HR Advocacy

Thursday 2:40 – 3:40 PM

Session Description

The Kansas Legislature worked overtime in 2017 on many hot-button issues. Bright & Carpenter will review HR issues and trends at the Statehouse and provide tips for attendees on how to be a successful HR advocate.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review HR legislative issues, updates and trends.
  2. Receive Kansas state election update.
  3. Learn how to be a HR advocate.


Natalie Bright

Natalie Bright has more than 20 years of experience lobbying on behalf of Kansas businesses and associations at the state and federal levels. Her expertise is in lobbying business issues, specifically in the areas of taxation, human resources, insurance, judicial reform and transportation.

Bright has a joint degree in business administration and political science from the University of California-Riverside. She received her law degree from Washburn School of Law in 1998 and began lobbying for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the 1998 Legislative Session. In 1999, Bright left the Chamber to work as a contract lobbyist. In 2008, Bright joined her law school classmate, Marlee Carpenter, and opened her current firm.

Bright is active in a variety of statewide business coalitions and has been part of several reform efforts including recent workers’ compensation, immigration, unemployment compensation and health care reform efforts. During her career, she has worked on several key pieces of legislation including the 2012 Workers Compensation Reforms, which passed unanimously and the 2013 Kansas Unemployment Insurance Compensation Reforms. Bright is licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas and resides in Shawnee, Kan. with her husband, Kevin, and four children.