The Virginia Summit Schedule

 The Virginia Summit

Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons

907 Floyd Avenue

Richmond, Virginia 23220

Friday, July 15, 2011 

12PM -6PM Registration & Exhibits Open

1PM-6PM Candidate Video Assessment with Jim Southworth (Sign up at registration)

1:00-2:30PM Concurrent Session 1:

Candidate Training Part 1: Management and Field

Moderator: Robert Smith, Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats

- Alan Moore, Senior Vice President, Mack Crounse Group
- Pete Kavanaugh, Associate, Hilltop Public Solutions

Exploring Careers in Politics

Moderator: Antonio Elias, Political Director, Virginia Young Democrats

-Elisabeth Pearson Kelly, Campaign Director, Democratic Governor’s Association
-Levar Stoney, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, GreenTech Automotive.
-Leigh Anne Collier Weinstein, Partner, PoliOps

2:30-2:45 BREAK

2:45-4:15 Concurrent Session 2:

Candidate & Campaign Training Part 2: Communications 

Moderator: Emily Blout, Treasurer, Arlington Young Democrats

Facilitator: Jennie Blackton, Communications Consultant to the ASDC


“So, You Want to Run for Office? The Personal Decision, Career Considerations, and Building your Resume.”  
Moderator: Jamal Gunn, President, Hampton Roads Young Democrats

-The Honorable Dan Drummond, Fairfax City Council
-The Honorable Tina Hone, Fairfax County School Board
-The Honorable Jennifer McClellan, Member, VA House of Delegates, 71st District
-The Honorable Shannon Valentine, Member, VA House of Delegates (2006-2010)

-The Honorable Margi Vanderhye, Member, VA House of Delegates (2008-2010)


4:15-4:30 BREAK

4:30 – 6:00  Concurrent Sessions 3:

Candidate Training Part 3: Campaign Finance & Compliance

-Virginia Public Access Project
-David Mills, Executive Director, DPVA
-Dawn Hillard, Operations Director, DPVA

Building Your Kitchen Cabinet
Moderator: Isaac Sarver, President of the Virginia Young Democrats

-David Hallock, State Director, US Senator Mark Warner
-Larry Roberts, Senior Advisor to the DNC Chair
-Alan Moore, Senior Vice President, Mack Crounse

6:00 – 7:30  Evening Break

7:30-9:30 The Virginia Summit Welcome and Networking Reception with Special Guest Congressman Bobby Scott
(Registered Summit Attendees Only)
Hilton Garden Inn, 501 east Broad Street, Richmond, VA


Saturday, July 16, 2011

8AM-5:30 PM Registration and Exhibits Open

8AM - 9AM Continental Breakfast with DPVA Chairman Brian Moran & Special Guest Dave “Mudcat” Saunders

9AM-10:30 Concurrent Sessions 4:

Special Presentation with The Honorable Aneesh Chopra, Former Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia

-Aneesh Chopra, Former Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Internationally Recognized Leader in the Field of Technology and Innovation


Iraq, Afghanistan, and US Global Engagement

-Carol J. Pretlow
Associate Professor of Political Science
Founding Director, Consortium for Strategic and Global Studies,
Department of Political Science
Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia

- Matthew Hoh
Director, Afghanistan Study Group
Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy

-Brian Katulis
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Focus on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and South Asia

-Lorelei Kelly
Director, New Strategic Security Initiative
Expert on National Security Narrative and Framing the issue for the modern era

-Michael Shank
Senior Policy Advisor for US Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15)
Expertise: US foreign policy in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and the Horn of Africa.

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15 Concurrent Sessions 5:

Roadmap to Victory Part I: Messaging for 2011 & 2012

-Brian Coy, DPVA Communications Director
-Marianne Von Nordeck, Press Secretary, Organizing for America-Virginia


Running An Effective Local Committee


-Gaylene Kanoyton, First Vice Chair for Organization & Chair, Hampton Democratic Committee

-Sandra Brandt, Chair, Second Democratic Congressional District

-Gene Magruder, President, VA Association of Democratic Chairs
-Keyanna Conner, Chair, Henrico County Democratic Committee
-Tom Ford, Chair, Page County Democratic Committee
-Diane Kaufman, Chair, Norfolk Democratic Committee
-Clark Mercer, Chair, Alexandria Democratic Committee
-Steven Cochran, Chair, Montgomery Democratic Committee

