Upcoming Event

October Luncheon Promo

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Join PRSA Austin to hear from PR pros as we discuss this year’s legislative session and any takeaways for communications professionals as they are looking to counsel key audiences about how legislation might affect them. 

 
Event Description

With so many key issues to cover in local and statewide government, how do we as communications professionals know which issues to share with our audience?  How do we communicate the tough topics affecting our state to constituents, and vice versa, how do we use PR tools to speak to legislative officials to impact change?

Unlock the power of communications in the legislative setting—how we communicate the impact of newly passed legislation and how we engage voters come election time on the key issues affecting our state. Join us to hear from top communications professionals working in and around the Capitol and on political initiatives for our state. Our panel includes Kate Alexander, policy director for Texas Sen. Kirk Watson, Jenifer Sarver, principal of Sarver Strategies, and David White founding partner and CEO of Public Blueprint

Event Details

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. and attendees should plan to arrive by 11:45 a.m. for lunch.
  • The program will begin promptly at noon and includes interactive dialogue with our panel

Location: Roppolo’s Pizzeria located downtown on 316 E 6th Street

Cost to attend:

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Our Legislative Panelists

Kate AlexanderKate Alexander, Policy Director, Texas Sen. Kirk Watson

Kate has served as policy director for Sen. Kirk Watson since 2014 and handles budget and tax policy as well as communications. She will speak to the process of communicating about the session, the legislation and challenges faced communicating about the key issues with stakeholders. Prior to joining Sen. Watson's staff, she covered the Texas Legislature and Austin City Hall as a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Kate graduated from Cornell University and received her master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park. Born and raised near Seattle, Kate still prefers a cool, overcast day to the Texas heat -- even after 17 years in Austin. 

Jenifer SarverJenifer Sarver, Principal, Sarver Strategies

Jenifer is well-versed on communications and politics and recently ran for office. Jenifer was the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bush Administration. She also served as the Director of The Archer Center and was a Senior Advisor on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Her career has spanned the corporate, nonprofit and political worlds, helping clients develop messages that will resonate with their core audiences and create strategies for effectively delivering those messages through the appropriate communications channels. She will share her experience with the current statewide campaign for Texas constitutional amendment (Prop. 5) to support Texas state parks, and how she has communicated the campaign statewide to voters.

David WhiteDavid White, Founding Partner and CEO, Public Blueprint

David White is a founding partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Public Blueprint. He serves as the firm’s lead strategist bringing a combination of street smarts, unmatched relationships inside and outside the Texas Capitol, and an unrivaled work ethic. Throughout his career, David has held a series of prominent positions in state government. While serving as Comptroller Susan Combs’ Senior Policy Advisor, he was the point man for the agency’s relationships with associations, business groups, advocacy organizations and business leaders around the state. Prior to the Comptroller’s Office, David was Chief of Staff for State Representative Wayne Christian, serving as Christian’s lead public policy advisor on key House committees including Regulated Industries, State Affairs, and Business & Industry. In 2010, David served as Governor Rick Perry’s political director in his successful re-election battle with a heavily-favored U.S. Senator in the Republican primary, and a popular Houston mayor in the general election. In 2014, David ran a successful statewide campaign for Comptroller Glenn Hegar. As campaign manager, David helped Hegar pull off the rare feat of winning a four-way primary without a runoff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 *Online registration will close on Tuesday, October 15. Walk-ins welcome to pay at the door.

 

**Registrants must be designated as students in our database to receive the student price. Please contact [email protected] for assistance registering as a student.

PRSA Austin Chapter has a no refund policy. Substitutions are allowed at no charge.