Professional Development - State and Federal Communications

November 2, 2011  •  

Professional Development

SGACMy #1 conference of choice is State Government Affairs Council Leaders Policy Conference. I first attended this in 2001 at the Wigwam in Scottsdale and I was hooked. I first met CSG’s Executive Director, David Adkins there and Stan Tretiak, then with Coors, was the conference chairperson and had the CEO of Coors address the group.

You could say I loved it so much, I not only joined the association; I ran for the board, and am now the president!

This year, David Christman, from the National Beer Wholesalers Association, is the conference chairperson. The program is outstanding. Speakers include:

  1. Craig Karges—Nationally recognized speaker and author;
  2. Margaret Anderson Kelliher—President and CEO of Minnesota High Tech Association;
  3. Kevin McCarty—Florida Insurance Commissioner;
  4. William Symonds—Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project,
    Harvard Graduate School;
  5. Michael Sargeant—Executive Director of the DLCC;
  6. Matt Walter—Political Director of RSLC;
  7. Dana Perino—Political Commentator, and Former White House Press Secretary; and
  8. Cincinnati’s own Johnny Bench—Baseball Legend.

In addition to this great cast of speakers are the exceptional legislators in the audience. SGAC invites the top six (6) legislators from every state. This gives everyone the opportunity to speak with state leaders and develop the important working relationships you will need in 2012. I don’t know where to start, but some of them include:

  1. Kansas Senate President Stephen Morris;
  2. Maryland Senate President Mike Miller;
  3. Georgia Senator Don Balfour;
  4. Ohio Representative Ted Celeste;
  5. Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus; and
  6. Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore.

There is still space available for you at SGAC’s LPC. You can obtain all the needed information at

Until next month, take the time to hone your skills, sharpen the saw, and awaken the giant within—okay, too much Covey and Robbins! The point is to stay on top of your game and be the best for your organization.

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