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9th National Summit on Strategic Communications

7 May, 2018 - 8 May, 2018, Washington, DC, United States

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Disruption has become the catchall word to describe this period of transformative change. Today's world speaks of ''the fray.'' Collaboration and solutions can be difficult. It seems everyone has gone to war, for one point of view or another!

Whatever language you use to describe the polarization we experience online, at work or in communities, the 2018 Strategic Summit is designed to enable you to thrive in the face of turbulence.

Staying above the fray doesn't imply doing nothing. Doing things involves positive action, clarity of purpose, creating solutions, rising above situations and seeing them from a higher perspective.

Every year, our Summit speakers and panelists are chosen to share the ideas that no one else quite sees, or that groups don't yet understand well enough. These are digital trends and strategies with the most potential to change the game. These are strategies we will share at the 2018 Strategic Summit!

Don't let worries about groupthink dissuade you from engaging your peers in collaborative innovation.  Attend the 2018 Strategic Summit and learn strategies for overcoming obstacles and implementing new ideas to help you and your organization grow.

The 9th National Summit on Strategic Communications is scheduled on May 7-8, 2018 in an exciting new venue, Constitution Hall, opened recently at American University in Washington, D.C. Please SAVE THE DATES, and check this space often for updates.

Why Should I Attend?

  • TAP EXPERTISE FROM DIVERSE SECTORS: Including CCOs from leading companies and NGOs, senior military officers and government communicators
  • EXPECT HIGH-QUALITY CONTENT: Delegates rate speakers and panelists 4.30/5.00 overall, with many plenary sessions receiving near-perfect scores
  • MAKE BUSINESS CONTACTS: A collegial atmosphere enables you to build career-enhancing relationships with people you normally would not meet
  • IDENTIFY TRENDS AND HOW THEY'RE IMPLEMENTED: Think 'three years out' at StratCommSummit with forward-looking strategies and 'how-to' tactics
  • INTERACT AND ENGAGE: A hallmark of this Summit is the time allowed for Q&A with speakers and dialogue among attendees
  • RECEIVE EXCELLENT VALUE: Access 18+ hours of educational and keynote sessions, breakfasts, luncheons, and exclusive interactive events

Who Should Attend?

This Strategic Summit is designed for business, public sector and military communications directors and public affairs officers; information operations officers; corporate communications and public relations professionals; and executives from corporations, government agencies, the Department of Defense and military branches, the intelligence community, universities and NGOs with responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Corporate Communications
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Information Operations
  • Public Relations
  • Public Affairs
  • Content Editing
  • Media Relations
  • Marketing
  • Data Analytics
  • Public Policy
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Intelligence and Analysis
  • Product and Brand Management
  • Community Relations
  • Employee Communications
  • Government Affairs

The program also is of interest to:

  • Consultants
  • Marketing Services Providers
  • Association Managers
  • Executive Recruiters
  • Civic Organizations


American University's New East Campus

The 2018 Strategic Summit will take place in Constitution Hall on the newly built East Campus of American University in Washington, D.C. Click here for map. Constitution Hall is located at 3501 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016. This is on Nebraska Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and New Mexico Avenue.

There is not an ‘official’ Summit hotel. However, there are a number of hotels in the neighborhood of American University. Hotels offering discounts to AU guests include the following:

The Embassy Row Hotel – Dupont Circle offers a discount to guests at American University. When booking online at the Embassy Row, use corporate code AMERICAN for the discounted rate.

The Courtyard Marriott – Friendship Heights also offers a discount to AU guests. Book with code U5V or book over the phone and ask for the American University rate.

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION: Delegate parking is available immediately adjacent to Constitution Hall in the Nebraska Avenue parking lot. The closest Washington Metro station is Tenleytown-AU on the Red line. From there you can walk approximately one mile, or take a taxi/Uber/Lyft, or take a free regular university shuttle at the Metro station. Details on shuttle schedules are here. Take either the Red or the Blue shuttle routes and exit right after passing Ward circle. City bus routes N2 and M4 are also available from Tenley Circle.Conference Day One - May 7, 2018

Conference Day Two - May 8, 2018

The agenda is available as PDf under downloads at the right side of the page.

Featured Speakers:

  • Torod Neptune, Worldwide Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, LENOVO
  • Rear Admiral John Kirby, USN (ret), Military and Diplomatic Analyst, CNN
  • Brent Colburn, Vice President for Communications, THE CHAN ZUCKERBERG INITIATIVE
  • Marcie Klein, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHONA SOCIETY
  • Megan DiSciullo, Senior Director of Public Relations and Social Media Leader, PWC
  • Franz W. Paasche, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, PAY PAL
  • Nancy Laben, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON
  • Bob Pearson, Author and Chief Innovation Officer, W2O GROUP
  • Ray Kerins, Senior Vice President, Communications, Government Relations and Policy, BAYER CORPORATION
  • Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. COAST GUARD


Event details

ExL Events
7 May, 2018
8 May, 2018
American University's New East Campus
District Of Columbia
United States


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