DNC American Majority Partnership Summit
Las Vegas, NV
August, 23-25th, 2007

 

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

 

 

Registration Opens at 9:00 am Skyview Promenade, Bally’s North Tower, 26th FL

 

Women’s Leadership Summit Agenda – Skyview 5, Bally’s North Tower, 26th FL

 

10:00 AM Women’s Caucus Business Meeting

Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

 

Update on DNC’s Women’s Program

Sharon Grosfeld, WLF Executive Director

 

11:00 AM Why we need to train women to run for office

Introduction of Speaker: Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

Erin Bilbray-Kohn, Executive Director, emergeNevada

Q & A

11:30 AM Women As Candidates for Political Office

Introduction of Speaker: Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

Alice Germond, Secretary, Democratic National Committee

Q & A

 

12:00 PM Lunch Break (on your own)

 

1:30 PM Issue Briefings with Q & A

 

1:30 PM What Women Want: the Importance Women’s Issues Have to

the Success of Democratic Candidates

Introduction of Speaker: Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

Linda Berg, Political Director, NOW PAC

Q & A

1:50 PM Women’s Health

Introduction of Speaker: Susan Turnbull, DNC Vice-Chair Jatrice Martel Gaiter, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan

Washington, DC

Q & A


 

2:10PM Women’s Reproductive Rights

Introduction of Speaker: Susan Turnbull, DNC Vice-Chair

Julie Stitzel, Deputy Political Director, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Q & A

 

2:30 PM Women, Work and the Family

Introduction of Speaker: Lottie Shackelford, DNC Vice Chair

Jocelyn Frye, General Counsel, National Partnership for Women & Families

Q & A

 

2:50 PM Focus on Women with Disabilities and the Women Caring for Them

Introduction of Speaker: Lottie Shackelford, DNC Vice Chair

Sue Swenson, President, ARC of the United States

Q & A

 

3:10 PM Global Women’s Issues

Introduction of Speaker: Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

Dr. Leslie Wolfe, President, Center for Women Policy Studies

Q & A

 

3:30 PM Closing

Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

 

General Program

 

4:00 PM Constituency Caucus Meetings Skyviews 1-4, Bally’s North Tower, 26th FL

 

 

5:00 PM Welcoming Remarks Skyview 5

Alice Germond, DNC Secretary

 

 

5:15 PM Briefing on Delegate Selection Process Skyview 5

Mona Pasquil, DNC Member, CA

Rick Boylan, Former Director, DNC Party Affairs

 

 

6:00 PM National Convention & DNC Debate Update Skyview 5

Reverend Leah Daughtry, CEO, 2008 DNC Democratic Convention

 

6:30 PM Joint Summit Welcome Reception Champagne 2, Paris Hotel, Casino Level

Host: Nevada State Democratic Party

Introduction: Mark Brewer, DNC Vice Chair and President, Association of State Democratic Chairs

Program by Nevada State Democratic Party


Friday, August 24th, 2007

Joint Opening Session – Champagne Ballroom, Paris Hotel, Casino

 

Registration (Opens at 8:00 am)

 

8:30 AM Opening, Welcome and Acknowledgments

Introduction: Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair

Recognition of Special Guest(s): Senator Mike Gravel

Other Guests TBD

Welcoming Remarks: Jill Derby, Chair, Nevada State Democratic Party *

 

9:00 AM First Look: The Opposition, Republican 2008 Candidates

Communications and Polling Briefing

Luis Miranda, DNC Deputy Director of Communications, Regional & Specialty Media

Cornell Belcher, President, brilliant corners Research & Strategies and DNC Pollster

 

 

Individual Leadership Summits Begin at 10:15 AM

 

 

AAPI Leadership Summit Agenda – Las Vegas Ballrooms 1-7, Bally’s South Tower, 3rd FL

 

10:15 AM Welcoming Remarks and Opening Keynote

Bel Leong-Hong, DNC APIA Caucus Chair

Congressman Mike Honda, DNC Vice Chair

 

10:50 AM Lessons Learned in 2004 and 2006: Strategies for 2008

Moderator: Betsy Kim, Deputy Director, DNC American Majority Partnership

2004 APIA Report Vida Benavides, Partner, Leadership Advantage, LLC and

Political & Community Affairs Strategist

 

2006 APIA Pilot Project Chung Seto, Former Executive Director, NY Democratic Party and Democratic Strategist and Advisor

11:30 AM Prioritizing Our Issues: A Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Frank Wu, Dean, Wayne State University Law School

Former Congressman Robert Underwood, U.S. House of Representatives

Daphne Kwok, Executive Director, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Charmaine Manansala, California Political Director, SEIU

Dang Pham, Executive Director, San Francisco Immigration Rights Commission

 

