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Government Relations Executives Council

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Government’s involvement in the economy, specifically, and society, in general, has grown enormously in recent years.  As a result, so has the role – and the skill set required - of government relations executives. In the past, company lobbyists were akin to a door to door salesman “selling” preferred government policies one-on-one to government officials on behalf of their employers. Today’s government affairs executive does that and much, much more.  He or she must be a strategist, a political analyst and a communications expert. More than advocating policy, a government affairs executive must manage his or her organization’s entire reputation among stakeholders who can make or break a company with the stroke of a pen.

This Council is dedicated to helping its members rise to the growing challenges of their evolving profession. Among the topics on which the Council focuses are:

  • Legislative and regulatory strategy
  • Political strategy
  • Communications strategies, including advertising, social media and traditional media relations
  • Grassroots advocacy
  • PAC management
  • Alliance building
  • Economic analysis
  • Identifying emerging political, economic and social trends
  • Quantifying and promoting the value of government relations internally

In sum, the Government Relations Council offers its members insights and knowledge that keep them at the leading edge of the professional expertise required to succeed in this increasingly critical corporate function.

  • AARP
  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Altria Group, Inc.
  • BASF Corporation
  • Bayer Corporation
  • CVS Health
  • CarMax
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Cheniere Energy
  • Cigna
  • Deere & Company
  • Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Fidelity Investments
  • FiscalNote
  • General Motors Company
  • HP Inc.
  • Home Depot Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • McCormick & Co., Inc.
  • McLane Company
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Otis Elevator Company
  • PSEG
  • Polaris Industries, Inc.
  • Prudential Financial Inc.
  • Quorum
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
  • Target Corporation
  • Texas Instruments Inc.
  • Twilio Inc.
  • University of Toronto
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
  • Walmart
  • Warner Music Group, Inc.
  • Williams Companies
  • Xerox Corporation
  • exxonmobil

Enduring relationships with trusted peers are the core of the Council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of Council membership. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

  • Collective problem solving that puts your issue on the agenda
  • Benchmarking through regular surveys of Council members about relevant company practices
  • Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from 125+ Councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies
  • Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resources

Senior government relations executives who run government relations offices or who have government relations as part of their job responsibilities. Membership is by invitation only.

Bill Black

Bill Black

Program Director, Government Relations & Executives Council
The Conference Board
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Why join the Government Relations Executives Council?

One real advantage of the council is that its size is smaller in scope so you really get to know the people that you are spending time with and really get to learn from them in a close knit environment.

Marc Scarduffa, Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Pfizer








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