostile political forces are launching attacks? Hear from LGBTQ elected officials about their experiences advancing equality in tough political environments.

The State of Victory –  Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO, Victory Fund & Institute

Panel: Winning Pro Equality Legislative Seats while Navigating Anti-LGBTQ Attacks

Moderator: Roddy Flynn, Executive Director, Equality PAC
David Richardson, State House of Representatives, Florida
Gina Ortiz Jones, Former , Texas
Angie Craig, U.S. Representative Candidate, Minnesota
Pat Davis, City Councilor, Albuquerque , NM

Breakout Session 1:
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Marijuana Decriminalization
Sponsored by Workplace Equality Index

As more states decriminalize marijuana, many Americans are spending years incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses. Join this session to discuss criminal justice reform related to marijuana possession, and whether to continue down the path toward decriminalization or legalization.

Moderator: Mary O’Hara, Segment Producer, NBC OUT
Leslie Herod, State Representative, Colorado
Carlos Guillermo Smith, State House of Representatives, Florida
Art Way, Senior Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Ty Stober, Councilmember, Vancouver City Council

The Politics of Dissent

Many Americans are fired up and determined to protest social injustices and inequality. From taking a knee during the national anthem to blocking the progress of a Pride parade, protesters are finding new ways to breakthrough and raise visibility. Elected officials are also trying to figure out effective ways to navigate these tough political issues and many times they must be strategic, nuanced, and have the political acumen to handle them with poise. Join an engaging discussion on protest strategies and tactics, and how best our political system and elected officials can work both sides of the debate with tact.

Moderator: Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Director of External Relations, National Center for Transgender Equality
Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
Nickie Antonio, State House of Representatives, Ohio
Bruce Franks, State House of Representatives, Missouri
Jessica Pierce, Director of Special Projects, Movement Voter Project

Healthcare for the LGBTQ Community in a Changing World
Sponsored by Pfizer

Tens of millions of Americans depend on the Affordable Care Act, and they are disproportionately LGBTQ people, seniors, people of color and low-income Americans. Healthcare access for people living with HIV and trans people seeking medical care has improved drastically under the law – yet it remains under threat. This session will evaluate the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for LGBTQ Americans, as well as other health-related policy issues affecting the community.

Moderator: Daniel Penchina, President, Voices for Progress
Dan Bruner, Senior Director of Policy, Whitman-Walker
Sam Park, State Representative, Georgia
Harper Jean Tobin, Director of Policy, National Center for Transgender Equality
Betsy Driver, Council Member Elect, Borough of Flemington, NJ
Dr. Christopher Lewis, Founder and Director, Washington University & St. Louis Children’s Hospital Transgender Center

Lunch Plenary: The Shifting Trends of America: What This Means for the LGBTQ Community
12:15 PM – 2:30 PM

For years we were promised that demographic realities would bring a new era of inclusive policies and progressive government – yet here we are. As America becomes more diverse, why have our politics failed to embrace those communities whose numbers are on the rise? Hear from elected officials and advocates from various communities about their thoughts on what comes next – and the need to achieve more equitable representation in government.

John Tedstrom, Chair, Victory Institute Board of Directors
Mark Takano, U.S. Representatives, California

Moderator: Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO, Victory Fund & Institute
Arisha Hatch, Director, Color of Change PAC
Guy Cecil, Chief Strategist, Priorities USA
Jess O’Connell, CEO, Democratic National Committee
JoCasta Zamarripa, State Assembly, Wisconsin
Kim Ogg, District Attorney, Harris County Texas

International Track – The Shifting Trends of Latin America: What This Means for the LGBTQ Community

In this new world order, openly LGBTQ elected officials on the continent are playing a decisive role changing public opinion, resisting the conservative push back and putting LGBTQ issues on the national political agendas. Congresspersons from Latin America will share their experiences and discuss how we can increase political participation for LGBTQ people in the region.

Remarks: Claire Lucas, Member, Victory Institute Board of Directors

Moderator: Mira Patel, Fellow, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
Alberto de Belaunde, Congressman, Peru
Jean Wyllys, Member of Parliament, Brazil
Sandra Morán, Congresswoman, Guatemala
Tamara Adrian, Member of the National Assembly, Venezuela

Breakout Session 2:
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

State Leadership: Protecting the Environment and Advancing Clean Energy
Sponsored by Toyota
Co-sponsored by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

As the federal government moves to roll back environmental protections and withdraw from international climate accords, momentum is building in the states to safeguard public health and address climate change on their own terms. State legislators are working with mayors and governors to maintain U.S. leadership by protecting public lands, reducing carbon pollution, and investing in the clean energy economy. In this session, you will hear from LGBTQ legislators and learn how states have been leaders in key environmental and energy issues.