Education & Investing in America’s Future Leaders

Moderator: Senator Mamie E. Locke, Senate of Virginia, 2nd District

-Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy Center for American Progress Action Fund

-Meg Gruber, Vice President, Virginia Education Association

-Andy Rotherham, Co-founder and partner, Bellwether Education, Author, TIME magazine column “School for Thought”, Author, blog
Co-publisher of “Education Insider” a federal policy research tool

-Shital C. Shah, Manager of Policy & Partnerships, Coalition for Community Schools
Institute for Educational Leadership


Never Call a Marine a Soldier! Secrets, Best Practices, and Mistakes to Avoid when Organizing Veterans and Military Families

-Terron Sims, President, VA Veterans & Military Family Caucus
-Dave Solimini, Communications Director, Truman National Security Project

12:15-12:45 Box Lunch Service

12:45-2:00  Keynote Address: Dr. Drew Westen, “Branding Our Values” 

-Dr. Drew Westen, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Emory University, Founder of Westen Strategies, Author, The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation


2:00-2:15 BREAK

2:15-3:45 Concurrent Sessions 6:

“How to Talk About Your Values” with Drew Westen 

-Dr. Drew Westen, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Emory University, Founder of Westen Strategies, Author, The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation 

Local Committee & Community Outreach

Tyee Davenport, Deputy Political Director, DPVA

Understanding the DPVA State Party Plan & Writing Local Bylaws

-Fred Hudson, DPVA Vice Chair of Rules
-Don Mark, DPVA Political Director

Healthcare: Understanding the Critical Debates, the New System, and Virginia’s Role

Delegate Patrick A. Hope, Virginia House of Delegates , 47th District

-Judith Feder, Professor and former Dean, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Urban Institute Fellow

-Vincent Lafronza, Ed.D., President, Institute for Public Health Innovation

-Len Nichols, Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics Professor of Health Policy, College of Health and Human Services George Mason University

-Michael H. Cook

Counsel in Washington, DC office of Liles Parker LLP
Practicing health care lawyer for more than 37 years, and former chair of several Washington DC office health law practice groups for major national and international law firms.

3:45-4:00  BREAK

4:00-5:30  Concurrent Sessions 7:

Roadmap to Victory Part 2 - Putting your values into action through social media, blogs and effective community organizing:


Brian Coy, Communications Director, DPVA

Marianne Von Nordeck, Press Secretary, Organizing for America - Virginia

Building Relationships at the Grassroots: Labor, Young Democrats, Progressive Organizations & Campaigns

-Mike Henry, Campaign Manager, Tim Kaine for Governor
-Isaac Sarver, President, Virginia Young Democrats
-Jenny Lawson, Director, Virginia Civic Engagement Roundtable

Economy & Jobs: National and State Realities

Moderator & Panelist: Roger R. Stough, Vice President for Research & Economic Development, President, George Mason Intellectual Properties (GMIP), NOVA Endowed Chair, Eminent Scholar and Professor of Public Policy, George Mason  University

-Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Department of Commerce National Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy Advisory Board Member, China-U.S. Innovation Policy Experts Group Co-chair, Brookings Institute Nonresident Senior Fellow, Book author: The Global Race for Innovation Advantage, and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale, 2011)

-Jonathan M. Aberman, Founder & Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures, McLean, VA
Managing Director, Mason Enterprise Initiative, George Mason University, Lecturer, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

-Christian Dorsey, Director of External and Government Affairs, Economic Policy Institute

Energy and the Environment

Moderator: Michael Signer, Chair, New Dominion Project PAC; Managing Principal, Madison Law and Strategy Group PLLC; Adjunct Professor, Virginia Tech

-J.R. Tolbert, Virginia Sierra Club;
-Stan Lassiter, Continuum Energy Solutions

5:30-7:30 Evening Break

7:30-9:30 The Virginia Summit Celebration

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing -- 4708 East Old Main Street, Richmond, Virginia
(Not included with Summit Registration; $35 per individual; tickets are available at Summit registration)