Signature Events

10 Sep, 2017


Signature Events

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Public Affairs Institute

October 4-7, 2021

The Council’s flagship leadership program for senior-level public affairs professionals. For 40 years, we’ve brought together world-class faculty and top public affairs practitioners to address emerging political, economic, social and technology issues.

The Advocacy Conference

Winter 2022

Our can’t-miss event for anyone managing a government relations function, engaging stakeholders and seeking to advance public policy. Participants learn best practices in grassroots, communications and lobbying strategy from the profession’s top experts.

The National PAC Conference

Winter 2022

The most comprehensive program available anywhere for political action committee (PAC) professionals. It combines essential skills training with cutting-edge sessions on fundraising, political strategy, communications and compliance.

Spring Executive Conference

Spring 2022


A must-attend event for senior executives from top companies, associations, other nonprofits and consultancies. It features high-level presentations and discussions about politics, business strategy and emerging issues in the public affairs profession.

Digital Media & Advocacy Summit

June 22, 2021

The leading annual event for digital communications and advocacy professionals. Experts come together to share new strategies, technology innovations and case studies for energizing grassroots and policy campaigns.

State & Local Government Relations Conference

September 28-30, 2021

An essential gathering for public affairs professionals looking to advance public policy at the state and local levels. Hear from top legislative strategists, political journalists, state/local policy experts and leading advocacy professionals.

STRIDE: A Social Impact Summit

November 9, 2021

Our newest signature event! Centered on social responsibility, sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion, STRIDE is a place to share ideas, innovate and connect to better society. The summit will highlight best practices, thought leadership and research trends.

Political Compliance Summit

March 31, 2022
November 10, 2022

A full day, deep dive of the top legal and compliance issues affecting lobbyists, PAC professionals and grassroots practitioners.

Washington, D.C. Study Tour

Fall 2022

Public affairs from the Washington perspective. Understand how policymaking works, who influences trends and how to make your strategy successful inside the beltway.