Feb 24 - 25, 2014
Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives. Stacey serves on the following committees: Appropriations, Ethics, Judiciary Non-Civil, Rules and Ways & Means. She co-founded and acts as Senior Vice President of NOWaccount Network Corporation, a financial services firm. Stacey also co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers, as well as other entrepreneurial ventures. Formerly, she was Deputy City Attorney for the City of Atlanta. Prior to her tenure at the City, she was Special Tax Counsel at Sutherland, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, health care and public finance.
In 2012, Stacey received the prestigious John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, which honors an elected official under 40 whose work demonstrates the impact of elective public service as a way to address public challenges. Stacey has been recognized nationally as one of "12 Rising Legislators to Watch" by Governing magazine and one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" by Georgia Trend for 2012 and 2013.
David Adkins, a former Kansas state senator, leads The Council of State Governments as its executive director and CEO.
The Council of State Governments is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is the only national organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.
Prior to joining CSG, Adkins served as vice chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Adkins, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, was a Kansas state senator from 2001 to 2005 and served in the Kansas House from 1993 to 2001. He had also served as the founding executive director of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
While in the legislature, Adkins was an active CSG member serving on the executive committee of the national organization and as chair of the 11-state Midwestern Legislative Conference of CSG. He also is an alumnus of CSG's Toll Fellows Leadership program, Class of 1993.
His gubernatorial appointments in Kansas include chairman of the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and a member of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education. He received the Kansas Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1996.