Moderator: Michael Bueno, Legislative Coordinator, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
Brian Sims, State Representative, Pennsylvania
Cathy Connolly, State Representative, Wyoming
Julian Cyr, State Senator, Massachusetts

Gun Violence Prevention in the LGBTQ Community

The attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando made gun violence prevention a priority issue for many LGBTQ elected officials – yet legislative progress remains largely elusive. Even after the Las Vegas massacre surpassed Pulse as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, action remains almost non-existent. Join a conversation about how LGBTQ elected officials can lead on this issue – and where there are opportunities for progress.

Moderator: John Paul Brammer, Associate Producer, NBC OUT
Daniel Hernandez, State House of Representatives, Arizona
Stasha Rhodes, Director of Advocacy for Guns and Crime Policy, Center for American Progress
Jason Lindsey, ED, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence
Carlos Guillermo Smith, State House of Representatives, Florida

International Track – Eroding Victories: New Wave of Populism & Nationalism

Over the past five years, we have seen a huge upsurge in populism and nationalism around the world. This rise has increased violence against people of color, religious minorities and LGBTQ folks. Listen to LGBTQ leaders from different parts of the world living in societies polarized around populism and nationalism, and suffering a pushback to equality.

Moderator: Urooj Arshad, Director of International LGBTQ Youth Health and Rights Programs, Advocates for Youth
Laila Oruganti, Victory Institute Trainee, India
Yanna Vásquez, Victory Institute Trainee, Dominican Republic
Wilson Castañeda, Director of Caribe Afirmativo, Colombia
Pat Spearman, State Senator, Nevada
José Ángel Santoro, Adviser on LGBTQI, Party of European Socialists

Plenary: The Cities of the Future
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Rarely do states or the federal government take on bold new ideas. Instead, cities are often the testing grounds for innovative new policies, with states and the federal government adopting those that prove most successful. Hear what LGBTQ elected officials are envisioning for their cities – and how it can transform quality of life for their constituents.

Remarks: Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Representative, New York

Moderator: Brooke Sopelsa, Editorial Manager, NBC OUT
Annise Parker, Former Mayor, Houston
Robert Garcia, Mayor, Long Beach
LaWana Mayfield, City Council Member, Charlotte
Ben Allatt, City Council Member, Harrisburg

Victory Congressional Internship Meet & Greet
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Invite Only

A reception for alumni of the Victory Congressional Internship.

International Reception
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Invite Only

A reception for Victory Institute’s international participants, speakers and dignitaries.

Women Out to Win Reception
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sponsored by Facebook, CBRE, and Human Rights Campaign

Republic Restoratives
1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Tammy Baldwin, Senator, Wisconsin
Annise Parker, Former Mayor of Houston
Toni Atkins, State Senator and Former Assembly Speaker, California
Nickie Antonio, State Representative, Ohio
Leslie Herod, State Representative, Colorado
Danica Roem, House Delegate Elect, Virginia

Victory Runs the Town
7:00 PM – Late Night

Number Nine (1435 P Street NW) | Town Danceboutique (2009 8th Street NW)

Whether you are in the mood for chatting, good music and drink specials or for dancing, top 40 and drag queens, we have a place for you. Number Nine will have buy-one-get-one-free drinks until midnight with your conference badge, and Town Danceboutique will have free admission until midnight with your conference badge.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Washington Hilton

Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Come network with conference participants while you grab the most important meal of the day.

Breakout Session 3:
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Ending the Epidemic: The Struggle to End HIV/AIDS in America
Sponsored by Gilead Sciences

States across the country have continued to move the conversation forward and maintain the strides made by the previous administration around “ Ending the Epidemic.” Join the conversation lead by experts in the LGBTQ health community focused on what key steps can be taken to decrease the major spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. Some notable states such as AZ, OR, WA, TX, GA, and PA have taken key positions aimed at reducing the rate of HIV/AIDS infection. These pioneers have created “Ending the Epidemic” plans with real targets and data which can be modeled in other parts of nation. The 2017 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference brings together elected and appointed officials from all levels of government (i.e. local, state, and federal). But it extends to businesses, political influencers and community leaders. Those present will engage in a dialogue about everyone’s part within their community to create education and effective resources to stop a deadly disease.

