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Creating & Standing up Your Government Relations Function

Virtual Workshop

Creating & Standing up Your Government Relations Function

February 21, 2024
1:30 p.m.−3:45 p.m. ET

When creating and standing up a government relations function, where do you begin? How should you proceed? This workshop will walk you through the budgeting, staffing and structuring considerations to put you on the road to government relations success.

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In this workshop you’ll gain insight into:

    • Ways to structure your government relations team, whether large or small
    • How to develop and manage your function’s budget
    • Ways to effectively communicate the value-add of your new government relations function

1:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

1:35 p.m.

Planning and Preparation

In this session, we will: 

  • Walk through different government relations team structures and share tips on how to determine which structure best fits your needs 
  • Discuss how to create, make the case for, and oversee your team’s budget 
  • Explain how to determine  when your government relations function’s structure needs to change (and how to implement that change equitably) 
Christopher DeLacy Partner
Holland & Knight

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Communicating the Value-Add

In this session, we will: 

  • Discuss what metrics to consider when measuring your government relations achievements (and how to identify what data will make an impact with leadership) 
  • Walk through top tips for communicating the function’s value-add across internal stakeholders  
  • Share strategies for communicating results, including when a desired outcome wasn’t achieved 
  • Discuss methods for scaling your government relations function and determining the appropriate timeline or benchmarks to follow 
Paul Seltman SVP, Global Public Policy & Government Affairs
Smith & Nephew

3:45 p.m.


Christopher DeLacyPartner
Holland & Knight
Paul SeltmanSVP, Global Public Policy & Government Affairs
Smith & Nephew

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


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

More Registration Info

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.


Anna Platt
Senior Manager, Government Relations
202.787.5955 | [email protected]