A Guide to 2020 Public Affairs Conferences

December 10, 2019

Whether you’re a rookie to public affairs or a leader in the field, we know there are always new strategies to learn, people to meet, and tools to discover. One of the best places to do this is a public affairs conference— blending formal sessions and panels with opportunities to engage colleagues.

At Quorum, our team attends conferences every year to stay up to date on the latest trends in public affairs and learn from the experts themselves how we can help make their work easier with cutting edge technology.

Here are conferences every public affairs professional should attend:

Public Affairs Council: The Advocacy Conference (February 3-6, 2020, Las Vegas, NV) and The PAC Conference (March 1-4, 2020, Miami, FL)

The Public Affairs Council is the leading association for public affairs professionals. The Council hosts a trio of annual conferences across the country each year, with networking and skill-building sessions hosted in Washington on a more regular basis. Their conferences—particularly the Advocacy and PAC conferences—are a valuable opportunity to stay updated on trends in the public affairs field.

At The Advocacy Conference, you’ll hear from grassroots professionals on new strategies for engaging advocates, building a narrative around your advocacy campaigns, and managing the execution of campaigns from the ground up (not to mention, find Quorum at the Resource Marketplace!). In 2019, Advocacy Conference will be held in Las Vegas from February 3rd through 6th, 2020.

At The PAC Conference, you can explore emerging trends in managing solicitation campaigns, learn creative fundraising strategies, and discover best practices for ensuring compliance. Whether you are running a PAC or a lobbyist looking to find ways to collaborate with your organization’s PAC, you’ll find something at the Public Affairs Council PAC Conference. The next PAC Conference will be March 1-4, 2020 in Miami.

State Government Affairs Council: May 6-8, 2020, Austin, TX

Do you spend half of the year flying from state to state looking to make an impact on the issues your organization cares about? Looking for a room of peers to share best practices on everything from providing testimony to finding good contract lobbyists? Learn from the experts at the State Government Affairs Council annual conference, one of the best professional development conferences for state lobbying professionals. Major corporations and leading trade associations attend the SGAC Conference to network with other public affairs professionals and learn new strategies to improve their state government affairs work. SGAC also hosts its Leaders’ Policy Conference, where you’ll find the states' legislative leadership and state government affairs professionals, in Napa from November 21-24, 2020. In 2020, the SGAC National Summit will be held May 6-8 in Austin.

United States Conference of Mayors: June 12-15, 2020, Austin, TX

If you’re looking for a chance to meet the mayors who impact the issues your organization cares about, look no further than the US Conference of Mayors annual meeting. The USCM Annual Meeting offers a chance to interact with over 1,400 mayors from all over the country and better understand the trends impacting city governments. Head to Austin, TX for the 88th Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors June 12-15.

Professional Women in Advocacy: TBD, Washington, DC

A relatively new player in the field of public affairs conferences, PWIA offers an opportunity for women to gather and gain professional development skills and network with other women in the field of public affairs. The conference spans several fields within public affairs—federal, state, and local government affairs, advocacy, and community relations, just to name a few.

If you’re heading to one of these conferences, be on the lookout for the Quorum team! We’d love to connect.

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