Government Relations Workshop – October 4-5, 2023

Government Relations Workshop Agenda

Day 1 – October 4, 2023

Arrival and Informal Networking

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop Introduction and Working Luncheon

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

  • Lunch provided by McAllister & Quinn.
  • Introduction to the Workshop by John McAllister, Managing Partner of McAllister & Quinn.

Why What Happens In Washington, D.C. Matters To Your Institution

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Presenters: John McAllister, Managing Partner and Jennifer Taylor, Director of Grants and Federal Affairs
  • Create a brand for your college or university in Washington, D.C.
  • Understand recent federal funding trends.
  • Overview of Congressionally Directed Spending (“earmarks”).
  • Control your own narrative: higher education messaging on Capitol Hill.

Break

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Coffee and snacks provided by McAllister & Quinn.

Earmarks Part 1: What You Need To Know About Funding

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Presenters: John McAllister, Managing Partner and Ellen Riddleberger, Senior Vice President of the Non-Profit Practice
  • Learn about successful projects selected for Congressionally Directed Spending.

Earmarks Part 2: What You Need To Know About The Approach

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Presenters: John McAllister, Managing Partner and Ellen Riddleberger, Senior Vice President of the Non-Profit Practice
  • Develop an understanding on how to approach your Member of Congress with an earmark project.
  • Learn about the federal appropriations process and timeline.

Day 2 – October 5, 2023

Government Relations 101 – Breakfast Session

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

  • Breakfast provided by McAllister & Quinn.
  • Facilitator: John McAllister, Managing Partner
  • Presenter: Libby Foley, Managing Director of Federal Affairs, Research Universities Practice, McAllister & Quinn
  • Learn how decisions are made in a congressional office.
  • Develop and leverage your relationships with DC and district staff.
  • Ask questions of a former congressional staffer.

Break

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Earmark Strategy Session – Breakout Groups

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

  • Facilitators: McAllister & Quinn staff with congressional experience
  • Work with experts to formulate a concrete earmark project for your institution.
  • Develop a schedule for connecting with your congressional delegation and advocate for your project.

Break

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Federal Grant Opportunities

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Presenters: John McAllister
  • Overview of selected federal grant opportunities for institutions of higher education.
  • How and when can your congressional representatives assist with federal grants?

Concluding Thoughts and Questions – Luncheon

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

  • Lunch provided by McAllister & Quinn.
  • Review the importance of being involved in government relations.
  • Discuss strategies that can help your institution achieve its funding goals.