Washington, DC, April 30, 2020
Organizers of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference (PWIA) and the Board of Women in Government Relations (WGR) are pleased to announce the Conference has been acquired by WGR, effective May 1, 2020.
The Conference, founded in 2013, attracts 300 women from across the country working in government relations, public affairs, advocacy, political engagement, campaigns and policy. This year’s Conference will be November 9-10 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. The theme is “Extraordinary Women – the Everyday Superheroes Among Us.”
“I said when we founded the Conference that our goal would be for WGR to one day own it, and we are finally there” said Co-Founder LeeAnn Petersen. “WGR will bring a whole new level of creativity and structure to the Conference that will help it grow and thrive for years to come.” Petersen is a former board member of WGR and served as its President from 2010-2012 when the idea for the Conference was first conceived.
Petersen will remain in an advisory role for 2020. She will chair the Excellence in Advocacy Awards and take the lead on existing and new regional events this year and beyond.
“Women in Government Relations has had several growth years, and I am absolutely thrilled that we are now in a position to take over the PWIA Conference. It is part of our long-term strategic plan to attract women near and far in the government affairs/government relations arena,” said WGR President Suzanne Swink of BP America.
The conference has three tracks: State & Federal Government Relations, PAC & Grassroots and Communications.
“As a Co-Founder of the Conference and longtime Executive Director of WGR, I am so excited to see these two powerhouses come together to support more women in our field and create generations of powerful women advocates,” said Emily Bardach, Executive Director for Women in Government Relations.
About WGR – Women in Government Relations is the premier, non-partisan professional society for those who have responsibilities and interests in the field of government relations and/or public affairs. Founded in 1975, WGR has over 1200 members at every career level of government relations representing a wide array of private, non-profit and public sector organizations.
About PWIA – Professional Women in Advocacy believes that when women are involved at the highest levels of policy making, everyone benefits. In order to get and keep our seat at the public policy table, we must be equipped to competently and confidently represent our views. The goal of this conference is to provide women in advocacy the information, tools and contacts they need to be successful representatives for their organization, issue or cause.