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2019 Communications School Agenda

National Association of Government Communicators 2019 Communications School Agenda

TUESDAY, JUNE 25

ADVANCED TRAINING WORKSHOPS: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

3 Half-day workshops on topics such as, Crisis Communication, Communication Metrics, Leadership

ADVANCED TRAINING WORKSHOPS: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3 Half-day workshops on topics such as, Crisis Communication, Communication Metrics, Leadership


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

OPENING CEREMONIES, GENERAL SESSION: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome from President Chris O’Neil, plus opening Keynote.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions on topics such as, Media Relations, Face-to-Face Outreach, Web Design

LUNCH WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Speaker, TBA

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions on topics such as, Internal Communications, Writing Skills, Graphic Design

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions on topics such as, Case Studies, Leadership, Communication Planning
AWARDS RECEPTION 3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards and Communicator of the Year Presentation and Reception


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THURSDAY, JUNE 21

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING, GENERAL SESSION 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Installation of new officers, treasurer’s report, and Keynote Speaker, TBA

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Blood, Guts, and Glory – Employee Engagement at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions on topics such as, Media Relations, Face-to-Face Outreach, Web Design

LUNCH AND GENERAL SESSION 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker, TBA

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions on topics such as, Crisis Communication, Web Design, Plain Language

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Networking Social for Federal; State; Local, Regional, and Tribal

CLOSING SESSION: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker and Topic, TBA


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Aaron Lavallee

Aaron is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has over 15 years of communications and management experience in both eh public and private sectors. He holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. He has worked on a variety of political campaigns and also ran for the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2004, losing by just 39 votes.