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Advocacy@Work

March 15-17, 2020 | Washington, DC
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The Advocacy@Work Experience

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Advocacy Training: Find Your Voice

Roll up your sleeves at Advocacy@Work and learn how to develop and use your voice to change workplace public policy at the national, state, and local levels. You’ll learn from subject matter experts and Capitol Hill veterans how to craft structured arguments that can be applied to advocating on the hill and on the job.

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Advocacy Day: Elevating HR

On Advocacy Day, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to elevate the HR profession by letting Members of Congress know, in person, how pending workplace legislation directly affects you as an HR professional, your workplaces and your communities. This rewarding day will benefit both your organization and the entire HR profession. 

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Develop Relationships

You will build a strong network among advocates in the HR field—keeping you on the pulse of the latest issues, trends and resources in the HR policy space.

Boundless Connections
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2020 SPEAKERS

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Adrienne Schweer [More Info]
Fellow
Bipartisan Policy Center
Adrienne Schweer is a BPC fellow and leads its Paid Family Leave Task Force. A Nebraska native, Schweer first came to Washington, D.C., to work for then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, following many years of working in campaigns, including those of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). After her years of service on Capitol Hill, Schweer joined the rock star Bono’s non-profit organization, The ONE Campaign, where she led partnership strategy and advocacy in support of African development, including maternal and child health. From 2014 to 2017, Schweer served as chief of protocol to Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Ashton Carter, and Jim Mattis in the Pentagon. During her tenure, she proposed and led creative new initiatives to raise the profile and advance the priorities of the Secretary of Defense, including creating a partnership with the World Economic Forum; organizing the Counter ISIS Coalition meetings; and helping roll out a 12-week paid maternity leave policy for the military. In 2015, Schweer started a non-profit organization, Family Leave Works, to find bipartisan solutions to paid family leave. She has worked across the aisle to shape policy and helped corporations elevate stories of how paid family leave is good for business. In 2018, she helped BPC stand up the first bipartisan Paid Family Leave Task Force. She and her husband have three young daughters and a son. Schweer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
 
Betsy Lawrence [More Info]
Counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
House Judiciary Committee
Betsy Lawrence is Counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship of the House Judiciary Committee. Prior to this, she served as Director of Government Relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC where she directed AILA’s agency and legislative advocacy efforts surrounding immigration benefits issues with an emphasis on employment-based immigration. Prior to joining AILA in 2008, she was an associate attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale in San Francisco where she represented clients with respect to all matters involving immigration and nationality law (business, family, asylum, removal defense). She has also served as an editor on several editions of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, as well as the 2010-11 Edition of AILA’s Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law. She earned her JD from the University of San Francisco and is admitted to practice in California.
 
Camille Olson [More Info]
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Camille is a partner at Seyfarth, co-chair of its National Complex Litigation practice group, and national chair of its Complex Discrimination Litigation practice group. She serves on the firm's National Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee and is the past national chair of the Labor & Employment practice department. Since 2013, Camille has served as chair of the US Chamber of Commerce's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Subcommittee. For nearly 30 years, she has represented companies nationwide in all areas of litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and harassment, wage-and-hour matters, and independent contractor status.

Throughout the last decade, Camille has regularly appeared before the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, the EEOC, and the US Department of Labor on her own behalf (because of her extensive experience in various fields), and on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management. In these capacities, she has provided the business perspective on proposed legislation to amend the following laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the application of white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. During the Bush Administration, Camille served as the employer spokesperson to the Department of Labor, advising Labor Secretary Elaine Chao on significant wage-and-hour matters.

 
Charlie Cook [More Info]
Editor and publisher; columnist
The Cook Political Report; the National Journal
Charlie Cook is widely considered to be one of the nation’s most respected and impartial analyst of American politics, elections and political trends. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, columnist for National Journal, political analyst for NBC News and co-author of the upcoming 2020 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, Charlie’s prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. Deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, he produces the sharpest and most impartial political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics. Cook’s expertise receives endless praise. The New York Times called him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both Parties regard as authoritative.” The Washington Post said he is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” and the Washingtonian called him “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.” With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Charlie Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way, leaving audiences with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.
 
