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  • State Assembly Leadership Forum

    The State Assembly Leadership Forum is a preconference event at AST's national conference. Learn from your peers and professionals in the profession, network with others from around the country and discuss the issues that are relevant to anyone involved at the leadership level within your state assembly.
  • State Assembly Leadership Forum

    AST Preconference Event - Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    7 CEs

    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
    1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Save the Date!

    The State Assembly Leadership Committee (SALC) and AST cordially invite you to attend the 2018 State Assembly Leadership Forum. This pre-conference event will provide you with a hands-on experience dedicated to practitioners sharing together to strengthen our state assembly foundation. This event is an opportunity to learn more about the state assembly system and access the wealth of information that is available to you.

    Registration opens February 1, 2018, and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    $50 - AST members with full conference registration only.   


    • 7:15-7:45 am - Continental Breakfast, sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
    • 7:45-8 am - Welcome and Introductions, Holly Falcon, CST, FAST, AST President
    • 8-9:50 am - Lobbyist Lowdown: Meet the Insiders Who Give AST a Voice Down at the Capitol, Stephanie Whalum, Esq, AST Manager of Government Affairs; Sarah Wolfe, McGuirewoods Consulting LLC; Julie Erickson, American Communications Group, Inc.
    • 9:50-10 am - Break
    • 10-10:50 am - The Importance of Certification, Ben Price, NBSTSA CEO
    • 11-11:50 am - Emotional Intelligence: How to Connect, Communicate and Captivate, Mary Gardner, CEO of Mary Gardner Communications, LLC
    • Noon-12:50 pm - Lunch, provided to SALF all-day registrants
    • 1-1:50 pm - The Game Plan ... Solutions, Strategies, Results, Rick Goodman, Sponsored by the New York State Assembly
    • 2-2:50 pm - Leadership Award: Breakthrough to Excellence, State Assembly Leadership Committee (SALC)
    • 2:50-3 pm - Break
    • 3-4 pm - Networking: Sharing Solutions, State Assembly Leadership Committee (SALC)