Public Affairs Leadership Summit

28 Oct, 2021

July 25-27, 2023
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Washington DC or Virtual

Public expectations of business, the growing complexity of issues, globalization and building economic pressures all affect how you manage your public affairs function, management strategies and your reputation. Public affairs professionals must also continue to adapt their approaches to leadership, government relations, and diversity and inclusion given the pressures of conducting business virtually during a global pandemic. Join us at the Public Affairs Leadership Summit to hear from leading experts on how they are revolutionizing public affairs management during unprecedented times.

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This program is eligible for 4 credits towards the Certificate in PAC and Grassroots Management, 4 credits towards the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying, and 6 core area credits towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.

Below is the 2022 information. 2023 information will be available soon.


Tuesday, July 19

1:30 p.m. – Navigating Public Affairs in the Spotlight

Public expectations, the growing complexity of issues, globalization and increased politization all affect how companies and associations manage public affairs and their reputations. Meanwhile, the lines between business and social issues are blurred and companies must be increasingly aware of how their policies and positions align. As a result, public affairs has never been more important or complex. It’s vital that today’s leaders are prepared to navigate this new reality and define the path forward.

In this opening session, we’ll discuss meeting increased expectations, including:

  • Exploring how and when to engage on an emerging issue through a strategic issue assessment
  • Using policy knowledge, communications skills, leadership and stakeholder engagement to adeptly navigate sensitive or polarizing issues
  • Executing a communications plan and charting a path forward
Isaac Reyes

Isaac Reyes
Senior VP, Risk Management & Government Affairs


Amy D. Meli
Senior Director
Public Affairs Council

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:40 p.m. – Developing Future Public Affairs Leaders Amid the Great Resignation

The current war for talent and “Great Resignation” are changing both the workplace and how companies approach talent recruitment and retention. As public affairs teams become increasingly integrated with other business functions, finding, and preserving talent is necessary for them to thrive.  Our speakers will discuss:

  • Evaluating your department’s structure and objectives
  • Skill sets needed for a high-performing team
  • Best practices for managing hybrid public affairs teams
  • Retention strategies for fostering talent internally while building redundancies to avoid burn out when employees leave
  • Talent recruitment during the Great Resignation
Danielle Burr (2)

Danielle Burr
Head Of Public Affairs
McKinsey & Company


Lisa Ryan
Client Partner
Heyman Associates

3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Networking Reception

                                Join us for a rooftop happy hour!

Wednesday, July 20

1:30 p.m. – Understanding How the ESG Landscape Impacts Public Affairs

As stakeholders, investors and regulatory agencies increasingly focus on Environmental, Social and Governance criteria it’s increasingly important for companies to establish clear standards and reporting processes. In a complex and accelerating environment, experts will discuss criteria to consider, reporting requirements and best practices and considerations for broader public affairs impacts.

Ki P. Hong (2)

Ki P. Hong
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Melissa Miles

Melissa L. Miles
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:40 p.m. – Measuring the Impact of Public Affairs

Demonstrating the power of your public affairs work is more important than ever. It is crucial to use the right metrics to evaluate your government relations and stakeholder engagement efforts. This session will cover the tools and methods for demonstrating your value to the C-suite and beyond, including:

  • The most widely used measurement tactics by corporations and associations
  • How to tailor metrics to your organization’s needs and culture
  • Advice for defining your value proposition
  • Case studies of measurement and benchmarking
  • How to set objectives during uncertain times
doug pinkham

Douglas G. Pinkham
Public Affairs Council

3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Event Location

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Public Affairs Council
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.787.5950

*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

  • Members: $495
  • Non-Members: $695

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.


Kristin Brackemyre
Director of PAC and Government Relations
202-787-5969 | email