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Building Trust Through Civil discourse

Presented by the National Institute on Civil Discourse & CSG's National Leadership Center

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2-5 p.m.


The National Institute for Civil Discourse has developed an active discovery process, "Building Trust through Civil Discourse," designed tobuild a new set of skills and attitudes about civil engagement with a goal of improving personal and group productivity. This interactive workshop, facilitated by present and former legislators, has been piloted in Nebraska and Ohio. This is your chance to experience the workshop, as well as preview several other skill-building modules available to your state.


Established in February 2011 at The University of Arizona, the National Institute for Civil Discourse is dedicated to integrating research and practice to support: a legislative and executive branch working to solve the big issues facing our country, public demand for civil discourse and media that informs and engages citizens.






Ted Celeste
Founder and Director, Next Generation, National Institute for Civil Discourse

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Frank LaRose
Ohio State Senator

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Ted Celeste

Former State Representative Ted Celeste is the founder and director of Next Generation, a project of the National Institute for Civil Discourse in partnership with the Council of State Governments. His goal is to inspire and support state legislators who want to promote greater understanding and better decision-making. As part of a bi-partisan team, Celeste has presented training to Midwest CSG; the Ohio Legislature; and the Nebraska Legislature. He will be presenting also at the CSG BILLD leadership program in Madison and to the Pennsylvania Legislature in October.
Celeste served in the Ohio Legislature from 2007-2012. Known for working effectively “across the aisle” whether he was in the majority or the minority, he has lived his belief in respectful dialogue. One of the only candidates for state office who insisted on running a positive campaign, he won each of his 3 races with a comfortable majority in a swing district.  He was recognized for his emphasis on civil dialogue with the John Glenn Public Policy Institute’s Outstanding Public Service Award in 2011. Celeste lives in Columbus, Ohio, is married and has two daughters and 3 grandchildren.

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Frank LaRose

Senator Frank LaRose is currently serving his first term in the Ohio Senate. A decorated Army veteran, Frank represents the people of the 27th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses portions of Summit and Stark counties and all of Wayne County.
For the 130th General Assembly, Senator LaRose has been named Chairman of the Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Public Utilities Committee. In these roles, he will help guide policy discussion covering a wide range of issues affecting Ohio’s safety forces, veterans, local governments and public utilities. LaRose was also appointed to the Agriculture Committee, the Transportation Committee, the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee, the Criminal Justice Committee, the budget-writing Finance Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on Medicaid.
Additionally, LaRose continues to serve as a member of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, which is comprised of members of both the Senate and House and is responsible for reviewing administrative rules proposed by state agencies, departments, boards and commissions. He has also been appointed to the Clean Ohio Council and the Ohio Homeland Security Advisory Council by the Senate President.
Senator LaRose developed his strong work ethic and sense of responsibility at a young age while working on a small family-owned farm in Northeast Ohio. Following his graduation from Copley High School, he enlisted in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne and eventually serving in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret. During his decade in uniform Frank received numerous commendations and honors, including the Bronze Star.
LaRose continues to serve the public and give back to his community since leaving the Army. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Summit County Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society and is the Jr. Vice Commander of the Fairlawn VFW. An Eagle Scout himself, he is also a member of the executive board for the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Senator LaRose graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in consumer affairs and business. He and his wife Lauren live in Copley Township with their daughters Hadley and Ellison and their dog Rosie. Back to speakers.