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Carolyn Darville
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Oct 17
Complying with state and federal lobbying and PAC regulations is foundational to 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 and 3 compliance 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 4 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.
Oct 22
Interested in learning how to get the most out of your PAC membership, or in knowing more about all the benefits of becoming a member? Join us for this member orientation to get up to speed about all of the Council’s major services, with an emphasis on what's available for you in Europe.
Oct 23 - Oct 25
Join us in serene Half Moon Bay for the Public Affairs Council's Fall Board Meeting. Exclusive to members of our Board of Directors, this meeting is a two-day and two-night executive conference featuring expert speakers who will address current and emerging topics in public affairs.
Oct 24
What happens to us and our public affairs teams when we operate with bias or a lack of inclusion, even if it’s unconscious? What perspectives do we miss? This workshop will help you develop the skills to recognize bias and practice conscious inclusion. Through safe and facilitated conversation, we’ll broaden perspectives to help participants get a better view of themselves, their workplace and our society. Participants will learn how organizations can develop policies to enhance appreciation of diversity and boost employee engagement. Participants will leave with tools that can immediately use to build a more inclusive, supportive public affairs team and workplace. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Oct 30
Communications functions and goals can vary across divisions, leading to divergent messaging internally and externally. Organizations need internal ambassadors to work across different units to unify the dialogue. Our workshop will show you how to locate and train employees to take on these essential communications and outreach roles. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management 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.
Oct 30
Ensure your global public affairs function has a local perspective and can identify, track and manage issues in key markets. This session will explore how organizations conceptualize, construct, execute and assess their issues management and tracking plan. This program is eligible for 2 elective 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 06
This workshop will provide your team a grounding in public affairs, both generally and from the perspective of companies and trade associations. Learn what organizations need and expect from an external partner. This program is eligible for 3 elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 3 core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 07
Finding the governance structure that works for your organization’s PAC is essential for growing your political program. At a minimum, a strong governance structure includes three core elements: an engaged PAC board, strong bylaws that guide your activities and smart budgeting. This workshop will help you develop all three. This program is eligible for 2 PAC credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots 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 07
Measuring impact is one of the biggest challenges public affairs professionals face; it’s also the one that matters most to senior executives. Learn to express ROI in a way management understands and appreciates, and that captures the impact of your function’s work. This program is eligible for 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 13
Did your consultants do what you hired them to do? Learn and hone the skills necessary to turn working relationships into results-driven partnerships – and consultants into an extension of your team. This program is eligible for 1 elective credit 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 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.
Nov 14
Public affairs and advocacy campaigns succeed or fail in no small part due to their communications strategy. What makes a successful campaign and what are the common obstacles to comprehensive communications plans? Our experts will show you how to develop initiatives that are unified across internal divisions and make an impact. 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. 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 14
Planning and delivering a successful meeting with EU decision-makers is an essential skill for public affairs professionals in Brussels. Join this workshop to learn the soft skills and tactics you need to approach high-level meetings, develop powerful messages and present your arguments persuasively.
Nov 14
Running a project doesn’t need to mean more work. Done right, it can mean less. Acquire and apply project management techniques for running public affairs initiatives. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Nov 20
Join us for a briefing on public affairs in Asia, focusing on China, Japan and India. In this program, you’ll gain insight into: Political and economic trends affecting multinationals operating across Asia. The biggest challenges facing global companies in the region – and how to tackle them. Tips for tracking regulatory changes that may affect your organization. Case studies of successful advocacy campaigns in each country of focus. 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.
Nov 21
What happens to us and our public affairs teams when we operate with bias or a lack of inclusion, even if it’s unconscious? What perspectives do we miss? This workshop will help you develop the skills to recognize bias and practice conscious inclusion. Through safe and facilitated conversation, we’ll broaden perspectives to help participants get a better view of themselves, their workplace and our society. Participants will learn how organizations can develop policies to enhance appreciation of diversity and boost employee engagement. Participants will leave with tools that can immediately use to build a more inclusive, supportive public affairs team and workplace. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 02
Whether you are building it from the ground up, revamping it, or just refreshing your grassroots program, join us for a webinar where we outline the building blocks of an effective grassroots advocacy program. This program is eligible for 1 grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management. 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 03
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.
Dec 03
No advocacy agendas exist in a vacuum. Achieving success for your goals often requires understanding, and engaging all available stakeholders in your policy space. This program is eligible for 2 Grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 core credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 03
No advocacy agendas exist in a vacuum. Achieving success for your goals often requires understanding, and engaging all available stakeholders in your policy space. This program is eligible for 2 grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Dec 03
Public affairs professionals are increasingly aware that combining online and offline tactics is the best way to get their message across and persuade their audiences. Digital advocacy is no longer a “nice to have” — it’s a critical tool for the success of any public affairs campaign. Join us to hear about innovative ways to communicate online, discuss the latest trends and expand your tactical skills in digital advocacy.
Dec 04
Professionals writing for public affairs 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 coalition or cause. Our public affairs writing workshop will teach you how to improve your prose and burnish your thought leadership credentials. This program is eligible for 3 grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 3 elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Dec 04
Designed for EU public affairs professionals, this seminar will focus on the practical aspects of EU decision-making, how to influence it and what will be some of the main issues influencing EU legislation (policy-wise and procedurally) in 2020.
Dec 05
Your PAC has a compelling story but does your content reflect that? Learn to create lasting visuals, videos and infographics to inform and excite your eligible community. From distilling complex financial data and describing “eligible participation,” we’ll help you create material that concisely explains the role of your PAC and encourages involvement. This program is eligible for 2 PAC credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.
Dec 11
It’s coming: The deadline for your organization to file lobbying reports using either the LDA or IRC method. The two systems have major differences in what’s tracked and reported. Understand the differences now. 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 12
Crises happen – are you prepared? Organizations must quickly and effectively communicate online during state, local, federal and even international incidents – and that requires planning and practice. 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.
Dec 12
Relationships matter. Is your organization leveraging your well-connected and most trustworthy advocates? This workshop will explore ways to develop and implement an effective grasstops, key contact or grassroots ambassador program that engages the right messengers, builds impactful relationships and achieves your policy or regulatory goals. This program is eligible for 2 grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots 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.
Jan 06 - Jan 09
The Council’s flagship leadership program for senior-level public affairs professionals. For over 30 years, we’ve brought together world-class faculty and top public affairs practitioners to address emerging political, economic, social and technology issues.
Feb 03 - Feb 06
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 01 - Mar 04
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.