Virtual Workshop: Managing a Diverse Global Public Affairs Function

09 Feb, 2022

July 12, 2022
9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. ET

Modern public affairs teams are increasingly working and collaborating across geographic, political and cultural boundaries. This workshop will explore strategies for how to set up a global public affairs function and case studies and tips for managing a diverse team. it will also share culturally sensitive and inclusive practices that leaders, managers and teams can follow in an increasingly digital age.

This program is eligible for 2 specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.     Session 1 – Setting up a global public affairs function

The first session of our workshop will focus on the key challenges and priorities leaders need to consider to set up a successful global public affairs function. Speakers will discuss:

  • How to tie business and public affairs goals and defining metrics for measuring global impact
  • Setting up a successful team and attracting (and retaining) talent in different geographies
  • Managing internal expectations and communicating success (and failure)
  • How to raise the internal profile and the strategic position of the public affairs function within your organisation
Susan Olavarria

Susan Olavarria
VP, Government Relations & Public Affairs

Stéphanie Finck

Stéphanie Finck
VP, Government Affairs EMEA

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.     Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.     Session 2 – Leading diverse global teams

The second session of our workshop will explore best practices in leading diverse global teams, fostering internal collaboration and inclusion, and empowering staff. Speakers will discuss:

  • Ensuring consistent communication between various teams, regional offices and headquarters
  • Managing multicultural public affairs teams in an increasingly virtual environment
  • Integrating diversity of thought into strategic planning and team dialogue
  • Making equity, diversity and inclusion a central aspect of your strategy to attract, retain and manage talent

Anne Crews
Vice President, Public Affairs
Mary Kay Inc.


Uzma Lodhi
APCO Worldwide London

11:15 a.m.     Adjourn

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This program will be hosted in a secure virtual environment. 

*Participants joining the program virtually will receive an email one week beforehand with instructions for logging on to our web-based platform. On the platform, they will be able to listen and participate through any computer or internet-enabled device, see a video of the speakers, and ask questions and participate in the discussion via a chat box.


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Register Online 

  • Membership Plus: FREE
  • Members: $289
  • Non-Members: $399

Additional discounts may apply to this meeting. These discounts may include:

For multiple registrants: A discount will apply to the standard member/non-member rate for organizations that register two or more participants for the same meeting. The first registrant will pay full price, the second participant will receive a 10% discount and each additional registrant will receive a 15% discount. To register multiple participants, you may either register online or download the print and fax registration form.

Member discounts: Discounts for members are applied to all Public Affairs Council meetings.

Non-members: Join the Council today, and save by registering at the member rate and using the $200 new-member coupon you will receive. Contact our membership team for information about joining the Council.

Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.


João Sousa
Managing Director, European Office