July | August 2017

Empowering Leaders to Accomplish More

Cooperation across the aisle, across the branches and across state lines is key to states thriving in today’s tumultuous political environment, which is centered around gridlock on Capitol Hill. State officials, now more than ever, must continue to pursue excellence in consensus building, communication, adaptive leadership and the sharing of capitol ideas.
The Council of State Governments is committed to providing its members with unparalleled training opportunities on both a national and regional level. Through its leadership development programs, CSG continues to empower state leaders with the skills they need to accomplish even more.


CSG Henry Toll Fellowship Program

The CSG Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.” The agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities.
Who should apply?
The Toll Fellows Program targets outstanding rising officials from all three branches of state government. Elected and appointed officials may apply.


Robert J. Thompson
Eastern Leadership Academy (ELA)

The Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy, known as ELA, in partnership with the Fels Institute of Government, convenes state officials from across the Eastern region to share knowledge and experiences from their respective states. Designed to sharpen and develop the skills participants need to become more effective leaders, session experts provide a context for state officials to effectively evaluate information, build consensus and communicate messages successfully to constituents, colleagues and media.
Who should apply?
ELA is aimed at legislators, legislative staff, executive and judicial branch officials in the early-mid stages of their government careers from CSG Eastern region states and territories—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD)

The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, known as BILLD, in partnership with the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the only leadership training program designed exclusively for Midwestern legislators. The institute offers a unique opportunity for lawmakers to improve their leadership skills and explore the issues of the day with nationally renowned scholars, professional development experts, and legislative leaders and colleagues from across the region. The highly interactive curriculum, which is designed for legislators in their first four years of service, includes a series of leadership training courses, policy seminars and professional development workshops.
Who should apply?
BILLD is designed for legislators who are in their first four years of legislative service in CSG’s Midwestern region—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Also Check Out CSG Midwest’s Under the Dome Program
Through its Under the Dome program, CSG Midwest offers policy seminars or professional development workshops for members in their capitols. This is a cost-free membership service available by request. Legislative leaders request the topic that will benefit their members—a policy-specific issue, for example, or a skills development seminar—and CSG Midwest will tailor an educational program to meet that need. Visit www.csgmidwest.org/MLC/CSGMidwestsUndertheDomeInitiative.aspx for more information.


The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS)

The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills, known as CALS, embodies the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments’ mission of championing excellence in state government and providing nonpartisan forums for state officials who might rarely cross paths. The objective of the program is to enhance the participants’ leadership knowledge through sessions geared to improve competencies in communication, conflict resolution, consensus building and critical decision-making. This program is held in partnership with University of Arkansas.
Who should apply?
CALS applicants should be emerging and mid-career legislative, executive and judicial branch state leaders from CSG’s Southern region—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.


Western Legislative Academy (WLA)

The Western Legislative Academy, known as WLA, is an intensive three and a half day professional development program designed to help legislators become more effective leaders and to strengthen legislative institutions. The WLA focuses on communications, time management, governing, ethics and consensus building. A highlight is a half day spent at the U.S. Air Force Academy working on personnel assessments and team building.
Who should apply?
Legislators in their first four years of service are eligible to apply for WLA. Each state in CSG’s Western region—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands—is allocated at least two, and no more than four, slots for participants in the WLA each year.
Also Check Out CSG West’s WESTRAIN Program
CSG West’s WESTRAIN offers professional development training to legislators and legislative staff by bringing expert trainers to state capitols. WESTRAIN is offered to Western state legislatures on a rotating basis. Legislative leaders pick the training topic. CSG West provides, and covers the expenses for, an expert trainer who will tailor an educational program that best meets the needs of legislative members and/or staff. Visit www.csgwest.org/legislativeacademy/WESTRAIN.aspx for more information.