We are convening a program this October 9 -11 in Jackson Hole Wyoming that takes a very close look at ethics and leadership. Together with a team of experts and former legislators well versed in the subject matter, we will explore the obvious and not so obvious pitfalls that can derail a career and ruin or tarnish a reputation. We will also pay special attention to what each of us can do to protect ourselves from making foolish mistakes in this age of twitter, facebook, and ubiquitous cameras and recorders. Finally, we will talk about what's at stake here. It's not just your reputation and livelihood, but also the health of our democracy.
In June we held our second annual meeting of the Conference of State Majority Leaders at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. At final count there were 25 house and senate majority leaders from 21 different states.
There were a lot of things that made this second majority leaders program stand out and I will get to all that a bit later, but first I want to talk about something that happened that was quite unexpected and very moving. We all got to see a perfect definition of legislative leadership and it was as inspiring as it was emotional.