Workshop: Creative Ways to Have Impactful Federal and State Legislative Meetings

15 Apr, 2019

June 6, 2019
1 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET

Networking Happy Hour: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Washington, DC or Virtual

As advances in digital communications continue to increase online advocacy, sharing your advocacy message with legislators in person remains a powerful way to ensure your message isn’t lost in the crowd. In-person legislative meetings done right build meaningful relationships and can lead to impactful policy change.

This program is eligible for 2 grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.


1:00 p.m. Welcome & a Word on Compliance

Kelly Memphis

Kelly Memphis
Manager of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement Practice
Public Affairs Council

1:15 p.m. Take Your Legislator to Work Day

Gain tips and ideas from organizations with highly developed and impactful site visit programs. From hospitals to airports to community clubs, learn how to utilize what makes your organization unique to show legislators why your policy messages matter. Our experts will share how they got their programs started, keys to success and highlights, such as participation from Speaker Paul Ryan.

Community Clubs and Speaker Ryan


Chastity Mitchell
Senior Director, Advocacy
Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Planes and Airports


Karen Kuhlman
Managing Director – Congressional Affairs
United Airlines

Doctor for a Day


Elizabeth Shaw
Manager, Federal Grassroots Development
American College of Cardiology

2:30 p.m. Networking Break

2:45 p.m. Awards, Dinners, & Other Innovative Ways to Get the Meeting

A single legislator can be the key to making or breaking your policy goal. With the influx of communications and requests a legislator’s office receives every day, just making a call or sending an email might not get you the response you need. Hear from government relations professionals who have used creative tactics to not only make their requests stand out, but also to build strong working relationships with legislators

Award Ceremonies


Jay Dick
Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs
Americans for the Arts

Breath of Fresh Air


Jayni Rasmussen
Advocacy and Outreach Manager
National Recreation and Parks Association

3:30 p.m. Effective Messaging & Storytelling

OK so – Your creative tactics have gotten a legislator in your door and paying attention. How do you keep the momentum and share your ask in a compelling manner? In this final session we will review best practices in communication that will move your audience to action


Nick DeSarno
Senior Manager, Digital & Communications Practice
Public Affairs Council

4:15 p.m. Rooftop Networking Beer & Wine Happy Hour

Concluding the event, join attendees and Council staff on our rooftop to enjoy light bites, beer, wine, good views and great conversation.

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: $369
  • Non-Members: $499

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.

Kelly Memphis

Kelly Memphis
Senior Manager of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement Practice
202.787.5957 | email