Here's class photo from the Council of State Government's Eastern Leadership Academy program I attended last week in Philadelphia. It was an honor to be selected to represent Massachusetts along with my colleague Sen. Eileen Donoghue of Lowell. We had a great group of about 30 state legislators and executive branch staffers from all over the East Coast, including Canada and Puerto Rico. The program which ran in conjunction with the Fels Institute at UPenn ran over 4 days and included a variety of workshops, lectures and leadership training programs. My favorite part was getting to know other state legislators and learning about what's going on in their states. Hint: it's a lot of the same issues here. Also had some great conversations with colleagues from Puerto Rico and Canada and heard both sides of the Quebec secession debate!