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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Fundraising Luncheon 
(ticketed event)
Monday, April 4
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Michael Steele
Political Analyst for Fox News & MSNBC and Former Chair of the Republican National Committee

A self-described Lincoln Republican, Michael S. Steele earned a place in history in 2003 when he became the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland.

Michael Steele is President and CEO of The Steele Group, a company he formed in 1999. The Steele Group works with institutional and individual clients to design overall business development, investor, networking, and communications strategies. Presently, Mr. Steele is a political analyst for MSNBC. Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and analyst have long been showcased by his position as a contributor on the Fox News Channel and as a regular host for the Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated Morning in America Show. Additionally, Mr. Steele has been an entertaining and eloquent guest on cable political talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central’s Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Mr. Steele’s personal and political experiences coupled with his engaging speaking style have launched him into national prominence. Mr. Steele regularly shares his personal story and political philosophy with a wide variety of audiences. Most recently, Michael. Steele served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (2009 – 2011). As chairman of the RNC, Mr. Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican Party.

Washington Briefing Breakfast Speakers

(speakers coming soon)

Conference Sessions 

NLBMDA/WDMA/NWDA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction

Monday, April 4
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

The joint networking reception is the perfect time to meet new business associates and catch up with old ones. Not only will you be able to participate in a relaxed and fun social event, you will be able to make an impact on the industry’s legislative initiatives by participating in the evening’s silent auction benefiting NLBMDA’s and WDMA’s advocacy efforts. To donate an item, please check the box on your registration form and a staff member will follow up with you.

Washington Briefing Breakfast
Tuesday, April 5
7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

The annual Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature keynote remarks from two Members of Congress, who will give insight on what it takes to effectively communicate the message of the industry during Capitol Hill visits and back at home. They will also provide an overview of the current atmosphere on the Hill and in the Obama administration.

Issue Briefing

Tuesday, April 5
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Your association government relations staff will review the specific talking points to help you to effectively communicate the industry’s position on key issues during the Capitol Hill and federal agency visits. During this session staff will answer any questions that you may and provide tips on hoe to get our message across clearly and effectively.

Capitol Hill and Federal Agency Visits
Tuesday, April 5                 Wednesday, April 6
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Your elected officials rely on feedback from their constituents to keep them apprised of the economic climate and to provide real-world feedback on how legislative actions impact employers and jobs in their communities. In addition, federal agency officials often do not get to hear from the business people that their proposed regulations will impact directly. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and/or meet with federal agency representatives to discuss industry issues and concerns.

Capitol Hill Legislative Reception
Tuesday, April 5
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Following visits to Capitol Hill offices, share your thoughts on your Congressional visits with your friends and colleagues at the annual Legislative Reception.  Members of Congress and their key staff members are also invited to attend and it serves as a perfect way to show appreciation for our supporters on Capitol Hill.