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Mitchel Smigel
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Sep 28 - Sep 29
Leading experts and practitioners in state and local government relations gather to discuss current and emerging trends, best practices.
Sep 30
Are your CSR programs boosting your bottom line? Coupling innovative research and design with robust marketing and communications will position your CSR program as a revenue generator. Join us for a conversation on executing results-driven CSR initiatives. This program is eligible for 1 Elective credit towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 1 Core credit towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management, and 1 Elective credit towards the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying.
Sep 30
In order to have impact, organisations need to develop a narrative that makes them stand out and connect to key stakeholders. This virtual discussion will give you insights and tips on how to make the most of digital tools for storytelling and for presenting data in a visually engaging way.
Oct 05
Interested in learning how to get the most out of your Council membership? Join us for a member orientation to get up to speed about all of the Council’s major services.
Oct 05
Whether you are new to PACs, revamping your program or brushing up your skills, this workshop is for you. Take a deep dive on organizing and managing all functions of your PAC. Learn from experts the strategies and best practices for building a sophisticated and high-functioning PAC on an upward growth trajectory. This program is eligible for 3 PAC credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Oct 05
Whether you have an existing program, are looking to expand or launching a grassroots effort, this bootcamp has the insights and expertise to teach you something new. We will cover every aspect of managing a grassroots program, including new strategies and tried-and-true best practices. Learn how to create smart systems and employ the right tactics to reach your policy goals. This program is eligible for 3 Grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Oct 06
Complying with state and federal lobbying and PAC regulations is foundational to managing a trusted and successful public affairs program. Ken Gross, one of the country’s most distinguished political law experts, will provide a full day, deep dive of the top legal and compliance issues affecting lobbyists, PAC professionals and grassroots practitioners. This program is eligible for 3 Compliance credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 3 Compliance credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 3 Compliance credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Oct 13
It’s coming: the deadline for your organization to file lobbying reports using either the LDA or IRC method. We’ll cover the major differences between what’s tracked and reported in the two systems and how to navigate which method is appropriate for your organization. This program is eligible for 1 compliance credit toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 1 compliance credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Oct 13
Do you have a strong reputation management plan in place? Maintaining a strong brand requires meaningful engagement with internal and external stakeholders, as well as message alignment across your communication channels. Stay on the pulse of possible reputation risks and build a brand that’s ready to weather any challenges that may arise. This program is eligible for 3 Core credits towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Oct 18 - Oct 20
Join us in Half Moon Bay, California 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. This year's conference will also feature an executive program at Stanford University.
Nov 04
Even during social distancing, hearings remain a focal point of the legislative process. Whether in-person or virtual, providing testimony is an essential part of any state advocacy toolkit. Join us to strengthen your understanding of the ins and outs of hearings. Experts will also share key components of compelling testimonies, including when delivering the message directly or preparing a volunteer advocate. This program is eligible for 1 Specialization credit towards the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying.
Nov 09
Our newest signature event! Spark ideas and join the conversation on DEI, corporate responsibility and social issues. This program is eligible for 3 core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 10
Usually hundreds of pages long, analyzing the potential impact of a Congressional bill on your industry is often a challenging but essential task. Our experts will share tips for making the process easier, as well as outline ways to effectively communicating that impact to internal and external stakeholders to get the engagement you need to succeed.
Nov 10
Oversight and investigations are a central component of any legislature. These events can be a positive opportunity for well-prepared organizations and a disaster for those that aren’t. Hear how our expert panelists have used legislative and regulatory committee testimony to impact policy debates and burnish thought leadership credentials, while also avoiding missteps under oath. This program is eligible for 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations & Lobbying and 2 Core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 16
In-district grassroots provides a highly personal and unique way to educate legislators and energize advocates. However, these programs require great detail and planning. Engaging at the district level is critical to conveying your message and enhancing your grassroots program. Join us to make sure you cover all the bases before launching your in-district grassroots effort. 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.
Nov 16
Interested in learning how to get the most out of your Council membership? Join us for a member orientation to get up to speed about all of the Council’s major services.
