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Humanizing Government Relations

Association Advocacy Chick

Friends – It’s time we humanize government relations. Humanizing government? From a government relations perspective, are we as open as can be as far as engaging members and staff on advocacy? More often than not, we, as government relations professionals, tend to operate on our island either by choice or circumstance. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, government relations isn’t the first thing you think about when it comes to innovation.

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Lobbying is changing

Association Advocacy Chick

What can the association government relations community learn from these examples? The Washington Post recently published an article about the changing landscape of lobbying. The article highlighted lobbying firms in the DC area who are shaking up their approach to Capitol Hill. One group models their operation after tech companies including open workspaces and compensation structure. Another ended the practice of billable hours. One firm uses social media to highlight important issues.

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In appreciation of the intern

Association Advocacy Chick

Our public policy internship program is a paid internship for two psychology graduate students to work in our Public Interest Government Relations office in DC. I’ve worked for my current employer for over four years now and there’s been one constant throughout that time: our interns. The interns spend one year with us learning how psychological research can be applied to public policy.

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ASAE15: We do we GO from here?

Association Advocacy Chick

As a result, I made a ton of new friends, took my association government relations career to new heights, and found that person that everyone else saw but me. ASAE 15 was a different experience for me than in years past. It was my first annual as an Executive Director. I missed the annual DELP reunion so it was my only opportunity to see most of my DELP family. It was our first annual meeting in Detroit.

The association lobbyist’s iPad toolkit

Association Advocacy Chick

112th Congress Member Directory: Produced by the Government Printing Office (GPO), this app is a basic listing of every member of Congress by state, chamber (House or Senate) and political party. I love my iPad. I really I love my iPad. I probably use it more than my office desktop and television combined.

Yes you can: government relations on the CAE exam

Association Advocacy Chick

Last week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Brian Pallasch from the American Society of Civil Engineers on Domain 6: Government Relations (GR), Public Policy and Coalition Building.

Giving advice or giving away the store?

Association Advocacy Chick

Most recently, it has come in the form of giving advice to younger professionals looking to start or develop a career in government relations. I value the opportunity to give back and pay it forward. Within the last three weeks, I’ve received no less than four different requests to discuss my career and offer any tips on starting out. I don’t mind helping. However, I’m starting to wonder if advice is the only thing people want from me. Let me explain.

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Generation Advocacy

Association Advocacy Chick

GA, which is what I affectionately call it, is my advocacy training/PAC management/general government relations consulting service. In the 15+ years I’ve done government relations, I’m constantly amazed by the number of people who never knew they could meet with their legislator and talk about issues that affect them. I have a confession to make. This past June, I gave birth to my baby. Now that my baby’s 6 months old, I felt it was time to show them off.

Giving back

Association Advocacy Chick

I would not be a lobbyist if it wasn’t for individuals taking time out of their busy schedules to talk to me about government relations. Even though I grew up in Washington DC, government relations was not a career path that was exposed to. Last week, I had the pleasure of serving on a panel on networking hosted by the Public Leadership Education Network otherwise known as PLEN. PLEN seeks to connect college-aged women to those who work in public policy.

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Lobbyist vs. Government Relations

Association Advocacy Chick

Some of the names being considered include The Association of Government Relations Professionals and The National Association of Government Relations Professionals. Many organizations tend to use government relations (ex. Women in Government Relations, the Washington Government Relations Group). Uncategorized association government relations professionals lobbying

Lobbying is not a four-letter word

Association Advocacy Chick

Earlier today, I attended a breakfast at ASAE with some of my government relations colleagues. Government Relations, Advocacy, Lobbying. Our guest speaker was Anna Palmer, a reporter for Politico. Politico , as you would imagine, covers national and international politics. Anna’s beat is the world I live in, lobbying. During the discussion, someone commented on the use of the words lobbying and advocacy in the news.

Open Community….from an advocacy prospective

Association Advocacy Chick

From an advocacy perspective, this is an excellent resource for government relations professionals. I’m so fortunate to have Maddie here to discuss the book and how the open community model applies to government relations.

Get to know me, really

Association Advocacy Chick

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I do government relations for an association, have my CAE, and a DELP scholar. However, I think it’s time to open up about the other aspects of this association advocacy chick. So here are some fun facts about yours truly. I’m a middle child. I have an older sister and younger brother. I learned how to drive at 21 and got my license the day after I graduated from GW.

