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Register now for NCRA’s 2020 Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp

Registration is now open for NCRA’s 2020 Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp being held May 17-19 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in beautiful Old Town Alexandria, Va. Book your hotel stay by April 24 to receive the special NCRA rate of $239 per night.

NCRA’s Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp offers an immersive, hands-on opportunity for members to advocate for court reporting and captioning. Attendees will participate in intensive educational sessions, leadership training, and mock meetings to help them hone the skills and strategies necessary to advocate in their state legislatures on behalf of the court reporting and captioning professions.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other NCRA members and key influencers who are passionate about the profession. The event culminates with a trip to Capitol Hill where attendees will meet with their legislators and key legislative staff to advocate for such legislation as the reauthorization of the Training for Realtime Writers Act, a grant program to encourage careers in realtime writing and court reporting. The program allows colleges and universities to apply for funding specifically to help encourage more students to pursue a career in realtime writing, closed captioning, or court reporting.

“Every professional in every career needs to be aware of regulatory and legislative measures at the local, state, or federal levels that could impact their business, whether those measures are negative or positive,” said NCRA President Max Curry, RPR, CRI, a court reporter and firm owner from Franklin, Tenn. “NCRA’s Leadership and Legislative Boot Camp provides attendees with the tools, tactics, and skills necessary to successfully monitor issues and advocate for laws and regulations that protect their business and their profession,” added Curry.

This year’s Boot Camp schedule features presentations by NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC, who will offer practical tips and advice on being more effective in governing an association and will also lead role-playing scenarios. Wenhold will be joined by NCRA’s Director of State Government Relations Jocelynn A. Moore, J.D., to lead other sessions that will cover politics 101, using grassroots advocacy for maximum success, and the dos and don’ts for effective networking on the Hill.

Other sessions will address the state of court reporting and captioning.

“NCRA’s Legislative Boot Camp is the most valuable professional training I’ve ever attended. The tools and skills I learned helped me become an effective advocate for our profession not only at our state legislature, but throughout the legal community,” said Liz Harvey, RPR, CCR, a freelance court reporter from Seattle, Wash., and chair of NCRA’s National Congress of State Associations.

“You’ll find yourself putting your training to use even outside of court reporting. And the best part for me was establishing friendships and professional contacts throughout the country. It’s a great experience!”

Registration rates for NCRA’s 2020 Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp includes the scheduling of meetings with lawmakers and key legislative staff, and transportation to and from Capitol Hill. Be sure to also book your hotel stay by April 24 to receive the special NCRA rate of $239 per night, which includes a cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a complimentary evening reception.

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