Learning Tracks to Guide Your Experience / Featured Sessions
Increase your PAC receipts and recruit new donors through a forward-thinking strategy
Finding Your Fundraising Campaign Style
Maximizing Meetings, Conferences and Events for Your PAC
Building and Leveraging a Peer-to-Peer PAC Program
Fine-Tuning Your Incentive and Benefits Strategy
Using Analytics to Elevate Your PAC Fundraising
Move your political activities forward with compelling messaging using a variety of messengers & platforms
Keeping Your PAC Relevant 365 Days a Year
Crisis Communications: How to Manage Through Organizational Change
The Components of an Integrated PAC Fundraising Campaign
Communications Strategies to Report Back to Internal Stakeholders
How Can Social Media Play a Role in Your PAC?
Strategy & Management
Build a proactive, compliant PAC strategy for long-term growth and relationship-building
Building Strategic Plans for Long-Term PAC Growth
Compliance for Corporate & Association PAC Programs
Engaging Young Professionals in the PAC
Developing Your Contribution Criteria
Measuring Your PAC Success: Metrics and Benchmarking to Show Your Value
|PAC Plus: Advanced and skill-building sessions to help you move your career forward|
Leadership and Decision-Making Expert
Shelley Row Associates, LLC
Director, Government Affairs
Prudential Financial Inc.
The Cook Political Report
Why Should You Attend?
National PAC Conference attendees have access to top experts and practitioners, resources and training, including:
- 30+ panels and sessions (see the agenda here)
- 25+ case studies from leading practitioners
- 10+ hours of networking opportunities
- 350+ PAC and public affairs professionals to network with
- 100+ sample PAC resources to help generate new ideas
- Industry’s leading resource marketplace
- Unparalleled learning and countless new connections made
Questions about the Zika virus and Miami
We understand that conference attendees may have questions about the Zika virus and what is being done to prevent its spread and ensure the safety of all who travel to Florida. While we believe the threat of Zika transmission is very minimal during March, we do want to provide resources for you to be comfortable with the decision that is right for you and your family. Below you’ll find a collection of resources and questions answered about the virus. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Hannah Wesolowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 787-5969.
What is the Zika virus and how is it transmitted?
The Florida Department of Health has put together a collection of information on all aspects of the Zika virus as it relates to the state of Florida. This document is updated regularly, and we encourage you to refer to it here.
The Center for Disease Control also has extensive information about the Zika virus and its spread. Please find that information here.
No vaccine exists to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent Zika is to avoid mosquito bites. Many people affected will have either no symptoms or mild symptoms. The virus can have effects on babies whose mothers were infected during pregnancy so pregnant women need to take additional caution when considering traveling to an area with confirmed cases of the virus.
Where has the Zika virus spread in Florida?
The Florida Department of Health has identified four small areas of Miami-Dade County where Zika was spread by mosquitoes (details here). These zones of concern have all been lifted. There are currently no zones with evidence of transmission in the last 45 days.
What preventative measures are the state of Florida and Miami, FL hotels taking to prevent Zika?
Mosquito season is during the warmer months of the year. Mosquitos are much less prevalent during the cooler months in fall and winter. We expect that the mosquito population will be extremely low in March.
The Loews Miami Beach Hotel is monitoring the Zika situation very closely and is working with the city, county and Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) to take extreme precautions.
- Miami-Dade County has a proven track-record of successfully controlling mosquito borne illnesses and is utilizing the most sophisticated mosquito control techniques to control the spread of Zika.
- EcoLab, an environmental solutions company, has conducted a full property mosquito analysis.
- They are implementing a remediation program beginning the week of August 22, 2016.
- Per the GMCVB, spraying has already commenced in Miami Beach.
- The Loews is doing individual spraying of the hotel, pool and perimeter in addition to what the city is also doing.
We will continue to update this information with the efforts being taken.
What preventative measures can you take to avoid Zika?
Though we expect the mosquito population to be very low during conference time, we wanted to provide some helpful tips to avoid mosquito bites:
- Apply insect repellent to bare skin and clothing. Use repellents with EPA-approved active ingredients. For a list of effective repellents and other tips, click here.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks during times when mosquitos are active: typically dusk and dawn.
- Make sure open windows in your room are covered with screens.
For additional information on mosquito bite protection, please see Florida Health’s information on the topic here. Miami-Dade County has also curated some helpful information on mosquito control, located here.
Where can I find travel advisories and additional resources?
- Greater Miami and the beaches travel advisory update: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/travel-advisory-information
- CDC information for pregnant women: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html
- Visit Florida current travel safety information: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/current-travel-safety-information.html
- Visit Florida FAQs: http://www.visitflorida.org/resources/crisis-preparation/zika-virus-information/
Hear From Past Participants:
“The conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about best practices from colleagues in the industry and spur new ideas that can be replicated in your own company.”
— Monica Mueller, director, government affairs, Motorola Solutions Inc.
“The conference has an impressive lineup of speakers to address contemporary topics as well as timely subjects that highlight challenges we are all facing. Participants are able to connect and gain knowledge to advance their PAC and be aware of what is happening in the PAC community.”