Nov 17
Rulemaking is an essential part of the lawmaking process, and often overlooked as an important advocacy tool at the state level. Every state handles the regulatory process differently! Join us to hear strategies for navigating and influencing this complex but increasingly important landscape. This program is eligible for 2 Grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 17
Congress may pass a law, but regulators give the law its teeth. Learn and hone tested strategies and tactics for influencing federal regulation and rulemaking in a way that drives forward the goals of your organization. This program is eligible for 2 Grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 17
Designed for EU public affairs professionals, this workshop will focus on the practical aspects of EU decision-making, how to influence it, and what will be some of the main issues influencing upcoming EU legislation (policy-wise and procedurally).
Nov 18
Identifying, tracking and managing issues effectively in key markets is critical for success in global public affairs. But sorting through large amounts of data, being proactive and staying ahead of the curve requires a carefully designed process. Join this workshop to hear from peers on best-in-class approaches, tools and case studies that will help you set up an issues tracking process that works for your team and your organization. This program is eligible for 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management. As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 2 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.
Nov 18
Mapping and engaging effectively with a diverse set of external stakeholders and audiences can make or break an organization’s global public affairs efforts. But in an increasingly complex international landscape, this process is as critical as it is challenging. Join this workshop to hear strategic insights and proven methods for identifying global stakeholders as well as building and maintaining partnerships. This program is eligible for 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 30
We’re laying the groundwork of public affairs, from both a high-level perspective and the viewpoint of companies and associations. Join us for a crash course on the core roles and responsibilities of public affairs teams, allowing you to better understand and serve internal and external audiences, clients and partners. This program is eligible for 3 Elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 3 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 3 Core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 01
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a Congressional fundraising event. This webinar will take you through the written and unspoken rules of candidate fundraisers and tips and tricks to build relationships and advance your goals. This program is eligible for 1 Elective credit toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 1 Specialization credit toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 1 Core credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 02
Peer-to-peer is one of the most successful solicitation strategies for PACs and a wonderful way to promote community. However, peer-to-peer programs aren’t built overnight — you need structure and consistency to achieve results. Learn from experts who have experienced great success with peer-to-peer and explore the do’s and don’ts for this type of solicitation campaign. This program is eligible for 2 PAC credit towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 elective credits towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 07
As business professionals we often wear many hats: promoter, defender, explainer and more. Without consistent practice and an ever-expanding toolkit, writers may find themselves falling short in their quest to advance their goals. Our writing workshop will teach you how to improve your prose and burnish your written communications credentials. This program is eligible for 3 Elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 3 Elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management and 3 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations & Lobbying.
Dec 07
Join us for our annual briefing on China to learn more about the public affairs landscape, discuss the main political and business trends, and identify best practices for public affairs professionals. This program is eligible for 1 Elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 08
The final year-end deadline for 2020 LDA filings is January 20. Join us to ensure you’re up-to-date on lobbying compliance rules. We’ll also give you tips and tricks for managing and tracking activities to avoid scrambling to gather last-minute information. This program is eligible for 1 compliance credit toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 1 compliance credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 09
Interested in learning how to grow your professional credentials with the Council? Tune in to learn more about our professional certifications in PAC & Grassroots Management, Public Affairs Management, and Government Relations & Lobbying.
Dec 14
Are you prioritizing diversity and inclusion in your campaigns and communications? Whether you are developing a plan for connecting with lawmakers or building a grassroots advocacy program, investing in purpose-driven strategies will lead to meaningful change. Join us for a conversation on how to incorporate these key values into your public affairs program. This program is eligible for 1 Elective credit toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 1 Elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 14
Interested in learning how to get the most out of your Council membership? Join us for a member orientation to get up to speed about all of the Council’s major services.
Jan 30 - Feb 02
The Advocacy Conference is the largest gathering of grassroots, communications and digital advocacy professionals in the country. This program is eligible for 6 credits towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Feb 28 - Mar 03
The largest gathering of PAC professionals in the country. Join PAC practitioners & experts to discuss emerging trends, fundamentals & advanced strategies. This program is eligible for 6 credits towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Mar 20 - Mar 23
For almost 40 years, the Public Affairs Institute has brought together world-class faculty and senior-level public affairs professionals to discuss emerging political, economic, social and technological issues in a rigorous, innovative curriculum.
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