Future Summit 2022 Agenda

July 29 – 31, 2022 | Denver, Colorado 


FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2022

3:00 PM – 5:30 P

Residence Inn Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center – 1725 Champa St
Rooms available for check-in at 4:00 PM MT

6:00 pm – 8:00 PM
Location: Gates Family Foundation (1st and 4th Floors) – 1390 Lawrence St, Denver, CO

Roughly a 10 minute walk from the Residence Inn


  • Tom Gougeon, President, Gates Family Foundation
  • Layla Zaidane, President & CEO, Future Caucus
  • CO Governor Jared Polis


With the exception of the evening reception, all programming will take place at the University of Colorado Denver – Lawrence Street Center located at 1380 Lawrence St.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
SUMMIT ROADFuture Caucus & ROLL CALL Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room

A representative from our host institution, the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, will greet legislators and recognize them state by state.


  • Blaine Volpe, Membership Director, Future Caucus
  • Paul Teske, Dean, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

9:20 AM – 10:30 AM
PLENARY: Collaborating Through Conflict: A Case Study on the Cuban Missile Crisis

PLENARY: Collaborating Through Conflict: A Case Study on the Cuban Missile Crisis Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room

This session explores how to realize the benefits of diverse perspectives within a legislature or a caucus without falling into dysfunctional conflict. Drawing on research in group decision making, National Institute for Civil Discourse Executive Director Keith Allred leads this interactive, skills-building session. The conversation starts with a discussion of the Kennedy Administration’s decision to sponsor an incursion into Castro’s Cuba and the monumental blunder that it turned out to be.


  • Keith Allred, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD)

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PLENARY: From ‘Talking the Talk’ to ‘Walking the Walk’

Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room

A discussion led by Rochelle Colburn, Future Caucus’ Chief Operating Officer, and Lisa V. Gale, the Chief Program Officer at StoryCorps, with Future Caucus’ “2021 Rising Star” and Cherisse Eatmon Collective Impact Award recipients on how they have successfully worked to establish connections and build relationships across the aisle with those they disagree with on many political issues.


  • Lisa V. Gale, Chief Program Officer at StoryCorps
  • KS Rep. Brandon Woodard (D)
  • CT Rep. Devin Carney (R)


  • Rochelle Colburn, Chief Operating Officer, Future Caucus

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
LUNCH Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
PLENARY: Volunteerism, Entrepreneurship, and the Workforce of Tomorrow
Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room

What policy innovations can legislators apply to engage young constituents in the workforce while sparking economic innovation? Jason Grill of Right to Start and Sonali Nijhawan of AmeriCorps will discuss the power of fostering entrepreneurship and volunteerism at the state level to create a stronger economy and workforce for the future.


  • Jason Grill – Right to Start
  • Sonali Nijhawan – Director, Americorps State and National


  • Sophia Kerby, Principal, Reimagining Capitalism, Omidyar Network

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
PLENARY: Future Caucus’ Vision & Inspiration
Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room

Future Caucus’ President and CEO Layla Zaidane will share brief remarks about the road ahead for the Future Caucus, the sessions ahead during Future Summit, and objectives for our time together throughout the conference.


  • Layla Zaidane, President & CEO, Future Caucus

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
PLENARY: Fireside Chat on Building Coalitions

Our nation’s most urgent issues are too complex to solve alone. State elected officials can play an important role in building cross-sector coalitions that leverage the unique value of government, business and even philanthropy. What are some best practices for young legislators to apply when working to build coalitions and collaborate across policy areas to achieve the best outcomes for their constituents and communities? Join this fireside chat with Walton Family Foundation Executive Director Caryl M. Stern to explore how cross-sector coalitions are moving the needle on issues such as education, housing, the COVID-19 pandemic, and water use and access.