12:30 PM Joint Luncheon Grand Ballroom, Bally’s North Tower, Casino Level

Introduction: Governor Howard Dean, M.D., DNC Chairman

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate

Thirteenth Episcopal District, African American Episcopal Church


 

2:00 PM NextGen Strategies – The New Frontier in Politics: Innovation in Media and Technology

Moderator: Legislator Nathan Shinagawa, Tompkins County, NY Legislature

Eric Byler, Filmmaker and Board Member, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress

Toby Chaudhuri, Communications Director, Campaign for America’s Future

Keith Kamisugi, Associate Director for Communications, Equal Justice Society

S.R. Sidarth, formerly of Senator Jim Webb’s campaign

 

 

3:00 PM AAPI Political Landscape – Winning Strategies

Moderator: Senator Mee Moua, Minnesota Senate

Mayor Jun Choi, Township of Edison, NJ

Senator Hansen Clarke, Michigan Senate

Representative Jay Goyal, Ohio House of Representatives

Representative William Tong, Connecticut House of Representatives

4:00 PM Break

 

4:15 PM AAPI Strategies for Victory

Moderator: Delegate Susan Lee, Maryland House of Delegates

Delegate Selection Parag Mehta, DNC Director of Training

Fundraising Mayor Otto Lee, DNC APIA Leadership Council

Shekar Narasimhan, Co-Chair, DNC Indo-American Leadership Council

AAPIs in Campaigns Irene Bueno, Co-Founder and Partner, NVG LLC

Eugene Kang

S.R. Sidarth

Other Speakers TBD

5:15 PM A Roadmap for Voter Mobilization: Registration, Education, Protection and

Training

Moderator: Gloria Caoile, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, U.S. House of Representatives*

Christine Chen, Executive Director, APIA Vote

Madalene Mielke, Founder and Principal, Arum Group

Erika Moritsugu, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, DC Democratic Lawyers Council

 

 

6:15 PM Wrap Up and Closing

Bel Leong-Hong, DNC APIA Caucus Chair

 

African American Leadership Summit Agenda – Las Vegas Ballrooms 1-7, Bally’s South Tower, 3rd FL

 

10:15 AM Welcoming Remarks & Opening Prayer

Virgie M. Rollins, DNC Black Caucus Chair

Reverend Randy Kelley, DNC Member, AL

 

10:30 AM Town Hall Meeting: Prioritizing Our Issues in 2008

The panel will discuss key issues of importance to the African American community.

 

Introduction: Virgie M. Rollins, DNC Black Caucus Chair

Moderator: Lottie Shackelford, DNC Vice Chair

Panel: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, U.S. House of Representatives

Senator Steven Horsford, Nevada State Senate and DNC Member

Flora Walker, AFSCME

Ngai Pindell, Professor, UNLV Boyd School of Law

12:30 PM Joint Luncheon Grand Ballroom, Bally’s North Tower, Casino Level

Introduction: Governor Howard Dean, M.D., DNC Chairman

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate

Thirteenth Episcopal District, African American Episcopal Church

 

2:00 PM “From the Table to the Ticket in 2008”

Introduction: Ken Foxworth, DNC Black Caucus Vice Chair

Moderator: Rodney Shelton, DNC Southern Regional Director

Panel: Congressman Keith Ellison, U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Joyce Beatty, Minority Leader, Ohio House of

Representatives & DNC Member

Michael Thurmond, Georgia Labor Commissioner & Georgia Democratic Party Vice Chair

 

3:00 PM Faith in Action Panel

Moderator: Rev. Romal J. Tune, Training and Mobilization Liaison, DNC Faith in Action Initiative and CEO, Clergy Strategic Alliances, LLC

Panelists: Fr. Ray East, Director of the Office of Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Washington and Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila Church

Rev. Dr. Robert Fowler, Senior Pastor, Victory Baptist Church, NV

Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook, Senior Pastor, Believers Christian Fellowship and Founder, Women in Ministry International Summit

Imam Al-Hajj Abdur Rashid, Chairman, Justice Committee of the Islamic Leadership Council of N.Y., and Dep.Amir, Muslim Alliance in North America *

 

4:30 PM Promote and Protect: Election Protection

Introduction: Vernon Watkins, DNC Black Caucus Western Regional Director

Panel: Anna Martinez, Deputy Political Director, Voter Protection

Greg Moore, Executive Director, NAACP National Voter Fund


 

5: 30 PM The Politics of the Youth Vote: Securing our Future in 2008 & Beyond

Introduction: Johnnie Patton, DNC Black Caucus Secretary

Moderator: LaToia Jones, Executive Director, College Democrats of America

Panel: Ashanti Fayshel Gholar, DNC Youth Council Vice Chair

Marlon Marshall

Kenya Pierce, Deputy Outreach Director for the Nevada State Democratic Party

Jamal Simmons, President of New Future Communications

Marvin Steel, Congressman Lacy Clay

 

6:30 PM Closing Remarks & Prayer

Virgie M. Rollins, DNC Black Caucus Chair

Reverend Toi A. Barbel

Hispanic Leadership Summit Agenda – Las Vegas Ballrooms 1-7, Bally’s South Tower, 3rd FL

 

10:15 AM Welcoming Remarks

Ramona Martinez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair

 

10:20 AM Current National Voter Registration Efforts

“New Approaches and Techniques to Registering Today’s Voters”

An interactive panel aimed at exploring and applying the latest voter registration techniques in your community.

