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Discussion Groups

ABOUT DISCUSSION GROUPS
Some of our most refreshing events are weekly discussion groups at the Dole Institute. Hosted by Dole Fellows, each weekly discussion focuses on a specific topic or issue and features an expert in that field. These events are oriented toward KU students, but are also open to the public.

These small discussion groups provide hands-on knowledge and direct interaction with experts.

Note to Students: Dole Institute discussion groups are terrific networking opportunities! Many students have found jobs or internships with the help of our discussion group guests or Dole Fellows.

Fall 2017 Discussion Group

“The Elusive Quest for the Lacrosse Mom: How do Politicians, Corporations, Organizations and the Community Engage Women? ” with Dole Fall Fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24; Nov. 14, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

An experienced campaign advisor, D.C. insider and media contributor, fall fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon will lead a discussion group series examining how various organizations, corporations and political entities attempt to engage with women, and why they can be a difficult constituency to reach.


Summer 2017 Discussion Group

“Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations” with Dole Summer Fellow Christina Luhn

May 24, 31; June 21, 28; July 11, 3 p.m. at the Dole Institute

For many, the U.S.-Mexico border presents a problem; for others, an economic opportunity. An expert in cross-border economic development, Christina Luhn will lead a summer discussion group series exploring the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico with a focus on border security, immigration and trade.


Spring 2017 Discussion Group

“President Trump: The First 100 Days,” with Dole Spring Fellows Henry “C.J” Jackson and Johanna Maska

March 1, 15, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Fresh off a dramatic election season, KU alums Henry “C.J.” Jackson (POLITICO) and Johanna Maska (former White House Director of Press Advance) will examine and interpret the first 100 days of the Trump administration as they happen. Jackson and Maska will welcome a who’s-who of Washington insiders and reporters to explore a complex season in U.S. politics.


Fall 2016 Discussion Group

“Toss Out the Playbook: Trump, Clinton and the Wacky Politics of 2016” with Dole Fall Fellow Steve Kraske

TUESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The 2016 presidential election has defied expectations and explanations at every turn. Dole Fellow Steve Kraske (KCUR, UMKC, The Kansas City Star) and his special guest speakers will lay out a guidebook on the art of presidential campaigns, the 2016 cycle and interpreting results on election night.


Spring 2016 Discussion Group

“A View from the Bench: Politics and Public Policy” with Dole Spring Fellow, Judge Joyce London Ford

TUESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute


Fall 2015 Discussion Group

“First in Their Class: Authentic Women & the Originality That Got Them There” with Dole Fall Fellow, Judy Lloyd

TUESDAYS, 12 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Oct. 6: Introduction

As a veteran of Senator Bob Dole’s campaigns and the office of the Majority Leader, among many other roles, Judy Lloyd is a well-established leader in her own right. A longtime student of women in leadership, she’s at the helm for this series examining women leaders in public service and business and their countless accomplishments. Each Tuesday of the semester, Lloyd will welcome different guests for a discussion on the bold and unique paths they’ve taken throughout their careers.

Oct. 20: Lydia Beebe

Lydia Beebe is the Senior of Counsel in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati. Prior to joining the firm, Beebe served as corporate secretary and chief governance office at Chevron Corporation, and was Chevron’s first woman officer. Beebe is a KU alumna and serves on the governing board of the Kansas University Endowment Association as well as the Kansas University Law School Alumni. She is a Distinguished Alumna of the KU School of Law and has received numerous professional and civic awards.

Oct. 27: Hon. Lisa Guillerman Gable

Lisa Gable is the President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led initiative aimed at helping to reduce obesity in America. She is also a National Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Prior to joining the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Gable held the personal rank of Ambassador when serving as U.S. Commissioner General to the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan. Her background covers a wide variety of disciplines in the private and public sector, including work with the United Nations, the White House, the U.S. Defense Department and the Secretary of Defense.

