2016 GMU Student/Industry Communications Forum

Political and policy communications: Impact, ethics and the art of persuasion

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

2016 GMU Student/Industry Communications Forum
2016 forum flyer

An annual event sponsored by The Insight Committee of The Department of Communication

What do politicians say to get elected and what changes when they assume office?

How do businesses effectively and ethically communicate their policy priorities to regulators, elected officials and the public?

Where do journalists and the media fit into the equation?

What role do professional communicators play and where does one find these jobs?

On November 8, all eyes will be fixed on the Presidential election. At the 2016 Communications Forum, George Mason University will take a closer look at political and policy communications -- what they entail and why it matters. Join us as a line-up of dynamic speakers, representing a wide array of professional backgrounds, share their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on the current state of political and policy related communications and what we can expect in the years to come. 

Following the presentation, students will be invited to participate in a unique speed mentoring session with top professionals currently working in the field of strategic communications. 

Featured speakers and panelists include:

Governor Martin O’Malley -- Opening Keynote Speaker 

Mark McKinnon, No Labels Co-founder, Co-creator of Showtime’s The Circus -- Closing Keynote Speaker 

Michael Shear, White House Correspondent, New York Times -- Moderator 

Torie Clarke, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, SAP 

Sarah Audelo, Political and Field Director, Rock the Vote 

Linda Qiu, Staff Writer, PolitiFact 

Professor Emily Vraga, George Mason University 

Sponsored by The Department of Communication Insight Committee.

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