GAIN members had the opportunity to grab breakfast with Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) and hear his thoughts on 116th Congress. Thank you to Barnes & Thornburg for sponsoring and The Prenda Group for co-hosting!
GAIN hosted a wine tasting + networking reception with local wine expert Logan Misean. Attendees tasted six different mid-tier wines that can be found in any normal wine store or supermarket. The event also feature charcuterie boards to help Ms. Misean coach attendees on how to pair a variety of foods with different wines. Special thanks to The Yards for providing the venue!
It’s already been a full summer here at GAIN! Thanks to the help and generosity of our many sponsors, we’ve been able to host a variety of fun and impactful events since the season began – events that both the GAIN Team and our incredible network are still raving about.
George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) and the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) have entered their first year of partnership, providing professional development and educational programming opportunities to government affairs professionals across the nation.
The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) hosted its first ever “speed mentoring” event last Thursday, March 29th, teaching attendees on the fly how to effectively grow and develop their government relations careers here in Washington, DC. Thursday’s function was the second event put on by GAIN Mentors so far in 2018, whose focus is on pairing newcomers of the government affairs space with seasoned veterans of the industry.
On March 7th, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) partnered with the Grassroots Professional Network (GPN) and the NALEO Education Fund in cooperation with the Congressional Tri-Caucus Staff Associations to host its kickoff reception for the series, “Diversity In Advocacy: A Discussion to Progress the Workplace.” Over 100 government affairs, grassroots professionals, and Hill staff gathered at the unique AURA Lounge DC to connect over conversations regarding diversity in the advocacy profession. Keynote speaker, Rhonda Foxx, Chief of Staff, Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) spoke about the importance of having diversity in Capitol Hill and her ongoing support for hiring people of color into key positions. GAIN would like to thank the Grassroots Professional Network for helping co-host this amazing event and AURA Lounge for the amazing venue, and all the attendees to make this event a success.
On Friday, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) partnered with the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) to host the Mentor Committee’s first DC Decorum event of 2018 – GAINing Confidence: Professional Protocol & Dining Etiquette Workshop. Generously hosted by George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, the event was a half-day workshop on the art of business etiquette, designed to give attendees the knowledge to act with confidence in any business situation. GAIN would like to thank PLEN for co-hosting this fantastic event with us, as well as George Washington University for hosting us in such a gorgeous venue. We look forward to teaming up with PLEN and GWU again in the future.
On January 18th, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) partnered with the House Chiefs of Staff Alumni Association (HCOSAA) to host its first Third Thursday Happy Hour of 2018. The event was a wild success, with over 100 government affairs folks in attendance to enjoy some incredible drinks, appetizers, and conversation. GAIN would like to thank the House Chiefs of Staff Alumni Association for helping us co-host this amazing event, Crimson Diner for providing such an amazing backdrop, and of course all of our wonderful GAIN participants for helping make GAIN and our events a success. We look forward to teaming up with the HCOSAA for more events!
The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) gathered on December 8 to learn about fly-ins. A fly-in can be one of the most effective ways to motivate advocates and get your message across to Capitol Hill. It can also be one of the most stressful experiences of your career—or possibly even your life. Special thanks to our sponsor and host, Stephanie Vance of Advocacy Associates and our speakers, Monika Geraci, Recreational Vehicles Industry Association, Matt Wright, Children’s Hospital Association and Randy Ford, National Write Your Congressman.
On Thursday, November 16, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) hosted its quarterly Third Thursday networking reception at Tadich Grill in Penn Quarter to benefit Thrive DC. Thrive works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives. GAIN is proud to announce having raised $3,200 for the organization thanks to generous sponsors Coalescent, Crowdskout, Grant Thornton, MetLife, Phone2Action and The Showalter Group. In keeping with the spirit of Inclusively Connecting DC, the event saw many new faces from the Thrive community, Capitol Hill, K Street and more, as well as familiar folks who were happy to welcome them. Thanks to the top-notch hospitality from the staff at Tadich, guests enjoyed delicious food and beverage over impactful conversations.
