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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Fundraising Luncheon 
(ticketed event)
Monday, March 27
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Matt K. Lewis
Political Commentator, Author, and Editor

Matt K. Lewis is a CNN political commentator and author of the book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).

He is also a senior contributor for the Daily Caller, a contributing editor for TheWeek.com, and a regular columnist for the Daily Beast. Previously, Matt served as a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily, and before that as a blogger for Townhall.com.

RightWingNews named Matt one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The American Conservative Union named him the 2012 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Business Insider named Matt one of the 50 “Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To Between Now And The Election” in 2011. Additionally, the Young Conservatives Coalition’s selected Matt as a recipient of their second annual “Buckley Award” in 2011.

Matt’s work has also appeared in outlets such as GQ, POLITICO, and the Guardian — and he has been quoted or cited by major media outlets including New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Associated Press. As a commentator, Matt has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, ABC’s Nightline, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.


Washington Briefing Breakfast Speakers

(Speakers Coming Soon)


Conference Sessions 

Policy Issue Breakout Sessions
Monday, March 27
2:45 p.m.
5:15 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts and insiders in the field about some of the pressing policy issues impacting the industry and how they might be addressed by the 115th Congress and the new Trump Administration.  You will have the opportunity to engage with speakers and share your viewpoints as well.

NLBMDA/WDMA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction
Monday, March 27
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, March 28
7:00 a.m. – 8:45 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 new Trump administration.

Issue Briefing
s
Tuesday, March 28
9:00 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, March 28             Wednesday, March 29
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, March 28
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. 

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