Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 1-6 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Learn the ins and outs of lobbying, grassroots advocacy and the path to making an impact on political issues of importance at the local and national levels. ABC's key legislative issues, the dynamics of congressional offices and how ABC members are impacted by legislative decisions on a day-to-day basis.

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Check out two 30-minute webinars as you prepare for your trip to D.C. for the YP Symposium and/or your day on the Hill. 

Government 101

Recorded: June 11, 2019 / 11-11:30 a.m. ET

Need a crash course on the government basics? Get an overview of the anatomy of the U.S. government, public policy processes, and how a bill becomes a law. Plus learn how you can influence policy.

ABC’s of Lobbying

Recorded: June 13, 2019 / 11-11:30 a.m. ET

ABC National lobbyists will review the basics of lobbying your representatives, and how to achieve the best outcome from your meetings.

Tuesday, June 25
1-1:30 p.m.
Liam Donovan, a consultant to ABC, will present the tools young professionals need to engage in effective lobbying practices. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to use coalitions to effectively participate in the advocacy process and communicate the principles of the merit shop philosophy to elected officials and other key stakeholders.

Speaker: Liam Donovan, Bracewell
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Actions in Washington have the power to help or harm your business in 2019 and beyond. How does a divided Congress affect the likelihood of action on immigration, infrastructure and tax reform? Will the Fair and Open Competition Act and legislation to expand workforce development cross the finish line? Plus, get a high-level overview of the presidential candidates and how their agendas would affect merit shop strategies.

Panelists: Peter Comstock, ABC National; Drew Schneider, ABC National; Chris Tuck, Senior Republican Floor Assistant, U.S. Senate; James Redstone, Special Assistant to the President, Domestic Policy Council
2:45-3:15 p.m.
Join a breakout group of your choice for an interactive session that will help you boost your effectiveness in lobbying, grassroots, fundraising or media relations to achieve policy objectives, each led by an ABC subject matter expert.
  • Effective lobbying, from Hill visits to formal meetings
    Moderator: Liam Donovan, Bracewell

  • Grassroots power: Engaging a lawmaker in your district
    Moderator: Adam Hanson, ABC-Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter

  • Fundraising and campaign involvement
    Moderator: Sarah Taylor, Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine Inc.

  • Media toolkit: Strategies, tips and best practices
    Moderator: Rachel O’Grady, ABC National
3:15-3:45 p.m.
Second round of the four table topics.
4-4:15 p.m.
Hear from ABC’s 2018 Young Professional of the Year, Lance Arvel, as he shares his story of professional development within this competitive industry. 

Speaker: Lance Arvel, Group Industries
4:15-4:45 p.m.
Meet Congressman William Timmons
5-6 p.m.
Young Professionals Symposium Happy Hour

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For a special discounted rate, join ABC for the Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday, June 26. During this annual baseball game, members of the U.S. Congress from each political party battle for a win on the field. The event raises money to support D.C.-area charities, including the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

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