2021 Federal Policy Conference

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Register Now for the 2021 Federal Policy Conference. This is now a virtual conference (as of 8.19.21)

September 23, 2021
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please join us on Thursday, September 23 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET for ESCA’s Virtual Federal Policy Conference. While we were very much looking forward to seeing you all in person, the environment has changed substantially since we first opened conference registration at the beginning of June. With COVID-19 cases rising, Washington, DC has instituted an indoor mask mandate and we are beginning to hear concerns from our speakers and Members of Congress about participating in in-person events next month. There is also the chance that Washington, DC could impose new limitations on gatherings in accordance with CDC guidance to avoid large events and gatherings.

Our virtual conferences over the last year have proven to be successful and we are looking forward to providing you the same valuable content in a safer environment. More information, including updates about our action-packed agenda to come soon!

Registration is free-of-charge for ESCA Members thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Please register for the conference here. You may register up to three individuals from your company. As we get closer to the event, you will receive instructions on how to access the program online along with a conference agenda.

Those who registered for the in-person conference have been notified and are aware of their options regarding their registration fees. Those individuals are now registered for the virtual event, so there’s no need to register again.

Conference Agenda (tentative)

– all times listed below are in Eastern Time


10:00 am Opening Remarks
10:10 am – 11:10 am ESCA Political Update presented by ESCA President and CEO Stephanie Silverman
11:10-11:20 am Break
11:20-12:05 pm Guest Speaker: Political Advisor and Media Personality Jennifer Palmieri
12:05-12:25 pm Conference Program
12:30 – 1:20 pm Panel Discussion: Governance Trends within S-ESOP Companies

  • Moderator: Mary Josephs, Verit Advisors
  • Panelist: Mike Eckhardt, Wawa
  • Panelist: Dean Walsh, Sullivan Walsh Associates
1:20 – 1:30 pm Break
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Guest Speaker: Economist Austan Goolsbee

2:30-2:40 pm Conference Program
2:40-3:40 pm Panel Discussion: How has media coverage of politics and policymakers changed and how has this polarization impacted elections, policymaking and public perception?

  • Moderator: Stephanie Silverman, ESCA President & CEO
  • Panelist: Jim Wildman, former longtime NPR Senior Producer/Senior Editor, current Managing Director at PLUS Communications
  • Panelist: Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor, National Journal
  • Panelist: Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow, Political Reform program, New America
3:40-3:45 pm Break
3:45-4:25 pm Conference Program
4:30 pm Conference Concludes


If you have any questions about registration or the conference in general, please do not hesitate to contact Niaz Siasi at nsiasi@vennstrategies.com.


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