Nov. 3: Hon. Ellie Shafer

Ellie Schafer is a Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Visitors Office in Washington, D.C. In her current role with the White House, Schafer oversees the tour system and manages large events, welcoming over 3.5 million guests during her tenure. She produces famous annual events (Easter Egg Roll, the National Tree Lighting Ceremony, etc.) and has managed state arrivals for Pope Francis, China, Korea, Germany, United Kingdom and others. A graduate of the University of Denver, Schafer is a veteran of the 2008 Obama campaign and has worked on advance and logistical work for multiple political campaigns, foundations and world leaders.
Nov. 10: Hon. Ellen Tauscher
The Honorable Ellen Tauscher served as a congresswoman representing California’s 10th district in the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2009. In 2009, she was appointed by President Obama to the State Department, where she served as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and represented the United States at the U.N. nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) review conference. Tauscher also served on the boards of corporations such as SpaceX and the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council, as well as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).
Nov. 17: Donna Lucas
Donna Lucas is the CEO of Lucas Public Affairs, heading up a group of professionals who explain the complexities around many of the major public policy challenges facing the state of California. Her 30-year career has included time as the deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Lucas has also worked for Gov. George Deukmejian, state Treasurer Tom Hayes and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. She serves on the Board of Directors for multiple entities, including the California Chamber of Commerce.

Summer 2015  Discussion Group
“Government Relations & Lobbying: A Primer”
with Dole Summer Fellow, Bob Steil

TUESDAYS, 3 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Join Dole Summer Fellow and government affairs expert, Bob Steil, for a closer look at the inner workings of the political process through the examination of government relations activities, and with a special focus on the integral aspects of lobbying. Steil’s special guest speakers will describe what they do, and how and why they do it. Together, Steil and his guests will explore the various facets of government relations and lobbying activities on both the state and federal levels.

June 2: General Overview of Lobbying
Tim Powers of Artemis Strategies in Washington, D.C., will discuss what is involved in lobbying as well as the difference between federal and state lobbying. Powers also will shed light on the public’s image of lobbyists, why one would become a lobbyist, and how to define success and what “works” for a lobbyist. Special attention will be given to conduction regulations and ethics.

June 9: State Lobbying: A National Trade Association’s Multi-State Perspective
Guest speaker Mark Pratt will define the functions of a national trade association and how it handles state lobbying. Discussion topics will include whether lobbying approaches are uniform across state lines, how lobbying efforts are received in states, and if trade associations secure the services of local lobbyists.

June 16: Federal Lobbying
Kristen Freitas, senior director of federal affairs at HDMA in Washington, D.C., will outline the components of federal lobbying and the differences between working with Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Freitas will talk about whom lobbyists mainly interact with and how “gridlock” affects lobbying activities.

June 23: Lobbying in Kansas
William Sneed of Polsinelli in Topeka will talk about what is unique to lobbying in Kansas. He’ll also cover the importance of relationship building, how lobbyists familiarize themselves with issues, what roles relationships with outside interests play and more. Sneed also will dicuss the need and ability to lobby on both sides of the aisle.

June 30: Lobbying From a Kansas Legislator’s Perspective
State Sen. Susan Wagle will join the conversations to discuss perceptions of lobbyists and the “good” or “bad” approaches lobbyists take. Wagle and Steil will also look into what motivates legislators in terms of promoting legislation and pressures to vote with “the party” vs. individual initiatives.


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Spring 2015  Discussion Group
“All Politics is Personal – A Gay Conservative Looks at the Culture Wars” with Spring Fellow Jimmy LaSalvia

WEDNESDAYS 4-5:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Gay activist LaSalvia, a conservative, looks at a variety of cultural issues including gay marriage, the war on women, and the rise of Fox and MSNBC from a nonpartisan perspective as we begin the 2016 Presidential elections. Join us as we ask what created these critical issues? And how large will they loom in 2016?

Feb. 18: Homocon: A Gay Conservative’s View From the Trenches of the Culture Wars
Dole Fellow Jimmy LaSalvia introduces this semester’s study group topic and shares his experiences as an openly gay conservative who advocates on behalf of gay & lesbian Americans.

