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2014 Legislative Symposia: Orlando

ASID 2014 Legislative Symposia Series


Legislative Symposia: Orlando Event 
Friday, May 9, 2014, and Saturday, May 10, 2014
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Pricing: Full day (0.5 CEU) = $199 ($149 ASID members, $49 ASID student members)

This Legislative Symposium, presented by the American Society of Interior Designers, will train participants in strategies to advance advocacy efforts to protect and promote the interior design industry. Workshops, which will be led by qualified advocacy specialists, will deliver educational content to inform interior designers about important industry policy issues and also will provide tools to encourage designers to become engaged in advocacy efforts.

Guests of this Legislative Symposia event can enjoy a discounted hotel rate at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

Schedule of Events 

Friday, May 9, 2014

5 - 6 p.m.
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6 - 7 p.m.
Crescent Terrace

Cocktail Reception
Open bar with hors d’oeuvres

Saturday, May 10, 2014 

8 - 9 a.m.
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Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 10 a.m.
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ASID Government and Public Affairs Welcome and Panel Discussion
Panelists:  Don Davis, vice president of Government and Public Affairs, ASID
               Alexis de Armas, GPA specialist, ASID
               William Dessert, GPA specialist, ASID
               Emily Kluczynski, director of Advocacy, Public Policy, and Legislative Affairs, IIDA

10 - 11 a.m.

Main Session: The Five Introductions
Presenter: Christopher Kush, MPP, CEO of Soapbox Consulting

Although an organization’s members are not officially appointed, they regularly are called upon to act as ambassadors for the organization when they interact with professional colleagues, community leaders, state regulators, and others. This session provides participants with five introductions that will serve them well in a variety of situations. As a bonus, participants will meet five other participants as part of the interactive exercise.

Learning objectives include:

  • Learn how to address misconceptions or untruths about your organization or legislative issues without cutting lines of communication.
  • Learn how to harness the power of carrying a personal story around in your pocket.
  • Understand how these conversations can form the basis of almost any discussion related to proposed legislation.

11 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
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Breakout Session: Legislative Update
Presenters: David Robertspublic policy advisor, Akerman
Eliakim "Eli" Nortelus, public policy advisor, Akerman

This breakout session includes a 60-minute presentation about the legislative process in the state of Florida. The session also provides information about current interior design legislation that has passed as well as legislation that may be coming up in the next few sessions. Attendees will learn exactly how the legislative process works in Florida, and the session will help participants identify which key indicators can affect their practice rights. 


12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
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1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
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Breakout Session: Legislative Impacts on Lighting Products
Presenter: Robert Horner, director of Public Policy, Illuminating Engineering Society

This session, conducted by the Illuminating Engineering Society, will focus on ASID advocacy efforts in the lighting and design industry. The discussion will address legislation and regulation that impact the products that interior designers use in projects every day.

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

2:45 - 3 p.m.


3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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Breakout Session: Technical Aspects Behind the Profession of Interior Design
Presenter: Don Davis, vice president of Government and Public Affairs, ASID

This breakout session examines the interior design profession and provides a definition of the practice and scope of work. The session addresses the following questions: What do interior designers do? What are the different scopes of practice? According to Florida law, what is the scope of work for interior designers? How does this practice differentiate from the scope of work for engineers and architects? What training, testing and education are necessary to practice? What do these qualifications mean to building officials seeking to make distinctions among qualified professionals? What role do appellations play in distinguishing recognition?

4 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


4:15 - 5 p.m.
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Breakout Session: Boot Camp for Advocates
Presenter: Christopher Kush, MPP, CEO of Soapbox Consulting

Christopher Kush, author of The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take to Fight for the Issues and Candidates You Care About, uses a variety of small group and interactive exercises to guide advocates through several skills they can put into play immediately in their home districts. The session explores communication skills, face-to-face meetings, relationship-building, recruitment, and working with the local news media.

Learning objectives include:

  • The difference between simply sending a message and building a relationship with elected officials
  • Quick and dirty bill analysis (four things you need to know about any piece of legislation)
  • Effective letters to the editor
  • Hook, line, and sinker — the parts of a legislative meeting
  • Preparing for the opposition
  • Recruitment practice, including how to handle rejection without being depleted
  • Bringing it all together: Town hall meeting