On October 30, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) partnered with Venable LLP to host a state affairs panel focused on recent tax and healthcare reform efforts. This event was part of a series of discussions highlighting the relationship between federal and state policy issues and their impacts on communities and businesses across the country. This panel focused on the impacts of tax and healthcare reform efforts in the states. Moderated by former Senator Mark Pryor, panelists Alex Hendrie, Americans for Tax Reform; Max Behlke, National Conference of State Legislatures; Brian Bowden, National Association of Counties; and Julian Hoffman, National Safety Council, shared their insights on how healthcare and tax reform impact state budgets. GAIN would like to give a big thanks to our sponsor, Venable LLP, and to our panelists for sharing their insights with us!
The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) and Brad Traverse Jobs were excited to come together on the first event in our new series focused on one mission: to help you find the right job in DC. After the workshop, attendees stayed for a panel discussion on navigating the DC job market. Panelists, including Brad Traverse with Brad Traverse Jobs, Brent Sullivan with Time On The Hill, Carla Lochiatto with ASAE, and Mark Arnone with AskNot LLC, provided tips and insights on how to find the right jobs in government affairs, on the Hill and with a federal department or agency. If you were unable to make this panel, you can watch it here.GAIN would like to thank The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management for sponsoring this event, Brad Traverse for cohosting, and our fantastic panelists and resume reviewers. If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry! We are planning more of these for 2018, so please stay tuned!
The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) hosted its first ever “speed training” workshop on Thursday, October 19th, focusing on the must-dos and don’ts of dealing with the media, how to professionally and effectively converse with reporters, and generally how to control the narrative through both positive and problematic press coverage. The event was the third of GAIN Mentors ‘D.C. Decorum’ workshop series, centered on the proper – yet distinctive – methods of conduct sure to set you apart from the crowd in Washington. GAIN would like to extend a special thank you to Levick for generously hosting us AND teaching a workshop and to Unfoldfor being the official sponsor of GAIN Mentors.
The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) gathered at the offices of Clark Hill PLC last Thursday, October 12th to learn about the current state of tax reform efforts on Capitol Hill and the overall outlook for getting a tax reform bill through the 115th Congress from a panel of tax policy experts. The panel was the latest event in GAIN’s ‘Hot Topics in Public Policy’ series, which facilitates discussion regarding legislative and regulatory developments by bringing together thought leaders to discuss state-of-play, insights, and intel on current affairs.Special thanks to our panelists and moderator, our incredible host, Clark Hill, our co-sponsor, Quorum Analytics, and of course our devoted audience for making this event a success.
On September 26th, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) partnered with CQ Roll Call to host our inaugural event in the “Advocacy from A-Y” series. “Advocacy from A-Y” is a professional development series directed towards current and future lobbyists who are committed to learning more about becoming impactful advocates and building successful advocacy programs. This panel focused on approaching congressional staffers. Moderated by CQ Roll Call’s Kate Ackley, panelists Steve Taylor, Senior Vice President and Counsel for Public Policy for United Way, Katie Schubert, Chief Advocacy Officer of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Saat Alety, Legislative Assistant for Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC),and Kirk McPike, Chief of Staff for Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), shared insight on how to best get your message through to congressional staffers.
Thank you to our speakers and attendees for an informative and lively panel on “Future of Health Reform” by GAIN and SHPYP. With the Senate voting to begin consideration of reforms to the ACA only hours before, the panelists addressed the past, present, and future of healthcare reform efforts. Covering legislative, regulatory, and state-based policy initiatives and reforms facing Medicare, Medicaid, insurance marketplaces, access to healthcare, and numerous other topics on the minds of experts, our panelists provoked thoughtful questions and comments from each other and attendees. Special thank you to SHPYP for partnering with us on this great event!
The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) was thrilled to partner with PAC PALS and You Lobby Congress to host a well-attended networking event complete with congressional trivia on July 20, 2017. This “Third Thursday” event was a stellar success, and delivered a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with new people over the promise of winning the trivia game together. While some chose to mingle over the delicious beverages provided by Hill Country and our generous sponsors BillTrack 50, You Lobby Congress, Grant Thornton, PASS, and Quorum, others dove deeply into the competitive spirit as they clawed their way to victory. “I demand a recount!,” was the resounding cry from the team who was all-too-correct that they had, indeed, won top prize. Thank you to all the event organizers and sponsors, and most importantly our network, both loyal and new, for their continued support. We enjoy Inclusively Connecting DC with you!
