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Mitchel Smigel
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msmigel@pac.org

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.
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 09
Public affairs teams are busier than ever, managing multiple issue and advocacy campaigns while working collaboratively across departments and projects. Reconciling differences and breaking down internal silos can be difficult – but it’s integral to success. Join us to learn specific project and people management tools that will help you fine-tune your public affairs function, improve communication with your teams and keep projects on track. This program is eligible for 2 credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, Certificate in Public Affairs Management, and Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying.
Feb 16
Hiring a consultant is not only a significant financial investment; but with so many options, it can also be a daunting task. Additionally, finding the right fit can make or break your initiatives and impact your reputation with policymakers and the public. Whether you’re looking for a contract lobbyist or public affairs firm, this workshop will walk you through the ins and outs of hiring, assessing and managing consultants. This program is eligible for 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying, and 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs 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 29
Another election year is upon us! Now is the time to plan how you will encourage your employees or members to vote, break down barriers to the process and increase accessibility. Join us to learn how to build an informative Get Out the Vote program that not only empowers individuals to exercise their right to vote but also provides ways to get involved in the electoral process. 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 Elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Mar 30
Want to expand your expertise and elevate your advocacy strategies by deep diving into the workings of the Senate? This workshop is for you. Our experts will provide an in-depth overview of the processes, procedures and key committees of the Senate, as well as how to navigate midterms and trends to expect for the rest of 2022. This program is eligible for 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 Specialization credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying, and 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Mar 31
Complying with state and federal lobbying and PAC regulations is fundamental to managing a trusted and successful public affairs program. A distinguished political law expert will provide a full day, deep dive on the top legal and compliance issues affecting lobbyists, PAC professionals and grassroots practitioners. This program is eligible for 3 credit towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Apr 13
Want to expand your expertise and elevate your advocacy strategies for Congress? Join us for this deep dive into the workings of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our experts will provide an in-depth overview of the processes, procedures and key committees of the House, as well as trends to expect from the rest of 2022. Plus, we’ll share what to expect after midterms. 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.
Apr 27
Between PAC pauses, updated criteria, virtual fundraisers and an array of other challenges, the best practices for creating a PAC disbursement budget have shifted over the past year. Hear from PAC experts and practitioners how they are approaching this election year and leading their PAC through the process of determining which lawmakers to support. This program is eligible for 2 PAC credits towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 credits towards the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 credits towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Apr 28
Bottom-line business value: That’s what interests your leadership most. Learn to demonstrate the value of public affairs work in the language and metrics of business – and secure the support and recognition your function and team members need and deserve. This program is eligible for 2 elective credits towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 specialization credits towards the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Core credits towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
May 24
The PAC is an integral part of your overall government affairs strategy and an important tool for engaging employees or members in the political process. However, the PAC’s importance and value are often overlooked or misunderstood. During this workshop, we will provide you with the information, data and approach to demonstrate how critical the PAC is to your legislative priorities and the role it plays in supporting your organization’s government affairs work. This program is eligible for 2 PAC credits towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 credits towards the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Elective credits towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Jun 07
As corporate political involvement remains in the spotlight, developing a smart governance structure for your PAC is more important than ever. Engaged PAC boards comprised of individuals passionate about the PAC, as well as strong bylaws and contribution criteria that guide your activities will strengthen your organization’s political programs for years to come. Join us to hear how corporate and association PACs are re-evaluating their governance function and contribution criteria to promote transparency and organizational values. This program is eligible for 2 credits towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Jun 08
Engaged, educated and informed advocates make for a successful grassroots program. However, it can be difficult to know where to start or how to format your program. Cultivating effective advocates is not only a step toward achieving your program’s goals but can also lead to personal and professional development for participants. During this workshop, you will learn strategies to identify, train and encourage advocates from experts in grassroots management. This program is eligible for 2 Grassroots credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying, and 2 Elective credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.
Jul 19 - Jul 20
Public expectations of business, more complex issues, globalization and heightened economic pressure all affect how you manage your public affairs function, pivot management strategies and protect your reputation. Public affairs professionals must also continue to adapt their approaches to leadership, government relations, and diversity and inclusion amid a virtual business world and a global pandemic. Join us at the Public Affairs Leadership Summit to hear from leading experts on how they are transforming public affairs management during unprecedented times. This program is eligible for 4 credit towards the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 6 core credits towards the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.