Every two years, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation convenes a special program for all newly elected Speakers of the House. In 2015, the New Speakers Program was held on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
The New Speakers Orientation is designed as a highly interactive educational program. Classes are led by a world class faculty that includes Ambassador Karen Hughes, former Counsel and Communications Strategist for President George W. Bush; two nationally recognized presidential historians, Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Library and Museum, and Dr. H.W. Brands; Professors Robin Dorrf and Sheri Greenberg and several current and former Speakers of the House from across the country.