The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) was honored to host Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-8) yesterday morning for this quarter’s Congressional Breakfast series; a recurring GAIN event that gives its attendees a chance to sit face to face with elected officials and discuss the pending issues of the day. Representative Bishop, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, shared his thoughts on tax reform, trade policy and healthcare. We at GAIN would like to thank Congressman Bishop, his staff, and all of our attendees for helping make this event a success. We would also like to thank the American Trucking Association who was generous enough to host this outstanding event at their offices, located at 430 1st St. SE near Cannon House Office Building.
Last night, the Government Affairs Industry Network and the Grassroots Professional Network joined forces to co-host our second joint event in celebration of the annual Congressional Baseball Game, a Washington tradition since 1909. This year’s game raised a record $1.2 million for charities such as the The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and others. The event was held at Top of the Yard in the Hampton Inn Washington DC — overlooking the Nationals Stadium and giving attendees a near perfect view of the ongoing baseball game below. Over 200 Government Affairs professionals from a variety of industries were in attendance, with over 400 on the waitlist. GAIN was also honored to have several Members of Congress, including Chairman Pete Sessions, stop in for a quick visit to show their support. We would like to extend a big thank you to these amazing legislators and their staffs for taking the time to stop in before the game. We’d also like to thank our event sponsors: Beekeeper Group, Advocacy Associates, Advocacy Day Assistant, Constituent Voice, andAIG for their generous support of yesterday’s event.
On a warm third Thursday in May, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) gathered on the second floor of Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar off Capitol Hill to connect with hill staffers and professionals working in the government affairs industry. Partnering with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, attendees enjoyed an evening of open bar, light appetizers, great discussion on all things energy policy, and, of course, networking aimed at Inclusively Connecting DC. Special thanks to our sponsor and co-host AFPM, and to our host Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar! GAIN is excited for our June ‘Third Thursday’ partnering with Grassroots Professionals Network (GPN), where we will enjoy the views of National Park before the Congressional Baseball game RSVP today here!
In an effort to work with the financial services industry to increase financial literacy in a changing economic environment, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) partnered with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) to co-host our signature “Third Thursday” networking reception focused on Inclusively Connecting DC on April 20, 2017. The event was held at Del Campo, where generous sponsors Financial Services Roundtable and Stand United provided guests with delicious food and beverage while they networked within the government affairs arena. Professionals from federal, state, local, international, regulatory, communications, vendor/product, advocacy, and compliance industries gathered to discuss policy and financial literacy issues while growing their personal and professional brands.
On Thursday, March 30, Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) kicked off their GAIN Mentors workshop series, ‘D.C. Decorum’, focusing on proper-yet-distinctive methods of conduct to help participants set themselves apart from the crowd in D.C.“Do you have a minute to discuss…” focused on navigating the internal Capitol Hill scheduling system. The four panelists included: Adam Wood, Policy Director at the Republican Main Street Partnership, Elyssa Malin, Healthcare Advisor for Congressman James Langevin, Tim D. Hysom, Chief of Staff for Congressman Alan Lowenthal, and Shana Teehan, Communications Director for Senator Luther Strange. Special thanks to Van Scoyoc Associates for hosting and Unfold, the sole sponsor of the GAIN Mentor program.
To celebrate President’s Day, the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) gathered at Hill Country BBQ for their signature Third Thursday networking Happy Hour. This month’s event invited attendees to mingle and network in order to fill their POTUS Bingo card – an activity aimed at encouraging networking outside of the box. This successful event was the perfect occasion for industry professionals to connect over policy, while growing a network with professionals from all stages of career and sectors within the Government Affairs industry. Special thanks to our sponsors, Inside Sources and Beekeeper Group for a wonderful event.
Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) was proud to host “How Congress Communicates” an insightful workshop presented by Echelon Insights Co-Founder, Patrick Ruffini. Mr. Ruffini gave an overview of Echelon’s research about how to effectively engage elected officials on social media. The study utilized a variety of research, including interviews with House Communications staffers to get their opinion on best practices regarding social media use and engagement. The key finding of the report for best practice in social media engagement was to “be authentic.” GAIN would like to thank LEVICK for providing the venue and the lunch!
Government affairs industry professionals gathered for GAIN’s monthly Third Thursday Networking event at Eighteenth Street Lounge in support of GAIN’s first charity fundraiser, on November 17th just before the Thanksgiving holiday. All funds raised through raffle ticket sales were donated to Bread for the City’s “Holiday Helpings” campaign. Raffle prizes included Redskins tickets with club level access, Washington Capitals tickets with club level access, and Brunch for Four at China Chilcano. GAIN would like to thank Jennifer Hinkle, Centurion Group DC, and Jesse Baker, Jose Andres, Rob Wilder & Think Food Group for their support and generous contributions to the raffle. GAIN would like to extend a special thank you to Samantha Hauser, Daryl Muller, and the rest of GAIN’s Networking Committee for making this event possible, as well as all who attended and supported the raffle! Please consider making a charitable contribution to Bread for the City’s “Holiday Helpings” Campaign to feed DC families in need during this holiday season.
With the 2016 election over, the upcoming months will be a time of major transition for professionals in the government affairs industry. GAIN’s “Life After the Election: Picking Up the Pieces” panel on November 15 featured prominent and experienced government affairs professionals who have had experiences transitioning through public and private sector careers. George McElwee of Commonwealth Strategic Partners, Warren Tryon of Capitol Counsel, Izzy Klein of Roberti Global and GAIN Advisory Board Member, Stephen Ward of VH Strategies, and John Chamberlain of KnowWho offered their insights and recommendations regarding post-election job opportunities and outcomes. Guided by moderator John Chamberlain, our panelists answered questions regarding the process of transition with the incoming administration and the ramifications of the election on the lobbying world. Additionally, panelists focused on the importance of building and maintaining relationships and the process of finding a new job.
As DC emerged from the annual August exodus and everyone returned to the daily grind, GAIN’s September “Third Thursday” Networking Reception was the hottest event in town on September 15th! Co-hosted with the Grassroots Professional Network (GPN) and Innovate To Motivate (I2M), government affairs industry professionals gathered on the beautiful rooftop of 900 G Street, forging new professional relationships and sharing industry insights and predictions for the coming months. Attendees included federal and state affairs professionals, advocacy and grassroots professionals, leaders in political and crisis communications, industry vendors, and Hill staffers, as noted in Politico’s “Influence.” This event would not have been possible without support from the event’s host, Centurion Group DC and generous contributors including The Showalter Group, VoteSilo, GovPredict, and Sabio.
The Career Development Panel hosted yesterday evening by GAIN’s Mentor Committee at Beekeeper Group was a smash success! Moderator, Grace Boatright, of Unfold, kicked off the program with a high level of energy and enthusiasm around hearing what our distinguished panelists had to impart to our attendees. Over the course of the evening, the intimate group covered everything from meaningful networking to grit and burnout.
The first official Advisory Board meeting of the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) brought together a wide range of professionals in advocacy to shape the future of the organization. We passed our bylaws, elected leadership, and discussed how we plan to impact our industry. We are excited to soon announce a number of valuable programs in the works as we continue to determine the details. We look forward to working with the Network to grow and develop our Committees, and are excited to engage with new participants. If you are interested in becoming more active within GAIN, please contact us and let us know how you would like to get involved.
Thanks to the over 250 people who attended the Filibuster & Festivities event on April 21 at the SunTrust building. We were excited by the turnout, and glad that we were able to announce our formation of the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) to such a supportive and receptive crowd. We would like to offer a special word of thanks to our co-hosts, the Grassroots Professional Network (GPN) for their amazing help in organizing and facilitating this successful endeavor. And to our generous, wonderful sponsors: thank you! We could not have made this event successful without you. Shout out to Advocacy Day Assistant, Beekeeper Group, CQ Roll CallCygnal, GovPredict, KnowWho, L2 Political, Rap Index, Soft Edge, and Vox Global for your valuable support.