11:30 am

Check in & networking


Lunch, trivia and opening session

The 2020 Presidential Election Forecast

Hear from the election-meister himself, Bill Schneider, Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University about the 2020 Presidential Election Forecast. Schneider has covered every U.S. presidential and midterm election since 1976 for The Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, CNN and Al Jazeera English, was Cable News Network’s (CNN) senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009 and has been hailed as one of the “most consistently intelligent analysts on television.”

Bill Schneider

Professor, Schar School of Policy & Government at George Mason University

Author, Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable

1:30 pm

Networking Break

2:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Mastering Testimony

Learn from the best to make your testimony concise, effective and convincing. Learn tips and tricks from your peers who have mastered the testimony process. You will come away with new strategies to deliver your message while improving your reputation.

Andrew Hackman

Principal Lobbyist, Serlin Haley LLP

Erika Scheffer

Director of State Advocacy, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA)

Navigating Political Power Change

Politics is a game, with winners and loser. But what happens when you are on the losing side of an issue or election. This panel explores difficulties navigating a change that comes when supporting the losing side of an issue, candidate or party. This session will also provide best practices for establishing new relations with new leadership after a political power change.

Ann Aquillo

VP Corporate Affairs, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Michael Behm

Co-CEO & Principal, Stateside Associates

2:45 pm

Networking break

3:00 pm

Your Career Aptitude: Leveraging Your Strengths for Greater Career Success

Learning how to identify and use your natural strengths for greater career happiness and success starts with understanding what strengths are and how you can identify your strongest ones. In this session, participants will learn an easy framework for seeing how their strengths are currently at play in their personal and professional lives and consider ways to use more of them for greater success as individuals and as team members.

Carol Vernon

President, Communication Matters: Executive Coaching & Training

3:45 pm

Networking Break

4:00 pm

Building & Managing an Effective State Government Affairs Team

Laura Dooley

Head of Global Government Relations, StubHub

Eric Ebenstein

Corporate Affairs, ByteDance

Tom Foulkes

VP State Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association

Moderated by

Tara Ryan

VP State Government Affairs, Association for Accessible Medicines

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Closing Reception

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