— Bridget Driggs, director, political engagement, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
“The PAC Conference is the best ‘one stop shop’ for the latest trends, best practices and legal updates. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other PAC professionals who are more than willing to share their experiences.”
— Lorelei N. Mottese, director, government relations, Wakefern Food Corp.
“Attending the PAC Conference is one of the best ways for me to meet other PAC professionals and find out what the latest techniques in fundraising are. Since I don’t sit in Washington, D.C., it is vitally important for me to have the chance to network and hear the newest trends to make sure my fundraising campaigns don’t fall behind the times.”
— Joanne Woodward, JDPAC administrator, John Deere
“The opportunity to network with national experts, peer companies, vendors, and leading consultants in the campaign finance community cannot be matched. We learn and share regulatory compliance challenges we face; our PAC fundraising strategies; and best practices — coming away with invaluable insight and solutions which pay great dividends.”
– Cindy Dolan, government relations specialist, Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Want to hear from more? Contact us for a list of past attendees who can share their experience.
2017 PAC Conference Advisory Committee
The Public Affairs Council would like to thank the following individuals for volunteering their time, insight and support to develop the nation’s leading PAC conference:
Amie Adams, Dunn Associates
Brendan Adams, Corning Inc.
Jeff Ashe, Aristotle International
Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications Inc.
Jamie Bell, Tyco International
Amanda Braden, Toyota Motor North America
Jennifer Brooks, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Ted Burnes, American College of Radiology
Chris Conner, Allstate Insurance Company
Lisa Costello, National Multi-Family Housing Council
Heather Cutler, SevenTwenty Strategies
Shari Dexter, American Hospital Association
Caitlin Donahue, CRAFT | Media/Digital
Kelly Eaton, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Annette Edmonds, CenterPoint Energy Inc.
Madison Eggert-Crowe, Comcast Corporation
Dan Ekstein, SAGAC Public Affairs
Meghan Everngam, National Association of Home Builders
Lauren Facemire, National Association of Realtors
Molly Flanagan, Procter & Gamble
Susan Francis, Duke Energy Corporation
Misty Galvin, iHeartMedia Inc.
Rob Gazzola, DDC
Travis Gianchetta, Beekeeper Group
Allie Greenwald, Zurich
Mica Evans Hider, American Chemistry Council
Michael Jacobson, U.S. Travel Association
Danielle Morris James, Caterpillar Inc.
Carly Jiricka, McKesson Corporation
Rebekah Hamilton Kay, Energy Future Holdings Corp.
Kathy Keener-Crowder, Entergy
Jeremy Kelley, State Farm Insurance Cos.
Erik Koeppen, American Nurses Association
Elizabeth Leddy, Union Pacific Corporation
Jason McGonigle, Public Affairs Support Services
Matt Meehan, Pfizer Inc.
Sarah Milligan, American Dental Association
Zack Mooneyham, Air Line Pilots Association
Angel Riley, Lockheed Martin
Jean Schafer, Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Bridget Sewell, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Ellie Shaw, American Express Company
Brandy Stacks, Prudential Financial Inc.
Sharon Sussin, National Federation of Independent Business
Megan Vijiarungam, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Stefanie Webb, Anheuser-Busch
Gary Whidby, Auto Care Association
Jim Wilson, National Apartment Association
Tommy Young, NiSource Inc.
Interested in serving on the 2018 National PAC Conference Advisory Committee? Email Hannah Wesolowski to indicate your interest.
Read the Full FAQs
1. What sets this conference apart from others?
As the professional association for the field, our mission is to advance the field of public affairs and to provide tools and resources that enable public affairs executives and managers to achieve their business and professional goals. To that end, we offer practical conference sessions that are led by leading practitioners in the field, ample opportunities for networking, and exchange of resource materials. In addition, we offer an unbiased perspective to help you to maximize the effectiveness of your program. But the learning doesn’t end at the conclusion of the conference. Throughout the entire year, we encourage sharing of best practices by maintaining a comprehensive library of public affairs materials, offering individualized counseling to our members, maintaining electronic discussions among practitioners, posting relevant news and resources on our web site and much more.
2. Where will the conferences be held?
The 2017 National PAC Conference will be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. Please visit the Hotel & Travel page for additional information on the hotel.
3. What hotel arrangements do I need to make?
Please visit the Hotel & Travel page for this conference to view additional information on room rates and reservations.
4. What is the weather like?
Florida weather is unpredictable. You should probably obtain an up-to-the-minute weather report prior to your visit. Click here for an updated forecast.
5. What is the registration fee?
Please visit our Registration & Fees page for details.
6. How do I register?
Registration is available online and via fax. In order to take advantage of the online discounted rates for Council members, you’ll need a website user name and password. If you cannot remember your username and password, please click this link where you can retrieve the information. If you are new to the site, click here to create a new profile. If you have questions, please call us at 202.787.5975.
7. Who should I contact if I have more questions?
PAC/Campaign Finance and the PAC Conference Program
Hannah Wesolowski, Associate Director
202.787.5969 | email
Sponsorship Opportunities and Resource Marketplace
Kristin Hanley, Conference Logistics
202.787.5968 | email
Caryn Seligman, Senior Director
202.787.5966 | email
Mulki Samantar, Events Administrator
202.787.5975 | email