Frederick S. Humphries Jr. [More Info]
Corporate Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Responsibilities/Contributions – Fred Humphries is Corporate Vice President of U.S Government Affairs for Microsoft. Under his leadership, U.S. Government Affairs provides expertise in policy, outreach, political engagement, and government affairs that helps advance the company’s advocacy goals.

 

Humphries is Microsoft’s chief public policy advocate internally and externally on all aspects of federal, state and civic affairs. He sets the company’s strategy and government affairs outreach on the most pressing policy issues facing the technology industry including cloud computing, taxes, privacy, trade, cyber security, education, immigration, and emerging technologies.  He also communicates with policymakers on Microsoft’s leadership role in fostering economic and job opportunities in the U.S.

 

In 2000, Humphries joined Microsoft as Director of State Governmental Affairs, building a team responsible for outreach to our nation’s governors, mayors and local elected officials in every state capital.  In that position, Humphries integrated on-the-ground state advocacy work into Microsoft’s overall corporate strategy, in coordination with the public sector, policy and lobbying teams.  He was promoted to Microsoft’s Managing Director of U.S. Government Affairs in 2009 and Corporate Vice President in 2015.

 

Education – Humphries received a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College.

Affiliations – He proudly serves on the boards of numerous non-profit and public service organizations including Temple University Beasley School of Law, WETA Board of Trustees, Information Technology Industry Council, The Information Technology Industry Foundation, Internet Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Martha’s Table Leadership Council, Software.org, Ford’s Theatre Board of Governors and the USTR Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. 

Family/Other Interests – Humphries resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Kim. They have two adult children.

 
Meg O'Connell, PHR [More Info]
CEO & President
Global Disability Inclusion
Ms. O’Connell is the CEO & President of Global Disability Inclusion. She is an internationally recognized disability employment expert with over 20 years of experience in human capital management, talent acquisition, performance management, disability inclusion, employee engagement, marketing and customer service programs. Ms. O’Connell provides strategic program design and implementation of disability employment and inclusion programs for Global 500 companies, US Federal Contractors, colleges and universities, non-profits, and foundations. Prior to founding Global Disability Inclusion, Ms. O’Connell was Vice President at The National Organization on Disability where she designed and led their national consulting practice, Bridges to Business, providing disability inclusion expertise to Fortune 500 companies. She was the lead architect of the first ever disability assessment tool, The Disability Employment Tracker, and led the analysis of the first data captured on employee engagement of people with disabilities. Ms. O’Connell also spent ten years at the premier consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. She was a member of the firm’s People Strategy team and led several large-scale talent management projects and diversity & inclusion efforts that transformed business operations for her clients. While at Booz Allen, Ms. O’Connell developed and led their employee resource group for employees with disabilities, and won Booz Allen’s Global Diversity Award for Individual Contributor. Booz Allen was also one of the first recipients of the New Freedom Initiative Award for their disability employment programs. Her work has received numerous accolades including the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Innovative Practice Award. She has been quoted in Diversity Executive magazine, The Huffington Post, DiverseAbility and numerous trade magazines for her insights on employment of people with disabilities. She keynotes and presents at national conferences regularly. Ms. O’Connell holds a certificate in ADA Mediation and she is also conversationally proficient in American Sign Language. A few of O’Connell’s notable clients have included Aetna, Arrow Electronics, Cummins, HBO, JLL, Lowe’s, NCR, Open Society Foundations, P&G, The Poses Family Foundation, Starbucks, Toys R Us, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Understood 4 All, IRS and the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. O’Connell is a board member of the United States International Council on Disabilities, which serves to promote global equality for persons with disabilities and is working to promote and ratify the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is also an expert resource to The Valuable 500, a global organization working with CEOs to include disability on their board agendas
 
Meredith Singer [More Info]
Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive
IBM Corporation

Meredith Singer is a Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive for IBM, where she serves as a Capitol Hill and federal agency lobbyist. She is responsible for advancing IBM’s legislative and regulatory priorities in human resources policy, ie., immigration, diversity/LGBT+, paid leave, labor/employment, healthcare and retirement. 

