2011 Biennial Strategic Summit Agenda

Secular Coalition For America 2011 Biennial Strategic Summit Agenda
Thursday, May 19th to Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20001

Thursday, May 19
11:00 a.m.- Registration Opens (Thornton Room)

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.- Opening Comments and Lobbying Training
Learn useful tips for visiting local, state, and federal offices in order to discuss legislation and policy issues.  Prepare for Friday’s lobbying session on Capitol Hill.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.-  Dinner provided
Opening comments by author and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht and entertainment by musician George Hrab

Friday, May 20
8:00 a.m.- Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.- Breakfast and Lobbying Refresher
Pick up materials for lobbying sessions and met-up with groups

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- Lobbying Sessions on Capitol Hill
Meetings with Congressional Staff

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.- Lunch (on your own)

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion: “Marketing Our Movement”
•    Sally Quinn, editor of The Washington Post’s “On Faith”
•    Jesse Galef, communications director, Secular Student Alliance
•    David Silverman, president, American Atheists
•    Fred Edwords, national director, United Coalition of Reason
•    Mike Meno, communications manager, Secular Coalition for America (moderator)

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.- Break

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion: “Lobbying & Litigating: Strategic Approaches to Legal Issues”
•    David Noise, president, American Humanist Association
•    Mark Dunn, board member, American Atheists
•    Amanda Knief, government relations manager, Secular Coalition for America
•    Sean Faircloth, executive director, Secular Coalition for America (moderator)

6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.- Private Secular Supporter Reception

6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.- General Reception, open to all
Featured comments by actor and comedian Paul Provenza

7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.- Dinner provided
Secular Decade Strategic Plan Presentation by SCA Executive Director Sean Faircloth

Saturday, May 21
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.- Breakfast and Opening Comments

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.- Breakout Sessions
•    Media
•    Outreach
•    State Affiliates
•    Legislative Strategies
•    Electing Nontheists
•    Strengthening our Coalition

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.- Lunch provided
Featured comments by best-selling author Susan Jacoby

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.- Breakout Sessions
•    Media
•    Outreach
•    State Affiliates
•    Legislative Strategies
•    Electing Nontheists
•    Strengthening our Coalition

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.- Group Presentations

5:00 p.m.- Closing Reception
Food and beverage provided
Closing Comments by Herb Silverman, President and Founder, Secular Coalition for America

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