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Oct 23
While many other social media channels have seen significant growth in recent years, Facebook still laps the field. Public affairs professionals should stay current on how they can use Facebook and its sister platform, Instagram, to increase advocacy engagement or grow awareness around your crucial public policy issues. This program is eligible for 1 grassroots credit toward the Certificate in PAC and Grassroots Management.
Oct 24
The 2017 Public Affairs Pulse Survey will soon be released with insight on how Americans feels about major companies, government and politics. This complimentary event for members will give participants a deep dive into the Pulse findings.
Oct 25
European associations and companies often have complex or complicated relationships with NGOs. Constructive dialogue while challenging each other with real issues is however possible. In this roundtable we explore how that is done and what can be achieved together.
Oct 25
Now more than ever, regulatory experts are needed to represent their organization’s interests in an ever-changing policy climate. Ensure you are prepared to represent your company effectively when regulatory debates intersect with your key issues and business. This program is eligible for 3 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management and 1 credit toward the Certificate in PAC and Grassroots Management.
Oct 26
Interested in learning how to get the most out of your Council membership? Join us for a member orientation luncheon in our Washington, D.C. office to get up to speed about all of the Council’s major services.
Oct 26
Whether you call it a fly-in, advocacy or hill day or legislative conference, your event — if planned well — can be eye-opening to your advocates. These crucial advocacy events show your organization leadership and employees the impact of their work, while helping ensure your government relations department builds lasting relationships with legislators. This program is eligible for 1 grassroots credit toward the Certificate in PAC and Grassroots Management.
Oct 30
Whether you’re giving a presentation to leadership, making a policy proposal or simply leading a team meeting, it’s important to be prepared. Opportunities to present in front of key stakeholder groups and facilitate meetings are frequent and varied in the public affairs community. Join us for this webinar to learn how to engage your audience, convey your point and leave your participants with a lasting impression.
Nov 01
Influential advocates help you validate policy arguments and build relationships for your organization. Cultivating powerful allies and building a strong community of leaders can increase your odds of winning your next public policy battle. Join us to hear from associations and corporations who have successfully used grasstops advocates and key influencers to support their advocacy efforts both in-person and online. This program is eligible for 2 grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Nov 02
Do you have sound compliance procedures in place? Do they minimize risk? Managing risk helps protect your organization’s reputation and revenue, so make sure you stay compliant and meet reporting deadlines. This program is eligible for 1 compliance credit toward the Certificate in PAC and Grassroots Management and the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 07
From initial strategy to implemented tactics, a seasoned public affairs practitioner will walk you through a case study of an effective international public affairs campaign with practical lessons you can apply to your own international public affairs work. This program is eligible for 1 elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 08
Creating a plan to be open and transparent can help build trust with your donors and eligibles. Beyond being just a donor benefit, sharing information via newsletters, educational events, website updates and annual reports helps inform your PAC eligibles about what’s at stake and why your PAC is important. This webinar is eligible for 1 credit towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Nov 09
Brexit negotiations are underway but they are going far from smoothly. In this multi-player political drama nothing is certain until it’s happened. At this roundtable we will discuss the state of play of negotiations and how Brexit is affecting EU/UK relations, businesses and the political dynamics in the EU27.
Nov 14
Whether you are just getting started or have been reporting for years, we’ll take a fresh look at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and, in particular, how it intersects with your public affairs objectives related to public policy, stakeholder engagement, transparency, reputation management and delivering value to the business. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 14
With the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 update, materiality became a more prominent feature to help companies better assess what to report and why. This workshop will dive into managing an effective materiality assessment and leveraging the results to improve the strategic alignment of your CSR, sustainability and public affairs initiatives. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 14
What are the key considerations for an effective 2017 European Union public affairs strategy? Our speakers will cover EU-specific best practices, with a special focus on stakeholder engagement at the institutional, national and regional levels.
Nov 14
What does a stellar government relations team look like? The new political landscape provides an opportunity to showcase your team and their effectiveness at the federal and state levels. This program is eligible for 1 core credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 15
In this two-hour program, we will examine the important role communications plays in your public affairs strategy and how to create an integrated and comprehensive public affairs plan. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 15
Finding creative ways to train your advocates on how to build relationships with legislators, talk about issues and share their stories is an ongoing struggle but critical to building momentum for your policy priorities. Doing it well not only makes your advocacy efforts more effective but helps provide value to your advocate community. This program is eligible for 1 credit toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Nov 15
Lobbying on controversial or politically heated issues is never easy, and even agreeing on what may be classed as controversial is becoming more and more difficult. In this roundtable we will discuss how to embrace adversity when facing these difficult situations.
Nov 16
NGO expert Robert Blood and science communication expert András Baneth come together to host a unique workshop for companies and consultancies tackling current and emerging science-based controversies. If you are in the business of explaining or defending technology risk in the face of organised campaigning, this training event is definitely for you.
