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Regardless of one’s political perspective, it’s hard to claim that today’s political climate is one that supports the development of effective legislative and policy solutions to complex problems. This day-long conference will not only explore the historical, political and social dynamics that drive divisiveness, but will also draw in the experience and perspectives of up-and-coming politicians and political activists to identify opportunities and mechanisms to overcome that divisiveness.
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Location Details
Radisson Colonial Hotel
301 Colonial Dr
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-2100

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Monday, November 21

9:00amWelcome and Opening
8:45amPanel I - How did we get here? The social, political and historical elements of divisiveness
  • Nicol Rae - Dean, College of Letters and Science, Montana State University 
  • Chuck Johnson - Politics Reporter, Helena IR/AP (Ret.) (Tentative) 
  • Daniel Kemmis - O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West 
  • Bob Brown - (Tentative)
10:45amPanel II - Finding Ways Forward: A conversation with the next generation of politicians and activistsPanelists:
  • Dan Zolnikov (Rep. HD 47, Billings (R)) 
  • Jenny Keck (Rep. HD 79, Helena (D)) 
  • Chuck Tooley (Principle, Tooley Communications, Fmr. Mayor, Billings, MT) 
  •  Rachel Huff-Doria (Executive Director, Forward Montana) 
  • Chase Sick - (Montana Field Director, Turning Point USA) (Tentative)
12:00pmLunch and Keynote Speaker Pat Williams
1:30pmInteractive Afternoon Session - A facilitated discussion of opportunities and mechanisms of engagement
Facilitated small group/table top discussions engaging attendees and panelists in an exploration of the opportunities and processes by which effective engagement can be built. The results of these discussions will be compiled into a conference summary white paper.
4:30pmClosing Session:
Summary, Call to Action and Next Steps