Agriculture & Rural Development

The Future of Farming in America

Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry, Oklahoma

Shawn Lepard, President, Lepard Consulting, Oklahoma

Economic Development, Transportation, Cultural Affairs

Infrastructure: It’s Been Burning Since the World was Turning

Anna Denecke, Director Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers, Washington, D.C.

Brewing Economic Development: Microbreweries as a Tool to Revitalize Downtown

Margie A.S. Lehrman, Chief Executive Officer, American Craft Spirits Association, Virginia


Making the Grade: Addressing the Educator Shortage through Innovation and Reforms

Commissioner Penny Schwinn, PhD, Department of Education, Tennessee

Hannah Putman, Managing Director of Research, National Council on Teacher Quality, Washington, D.C.

Representative Rhonda Baker, Oklahoma

Senator Brenda Stanley, Oklahoma

Ken Levit, Executive Director, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Oklahoma

From Burnout to Turnout: Supporting Student and Staff’s Behavioral and Mental Health

Zack Stoycoff, Executive Director, Healthy Minds Policy Initiative, Oklahoma

LaNika Wright, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, Director, Student Health Services, East Carolina University, and 2023 President-Elect, Southern College Health Association, North Carolina

Megan Blanco, Director, Safe and Healthy Schools, National Association of State Boards of Education, Virginia

Energy & Environment

Energy Sector Outlook: Powering the 21st Century

Senator Kim David, Oklahoma

Kunal Patel, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations

The Road Oft Taken: Mileage-Based User Fees and the Future of Road Revenues 

Patricia Hendren, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Eastern Transportation Coalition, Maryland

Human Services & Public Safety

Protecting Vulnerable Populations: It’s for the Children

Kyesha ‘Ky’ Lindberg, Executive Director, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Georgia

Jaia Peterson-Lent, Deputy Executive Director, Generations United, Washington, D.C.

Government Staff Workshop

Supreme Court Update: A Briefing from the State and Local Legal Center

Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

Handout: Supreme Court Review for States 2021-22

Stats, Facts and Policy Tracks: A 2020 Census Update

Greg Wilson and Taylor Hafley, The Carl Vinson Institute for Government, University of Georgia

Leading in Chaos – You and Your Role Have Never Been More Important

Jay McChord, President/CEO, McChord Inc., Kentucky

State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) Award Judges Panel

The Innovation Institute: North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Prisons

Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Certification Course: North Carolina Department of Insurance (***WINNER***)

Apprenticeship Missouri: Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development