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Wednesday, April 19 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
Think Before You Make, sponsored by Upstatement and CQ Roll Call

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'Think Before You Make,' sponsored by Upstatement and CQ Roll Call: This pre-conference workshop is dedicated to team-building, design problem-solving and organizational communication. We’re ditching our laptops and heading outdoors for small-group conversations at the beautiful U.S. National Whitewater Center. Oh, and did we mention the ropes course? An additional $125 registration fee applies for this event. Transportation to USNWWC and a free lunch will be provided.

9:00 AM Meet in Sheraton Charlotte Lobby  
9:15 AM Travel from Hotel to U.S. National Whitewater Center via bus, provided by SND
9:45 AM Welcome
10:00 AM Part I: Approach, Information Gathering, & Synthesis
11:00 AM Lunch
11:45 AM Part II: Designing & Facilitating a Workshop
1:45 PM Break
2:00 PM Part III: Building, Testing, & Iterating
2:45 PM Wrap-up
3:00 PM Zipline and Pre-Reception Break
6:00 PM Reception at the Whitewater Center

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We’re a free-thinking, fun-loving digital shop that’s boutique by design. Each client collaborates closely with a multi-disciplinary team of designers, developers, and strategists. Everyone here does a little bit of everything, which helps us move fast to make innovative products. Research... Read More →
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CQ Roll Call

CQ Roll Call
CQ Roll Call provides essential intelligence and grassroots advocacy resources to take action. As the premier source of timely news, objective facts and analysis, and coverage of elections and the politics of legislation, we keep our fingers on the pulse of the legislative process... Read More →

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Holly Copeland

Design, Upstatement
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Matt Mansfield

Partner, MG Strategy & Design
Matt works with media, associations, and NGOs, bringing ideas to market with creativity and speed. The firm he founded with Scott Goldman offers a full suite of services in digital design, engagement, strategy and marketing.Current and former clients include National Governors Association... Read More →
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Mike Swartz

Partner, Upstatement
I'm one of those people who's interested in lots of things. I've had a TON of jobs and have picked up a lot of interesting experience along the way. I was interested in art and design early on, and have drawn all my life. I enjoy writing and communicating, and that led me to journalism... Read More →
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Emily Theis

Producer, Upstatement

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
U.S. National Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214