The Advocacy Conference
January 28-31, 2019
Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Key West, Fla.
The Advocacy Conference
Why Should You Attend?
In addition to a diverse agenda on innovative best practices and the best networking opportunities, you’ll get access to:
Senior-Level Content: Advanced sessions and topics for experienced and returning professionals
Unparalleled Networking: Meet the top leaders in grassroots, public affairs communications and stakeholder engagement — and learn from them to advance your own program
Mentoring Program: Be paired with career and conference advice from people who really get it
Industry’s Only Resource Marketplace: Check out the best sources available for advocacy technology, products and services
Hear From Past Participants:
“The Advocacy Conference is great at providing innovative and top-level speakers who give insights on the ever-changing advocacy landscape around the country. By the time you leave the conference you’ll have a great network to help you be more successful in your career. This is the conference to be at if you want practical tips and to learn from the best in the arena.”
— Jordan Craig Manager, Government and Industry Affairs, American Forest and Paper Association
“The Advocacy Conference is quite simply the premier event for public affairs professionals. The program itself is outstanding with first class content and speakers; the networking opportunities and the friendships that are developed during the conference are priceless.”
— Michael Garrison, Director, Grassroots, International Council of Shopping Centers
“The Public Affairs Council’s Advocacy Conference is now the only advocacy conference I attend – it’s that valuable. If you are involved in the advocacy field, this is the event to attend for best practices and innovative ideas.”
— Jeff Michaud, Senior Manager, Digital Communications, Government Relations, eBay, Inc.
“I was a first time attendee in 2018 and I walked away from the conference energized and full of new ideas. Each session gave me the opportunity to hear from experts and interact with my peers. The lessons I learned paid immediate dividends by giving me actionable ways to improve the public relations and grassroots strategies at our association. The conference is also the gift that keeps on giving. The numerous networking opportunities allowed me to make connections with folks from across the spectrum, connections that I reach out to on a regular basis for advice or new ideas.”
— Sean Brown, Vice President, Communications, Federation of American Hospitals
Want to hear from more? Contact us for more information.
2019 Advocacy Conference Advisory Committee
|Amie Adams, Dunn Associates|
|Katie Anderson, Aristotle|
|Wade Balkonis, Walgreens Boots Alliance|
|Tricia Barrantine Guay, Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.|
|Sage Bauer, American Psychiatric Association|
|Laura Brigandi, Panceratic Cancer Action Network|
|Jacquelyn Cameron, The Washington Post|
|Angela Chiappetta, DDC Public Affairs|
|Jessica Cooper, National Federation of Independent Business|
|Jordan Craig, American Farm Bureau Federation|
|Trevin Dalton, Entergy Services|
|Bethany Dame, Property Casualty Insurers Assoc. of America|
|Caitlin Demchuk, Americam College of Emergemcy Physicians|
|Elizabeth DeMeyere, AALU|
|Paul Disselkoen, PayPal|
|Caitlin Donahue, Curley Company|
|Lauren Drew , National Hospice & Pallative Care Organizaton (NHPCO)|
|Chip Felkel, RAP Index|
|Andrew Fimka, NJI Media, LLC|
|Bronwyn Flores, Consumer Technoloy Association|
|Jennifer Fox, Engine|
|Bryan Fratkin, Whistle Stop Digital|
|Michael Garrison, International Council of Shopping Centers|
|Brandy Geers, FleishmanHillard|
|Patrick Gliha, Celgene Corporation|
|Jackie Gulley, S&P Global Inc.|
|Anastasia Hardin, Cred PR|
|Michael Heintz, Society for Neuroscience|
|Ulrico Izagirre, Affirm, Inc.|
|Rob Jordan, American Medical Association|
|Vanessa Kermick, ALPA, Iternational|
|Andy Krakowski, NextWave Advocacy, LLC|
|Susan Leppke, National Marrow Donor Program, Be The Match|
|Adam Lotspike, BD|
|David Lusk, Key Advocacy|
|Jim (James) MacGregor, National Assoc. of Realtors|
|Megan McCoskey, CQ Roll Call|
|Claire McDonough, Cision Government Relations|
|Dan Meyers, APCO Worldwide|
|Amanda Mills, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr|
|Ryan Modlin, Owens-Illinois, Inc.|
|Meghan Moran, Adfero|
|Thao Nguyen, Feeding America|
|Jim Nikolai, U.S. Bancorp|
|Gary Nuzzi, Adfero|
|Michael O’Brien, National Association of Manufacturers|
|Erin O’Neill, American Cancer Society Action Network|
|Bill Otto, National Joint Powers Alliance|
|Blake Otto, State Farm Insurance Companies|
|Lindsay Patterson, American Institute of Certified Accountants|
|Kristen Prather, Credit Uniion National Assoc. Inc.|
|Jayni Rasmussen, National Recreation & Park Association|
|Gio Van Remortel, Care2, Inc.|
|Elizabeth Shaw, American College of Cardiology|
|Amy Shope Manzi, American Heart Association|
|Jonathan Simons, NCTA|
|Jonathan Spontarelli, State & Federal Communications, Inc.|
|Kristine Telford, Edison Electric Institute|
|Myron Terry, Pfizer Inc.|
|Andrew Tuck , The Nature Conservancy|
|Laura Vogel, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association|
|David Ward, Association of Equipment Manufacturers|
|Sherry Whitworth, VoterVoice|
|Mantill Williams, American Transportation Association|
|Matthew Zablud, Beekeeper Group|
|Sue Zoldak, The Zoldak Agency|
Have ideas on how to make this year’s conference even better? Help us plan the 2019 Advocacy Conference
Contact Nick DeSarno to join this year’s conference advisory committee.
Read the Full FAQs
1. Is this the same conference as the National Grassroots Conference? Yes…and no. The Advocacy Conference is the evolution of the National Grassroots Conference. As grassroots and advocacy practitioners find that the scope of their work — and the challenges they face — are changing, so is the conference. Grassroots will be one featured track at the conference, paired with communications tactics and strategies and engagement solutions for working with partners, senior management and stakeholders.
2. Where will the conference be? Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Key West, Fla.
3. What hotel arrangements do I need to make? Please visit our Hotel/Travel page for information.
4. How much does it cost? Please visit our Registration & Fees page for details.
5. 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 202.787.5950.
6. How can I receive mailings for future conferences? If you would like to be added to our conference brochure distribution list, please contact us at email@example.com.
7. Who should I call if I have more questions?
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