Feb. 25: The War on Women: Fact or Fiction
Issues ranging from abortion and contraception to equal pay have been framed in the context of a political “war on women.” We’ll look at the facts and the rhetoric, and the reality of the politics of gender.
Guests: Amy Kremer & Kylie Kremer, Tea Party Express

March 4: Religious Liberty vs. Equal Treatment Under Law
From wedding cakes to the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, we’ll look at the legal and political realities regarding our constitutional rights of Freedom of Religion and Equal Protection.
Guest: Tobias Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania

March 11: Gay in America Today
Public opinion on the specific issue of the same-sex marriage, and homosexuality in general, has moved farther and faster than any other cultural issue in modern times. What happened and how did it happen so fast?
Guest: Chris Geidner, legal editor at Buzzfeed

March 25: The Glass Ceiling: Breaking Through Cultural Barriers
We have an African American president, will a woman be next? What is it like being the first person like you to achieve a prominent, high-profile position? Why is it important?
Guests: Miguel Marquez, CNN national correspondent & Sally Kohn, Movement Vision Lab founder/CEO and CNN commentator

April 1: The Cable News Blowtorch
How does cable news fan the flames of the culture war and increase the cultural divide? What harm are they doing in their pursuit of ratings?
Guest: Andrew Kirell, editor-in-chief of Mediaite.com

April 8: Politically Homeless
A record number of Americans now choose to not affiliate with a political party, and more and more are choosing political parties other than the two major parties. Are wedge-issue politics driving voters away from partisan politics?
Guest: Greg Orman, entrepreneur and recent Independent candidate for Senate from Kansas

 


 

Behind the Byline
Fall 2014 Wednesday  Discussion Group
“Behind the Byline: Political Journalists on the Midterm Election” l
ed by Dole Fellow Dave Helling, KC Star

WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

10-second sound bites, 300-word articles, 140-character tweets. That’s how we digest today’s political headlines. This fall, go behind the byline with Dole Fellow Dave Helling and his special guests as they dissect the evolution of political journalism and share insight on the 2014 elections that only veteran political journalists can provide.

Sept. 17Overview of 2014 Election & Journalism’s Role
Guests: David Von Drehle, Time Magazine; Jonathan Martin; New York Times; Juana Summers, NPR

Sept. 24How Television Journalists Cover the Midterms
Guests: Garrett Haake, KSHB; Nick Haines, KCPT

Oct. 1How Print Journalists Cover the Midterms
Guests: Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal; Jason Noble, Des Moines Register

Oct. 8How Radio Journalists Cover the Midterms
Guest: Steve Kraske, KCUR

Oct. 22Covering the Midterms on the Web
Guests: Martin Hawver, Hawver’s Capitol Report; Sam Zeff, KCUR

Oct. 29Alternative Press and the Midterm Election
Guest: Steve Vockrodt, The Pitch

Nov. 12Recap of the 2014 Election


 

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Spring 2014  Discussion Group
“The Brave New World of Political Communications: Lessons from the Obama Campaigns” led by Dole Fellow Mark Sump

WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns launched a new era of political communications, taking direct voter contact and mobilization of voters to levels never seen before. These innovative strategies created two historic victories and generated a 60-percent voter turnout rate for the first time in many decades. Dole Fellow Mark Sump delves into these political communication methods to reveal how they resulted in two Obama victories.

Feb. 19: Political Targeting & Voter Motivation

Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, political consultant, Hal Malchow, will discuss political targeting and how experimental science is used to motivate voters.

Feb. 26: Modeling & Targeting in Political Campaigns

Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, political consultant Ken Strasma, will discuss how modeling and targeting are used in political campaigns. Strasma was the modeling guru for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

March 5: Social Media in Political Campaigns

Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, media consultant Matthew MacWilliams, will discuss social media and new mediums of political communication. MacWilliams was dubbed a “Media Wizard” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.

March 12: Strategic Media Investment

Dole Fellow Mark Sump will host a video conference with Paul Begala, political consultant and commentator. They will discuss how media coverage of political campaigns has developed in the past few decades and where the money goes.

March 26: Activating Voters in Targeted Campaigns

Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, Democratic political consultant Michael Whouley, will discuss getting out the vote and how to target specific individuals and demographics. Whouley was a key strategist in Bill Clinton’s 1992 election victory.

April 2: New Media Advertising

Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, marketing consultant Amy Gonzalez, will discuss new media advertising and how to target Internet advertising using cookies, geographic clustering and other methods. Ms. Gonzalez will be joining us via Skype.