 

She regularly lobbies U.S. and foreign embassy officials; interfaces with senior company leadership; builds consensus, creates and executes strategies for all U.S. HR policy priorities in close coordination with IBM’s myriad business units here and abroad; writes legislative language, Congressional testimony and regulatory comments; and actively creates and leads many coalitions and trade associations.  She also manages both grassroots and grasstops policy campaigns and communications.  In addition, Meredith has managed IBM’s advocacy for nationwide intelligent transportation and automotive solutions, as well as appropriations for basic research at federal agencies, such as NIST, NSF and DoE.

 

She currently chairs the US Chamber of Commerce’s Immigration Committee; is a board member of the Public Leadership Education Network; is an advisory board member of the Coalition for the American Dream; and is on the Executive Committee of Compete America, among other positions. 

 

Meredith has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from The George Washington University. She also is an internationally certified Les Mills™ BODYPUMP instructor.

 
Scott Stump [More Info]
Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Prior to assuming the role of Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, Scott Stump served as the Chief Operating Officer with Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions provider devoted to helping individuals, organizations and corporations do good in the world. Before that, Scott served as the Assistant Provost/State Director for Career & Technical Education (CTE) with the Colorado Community College System. Over his tenure with the system Stump also served as State FFA Advisor, Agriculture Program Director and interim President of Northeastern Junior College during the institution’s presidential search process.

During his seven-year tenure as a State CTE Director, Scott served as an officer in the National Association of State Directors of Career & Technical Education. Through this role, he served on the National SkillsUSA Board of Directors as the NASDCTEc liaison.

Stump served two terms on the Prairie RE11-J school board and one year on the Colorado Association of School Boards Board of Directors.

Stump received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Purdue University and taught at Manchester High School in North Central Indiana. Before coming to Colorado he also worked for the National FFA Organization managing the national officer team and the national FFA convention. In May of 2018, Stump completed his Master of Business Administration through Western Governor’s University.

 
Steve Clemons [More Info]
Editor at large
The Hill
Steve Clemons is Editor at Large of The Hill, America's most read political media publication. Clemons is also host of the weekly Al Jazeera show on American politics and global issues, The Bottom Line. Previously, Clemons served as Editor at Large of The Atlantic and has been a long time politics and economic issues contributor to MSNBC. He is proprietor of the popular political blog, The Washington Note. He also founded and serves as Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation where he previously served as Executive Vice President. Prior to this, Clemons served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, was Senior Economic & International Affairs Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman, and was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center, now re-named the Center for National Interest. Clemons serves on the advisory boards of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College and of the Eastern European national security think tank, GLOBSEC.
 
Trisha Zulic [More Info]
CEO
Efficient Edge HR & Business Services, Inc.

Trisha Zulic is a resourceful and goal-oriented senior business leader with extensive human resource and operations experience.  Her experience includes serving as an HR Director, COO, Director of Operations and as a HR Department of One. Trisha is a subject matter expert in centralized HR, multi-location HR functions, business metrics and strategy.  She has authored and taught such courses as Keys to Success, a leadership training-moving from a manager to a leader, and Think like a COO, walking participants through leaderships thought process of decision making, short and long-term expectations and deliverables for most businesses.

Trisha is SHRM-SCP certified and holds her SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential. Through her company, Trisha provides human resource, business and training services to multiple companies with emphasis and expertise in leadership development, harassment avoidance, HR in California, anti-bullying and diversity.

 

 
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2019 Schedule

Plan Your Experience

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Sunday, March 15, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:45 pmOpening Remarks and Washington Update
5:30 pm - 8:30 pmWelcome to Washington Rooftop Reception
 
Monday, March 16, 2020
7:00 am - 8:00 amState Networking Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:45 amInspiring Others Through Storytelling
10:00 am - 11:30 amThe New Roadmap to Talent: Leveraging Workforce Development Policy, Education, and Employer Innovation
10:00 am - 11:30 amWorkplace Equity for a New Era
11:45 am - 12:45 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLet's Get to the Heart of Workplace Health Care
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmTick Tock: Is Now the Time for Paid Family Leave?
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmWorkplace Immigration Reform: Why YOUR Voice Matters
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmBuilding Your Policy Network*
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmPersuading Your Representative*
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmTelling Your Workplace Story*
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmBuilding Your Policy Network
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmPersuading Your Representative
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmTelling Your Workplace Story
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFireside Chat and Reception
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
7:00 am - 8:00 amBreakfast On Your Own
9:30 am - 1:00 pmAdvocacy@Work on Capitol Hill
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