Public Affairs Institute – Agenda

17 Mar, 2021

AGENDA

Monday, October 4

2:30 p.m. – Registration Begins

3:30 p.m. – Mandatory Orientation for First-Year Class Sandpiper

5:00 p.m. – Welcome Remarks & Introductions Pelican

5:30 p.m. – Plenary Session: Michel Martin Pelican

6:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception & Dinner Catalina Terrace

Tuesday, October 5

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m. – Plenary Session: Speaker 2 Pelican

9:15 a.m. – Break 

9:30 a.m. – Plenary Session: Lori Knowles Pelican

10:30 a.m. – Break 

10:45 a.m.

  • 1st Year: Michel Martin
  • 2nd Year: Speaker 2
  • 3rd Year: Lori Knowles

12:15 p.m. – Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace 

2:00 p.m.  

  • 1st Year: Optional Headshots Courtyard
  • 2nd Year: Michel Martin
  • 3rd Year: Speaker 2 

3:30 p.m. – Break

3:45 p.m.  

  • 1st Year: Speaker 2
  • 2nd Year: Optional Headshots Courtyard
  • 3rd Year: Michel Martin

5:15 p.m. – Reception Ocean Terrace

6:30 p.m. – Class Off-Site Dinners

Wednesday, October 6

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m. – Plenary Session: Heather Conley Pelican

9:15 a.m. – Break 

9:30 a.m. – Plenary Session: Lisa Brown Alexander Pelican

10:30 a.m. – Break 

10:45 a.m.

  • 1st Year: Lisa Brown Alexander
  • 2nd Year: Lori Knowles
  • 3rd Year: Heather Conley

12:15 p.m. – Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace 

2:00 p.m.  

  • 1st Year: Lori Knowles
  • 2nd Year: Lisa Brown Alexander
  • 3rd Year: Free Period 

2:30 p.m. – Free Afternoon

6:30 p.m. – Class Off-Site Dinners

Thursday, October 7

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m. – Plenary Session: Speaker 6 Sand Dollar

9:15 a.m. – Break 

9:30 a.m. – Plenary Session: Doug Pinkham Sand Dollar

10:30 a.m. – Break 

10:45 a.m. –

  • 1st Year: Heather Conley
  • 2nd Year: Speaker 6
  • 3rd Year: Free Period

12:15 p.m. – Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace 

2:00 p.m. –

  • 1st Year: Free Period
  • 2nd Year: Heather Conley
  • 3rd Year: Speaker 6

3:30 p.m. – Break

3:45 p.m.  

  • 1st Year: Speaker 6
  • 2nd Year: Free Period
  • 3rd Year: Lisa Brown Alexander

5:15 p.m. – Capstone Session and Graduation Sand Dollar

6:00 p.m. – Farewell Reception & Dinner Poolside

MICHEL MARTIN -- ABC NEWS.
Photo credit: Virginia Sherwood/ABC

Reclaiming the Public’s Trust
A tumultuous political cycle coupled with numerous fake news proclamations soured public opinion of even the most respected news outlets and journalists in recent years. Esteemed NPR journalist and host of “All Things Considered” Michel Martin will dissect the trust tear down of the news media, what it will take to build it back, and why corporate and policy comms executives need to be part of the solution.

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Allies, Adversaries and the New Globalism
Repairing relationships with former international allies while understanding which threats aren’t going away and which may be intensifying is a priority for the Biden administration and global business leaders. Heather Conley with the Center for Strategic & International Studies will delve into current and emerging policy challenges and the role of government and business in anticipating risks and opportunities

Knowles_Lori

Dissecting the Distrust of Science
The pandemic launched a public fight over truth and trust in science that few saw coming. Lori Knowles, a leading legal and policy expert on bioethics, will lead participants in an examination of how government and business can begin to reverse the trend of distrust and what policy outcomes to expect.

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Building Talent through Equity
As President & CEO of Nonprofit HR, Lisa Brown Alexander built a talent management company focused on the needs of the social impact sector. She’ll share how employers need to home in on equity in their DEI planning and strategy if they expect to recruit and retain top talent considering a career in public affairs.

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How Public Affairs Drives Business Strategy
Public affairs is often seen as independent of a company’s business units, but the smart strategist knows that these two functions are not only connected but government relations often informs business. Ken Shotts, professor of political economy at Stanfords University Graduate School of Business, will explore how C-Suite decision making works better when the policy experts are in the room