 

Introduction: Ramona Martinez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair

 

Organization: Colorado Hispanic Voter Registration Initiative

Panelist: Manny Rodriguez, Chair and DNC Member, CO

Organization: NALEO

Panelist: Marcelo Gaete, Senior Director of Programs

 

Organization: SEIU

Panelist: Marcos Vilar, Assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer

 

Organization DNC

Panelist: Anna Martinez, Deputy Political Director, Voter Protection

 

11:15 AM Hispanic Media Coverage 2008

“Real Partners in Increasing Hispanic Voter Participation

This segment of our summit brings together senior executives from the major Spanish media networks including radio and television. Our invited speakers will be presenting their respective networks plans to cover the 2008 election cycle.

Introduction: Maria Echaveste, Co-Founder, NVG LLC

Organization: Hispanic Communications Network

Panelist: Carlos Alcazar, President

Organization: Telemundo

Panelists: Jorge Hidalgo, Senior Executive Vice President, News and Sports

Michael O’Shea, Vice President, Business Development

Organization: Univision

Panelists: Bert Gomez, Vice President Political Strategy

George Ray, Vice President Marketing

11:45 “Spreading the Democratic Message”

Moderator Alexandra Rooker, DNC Member, CA

 

This section will be an interactive dialogue that is aimed at developing a core Hispanic Democratic messaging strategy and implementation opportunities.

 

12:30 PM Joint Luncheon Grand Ballroom, Bally’s North Tower, Casino Level Introduction: Governor Howard Dean, M.D., DNC Chairman

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate

Thirteenth Episcopal District, African American Episcopal Church

 

2:00 PM Connecting the Dots: How to Engage the Latino Youth and Implementing Effective Field and Media Strategy

 

A workshop that provides data regarding Latino youth, establishes general outreach strategies, utilizes Hispanic DNC messaging geared toward the youth, and outlines how to utilize a variety of media markets, including bilingual media markets and internet media.

 

Introduction: Joelle Martinez-Prutch, Political Consultant and Former Western Region Director for Communities United

 

Organization: Nevada Democratic Party

Panelist : Andres Ramirez

 

Organization: DNC

Panelist: Josh McConaha, Internet Director

 

Organization: College Democrats of America

Panelist:s: Shamil Rodriguez, Chair College Democrats Hispanic Caucus

Alicia McClintock, Communications Director, College Democrats Hispanic Caucus

Q&A

 

 

4:00 PM Panel: The Nevada Caucus

Nevada Caucus Challenges”

The following informative panel will focus on the significance of the upcoming Nevada Caucus.

 

Introduction: Albert Morales, Deputy Director, DNC American Majority Partnership

Panelists: Andres Ramirez, Nevada State Democratic Party

Catherine Cortez-Masto, Nevada State Attorney General Assembly Member Ruben Kihuen, Nevada Assembly

Assembly Member Mo Denis, Nevada Assembly

Q&A

 

5:00 PM Introduction: Linda Chavez-Thompson, DNC Vice Chair

 

Closing Remarks Senator Bob Menendez, U.S. Senator, New Jersey


 

LGBT Leadership Summit Agenda – Las Vegas Ballrooms 1-7, Bally’s South Tower, 3rd FL

 

10:15 AM Welcoming Remarks

Rick Stafford, Chair DNC LGBT Caucus & Mirian Saez, Vice Chair DNC LGBT Caucus

 

10:30 AM The Internet – Blogs, YouTube, MySpaceNetGen LGBT Campaign Tools

Opportunity for participants to explore effective ways to utilize the Internet for grass-roots mobilization and communications.

Moderators: Jeff Richardson, DC Vice Chair, DNC Member & Jeremy Bernard, DNC Member, CA

Panel: Joe Sudbay, Deputy Editor, AMERICAblog

Josh McConaha, DNC Internet Director

Julie Tagen, DNC Deputy Finance Director

John Marble, Communications Director, National Stonewall Democrats

Toby Quaranta, Youth Outreach Coordinator, Human Rights

Campaign

 

11:15 AM LGBT Polling & Messaging

Overview of polling trends for LGBT issues and developing a message for successful coalition building.