April 9: Progressive Campaigning

Guest Michael Miller is a 10 year veteran of campaigns and advocacy with work spanning an array of publishers and organizations within the progressive space. Drawing on strong backgrounds in field, digital and technology, Michael’s work focuses on generating holistic views of online and offline campaigning. A trainer with the New Organizing Institute and the New Leader’s Council, Michael teaches pragmatic options for campaigns and organizations to implement experiments and testing on scales large and small.


 

Sarian Bouma
Fall 2013  Discussion Group
Presented by the Dole Institute with generous support from AT&T:
Exploring Untapped Markets: Global Entrepreneurship & Politics” led by Dole Fellow Sarian Bouma

WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In today’s economy, private entrepreneurs and businesses innovate, produce and compete vigorously, with consumers benefiting in the end. Entrepreneurs take incredible risk. That’s why it’s important to find the best resources and learn how to make government work for you. This fall, Dole Fellow Sarian Bouma will explore the art of entrepreneurship, the role of government and opportunities to go global.

Sept. 18: The Small Business Administration: A Role for Women & Other Small Business Start-up Entities
Guest: Ana Recio Harvey, Former SBA Assistant Administrator Office of Women Business Development

Sept. 25: Going Global & Thinking Outside the Box: Global Trade Services for Small & Medium Enterprises
Guest: Harland Priddle, President of Priddle and Associates

Oct. 2: Before You Start a Business: Business & Politics
Guest: Mohamed Sillah, Executive Director for Africa World Conference of Mayors, United Nations of Cities

Oct. 9: The New Gutenberg Revolution
Guest: Dr. Ken Atchity, CEO and founder of Atchity Productions and Story Merchant

Oct. 23: Global Market Resources for Entrepreneurs & the China/Africa Market
Guest: Dr. Sharon Freeman, President, All American Small Business Exporters Association and U.S. Trade Representative Office Advisory Board Member

Oct. 30: Role as Saint Maarten’s First Female President of Parliament & One-Time Small Business Owner
Guest: Honorable Dr. Gracita Arrindell, President of Saint Maarten. Netherlands Antilles.

Nov. 6: Think Global & Local: Today’s Food & the Entertainment Industry for Local Artists & the Role for Young Entertainment Artists as Entrepreneurs
Guests: Larry Ojeleye, Lawrence small business owner, and Mohamed Kosia, successful global entrepreneur in the entertainment industry.


 

Steve Glorioso
Summer 2013  Discussion Group
“A Practical Guide to City Politics” led by Dole Fellow Steve Glorioso

TUESDAYS, 2:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Tip O’Neill used to say, “all politics are local.” KC Democratic political consultant Steve Glorioso’s varied career in local, national and international politics provides him the background and experience needed to present you with a real-world suvival guide to community politics. Covering corruption, transparency, leadership styles and basic forms of local government, Glorioso’s study group has got it all. Come find out how to apply his ideas to your everyday political and civic involvement. Guests with join Glorioso to examine the difference between winning and losing elections and discuss why sometimes the best campaign you ever ran was a losing campaign.

July 9: Overview and discussion with Dole Fellow Steve Glorioso

July 16: Guests: Jean Paul Bradshaw, former U.S. Attorney in Western Missouri under Bush; Pat McInerney, former Assistant U.S. Attorney under Clinton

July 23: Overview and discussion with Dole Fellow Steve Glorioso

July 30: Guests: John Franklin, Assistant City Manager for Kansas City, MO; David Corliss, City Manager of Lawrence

August 6: Guests: Jeff Roe, Republican political strategist; Pat Gray, Democratic pollster and political consultant


 

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Spring 2013  Discussion Group
“U.S. Engagement: Political-Military Affairs” led by Brigadier General Roosevelt Barfield, Dole Fellow

WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Integrating diplomacy and defense and forging international security partnerships makes political-military affairs a timeless political topic. Spring 2013 Dole Fellow, Brigadier General Roosevelt Barfield (Ret.), explores the definitions, perspectives and stakeholders responsible for poltical military strategy. The first step in engagement is getting to knowthe key players on a personal level – join us each Wednesday to do just that!

Feb. 13: Intro session with Fellow Barfield

Feb. 20: Guest John Hoover, deputy to Ambassador Don Yamamoto, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. State Dept.; Topic: political engagement strategy and what drives regional and country-specific engagement.