Nov 16
Your public affairs function’s success in foreign markets depends on a carefully thought out cross-border strategy. In addition to reviewing model strategic plans, this webinar will cover the fundamentals of creating, implementing and managing that plan. This program is eligible for 1 core credit toward the certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 22
Presence in key capitals around Europe is essential for effective advocacy. In this roundtable we examine how to coordinate across Europe, best practices for internal communication, and devising game plans for lobbying key European capitals as well as Brussels.
Nov 23
This interactive, one-day training workshop includes strategies for working with reporters and pitching stories to them. Find out what makes journalists tick and how to get more—and better—coverage.
Nov 24
Strategic public affairs work requires a methodical approach to your public affairs objectives, including stakeholder mapping and understanding which issues require the most attention or resources. In this interactive workshop you will create a strategy, explore issue management, mapping methods and tools, and learn how to put ideas into practice for your organization.
Nov 28
Opinion leaders and key online figures can be powerful advocates for or against the issues your organization is most concerned about. It is vital for organizations to efficiently monitor and identify targeted groups such as journalists, policymakers, bloggers, academics, activist shareholders and concerned citizens. This program is eligible for 1 elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 29
As we become more connected globally, cyber security matters to every industry. As such, public affairs professionals must monitor and address issues such as data protection and cyber threat response. What do you need to know to protect your company?
Nov 30
In this webinar, we’ll look at how to create employee ambassadors through engagement and communication, and how those ambassadors can help drive value to the business through improved outcomes and retention. This program is eligible for 1 elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 30
The 2018 midterm elections will be here before you know it. PAC professionals will face increased demands on their time and resources, but will also have more opportunities to engage eligibles and donors. We’ll help you manage it all while also taking advantage of the chance to rally your PAC community around what is happening in the political world. This webinar is worth 1 credit toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Nov 30
Business is planning for the next year in the last quarter of each year, and public affairs teams are no exception. In this roundtable, we’re going to discuss how to identify the priorities, KPIs, and action items for your government affairs and stakeholder work in 2018.
Dec 01
NGO expert Robert Blood and science communication expert András Baneth come together to host a unique workshop for companies and consultancies tackling current and emerging science-based controversies. If you are in the business of explaining or defending technology risk in the face of organised campaigning, this training event is definitely for you.
Dec 05
Keeping up with every issue that affects your organization — in each state and at every level of government — can be daunting. Organizations rely on their government relations teams to know when important legislative issues come before a committee, are up for a floor vote, or whether there are opportunities to influence law in the implementation phase. We can help you stay on top of that. As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.
Dec 05
How has China progressed with its five-year plan in 2017 — and how should you adjust your global public affairs strategy to best align with government priorities? This webinar will highlight industry best practices, as well as key economic, social and geopolitical developments that should inform your public affairs decisions in China.
Dec 06
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the plan, “Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Join this webinar to learn more about The 17 SDG goals included in the framework, how these goals can create metrics against which your company can benchmark and assess ROI, and more. This program is eligible for 1 elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 06
The work of government relations practitioners can seem confusing to some internal audiences. Many have no idea how much reporting and tracking is required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA). Did your R&D team spend time helping your lobbyist write a briefing for an elected official? That time needs to be tracked. This program is eligible for 1 elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 06
On the eve of EUDAS 2017, join us for this half-day interactive session and learn the steps it takes to deploy an effective online advocacy program.
Dec 07
Creating engaging PAC or advocacy materials can be a challenge, but the explosion of online video content has led many organizations to harness the power of visual messaging. Videos can be great a great way to share your message with a wide audience and build support for your political engagement programs. But to be successful, your video development and distribution plans must be well thought out and, unsurprisingly, creative. This program is eligible for 1 credit toward the Certificate in PAC and Grassroots Management.
Dec 07
Data, digital ads, targeted content and apps have become vital parts of the European advocacy toolkit. This one-day summit will help EU public affairs and communications professionals to stay up-to-date with trends and enhance their digital presence.
Dec 07
Engaging the Executive Branch during the Trump administration can be full of uncertainty and challenges. Register for this webinar to hear from those who have successfully navigated outreach to the executive branch and learn the best-practices that helped them communicate and engage with the administration. This program is eligible for 1 elective credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 12
Join us to learn how your organization can elevate its public policy positions through strategic, thoughtful campaigns, helping you succeed at the local, state or federal levels. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 13
By January 1, 2018, organizations must elect to file lobbying reports using either the LDA or the IRC method, and they must use that method for the entire calendar year. There are major differences between the two in what must be tracked and reported. This program is eligible for 1 compliance credit toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management and the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots 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. This session will be held via webinar.
Jan 08 - Jan 11
The annual Public Affairs Institute is the nation's premier educational and career-building program for senior-level public affairs professionals.
Feb 05 - Feb 08
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 engagement strategy from the profession’s top experts.
Mar 04 - Mar 07
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.
Apr 17 - Apr 18
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.

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