Moderators: Mirian Saez, Vice Chair GLBT DNC Caucus & Delegate Heather R. Mizeur, Maryland General Assembly and DNC Member

Panel: Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

Jon Hoadley, Program Assistant, Gill Action Fund

Other Speakers TBD

12:30 PM Joint Luncheon Grand Ballroom, Bally’s North Tower, Casino Level

Introduction: Governor Howard Dean, M.D., DNC Chairman

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate

Thirteenth Episcopal District ,African American Episcopal Church

 

2:15 PM LGBT Political Landscape 2007 & 2008 – How LGBT Americans and issues will matter.

Briefing on key issues of importance to the LGBT community, including the Presidential Election, Congressional and State Elections, and Federal and State Legislation.

Moderators: Claire Lucas, Chair DNC GLLC & Raymond Buckley, NH State Chair, DNC Member

Panel: Marty Rouse, National Field Director, HRC

Alexander Robinson, CEO, National Black Justice Coalition

Dave Noble, Director of Public Policy, NGLTF

Chuck Wolfe, CEO, Victory Fund

Other Speakers TBD

 

3:30 PM Diversity In 2008 and Beyond

A dialogue to examine ways State Parties and the LGBT community can engage and motivate LGBT African Americans, Hispanics, APIA, Native Americans, Youth and Women to participate in the Democratic Party at all levels.

Moderators: Laurie McBride & Steve Driscoll, Co-Chairs National Stonewall Democrats

Panel: Earl Fowlkes, CEO, International Federation of Black Prides

Council Member Evan Low, Campbell City, CA Council

Toby Quaranta, Youth Outreach Coordinator, HRC

Kathleen Padilla, Co-President, OutFront!

Eddy Morales, Deputy Director, Center for Community Change


 

4:30 PM Making a Difference – LGBT elected & appointed officials

How LGBT elected officials at the city, county and legislative level are making a

difference not only in the lives of LGBT Americans but as representatives of our larger communities.

Moderator: Chuck Wolfe, CEO, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

Panel: Delegate Heather R. Mizeur, Maryland General Assembly, DNC Member

Council Member Evan Low, City of Campbell, CA Council

Representative Al McAffrey, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Assembly Member Dave Parks, Nevada Assembly

Other Speakers TBD

5:30 PM LGBT Party Building Plan and Wrap-Up

Time to engage in an open dialogue, share strategies and prioritize a plan of action to ensure victory’s from the White House to the State House in 2008 and beyond.

Moderators: John Perez, DNC Member, CA & Tonio Burgos, DNC Member, NJ

Panel: Parag Mehta, DNC Director of Training

Art DeCoursey, DNC Northeast Regional Director

Marty Rouse, National Field Director, HRC

Other Speakers TBD

6:30 PM Closing


Saturday, August 25th, 2007 – Joint Summit Agenda

 

All events in the Champagne Ballroom, Paris Casino Level, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Registration (Opens at 8:00 am)

 

9:00 AM Welcome and Acknowledgements

Bel Leong-Hong, DNC APIA Caucus Chair

Virgie M. Rollins, DNC Black Caucus Chair

 

9:20 AM Keynote Address

Introduction: Andrew Tobias, DNC Treasurer

Governor Howard Dean, M.D., DNC Chairman

 

Workshops

10:00 AM Best practices for recruiting new people to the Democratic Party

Parag Mehta, DNC Director of Training

11:00 AM Starting a State Party Constituency Caucus or making an existing one even better

RoseAnn Zimbro, Outreach Director, MN DFL Party

12:00 PM How to build a simple field program to identify, persuade and turn out voters

Brad Martin, DNC Northwest Regional Director

 

1:00 PM Luncheon and Video Grand Ballroom, Bally’s North Tower, Casino Level

Introduction: Ramona Martinez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair

Guest Speaker

 

2:15 PM Regional Breakouts on Constituency Planning Las Vegas Ballrooms, Bally’s South Tower, 3rd FL

Introductory Remarks: Congressman Mike Honda, DNC Vice Chair

Facilitators: DNC Regional Directors

 

Participants will be divided by region (Heartland/ Northwest, Northeast, South and Southwest/Pacific) and will strategize on voter contact/voter turnout action plans.

5:30 PM Wrap Up & Closing Ceremony

Rick Stafford, DNC LGBT Caucus Chair

 

HOSTS

Bel Leong-Hong, Chair of DNC Asian Pacific Islander American Caucus

Ramona Martinez, Chair of DNC Hispanic Caucus

Mame Reiley, Chair of DNC Women’s Caucus

Virgie M. Rollins, Chair of DNC Black Caucus

Rick Stafford, Chair of DNC LGBT Caucus

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Governor Howard Dean, M.D., DNC Chairman

Alice Germond, DNC Secretary

Andrew Tobias, DNC Treasurer

Congressman Mike Honda, DNC Vice Chair

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

 

 



* Speakers in italics are not confirmed