NASW Idaho - LEAD 2020

NASW Legislative Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD)
February 24-25, 2020 - Idaho State Capitol


Join the social work community across the state and learn to lobby, understand issues from the social work perspective, and participate in advocacy for Idaho.

We are honored to welcome two amazing keynote speakers, Minority Leader Representative Ilana Rubel and author and activist Justin Lee!

For more than twenty years, Justin Lee has been known for navigating divisive issues with thoughtfulness and nuance. He is the author of Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree With—and Maybe Even Change the World, which is now being used as a textbook in college classrooms to teach students how to navigate areas of disagreement.Today, Justin is focused on teaching people to apply the principles of strategic dialogue to the political, social, and personal causes they care most about. He has co-hosted three podcasts, spoken in six countries, and founded two successful nonprofit organizations. Justin has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, the Dr. Phil show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR’s All Things Considered; and interviewed by hosts ranging from the liberal Bill Maher to the conservative Laura Ingraham.

Representative Illana Rubel has counseled technology companies in Boise and nationwide for over two decades. She graduated from Georgetown and Harvard Law School, and became a partner in the law firm of Fenwick & West, LLP in 2007. She is currently on leave from the law firm while she serves in public office.Raised by a working single mom, Ilana Rubel graduated from law school thanks to terrific teachers, schools and helping hands along the way. She is adamant that everyone should have the same opportunities she did to work their way up the ladder in life. She and her husband John moved to Boise 20 years ago when he was recruited by Micron. They have four children aged 11 to 19, and Ilana enjoys volunteer-teaching “Civics and the Constitution” at various Boise schools. Her family loves to bike, hike, fish, ski, camp, raft and even mountain-trek with llamas in the Idaho outdoors. She will be the recipient of social work's highest honor in Idaho for an elected official for her work in the 2019 legislative session.