Strengthen Your Government Relations Strategy: Build a GR Strategy on Any Budget

Strengthen Your Government Relations Strategy: Build a GR Strategy on Any Budget

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Jan 15, 2019 - Jan 15, 2019


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



United States

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Successful government relations work requires a strategic approach aligned with affordable and relevant tactics. Regardless of your association’s size or budget, this means attaining senior-level buy-in, using internal and external resources to build a cohesive team, and ensuring member value.

This session—part of a four-part online seminar series on strengthening your government relations strategy—addresses the process for designing an effective, budget-conscious strategy, selecting tactics, and using volunteers and committees to support advocacy efforts. Discover the essential components of a clearly articulated government relations plan that maximizes your impact on the local, state, regional, or federal level.

Register today to:

  • explore how the political climate feeds your strategy
  • learn how to build your internal and external stakeholder teams
  • define the charge for your GR committee
  • understand the budgetary needs of a successful GR program

This online seminar features facilitated audio content and conversations. Before the session, registrants will receive login information and links to test their computer and become acquainted with the platform. Participants will have access to the recorded session, reference materials, and more for up to 30 days following the program.

Registration for this online session will close Monday, January 14, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The full four-part series is also available for registration, or you may register for any of the other individual sessions:

Full Series: Strengthen Your Government Relations Strategy

Session 2: Maximize Member Engagement

Session 3: Create Synergies From City Hall to Capitol Hill

Session 4: Assess Your Success With Relevant Metrics

  • Speakers

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      Anne DeSeta DarConte, CAE

      Anne DeSeta DarConte serves as Senior Director of HillStaffer. Ms. DarConte has more than 30 years of federal, state, and local government relations experience and advises clients on strategic advocacy initiatives including messaging, grassroots and grass tops advocacy, Hill Days, advocacy training, and community outreach. Ms. DarConte’s successful programs have been recommended as models of best practices, and she is often called upon to speak at industry conferences and at universities. Prior to HillStaffer Ms. DarConte served as principal of Beyond K Street, LLC, a public affairs consultancy. She has also managed a 50-state coalition in the accounting profession, responsible for all advocacy efforts including legislative and regulatory matters, outreach priorities, stakeholder relationships with national and state-based organizations, and support for ad hoc state government relations initiatives. Previously Ms. DarConte served as the Director of Outreach for a 500-member energy trade association, where she created that association’s outreach program. She has also served as Director of Grassroots for a $125MM trade association, responsible for the organization’s grassroots inititaives and Get Out The Vote program which resulted in web traffic increases of 94.5% and 103.5%, respectively. Ms. DarConte began her career in the Florida House of Representatives, where she served as a Senior Legislative Analyst in the Committee on Commerce. Ms. DarConte is Vice Chair of the Government Relations Section Council for ASAE, and recently attained her CAE credential. An active leader with various women’s organizations, she is a Co-Founder of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference and Excellence in Advocacy Awards (2013-2015), as well as a former Board Member of Women in Government Relations and PLEN, the Public Leadership Education Network. In March 2016, PLEN honored Ms. DarConte with the Mentor Award for her outstanding service to the organization as well as her impact on public policy and role in women’s leadership.

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      John Boling, MBA

      After graduating college with aplomb, Mr. Boling traveled to Washington, DC to serve as an intern on the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces (aka: Women in Combat). At the end of the internship, John realized DC was where he needed to be and stayed to pursue his dream of working for Congress. After working three years for the Direct Marketing Association, he found his way to Capitol Hill where, over the next seven and one-half years, he served five different Members of Congress, rising from intern to the level of legislative director. Having achieved his goal of working on Capitol Hill, Boling left to become the director of government relations for the newly formed National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, created from the merger of two smaller associations. Seven years later he left to work in a small association where his talents would be further challenged. Over the next five years he worked as the director of congressional affairs at the Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology, where he was one of three executives and had to implement every good idea he had, forcing him to prioritize and work smart. During this time-frame, Boling earned a Masters of Business Administration degree with highest honors from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University. In the fall of 2015, John was offered the role of a lifetime as the director of government affairs at the Institute of Makers of Explosives. In 2017, John was rewarded for his hard work by being promoted to vice president of Government Affairs. He is reportedly, “having a blast.” John earned his undergraduate degree from the Minnesota State University at Mankato, and an Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University. Residing in Alexandria with his wife, three kids and a dog, John has a new appreciation for minivans.

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