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The Agora Government Relations & Public Affairs Marketplace

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University Yard

H Street between 20th and 21st Streets, NW

Washington, DC 20052

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About: The Grassroots Professional Network (GPN) in partnership with George Washington University's Graduate School of Political School of Management (GSPM) and The Hill are hosting the Agora "The Marketplace for the Government Relations & Public Affairs" Industry. Join hundreds of advocacy professionals for an outdoor marketplace, network with industry peers, and sample the latest technology, tools, and trends. Make sure you visit the center stage to listen to live fireside chats hosted by GPN, GSPM, and The Hill's leadership.

When: August 31st from 3pm-6pm

Where: University Yard. H Street between 20th and 21st Streets, NW on the urban campus of The George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC.

Who: This forum is for government relations, advocacy, grassroots, PAC, public affairs, public relations, lobbying, and political professionals from entry level to the C-Suite.

3pm-4pm Panel 1: Media & Communication Panel

Moderated by: Reid Wilson, National Correspondent The Hill

-Janelle Brevard, Vice President of Communications, Council on Foundations (GSPM, Political Management '01)

-Nell Callahan, Chief of Staff, SKDKnickerbocker (SMPA '07)

-Jennifer Mastin, Vice President of Communications, Washington Nationals (GSPM, Political Management '03)

-Brooke Battle Founder Swell Fundraising

4pm-5pm CEO Fireside Chats

Moderated by: Bob Cusack Editor-In-Chief The Hill

-Joshua Habursky Chairman, Grassroots Professional Network/ Director of Advocacy Independent Community Bankers of America

-Dawn Sweeney President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association

-Robert Cresanti President & CEO International Franchise Association

-Matt Priest, President & CEO Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America

-Kai Anderson CEO Cassidy & Associates

5pm-6pm Panel 2: Grassroots, PACs, and Government Relations

Moderated by: Afzal Bari Executive Director, Product and Marketing Strategy - ‎National Journal

-Joe Franco, Vice President of Grassroots and Internal Advocacy, American Diabetes Association (GSPM, Political Management, 2010)

-Quardricos Driskell, Government Relations Manager, American Urological Association (GSPM, Legislative Affairs, 2011)

-Glen Caroline,Director for the NRA-ILA Grassroots Programs & Campaign Field Operations Division

6pm-8pm Network Reception (Separate Ticket): Hosted by POLITICO Playbook, The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, Grassroots Professional Network, and the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers.

The reception will take place at the Elliot School of International Affairs City View Room (7th Floor) 1957 E Street NW Washington, DC.

Marketplace Participating Organizations:

Platinum Sponsors: GovPredict & National Journal

Centurion Group


ph Balanced Films


The Napolitan Victory Awards


Government Affairs Industry Network



Campaigns & Elections



The Soft Edge

Swell Fundraising

Columbia Books



National Write Your Congressman

1631 Digital


Beekeeper Group

CQ Roll Call


720 Strategies

Audience Partners

State & Federal Communications

MV Digital Group

DC Diary

SoapBox Consulting




Ivy: The Social University

Prime Advocacy

One Click Politics




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