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With the kickoff of our first event of the 2013 Advocacy Leaders Network series, we were excited to host yet another full room of advocacy professionals in our Beekeeper Group offices. The topic “Meet the Freshmen: Building Relationships with New Members of Congress” produced an engaging dialogue between speakers and the audience.

Congressional Research Service veteran Judy Schneider started the event with a keynote address. Judy captivated the audience with her tenacious wit as she shared over 30 years of wisdom and advice.

The Advocacy Leaders Network event continued with a Q&A session with a panel of current and former Chiefs of Staff that previously helped establish offices for new Members of Congress. Panelists compared their own experiences while offering tips to attendees on best practices for ensuring your organization is seen and heard by a new Member.

“Become a resource for your Member. If they do not know much about your issue, helping educate them is a great way to develop what the Member will view as a valued relationship.” – Karen Czarnecki, former Chief of Staff to Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA).

 “No two Congressional offices operate the same. Be patient with offices as they establish their various internal processes.” – Glenn Wavrunek, current Chief of Staff to Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI).

Join us May 17th for the second of four events in the 2013 Advocacy Leaders Network series. The topic for the event will be “Come Fly-In with Me: Best Practices for Capitol Hill Lobby Days.”

Early bird tickets to the event are available for purchase here.