Feb. 28: Military engagement strategy and the roles of various combatant commands. NOTE: Due to weather, our scheduled guest, Fmr. Rep. Patrick Murphey, was unable to join Gen. Barfield.

March 6: This week, Gen. Barfield will be joined via video conference by Patrick Murphy. Murphy is a former congressman from Pennsylvania and was the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress. They will discuss military engagement strategy and the roles of various combatant commands.

March 13: Guest: Major Gen. (retired) Richard F. Sherlock, former Director of Strategy and Plans, U.S. Africa Command.

March 27: Guest: Daphne M. Titus, current Counselor for Consular Affairs for U.S. Mission nigeria. Topic: current events in the Horn of Africa region and the role of the U.S. State Department in military organization.

April 3: Dole Fellow Barfield


 

Election 2012 An Inside Look
Fall 2012  Discussion Group
“Election 2012: An Inside Look”
Led by Dole Fellows Nancy Dwight & Steve Hildebrand

WEDNESDAYS, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

What we see and what actually happens in a campaign are two very different things. With one of the most important elections of our generation coming up, join the Dole Institute Fall Fellows, Nancy Dwight and Steve Hildebrand, for a look at Election 2012 from an insider’s perspective.

Dole Fellow NANCY DWIGHT is chairman of Dwight Partners, a New England consultancy specializing in strategic communications and organization building for corporate, political and non-profit clients. In the 1980’s, she served as the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Commmittee, after serving as their campaign director in 1980.

Dole Fellow STEVE HILDEBRAND served as President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Campaign Manager during the historic 2008 presidential campaign. He also served as campaign manager for Senator Tim Johnson’s campaign in 2002 and Tom Daschle’s campaign in 2004, and as Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1997-1998.

Session Dates:
Sept. 26
Oct. 3
Oct. 17
Oct. 24
Oct. 31
Nov. 14


 

SPRING 2012 STUDY GROUPS

Presidential Play by Play
Spring 2012  Discussion Group
“Presidential Play-By-Play” led by Dole Fellow Tom King

TUESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Feb. 14: Political communications expert, Tom King, will explore the elements of a presidential campaign. King will provide an insider’s perspective and weekly commentary on the 2012 presidential race.

Feb. 21: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, Aaron Leibowitz. Leibowitz is a Principal at Targeted Creative Communications, Inc, a Republican direct marketing company.

Feb. 28: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, pollster Glen Bolger. Bolger is one of the Republican Party’s leading political strategists and pollsters. He is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs survey research firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and major associations.

March 6: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, Steve Murphy.

March 13: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest Alexander Burns, POLITICO journalist.

March 20: SPRING BREAK, NO STUDY GROUP

March 27: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, former Dole Fellow Peter Fenn, president of Fenn Communications Group, one of the nation’s premier political and public affairs media firms.

April 3: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest TBA.


 

Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is
SPRING 2012 WEDNESDAY  Discussion Group
“Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is”
Led by Dole Fellows Elizabeth Conatser and Lisa Spies

4 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Feb. 15: Fundriasing experts, Elizabeth Conatser & Lisa Spies, have worked with presidential candidates, US Senators, Congressmen and Governors. These Fellows will present a timely study group on the “nuts and bolts” of political fundraising.

Feb. 22: Dole Fellow Lisa Spies and guest, former Federal Election Commission/FEC Chairman and current Commissioner Donald McGahn.

Feb. 29: Dole Fellow Elizabeth Conatser and guest, veteran political fundraiser Bev Shea.

March 7: Dole Fellow Lisa Spies and guest, RNC Finance Director Angela Meyers.

March 14: Dole Fellow Lisa Spies and guest, Michael Beach, co-founder of Targeted Victory, the premier Republican digital strategic consulting firm, serving over 40 clients including Maco Rubio for Senate I(FL), American Crossroads, Susana Martinez for Governor (NM), and Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign. Targeted Victory BLOG.

March 21: Spring Break–No Study Group

March 28: Dole Fellow Elizabeth Conatser and guest, Jeff Freeman, senior Federal lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA).

April 4: ‘Direct Mail and Online Fundraising,’ with guest Bill Spence, Response America, a premier direct mail and voter contact firm.

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