Fall Board Meeting

27 Sep, 2017

Fall Board Meeting


October 16-18, 2023

The Ritz-Carlton | Half Moon Bay, California
Join us in picturesque Half Moon Bay for the Public Affairs Council’s fall board meeting. Exclusive to members of our Board of Directors, this meeting will feature expert speakers who will address current and emerging topics in public affairs.



Monday, October 16

4:00 p.m. PDT | Board Orientation for New Members | El Granada

5:00 p.m. PDT | Welcome Reception + Optional Headshots | Ocean Lawn

6:00 p.m. PDT | Welcome Dinner | Salon I & II


Tuesday, October 17

7:00 a.m. PDT | Buffet Breakfast | Salon I & II

8:00 a.m. PDT | Council Business Meeting Part I | Salon I & II

  • Nominating Committee Report
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report

9:00 a.m. PDT | Adjourn/Board buses for trip to Stanford University

9:15 a.m. PDT | Buses Depart

10:15 a.m. PDT | Special Program at Stanford Business School

Speaking Up Without Freaking Out
Matt Abrahams has published research articles on strategic communication, cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication. He is the author of, “Speaking Up Without Freaking Out.”
How to Make Better Decisions
Baba Shiv is an expert in neuroeconomics. His recent work examines the interplay of the brain’s “liking” and “wanting” systems and its implications for marketing, innovation, leadership, and decision making.
Social and Organizational Change Through Public Affairs
Sarah Soule’s research examines state- and organizational-level policy change and diffusion, and the role social movements have on these processes. She has published papers on how protests impact firm decisions, how advocacy organizations learn new strategies and tactics from those with which they collaborate, and on the process of emergence and diffusion of new protest tactics.

3:40 p.m. PDT | Buses depart for The Ritz-Carlton

5:30 p.m. PDT | Reception | Ocean Lawn

6:30 p.m. PDT | Board Recognition Dinner | Salon I & II

  • Member Recruiter Recognition
  • 10-Year and 20-Year Service Awards
  • Crystal Eagle Awards
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Wednesday, October 18

7:00 a.m. PT | Executive Committee Breakfast | Pacifica

7:00 a.m. PT | Buffet Breakfast | Salon I & II

8:00 a.m. PT | Council Business Meeting Part II | Salon I & II

  • Leadership Transition
  • Incoming Chair’s Remarks

8:40 a.m. PDT | Break   

8:50 a.m. PDT | Work without Jobs | Salon I & II

John Boudreau is Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization and a Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Effective Organizations, at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. He is recognized worldwide as one of the leading evidence-based visionaries on the future of work and organization, through breakthrough research on the bridge between work, superior human capital, leadership and sustainable competitive advantage. He is the co-author of the 2022 book, Work without Jobs: How to Reboot Your Organization’s Work Operating System.

9:50 a.m. PDT | Break

10:00 a.m. PDT | What Americans Think about Business: The 2023 Public Affairs Pulse Survey Report | Salon I & II

11:00 a.m. PDT | Adjourn

Hotel Reservations

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The Public Affairs Council reserved a block of rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay at the reduced rate of $385 plus tax per night. To make a reservation, please use this link to book online, or call 1-888-293-0524. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. PDT on September 25. If booking after this date, please email bplantikow@pac.org with to be added to the waitlist.

Who Should Attend?

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  • Current board members
  • New board members
  • A spouse or personal guest without company affiliation may attend receptions and dinners. Please RSVP to bplantikow@pac.org.


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Rate: $1,500

Our system allows you to create an invoice and pay by credit card or pay by check at a later date. Payment in full must be received before the start of the event.


Please contact Brenda Plantikow by October 6 to reserve your sponsorship for the 2023 Fall Board Meeting.

Platinum Sponsorship: $7,000

  • 1 complimentary meeting registration
  • Listing on slides at event (with logo)
  • Recognition by board chair

Gold Sponsorship: $5,000

  • 1 complimentary meeting registration
  • Listing on slides at event (with logo)
  • Recognition by board chair

Silver Sponsorship: $3,000

  • 1 complimentary meeting registration
  • Listing on slides at event
  • Recognition by board chair

For questions or more information, contact Brenda Plantikow at bplantikow@pac.org.