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Sunday, July 29 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Closing Plenary - Winning the Influence Game: Insider Strategies for Making a Difference for Animals

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Lobbyists and special interests know how to move the notoriously inert Congress to action – and believe it or not, this can be done ethically, honestly and without bribery.  Join Stephanie Vance, Advocacy Guru and author of The Influence Game, in a fast-paced, energetic session that will help you get to “yes” with policymakers and their staff.  We’ll look at several of the animal-welfare movement’s battle-tested strategies, such as “if passion guides you, let reason hold the reins,” “partnering with polar opposites,” and the “puppies and children” rule (or cats or bunnies or horses or wildlife or, well, you get the idea).  These tactics have been gleaned from the Advocacy Guru’s 20+ years of experience as well as, perhaps most important, through years of very effective lobbying by the pets in her life.  Frankly, we have a lot to learn from the silent pleading of an animal companion asking for a biscuit.  Come hear her stories, review what you’ve learned at the conference (and even steal others ideas) and come away from the session with a specific action plan for moving forward when you’re back at home.  You may even win a fabulous prize!

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Stephanie Vance

Advocacy Guru, Advocacy Associates Stephanie D. Vance, author of Government by the People: How to Communicate with Congress, the fabjob.com guide, Get a Job on Capitol Hill, Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and The Advocacy Manual has more than 20 years of experience... Read More →

Sunday July 29, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm EDT

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