Moderator: Danielle Houston, Community Liaison DC/MD/VA, Gilead Sciences
Charles King, President and CEO, Housing Works
John Duran, Mayor Pro Tempore, West Hollywood
Matthew Rose, Policy and Advocacy Manager, NMAC
David Johns, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, VP for Strategic Partnerships, Advocates for Youth

So You Want to Run for Office?
Sponsored by State Farm

Are you an openly LGBTQ person considering running for office in 2018 or beyond? Do you believe that we need more LGBTQ voices at the decision-making table? Are you ready to learn how to build your platform, messages, and teams? Get a sneak peek into our signature Candidate & Campaign Training and learn from experts who work to elect openly LGBTQ candidates.

Joe Fuld, Founder, The Campaign Workshop
Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, District of Columbia
Vernetta Alston, City Councilmember Elect, Durham, NC
Phillipe Cunningham, Councilmember Elect, Minneapolis, MN
Sean Meloy, Political Director, Victory Fund

International Track – Gaining Party Support in Challenging Environments

In especially conservative contexts, it becomes extremely difficult for LGBTQ leaders to win their political parties’ support. Former candidates and LGBTQ members of different political parties in conservative communities will share their experience and insight on the path to gain party support on LGBTQ issues and as LGBTQ candidates.

Moderator: Chloe Schwenke, Director, Global Program on Violence, Rights and Inclusion, ICRW
Mpho Buntse, Victory Institute Trainee, South Africa
David León Ramírez, City Councilor of Heredia, Costa Rica
Danilo Manzano, LGBTQ Activist, Ecuador
Annise Parker, Former Mayor of Houston, TX

Lunch Plenary: Year of the Trans Candidate
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Trans leaders responded to the unprecedented anti-trans attacks in state legislatures and city councils by standing up and running for office. This year, more trans candidates ran for office than ever before – more than doubling trans representation nationwide and making 2017 the Year of the Trans Candidate. Hear from trans leaders who decided to seek public office, and learn about their experiences on the campaign trail.

Chris Abele, One Victory Board of Directors 
Mara Keisling, Founder and Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

Moderator: Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary, HRC
Andrea Jenkins, City Council Member Elect, Minneapolis
Lisa Middleton, Councilmember Elect, Palm Springs
Phillipe Cunningham, Councilmember Elect, Minneapolis
Tyler Titus, Erie School Board Member Elect, Pennsylvania

Breakout Session 4:
1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Seniors
Sponsored by AARP

LGBTQ seniors are frequently the victims of discrimination and harassment – and often must reenter the closet in private living facilities or nursing homes. Yet government and the private sector are paying increased attention to the needs of LGBTQ seniors – bringing to light many of the challenges they face. In this session learn about key issues facing LGBTQ seniors and the solutions for protecting our aging LGBTQ community.

Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Sr. Advisor & National LGBT Liaison, AARP
Aaron Tax, Director of Advocacy, SAGE
Pat Spearman, State Senator, Nevada

Labor & Economic Security for the LGBTQ Community

Employment discrimination toward gay, lesbian and bisexual people remains legal in 20 states, and in 22 states for transgender people. LGBTQ people report high rates of discrimination in the workplace, yet unions and other labor groups are often on the forefront of combatting such treatment. Hear from social justice allies working to change workplace policies and non-discrimination legislation.

Moderator: Jeff Krehely, EVP, Roosevelt Institute
Jerame Davis, Executive Director, Pride @ Work
Mary Washington, State Delegate, Maryland
Melissa Boteach, VP Poverty to Prosperity Program, CAP

Marriage Equality: Lessons Learned and Next Battles Around the World

From Prop 8 in California, to the public vote on marriage equality in Australia, both the LGBTQ and the conservative movements have become more savvy and strategic when it comes to pushing for or reacting to marriage equality. Listen to LGBTQ elected officials from different countries to discuss lessons learned when defending marriage equality in their countries and current strategies being implemented.

Nick Herbert, Member of Parliament, UK
Jerry Buttimer, Senator, Ireland
Alex Greenwich, State Legislator, Australia
Alberto de Belaunde, Congressman, Peru
Sandra Moran, Congresswoman, Guatemala

Closing Celebration/Party
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

1420 K Street NW