Session topics and times are subject to change without notice.

Friday, March 15

Embassy Suites Breakfast Buffet
6:00–9:30 a.m. – Complimentary for overnight hotel guests

8:30–8:55 a.m. Good Governance Gets the Work Done
Former Texas State Senator Kel Seliger has always taken a principled approach to governance. His long career in elected office, including nearly a decade as mayor of Amarillo and 17 years in the Texas Senate, exemplifies the Texas spirit of community and public service. In the legislature, Seliger was known as an advocate for local officials making decisions that impact their communities. In this inspiring keynote, Seliger will share his approach to governance and leadership – one that involves prioritizing integrity, cultivating trust, and collaborating to solve the tough issues.
Kel Seliger, Former Texas State Senator and TML Legislative Hall of Honor Inductee
9:00–10:00 a.m. Advocacy and Influence
Good ideas matter. But without successful advocacy for those ideas, nothing happens. What does it take to have influence in conversations, meetings, and presentations? In this session, you’ll discover a five-step model for successful influence. You’ll learn some very specific techniques that will enhance your persuasiveness when trying to advocate for your ideas.
John Daly Ph.D., Liddell Centennial Professor of Communication, University of Texas (Austin)
10:05–11:30 a.m. 2024 Legislative Update
Whether you’re an experienced city advocate or new to legislative activities, keeping track of bills that affect your city is critical. In this informative session, TML staff will discuss the implementation of bills from the 2023 Texas legislative session, the city-related issues that may be priorities in the 89th legislative session, and how you can effectively serve your community through grassroots involvement.
Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director; Monty Wynn, Director, Grassroots and Legislative Services; JJ Rocha, Grassroots and Legislative Services Manager; and Michael Martin, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League