  • Caryl Stern, Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation


  • CO Rep. Dylan Roberts – Introduces Caryl
  • Layla Zaidane, President & CEO, Future Caucus
  • AR Rep. Aaron Pilkington – Audience Q&A

3:10 PM – 3:50 PM
POLICY BREAKOUT: Future of Work & Energy and the Environment
Location: 5th Floor, Room LW500

Future of Work:
Presenters: Dr. Armando Valdez, Rural Development Director for Colorado, USDA |
Moderators: Rep. Nick Hoheisel (R-KS); Rep. Jeremy Gray (D-AL)
Small and rural communities are seeing growing numbers of young people leave their communities for opportunities elsewhere, thereby continuing the trend that created this problem in the first place. In this session, we’ll explore what states can do to attract and retain young workers to increase prosperity for all.

Energy and the Environment:
Presenters: Sen. Chris Hansen (D-CO) | Moderators: Rep. Kayla Young (D-WV); Sen. Kenneth Bogner (R-MT)
As the nation focuses more on transitioning to renewable energy, many workers in traditional energy industries feel left behind. In this session, we’ll discuss the challenges that transitioning to renewable energy has on the individuals who are facing employment instability as a result.

3:10 PM – 3:50 PM
POLICY BREAKOUT: Criminal Justice Reform & Strengthening Democracy
Location: 7th Floor, Room LW745

Criminal Justice Reform:
Presenters: Rep. Emily Virgin (D-OK), Policy Counsel for Human Rights for Kids | Moderators: Rep. Daniel Pae (R-OK); Rep. Jeramey Anderson (D-MS)
During this session, legislators will be invited to discuss the impact of juvenile justice policies, how legislators can ensure fair treatment of youth in the system, and the role states play in reform. This discussion is built off of the work done with Future Caucus’ Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Council, with the goal of identifying new policies to promote a fairer juvenile justice system.

Strengthening Democracy:
Nick Troiano, Executive Director, Unite America | Moderators: Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-MI); Rep. Devin Carney (R-CT)
A discussion on popular primary reform proposals, including open primaries, top two/four/five primaries, and nonpartisan blanket primaries. These proposals have been entertained in different states with the view that they counter political polarization, and this discussion will analyze the nature of these primary reform proposals and their real-world impact.

4:10 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: CU Denver, Terrace Room Presenter: Janine Davidson, PhD, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver Moderator: Paul Teske PhD, Dean, University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

6:00 PM – LATE

Sponsored by Meta
Rhein Haus Denver – 1415 Market St


SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022
All programming will take place at the University of Colorado Denver – Lawrence Street Center located at 1380 Lawrence St.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Presenter: Blaine Volpe, Membership Director, Future Caucus

9:05 AM – 10:00 AM
PLENARY: 2021 Future Caucus/Legislative Successes

Presenters: Rep. Nick Hoheisel (R-KS); Rep. Brandon Woodard (D-KS)
Join Future Caucus Co-Chairs as they reflect on their recent legislative successes and challenges. Hear about their collaboration and opportunities for 2022 and 2023.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLENARY: Build Your Digital Brand
: Using Instagram Like GenZ Does
Presenters: Tracy Rohrbach, Politics & Government Outreach, Meta; Kahlid Pagan, Politics & Government Outreach, Meta
Meta representatives Tracy Rohrbach and Kahlid Pagan will provide advice on how to get verified on Instagram, grow your following using Instagram Reels, and safely share content and engage with your followers online.

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
BRUNCH/PITCH IT!: Sell Your Caucus
Presenter: Blaine Volpe, Membership Director, Future Caucus
Future Caucuses will gather together to craft an elevator pitch about their Caucus and why they deserve an extra Future Caucus sponsored event in 2022-2023. Groups will craft their pitch around their events, legislation, and how they support their community.

12:30 PM – 12:50 PM

1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


All times listed above are in Mountain Time (MT).

For questions related to the Future Summit program, please contact Rochelle Colburn at [email protected].




Rep. Sara Jacobs


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