Government Conferences: Now What? The first meeting to address the knee-jerk reactions toward cutting government events

What’s your take on what should be discussed?

An online event on February 7, 2013
from 10:00am-12:00 EST

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just added to the speaker roster.

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The conduct of vitally important government conferences has come under increasing fire in the past couple of years due to a need to shrink government spending, aggravated by the malfeasance by a small minority of government employees. While conference and travel budgets shrink, mandates to communicate with constituents has never been stronger. So are the opportunities. What does it mean?

Host and Moderator Former ABC Network News correspondent, Barbara Pinto guides us through an exploration of changes, challenges and opportunities brought about by the budget, the scandals and the expanding need for government, the private sector, and academia to communicate and collaborate.

  • The traditional conference is under attack; why and how?
  • What are the strategies for 2013 that consider budget and travel restriction?
  • Does Technology have the answers? What are the options?
  • Does virtual connectivity really work? What do you gain and what do you lose?


Hon. Jay M. Cohen, RADM, USN (Ret.) Former Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityCarol Bonosaro, President Senior Executive Association (SEA)John Verrico President-Elect, National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)Adam Arthur, Virtual Platform Initiative Lead, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Theo Mayer, Chief Technology Officer, Hybrid Conferences Inc.Daniel Dubno Emmy-award winning TV producer, broadcaster, technologist, presenter, inventor, and "connector".Cecily Sommers, Author and futurist, contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered"

Registration is now open. We are providing open captioning for the hearing disabled.
Please join us for what promises to be a very interesting exploration of the challenges and the opportunities of conducting this vital aspect of government outreach and integration in these dynamic times.

Sponsors: Hybrid-Conferences, Inc., ICS Nett, NAGC, NCSA, University of Illinois and Senior Executive Association.

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Mary Arthur

This is an all important question to answer. State and local governments are suffering from information depletion, as they get a lot of it from federal government events. How can they be expected to fulfill their deliverables when they no longer have access to these valuable resources?

Collaboration/communication is essential to get all of the work done. I think virtual/hybrid events are a potential answer to the “knee-jerk”.