Fall Board Meeting

27 Sep, 2017

Fall Board Meeting


October 11-13, 2017
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, Calif.

The Public Affairs Council is proud to partner with Stanford University to deliver a special program exclusive to board members* this fall. During this program, you’ll hear from experts who will address current and emerging topics in public affairs while you connect with fellow Council board members.


Wednesday, October 11

4:30 p.m. Orientation to the Board of Directors (new and veteran board members welcome)
El Granada

6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Mar Vista Lawn

Need a new headshot? A photographer will be available during the reception on a first come, first served basis. Photos will be distributed in the weeks following the conference.

7:00 p.m. Board Dinner
Salon III & IV

8:00 p.m. Journalism in the Era of Disruption
Salon III & IV


Audrey Cooper
San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, October 12

7:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
Salon III & IV

8:00 a.m. Council Business Meeting
Salon III & IV

  • Nominating Committee Report
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report

8:30 a.m. Adjournment

8:40 a.m. Buses depart promptly for Executive Program at Stanford University (paid attendees only; no guests)
Front of Hotel

10:15 a.m. How to Inspire Effective Collaboration in the Workplace
Stanford University, Paul Breast Hall, Munger Building 4


Francis (Frank) Flynn
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Stanford Graduate School of Business

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Self-Guided Tours

12:30 p.m. Lunch on Campus
Stanford University, Rehnquist Courtyard (Outside of Paul Brest Hall)

1:30 p.m. The Power of Moments
Stanford University, Paul Brest Hall, Munger Building 4


Chip Heath
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Stanford Graduate School of Business

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Unwrapping the American Political Economy
Stanford University, Paul Breast Hall, Munger Building 4


Ken Shotts
Professor of Political Economy
Stanford Graduate School of Business

3:45 p.m. Buses depart for the Ritz-Carlton hotel
Corner of Arguello Way and Bowdoin

6:00 p.m. Reception
Ocean Lawn

6:30 p.m. Dinner
Miramar Ballroom

  • Volunteer of the Year Award Presentation
  • Recognition of Board Member Recruiters

Friday, October 13

7:00 a.m. Executive Committee Breakfast
(2017-2018 committee members only)
Miramar I

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
Salon III & IV

8:00 a.m. Council Business Meeting
Salon III & IV

  • Leadership Transition/New Chairman’s Remarks
  • Strategic Planning for 2018-2022

9:05 a.m. Break 

9:15 a.m. 2018 Political Outlook
Salon III & IV


Charlie Cook
Editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report

10:15 a.m. 2017 Public Affairs Pulse Survey Results
Salon III & IV

Doug Pinkham sq

Doug Pinkham
Public Affairs Council President

11:00 a.m. Adjournment

Who Should Attend?

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  • Current board members
  • New board members
  • Spouses/personal guests of board members at no additional charge. Guests are defined as family members without company affiliation.

Event Location

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Room Rates & Reservations

The group room block at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is sold out. We recommend contacting the nearby Half Moon Bay Lodge for alternate accommodations. To place your name on the waitlist for a room at The Ritz-Carlton, email Kristin Hanley with the name of the guest and dates needed. All waitlist requests must be received in writing.

Typically we receive a number of late cancellations and are able to accommodate all of those on the waitlist by the week of the meeting. Regardless, we do highly recommend making a back-up reservation at the Half Moon Bay Lodge. Make sure to note the cancellation policy in the event that a room becomes available at The Ritz-Carlton.

Cancellation Policy
If you plan to cancel your room, please email Kristin Hanley before contacting the hotel. We have several participants on a wait list who are still in need of a room and would appreciate the option of taking over your reservation.

Reservations cancelled or reduced in room nights less than 2 days in advance of check-in will incur a penalty charge equal to one room night plus tax. To adjust or cancel your reservation, contact the hotel directly. For cancellations, make sure to note your cancellation confirmation number.

Resort Information
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
1 Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, California 94019 United States
Phone: 1 (650) 712-7000
Reservations: 888.293.0524

  • Check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and check-out is at 12:00 p.m.
  • Group Room Rate: $350 per night
  • Resort Fee: $10 per day
  • Parking: $35 per night

Airports & Transportation
San Francisco Airport (SFO) is approximately a 40-minute drive to the resort.

  • Travel to the Resort: Uber, Lyft and taxis are readily available at the airport for transport to the resort. If you would like to pre-arrange transportation, contact Boston Coach (RitzHMB@davel.com / 800.922.0343)
  • Departing the Resort: we encourage all participants to make plans in advance of departure as there are very few Uber drivers on the coast and taxis are not readily available. The hotel concierge or Boston Coach (RitzHMB@davel.com / 800.922.0343) can assist with transportation options.

About the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, our most popular board meeting location, is the only San Francisco Bay area luxury resort featuring a state-of-the-art spa, championship golf course and unsurpassed ocean views. Located just 20 miles from San Francisco International Airport, this secluded oceanfront hotel celebrates coastal California’s rich natural resources.

Area Information: mydanapoint.com/discover/Local-Attractions


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       Fall Board Meeting Registration

Rate: $1,300
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Guest Policy
Defined as personal friends or family members without company affiliation, guests are welcome to attend the meeting without paying the registration fee. Please be aware that there may be separate fees for offsite activities, and some portions of the meeting may be restricted to paid participants only.  Contact Brenda Plantikow to register a guest.


Please contact Brenda Plantikow to reserve your sponsorship for the Fall 2017 Board Meeting. Event-specific sponsorships (sponsoring a reception, dinner or speaker) and customized sponsorships are also available.

Premier Sponsor: $5,000

  • 1 complimentary meeting registration
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Listing in program booklet (with logo)
  • Listing on signage at event (with logo)
  • Sponsor ribbon on nametag at event

Board Meeting Sponsor: $2,500

  • 1 complimentary meeting registration
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Listing in program booklet
  • Listing on signage at event
  • Sponsor ribbon on nametag at event

Mary Bathon
Events Assistant
202-787-5975 | email