On November 11, I will be a presenter at the 8th annual Professional Women in Advocacy (PWIA) Conference. This year’s conference features twenty-five breakout sessions covering topics in Communications, Political Action Committees & Grassroots, Federal & State Government Relations and Professional Development.
Women in Government Relations (WGR) is the premier, non-partisan professional society for those who have responsibilities and interests in the field of government relations and/or public affairs. Founded in 1975, WGR has over 1200 members at every career level of government relations representing a wide array of private, non-profit and public sector organizations. The Professional Women in Advocacy conference theme is “Extraordinary Women – the everyday superheroes among us” Women advocates are the unsung heroes of public policy.
I, along with two other women will be featured in the My Superpower: 50 States, 1 Person session discussing what it means to lead a national government affairs program. In addition to answering questions from the audience, our panel will cover topics including advocacy pre- and post-COVID-19, issues facing the states, coalition and association work, the upcoming elections, and more.
I am honored to have been selected as a speaker and look forward to sharing insights and lessons from my twenty-three years working in Government Affairs with GCSAA. As the Director of the Government Affairs team, my role is overseeing the association’s legislative and regulatory activity according to our biannual, Board-approved Priority Issues Agenda. Our current Priority Issues are COVID-19, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fertilizers, Labor and Immigration, Pesticides, Value of Golf, and Water Management which are addressed through various programs at the local, state, and federal level.
As a team, our department manages programs such as the GCSAA Grassroots Ambassadors, Advocacy Teams, and GCSAAPAC with the mission of helping the golf course management industry protect and defend its interests. We also engage in collaborative work on coalitions such as We Are Golf, the golf industry-wide alliance advocating for the game’s best interests which hosts our annual National Golf Day event in Washington, D.C.
GCSAA’s Government Affairs team works passionately to ensure that the voice of our members and our industry are heard at all levels of government. I am thrilled to share our passion with other extraordinary women in advocacy at the PWIA Conference and look forward to learning more about advocacy from other presenters.
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