State Policy Network

Annual Meeting: State Think Tank Board Member Information


“When I attended my first State Policy Network Annual Meeting, I planned to spend one day and get back to work. After a few sessions I was hooked; I stayed for the entire event. This is now the one event that I make room on my calendar for every year!”
John Cerasuolo, Chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee

“I found my overnight at the SPN conference in Grand Rapids [2015] profoundly insightful and chock full of amazing stories of abuse and triumph. It was one of the most valuable 24 hours I spent this year.”
Ed Bachrach, Illinois Policy Institute board member

2018 Annual Meeting Programming for Board Members

This year’s Annual Meeting will include programming designed just for think tank board members, including:

Board Chairmen’s Retreat
On the Tuesday before Annual Meeting, SPN is hosting a half-day retreat for state think tank board chairmen. If you are a board chairman and are interested in more information, please contact Teresa Brown (

Private Session with Kim Scott
This year’s opening plenary speaker Kim Scott is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity. Following her opening plenary talk, Scott will meet privately with state think tank board members and CEOs. She will provide further coaching techniques and build on the management principles outlined in her talk. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and gather her insight on the everyday situations you are encountering at your organization.

Board/Leadership: The Power of an Engaged Board
Every year, the bar is being raised for the state think tanks in our network when it comes to fundraising and multi-state efforts. As a board member, how can you help ensure that your organization continues to keep pace and is well-positioned to have maximum impact in your state? Karen Osborne, a nationally-respected expert in board development and fundraising, will help you identify the key things you and your fellow board members can do to help grow your organization. She’ll answer your questions and provide you with practical tools you can apply as soon as you get home.

VIP Breakfast
All state think tank board members are invited to join other VIPs for a networking breakfast with Matt Welch, editor-at-large for Reason magazine, and Veronique de Rugy, a nationally syndicated columnist and senior research fellow at Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Both Matt and Veronique regularly appear in national media outlets such as Fox News, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and National Review. They will provide an insiders’ view on the current political and policy landscape, as well as a look at what they seeing coming around the corner.

In addition to the board-focused sessions, you’ll have access to dozens of other panels and workshops, covering a wide range of topics, including many of the pressing public policy issues facing our nation.

For more details and to register, visit

Join Us

All board members receive complimentary registration. Register here.

For more information, contact SPN’s Vice President of Leadership Development, Teresa Brown, at 202-591-5687 or