July 12, 2016

ASU Partners with Cox Communications to Give Executive MBA Students Deep Insight into Legislative Process


W. P. Carey School of Business graduate students participate in educational role playing exercise tackling contemporary issues facing our state in a simulated legislative session.

Executive MBA students will assume the roles of legislators as they work to pass a mock state budget during a two-day real-time learning exercise at the Arizona State Capitol.

About 30 executive MBA students from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University will learn about policy-making and budgetary process from some of the state’s top lawmakers, staff, and Arizona’s leading advocates as part of a course called “Business Strategy and Public Policy.” Cox Communications has partnered with the W. P. Carey School for the past nine years to coordinate and run this legislative experience. The legislative budget game was created by local attorney Taylor Young who serves as the “Game Master” during the two-day exercise.

The experience is designed to give future business leaders an introduction to the legislative process and develop the skills necessary to be effective in the public policy arena including how to testify before a committee, building coalitions, and working with others in conflict-rich situations. Past Executive MBA students following this experiential learning opportunity have gone on to seek Arizona political offices, contributing to the state’s leadership.


Wednesday-Thursday, July 13-14

Best photo ops:

  • July 13, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. – panel of top legislators in Senate Hearing Room 1
  • July 14, 2 to 4 p.m. – students take final votes on mock state budget on Senate floor


Arizona Capitol Complex - Senate Hearing Room 1
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007



  • Gerry Keim, Professor of Management, W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU
  • Cox Communications, Public Affairs Team
  • Taylor C. Young, Mandel Young, PLC and “Legislative Budget Game” creator and “Game Master”


Media members please RSVP to 480-965-3779

Game Master:

  • Taylor Young, Principal and Founder, Mandel Young Appellate Lawyers


  • Stan Barnes, Founder & President of Copper State Consulting Group
  • Russell Smolden, B3 Strategies Chief Executive Officer

Confirmed Speakers/Panelists/Guests

  • Lorenzo Romero, Director of the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting (OSPB)
  • Debbie Lesko, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Martin Quezada, Senate Minority Whip
  • Steve Montenegro, House Majority Leader
  • Bruce Wheeler, House Assistant Minority Leader
  • Jeff Sandquist, Veridus
  • Sandy Bahr, Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter Director
  • Kevin Biesty, AZ Department of Transportation Director (ADOT)
  • Danny Seiden, Office of Governor Doug Ducey
  • Murphy Hebert, ‎Communications Director at Arizona House of Representatives Democratic Caucus

Program Participants (Game Players)

  • W. P. Carey School executive MBA students
  • Brittney Kaufmann, VP of Public Affairs, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
  • Chad Guzman, Government Affairs, AZ Public Service (APS)
  • Cheyenne Walsh, Isaacson & Walsh (2016 Top Female Lobbyist - AZ Capitol Times)
  • Emily Rice, Government Relations, B3 Strategies
  • Jeff Kros, Assistant General Counsel & Policy Advisor at Arizona State Senate
  • Katie Pendergast, Government Affairs, AZ Public Service (APS)
  • Michelle Bolton, Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications
  • Mike Huckins, VP Public Affairs, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
  • Peter Silverman, Attorney, Mandel Young Appellate Lawyers
  • Rebecca Hudson, Corporate Public Affairs, Southwest Gas (SWG)
  • Ryan DeMenna, Sr. Associate, DeMenna & Associates