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Solution Series Roundtable: The Mechanics of a Deal

On October 3, Partnership for a Secure America hosted an off-the-record Bipartisan Negotiation Panel to provide practical lessons in effective negotiation and bipartisan policy development.  The panel was led by Lara Flint, former Chief Counsel for National Security for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bart Forsyth, former Chief of Staff for Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI).

The first of the Bipartisan Negotiation Panel series, this dinner event focused on the negotiation tactics behind the creation and passage of the USA FREEDOM ACT of 2015. As key architects, Lara Flint and Bart Forsyth evaluated their own roles and strategies in the passage of the Freedom Act. This series will build off of the knowledge obtained by Congressional Partnership Program participants during their negotiation training.  Dinners will feature candid, deep-diving conversations with accomplished former and current senior Congressional Staff to explore the “mechanics of a deal” behind bipartisan legislation in national security and foreign policy arena.


Lara Flint

Lara Flint is the Associate Director for Oversight and Congressional Capacity at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Lara leads the Governance Program’s work to strengthen safeguards that ensure our government is transparent and accountable to the public.

Lara is a skilled advocate with more than 15 years of legal, public policy and government experience, including a decade on Capitol Hill. Most recently she served as chief counsel for national security to then-Chairman Patrick Leahy of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she led the committee’s work on national security, privacy, and technology, and was instrumental to enactment of the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 — the first major surveillance reform legislation in decades. Previously, Lara served as senior counsel on the Judiciary Committee to Senator Russ Feingold.

Between her Senate positions, Lara joined the State Department Office of the Legal Adviser, where she advised senior State Department officials on counterterrorism, law of war, and use of force issues. Prior to her government service, Lara worked on policy at the intersection of technology and national security at the Center for Democracy & Technology, and conducted a broad range of litigation at the law firm of Jenner & Block. Lara is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and Harvard Law School.

 


Bart Forsyth

Bart Forsyth currently serves as a deputy vice president with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.  He began his career in Washington as an Attorney Adviser at the Department of Labor.  He later served as legal counsel to four House congressional committees:  Foreign Affairs, Science, Judiciary, and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, the latter of which he was also chief of staff.

From 2012-2017, he was the chief of staff to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner.  In this role, he had the pleasure of staffing several major legislative efforts, including the USA FREEDOM Act—a bill to institute sweeping intelligence reforms—and the Voting Rights Amendment Act—a modernization of the historic civil rights legislation.  More recently, he helped spearhead the Judicial Redress Act, a law that facilitated the sharing of law enforcement information between countries by providing citizens of designated countries access to U.S. courts.  Bart graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program 2018

 

Bipartisan solutions start with engagement in productive conversations, aiming to understand each other’s priorities and a willingness to find common ground. With this in mind, Partnership for a Secure America is excited to kick off its third round of the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program, integrating new methods, case studies, and simulations into the curriculum designed specifically for Capitol Hill audiences.

This joint program with Harvard trains congressional staff in legislative negotiation skills and strategies during two 1.5 day courses. Unlike previous training programs, this iteration is handcrafted specifically for Congressional staff to directly connect negotiation lessons to their unique workplace. Taking place this summer, the first course will use new materials designed by the Harvard Kennedy School to teach the participants legislative negotiation techniques and how such lessons can be applied to their work in the legislative arena every day. Upon the completion of the fundamentals course, the staffers will participate in an advanced lesson this winter.

The participants in the program include individuals from both sides of the aisle in both the House and the Senate.

As a joint program with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Negotiation Program is made possible in part to the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative, a nonpartisan initiative supports organizations that foster bipartisan problem-solving, strive to strengthen Congress as an institution, improve campaign finance, and set the stage for negotiation and compromise in Congress.

 


Fundamental Negotiations Course:  August 7-8, 2018

 

On August 7th and 8th, the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program met for the first course in fundamentals in the Library of Congress.  Training was led by Brian Mandell, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project, and Bruce Patton, Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Featuring:

Bruce Patton- Distinguished Fellow of the  Kennedy School Negotiation Project

 

 

Instruction:

The first session covered the application of negotiation techniques to the high-stakes legislative environment.  Participants explored how to strategically prepare for negotiations and leverage alternative methods of communication. Instructors also evaluated examples of significant historical negotiations at the state, federal, and international level.

