Webinars, Calls, and Trainings

The State Innovation Exchange regularly offers legislators and legislative staff the opportunity to learn more about specific policy trends and topics and learn about digital and communications tools through webinars coordinated by SiX staff. Webinars enable legislators across the country to join together in a collaborate environment without having to travel.

All SiX webinars are free to attend, and most webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live briefings. SiX also occasionally hosts webinars that are open to the public. A handful of past, public webinar offerings can be found at the bottom of this page. Additional webinar recordings and resources for legislators can be found through our sister organization, SiX Action.

If you’re a legislator or legislative staff member and would like to get regular updates about webinar and training opportunities, or gain access to past webinar materials, please email info@stateinnovation.org.

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Webinar Wednesdays with SiX

Starting this December, SiX will host a webinar every third Wednesday of the month at 2 pm EST. You will have the opportunity to hear from other state legislators and national experts as well as ask questions. Take a look at the schedule below and save the dates!


December 19 at 2 PM EST: Congrats! You’ve Won Your Election. Things to Consider When Setting Up Your Legislative Office

January 16 at 2 PM EST: What to Expect from ALEC and the Right in 2019

February 20 at 2 PM EST: The SiX Democracy Project and an Overview of How to Build a Stronger Democracy

March 20 at 2 PM EST: The Fight for Families: Progressive Workplace Policies that Work

April 17 at 2 PM EST: Celebrating Earth Day with Action in the State Legislature

May 15 at 2 PM EST: Messaging Your Accomplishments and the Strength of Unified Agendas


Email info@stateinnovation.org for more information.


Past SiX Webinars

The Future of Roe v. Wade

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
4:00 pm E.T.

Kelly Baden, Director of Reproductive Rights, State Innovation Exchange
New York State Senator Liz Krueger
Rhode Island Senator Gayle Golden
Rhode Island Representative Edie Ajello
Dana Singiser, Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Julie Rikelman, Senior Litigation Director, Center for Reproductive Rights
Jordan Goldberg, Director of Policy, National Institute for Reproductive Health

Summary: After repeatedly promising to put “pro-life justices on the court” who would overturn Roe v. Wade “automatically,” President Trump on Monday announced Brett Kavanaugh as the nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. SiX and key partners from the National Institute for Reproductive Health, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America join together to discuss this development and its potential impact on Roe v. Wade.. To see a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.


Addressing the Student Debt Crisis: State Approaches to Reform

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
3:00 pm E.T.

Sam Munger, Director of External Affairs, State Innovation Exchange
Virginia Delegate Marcia Price
Connecticut Representative Matt Lesser
Mark Huelsman, Senior Policy Analyst, Demos

Summary: This webinar went over state approaches to addressing America’s student debt crisis. In the modern economy, a college education or technical degree is more important than ever. But the high cost of education is leaving millions in debt. On this webinar, state legislators and advocates will discuss recent approaches states have taken to address the student debt crisis – including creating a student loan bill of rights, allowing for student loan refinancing, state licensing of private loan servicers, and creating state loan watchdogs to protect consumers. We’ll also touch on the movement to make public college more affordable and reduce the need to take on loan debt at all, as legislators across the country consider next steps on this issue in 2019. To see a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.

State Legislators and Abortion Stories: A Toolkit for Transformation

Date: Monday, June 25, 2018
4:00 pm E.T.

Kelly Baden, Director of Reproductive Rights, State Innovation Exchange
Georgia Representative Renitta Shannon
Colorado Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet
Renee Bracey Sherman, Senior Public Affairs Manager, National Network of Abortion Funds
Brittany Mostiller, Executive Director, Chicago Abortion Fund

Summary: SiX and We Testify unveil the release of our new toolkit, State Legislators and Abortion Stories: A Toolkit for Transformation. The purpose of this toolkit is help legislators learn from the rich storytelling community and recognize the power of storytelling to bring about policy change, including for an issue as personal and sensitive as reproductive health care. Experts share their learnings on how legislators can incorporate and utilize abortion stories to inform policy change, while state legislators relay their experiences in publicizing their own abortion stories. To see a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.

Modernizing and Securing Our Elections

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
5:00 pm E.T.

Sean Hinga, Senior Advisor, State Innovation Exchange
Sam Munger, Director of External Affairs, State Innovation Exchange
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Former Speaker & Former Majority Leader, Colorado

Summary: This briefing reviewed voting reforms that expand mail ballot delivery and improve in-person voter service options, both during early vote periods and on Election Day. This combination provides voters with secure options to register and vote, while decreasing barriers to voting caused by lack of access to transportation, work schedules, weather, age, or disability. To see a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.

The Road to Reproductive Justice: Rural America, Communities of Faith and Communities of Color

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jessica Lopez Collins, New Mexico Program Director, Forward Together
Adriann Barboa, New Mexico Field Director, Forward Together
Representative Debbie Armstrong, New Mexico

Summary: The majority of Americans believe that a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion, should be legal, yet many of us often fall prey to stereotypes about rural people, people of faith and communities of color. Recent research about attitudes of rural New Mexicans, by Forward Together, Latino Decisions, and Young Women United, not only breaks down assumptions about who supports abortion access but creates a road map for advocates and progressive decision makers to follow – one that leads us to rural, religious and people of color communities. This webinar will investigate these findings and their implications for legislators everywhere, including states with significant rural populations of color like Arizona, California, Hawaii, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, and South Carolina, and beyond. To access a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.

Skill Building: Social Media 101

April 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET

Vanessa Harmoush, Associate Director of Digital Communications, SiX
Brent Comstock, CEO and Founder, BCom Solutions, LLC

SummaryParticipants will have the chance to learn best practices on how to manage public profiles on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, and how to best engage with constituents online as an elected official. To access a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.


#MeToo, What Next? State Efforts to Reform Sexual Harassment Policies

April 6, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET

Andrea Johnson, Senior Counsel for State Policy, National Women’s Law Center
Peggy Shorey, Director of State and Local Legislation, AFL-CIO
California Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson
Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly
Washington Sen. Karen Keiser

Summary: This briefing explored how to maximize the power of the #MeToo movement through legislation to prevent harassment at work and at school. The webinar covered key public policies for combating sexual harassment and lessons learned from legislators working to move these policies in their states. Topics covered included various means of expanding worker and employee protections, efforts to extend the statute of limitations on bringing harassment charges, accountability and transparency measures, and prevention measures. To access a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.


Reproductive Rights: 45 Years After Roe v. Wade…What We Don’t Know, Because We’ve Never Asked

March 15, 2018

Kelly Baden, Director of Reproductive Rights, SiX
Tresa Undem, Partner, PerryUndem

Summary: Decades of polling data on abortion has painted an incomplete picture of how Americans feel about the legal right to abortion and a person’s ability to access that right. Tresa Undem presented findings and recommendations on her newest research which seeks to capture, understand, and reflect the nuance of public opinion on abortion, gender roles, and the role of lawmakers in legislating abortion rights. To access a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.


Local Control: Research and Messaging

March 23, 2018

Sam Munger, Senior Director of External Affairs, SiX
Kim Haddow, Director, Local Solutions Support Center
Molly Murphy, Partner, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research

Summary: As localities increasingly take action on smart, progressive policies like paid sick days and a living wage, conservative state legislatures are passing more laws that wipe out these along with the power to enact other progressive local policies. This tactic is now being used to perpetuate racial and economic inequality, limit local anti-discrimination efforts, and systemically strip local governments of their power to regulate and set standards that reflect the views and values of their citizens. This presentation discussed the latest research on local interference by state government. To access a recording of this webinar, email info@stateinnovation.org.