What CBS Sunday Morning got wrong about lobbying

Association Advocacy Chick

The segment, entitled Behind the closed doors of Washington lobbyists was to give viewers a fly on the wall account of the lobbying industry, considered the third largest in DC after the federal government and tourism. This week, CBS Sunday Morning, one of my must-watch shows on tv, dedicated their opening segment to lobbying.

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Want my respect? Be willing to sort the mail

Association Advocacy Chick

I started my career as an assistant to the Government Relations Director of a small association. My job was doing his grunt work: filing, faxing, sorting mail, and answering phones. I even made coffee. What I didn’t do was anything related to advocacy. No lobbying visits, no advocacy training, no coalition meetings. That job taught me to appreciate administrative tasks no matter how big or small.

Advocacy and social media: A case study from ASHA

Association Advocacy Chick

I’m always talking about the need for associations to use social media in their advocacy efforts. With nearly every member of the House and Senate on at least one social network, there’s opportunity to push our issues beyond the traditional email action alert.

No, I’m not a (fill in the blank).

Association Advocacy Chick

My career in association government relations spans 16 years with 11 of those representing individual members. how much would it cost the government to implement, how many people would be affected, etc…). If there’s one question I get asked more often than not, it’s this… Are you a member of the association? . When I reply “no”, it’s usually followed up with “Why?”

If at first you don’t succeed…

Association Advocacy Chick

One of my points highlighted a lack of government relations programming. One of my first AAC blog posts discussed the ASAE’s 2010 annual meeting and what I learned from it. Knowing that more than a few of my GR colleagues attend annual as well as association executives prepping for the CAE exam, I felt that we were being shortchanged. So, I did what anyone in my position would’ve done: I decided to submit a proposal for 2011.

Giving Congress a political makeover

Association Advocacy Chick

Uncategorized compromise Congress government politicsWelcome to 2013 where we just witnessed the 113th Congress being sworn in. There’s a lot to celebrate. There are 95 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshmen ready to change the world for the better. For the first time ever, we’ll have 20 women serving in the Senate. The House of Representatives is the most diverse we seen in a long time.

Fake your way to the top

Association Advocacy Chick

I have this running fear/joke that I will be found out as a fraud as far as Government Relations is concerned. Lance Armstrong admitted he lied about doping during his illustrious cycling career. Manti Te’o is either the victim or the perpetrator of a hoax involving a non-existent girlfriend. Recent media coverage on these popular athletes has forced us all to take another look at what’s real and what’s not.

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When it comes to advocacy, don’t ignore Gen Y

Association Advocacy Chick

Who’s featured in your government relations communications? The following post is a reprint of a guest post I did for XYZ University in September 2012. A special thanks to Sarah Sladek for allowing me to participate! Go to virtually any association’s website and you will find advocacy listed as a membership benefit. Is it really a benefit? Which of your members would rank advocacy among their top five reasons for joining your association?

The Case for Innovation in Advocacy

Association Advocacy Chick

This is why innovation is necessary for association government relations. I am not an innovator. Correction: I have been convinced that I cannot be an innovator. If you were to play word association with advocacy , I’m sure innovation is not the word you’d come up with. But why is that? Many associations insist that it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Having a lasting impact

Association Advocacy Chick

Reed led the federal government relations office during my first six years at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He made sure my dues to ASAE and the Washington Government Relations Group were included in his budget. The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.? – Benjamin Disraeli. The quote above is the perfect description of Reed Franklin.

The great and not-so-great from ASAE11

Association Advocacy Chick

Outside of Ignite, my two favs were the Build and Coordinate Government Relations Advocacy and the Tips and Tricks from Association Mobile Warriors sessions. Both were packed and generated great conversation which leads me to… Not so great – the continued lack of Government Relations sessions. However, if we need to know Government Relations to earn a CAE, it must be important right?

Power to the people!

Association Advocacy Chick

how many people it would affect, the cost to government to implement, etc…). Recently, the Congressional Management Foundation released a survey of congressional staffers and their thoughts on advocacy. The results were quite interesting. Among the findings, the survey identified the most important factor that influences an undecided Member of Congress. No, not the lobbyist or the media. It’s the legislator’s constituent.