Featuring: 

Brian Mandell- Director of Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project

 

Breakout Sessions: 

Throughout the program, participants applied course content to legislative simulations.  Staffers divided into bipartisan groups to practice negotiation techniques in a series of guided simulations, each varying in complexity of issues addressed and in the number of parties represented.

 

 

 


 

CPP Summer 2018: Strategic Negotiation and Communication Training

On July 10th and 11th, participants in the Summer 2018 Congressional Partnership Program attended a training session on negotiation and communication skills led by Randy Kutz, founder of Negotiation Training 360. The session focused on enhancing key negotiation and active communication skills. Participants practiced collaborative negotiation tactics in a simulation after the lecture.


Randy Kutz

With over 30 years of business, marketing, training and leadership experiences from a cross-section of industries, Randy Kutz has a passion for helping others to succeed in their professional and personal life. His training style cultivates a deeper sense of purpose and conviction for his audience that is contagious. Consistent testimonies demonstrate that those who went through Randy’s training walk away with real world knowledge they can apply immediately in their current negotiations, and a renewed energy for working in the people side of their business.

Prior to founding Negotiation Training 360, Randy was the Vice President of Operations and a national trainer with Negotiation Expertise, LLC and The Real Estate Negotiation Institute. He has logged over 1,200 training hours and taught over 3,000 professionals on the art, science, and application of negotiation. Randy also spent time in the trenches, learning to negotiate in contexts with significant complexities and seemingly intractable, high stakes situations. Most notably, Randy spent 8 years working in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 5 of those years he served as a Chief of Staff to former Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08) in Washington, D.C.

His extensive business and management experience is what he brought to his position as Chief of Staff and policy advisor for the Congressman. In his leadership role, he regularly engaged with international dignitaries at Think Tanks, Embassy visits, business round tables and policy events on a host of geo-political issues. His travels include Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for educational and cultural exchanges with various community groups, business leaders, military and government officials as well as Heads of State. In 2013-15 he served as VP of the D.C. Chapter of People to People International, a global non-profit founded by President Eisenhower.

Randy is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and holds his B.A. in Sociology & Culture and his MBA in e-Business. Additionally, he is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Harvard Executive Leadership Program on Negotiation, and has completed advanced training at the Air War College, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Partnership for a Secure America’s Congressional Partnership Program, and received certification as a Professional Behaviors and Motivators Analyst.

Randy is a husband, father and grandfather and resides with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.

CPP Spring 2018: Strategic Negotiation and Communication Training

On April 23rd and 24th, participants in the Spring 2018 Congressional Partnership Program attended a training session on negotiation and communication skills led by Randy Kutz, founder of Negotiation Training 360. The session focused on enhancing key negotiation and active communication skills. Participants practiced collaborative negotiation tactics in a simulation after the lecture.


Randy Kutz

Randy KutzWith over 30 years of business, marketing, training and leadership experiences from a cross-section of industries, Randy Kutz has a passion for helping others to succeed in their professional and personal life. His training style cultivates a deeper sense of purpose and conviction for his audience that is contagious. Consistent testimonies demonstrate that those who went through Randy’s training walk away with real world knowledge they can apply immediately in their current negotiations, and a renewed energy for working in the people side of their business.

Prior to founding Negotiation Training 360, Randy was the Vice President of Operations and a national trainer with Negotiation Expertise, LLC and The Real Estate Negotiation Institute. He has logged over 1,200 training hours and taught over 3,000 professionals on the art, science, and application of negotiation. Randy also spent time in the trenches, learning to negotiate in contexts with significant complexities and seemingly intractable, high stakes situations. Most notably, Randy spent 8 years working in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 5 of those years he served as a Chief of Staff to former Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08) in Washington, D.C.

His extensive business and management experience is what he brought to his position as Chief of Staff and policy advisor for the Congressman. In his leadership role, he regularly engaged with international dignitaries at Think Tanks, Embassy visits, business round tables and policy events on a host of geo-political issues. His travels include Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for educational and cultural exchanges with various community groups, business leaders, military and government officials as well as Heads of State. In 2013-15 he served as VP of the D.C. Chapter of People to People International, a global non-profit founded by President Eisenhower.

Randy is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and holds his B.A. in Sociology & Culture and his MBA in e-Business. Additionally, he is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Harvard Executive Leadership Program on Negotiation, and has completed advanced training at the Air War College, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Partnership for a Secure America’s Congressional Partnership Program, and received certification as a Professional Behaviors and Motivators Analyst.

Randy is a husband, father and grandfather and resides with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.

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