“Empowering and transformative. I have attended many conferences and this is by far the most valuable.”

“Very relevant, diverse, and informative.”

“Well-organized, and easy to attend, access easy learning environment.”

These are just a few examples of what our 2017 delegates had to say about this year’s Strategic Summit. We currently are conducting research to identify the most relevant and valuable session topics and speakers for the 9th National Summit on Strategic Communications to be held in Spring 2018 in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Please check this space often for updates. We look forward to seeing you at the next Strategic Summit in May 2018!

Gain Insights • Learn New Strategies • Interact with Leaders • Network

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

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

No other conference offers such a diverse group of high-level speakers and attendees from corporations, the military, government and NGOs. The Strategic Summit is organized annually by the nonprofit Strategic Communications Leadership Initiative in partnership with ExL Events and with support from the Pentagon and various military branches as well as private sector sponsors.

The objectives are twofold: to identify strategies that enhance engagement and to share methods to increase the value and improve the practice of strategic communications in corporations, the military and government entities. The value of the National Summit on Strategic Communications is best illustrated by data from people who have attended. In 2015 and again in 2016, more than 90% of attendees who submitted evaluations said the Strategic Summit “fully” met their conference expectations.

The forward-looking agenda and theme for the eighth consecutive Strategic Summit is Live and Work Ahead of the Curve. The program will address top challenges faced by chief communications and public affairs officers in this volatile and rapidly-changing environment, including a new president in the USA.

Topics will include current case studies where data and analytics are used effectively to determine strategic direction; processes for developing agile communication campaigns that introduce content in minutes or hours after interest is detected; and ways to enhance the customer experience with our brands.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY about attending the Strategic Summit

2017 Featured Speakers - Watch this site for new faculty being added weekly!

Brad Parscale

Former Digital Director, DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, INC.

Jennifer R. Farmer

Managing Director of Communications, PICO National Network

Leigh Horner

Vice President, Corporate Communications, THE HERSHEY COMPANY

Major General Malcolm B. Frost

Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. ARMY

2017 Sponsors and Supporting Partners

Event Pricing

Standard Rate

— Register after March 16, 2018 —

Full-Time Academic/Government Rate

Corporate Rate

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Description: Tap expertise from diverse sectors, including CCOs from leading companies and NGOs, senior military officers and government communicators.
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