When no turns into something great

Association Advocacy Chick

This is a much riskier proposition than my proposal which called for a three-person panel talking about government relations. . I’m a Beyoncé fan. She’s a great singer who knows the meaning of showmanship. As a fan, I’m not in love with her new record, but I have develop a fondness for her current radio hit Best Thing I Never Had. The song tells of the virtues of finding out that the love of your life was a complete jerk before it was too late.

Just what do you do all day?

Association Advocacy Chick

After 10+ years of doing government relations for associations, there’s still confusion over what exactly I do on a daily basis whether I’m talking to my friends or my coworkers. A few weeks ago, my mom told me about a conversation she had with one of her friends. The friend asked, ”Just what does Stefanie do for a living?” ” Her response? “I’m not exactly sure.” ” . Thanks, Mom.

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Why this advocacy chick has her CAE

Association Advocacy Chick

I’ve had similar conversations with a few of my government relations colleagues who question their need to earn the CAE. It’s true that association executives should know something about government relations. However, what’s the benefit of earning the CAE to the government relations professional? A few years ago, I was talking to a colleague about ASAE when the topic of the CAE came up. When asked if I was going to sit for the exam, I said no.

Association lobbyists: Congress is kicking our butts when it comes to social media

Association Advocacy Chick

And yet, many association government relations offices are promoting their work on Capitol Hill or in the State legislatures with a 4-page double-sided hard copy biannual newsletter that, quite honestly, very few people read. Say what you will about Congress. You can’t deny that the institution has embraced some form of social media. Members of Congress have their own Facebook pages. Congressional committees use Twitter to promote upcoming hearings.

What ASAE10 meant to me

Association Advocacy Chick

Dear ASAE, you may be shocked to learn that association lobbyists and other government relations professionals attend the annual meeting. The catalyst for this blog came from my experiences at ASAE’s annual meeting in LA. Here are some of my professional and personal takeaways from this meeting. Technology and social media continues to improve the annual meeting experience.

Implementing Website Governance for Associations

Vanguard Tech

Shane has over 15 years'' experience in Web Governance & online operations. As author of the first practical guide to Web Governance ("The Website Manager''s Handbook"), Shane has also been published by A List Apart, Smartinsights & Forrester Research.

Guest Post: Personalization Requires Reflection and Governance

Vanguard Tech

As digital communications mature and competition on web and mobile increases, we see more personalized digital experiences—sites and apps that seem to know us and be able to deliver just what we want and need. So what does that mean for you?

Business Roundtable Governance Guidelines Add Diversity Focus

Associations Now

This year’s edition of a key governance document for corporate boards recommends, for the first time, that diversity be made a priority to bring new perspectives and backgrounds to the boardroom.

Blockchain Stakeholders Gather to Forge Governance Strategy

Associations Now

An array of figures in the digital-currency space—led by a prominent Canadian technologist—recently met to talk governance of the blockchain, a topic stakeholders have famously struggled with when searching for common ground.

With New Administration, Government Communications Group Reasserts Members’ Role

Associations Now

The National Association of Government Communicators issued a public reminder of its members’ roles and responsibilities as the administration transitions and several federal agencies have restricted their communications.

Government Shutdown: What It Means for Nonprofits

Associations Now

From determining how to pay staff to facing increased demand for their services, nonprofits that rely on government funding are going to feel the effects of the federal shutdown no matter how long it lasts. When government stops, payments aren’t delayed only to nonprofits.

[Cool Infographic Friday] How Government Agencies Use Twitter and Facebook


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Governance is governance; management is management

SCD Group

A few weeks ago, association management thought leader and AMC owner Michael LoBue shared an article titled Governance is Governance , a speech Kenneth Dayton delivered to the Independent Sector meeting in 1987. A couple of highlights: Governance (trusteeship) is NOT management.

Government Shutdown: What It Means for Meetings

Associations Now

While a government shutdown will negatively affect how visitors experience Washington, DC, we want to let the public know: DC is open for business,” said Elliott L. Associations with events scheduled in venues owned or operated by the federal government may be forced to find another location.

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The Case for Training Staff on Governance

Associations Now

OK; describe governance that way and the question answers itself. What does your organization do educate your staffers about your board structure, or train them for governance work? The post The Case for Training Staff on Governance appeared first on Associations Now