$250 – $1,595

Buzz Advocacy Summit 2019

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Governor Calvert House

58 State Circle

Annapolis, MD 21401

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The most valuable industry learning happens when like-minded advocacy professionals gather to share their experiences, collaborate to overcome common obstacles, and strive to elevate the practice of modern public affairs.

For this reason, we launched the inaugural Buzz Advocacy Summit in August 2016. We have since hosted the Summit in 2017 and 2018, and due to popular demand, the Summit will return to Annapolis, MD in 2019 from July 31st – August 2nd.

Unlike a typical conference, our approach is for the best in the industry to teach the best in the industry. This is why all invitees are asked to participate as a presenter, roundtable facilitator, or networking session moderator.

As participants rather than mere attendees, we become invested in each other's learning, helping to boost the quality of the summit experience for all involved.

A different kind of industry event…

Creating a unique learning experience requires doing things a little differently. This is why the Buzz Advocacy Summit:

  • limits attendance to just 80 invite-only guests
  • requires invitees to participate, not just attend
  • features outside-the-industry luncheon guest speakers
  • hosts the event in a historic property at a getaway location that minimizes travel time and expense (1 hour drive from DC and close to BWI airport)
  • includes 2 nights hotel accommodation and all meals and receptions within the Summit fee to encourage a retreat-style experience and maximize knowledge sharing and networking
  • limits the number of sponsors
  • bans booths and sales pitches
  • provides moderators for all sessions to keep panelists focused and encourage audience participation
  • offers proactive networking and professional development sessions
  • starts the first session of the first day at 10am so local area participants can leave home at a normal time (registration and welcome refreshments will commence at 9am)
  • ends the Summit on the last day at 12:30pm with plenty of time to beat peak traffic congestion or extend your trip in Annapolis

The Summit Experience

Hear what other participants had to say about the Summit:

"It was a very productive conference and we have already begun to implement some of the takeaways I brought back to DC. Glad to have attended, participated, and shared." - Michael Lewan, The Recording Academy

"The Buzz Advocacy Summit has the most engaging and interactive format beyond the typical and tired conference structure. The featured speakers, deep dive breakouts and demonstration sessions all compelled us to challenge and question what we thought we know and how to improve and standout in a world where everybody wants their stories heard." - Katherine Merullo, American Dental Association

The Venue

This beautiful and historic venue is located directly across from the Maryland State House, and a 5 minute walk to the Waterfront.

The Agenda

THEME: “Igniting Creativity: Campaigns That Catch Fire"

Advocacy and communications campaigns can sometimes follow a familiar pattern. Our issues are complicated and nuanced with identical messages often delivered to the same stakeholder audiences over and over again.

It’s time to bring creativity into the mix. Now is your chance to think differently, to try a new path, to develop unique visuals and engaging narratives that get attention and help you win.

At this year’s Buzz Advocacy Summit we’ll show you how to unlock your creative potential by sharing out-of-the-box ideas, challenging you to consider alternative approaches, and offering real-world case studies from fellow practitioners who have successfully re-imagined their own campaigns.

Full agenda for the 2019 programming is here.

You can view our agenda from 2018 here, 2017 here, and from 2016 here.

Beautiful Historic Annapolis, MD

Annapolis, MD is a hidden gem. Located less than 35 miles from the Washington, DC Metro Area, Annapolis, MD is far enough for a retreat-style getaway, yet close enough to travel there without much hassle.


The Summit fee includes 2 nights accommodation, commencing on July 31, 2019. To ease your morning arrival, our first session will commence at 10am, with registration opening at 9am. Welcome refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to pay for your ticket by credit card, please proceed with the Eventbrite registration (fees apply). To avoid the Eventbrite fees, please contact us at buzzadvocacy@gmail.com and we can send you an invoice.

Our 2019 Host & Sponsors

You won’t see booths or hear sales pitches at the Buzz Advocacy Summit but you will meet with a curated selection of sponsors who understand that knowledge sharing and listening to practitioners is essential to create superior advocacy tools and services.

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Governor Calvert House

58 State Circle

Annapolis, MD 21401

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