The National Summit on Strategic Communications is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019! I am excited to co-chair this special Summit, and I look forward to welcoming you to Washington, DC in May.

The past ten years have been transformative. Our profession has experienced remarkable growth and colleagues across all sectors represented at this Summit — corporate, military, government and non-profit — have been embracing digital technologies and innovation on a path to efficient and more productive engagement.

As we plan a 2019 Summit, we invite your suggestions ( The hugely successful 2018 Summit at American University set a high bar! More than one delegate wrote: “The strategic Summit was the professional development experience of my year!” Rest assured, we have every expectation of exceeding expectations with relevant and useful content at the 2019 so that you realize excellent returns on your conference investment.

This Summit is about “community” and “content.” It is about building a community of peers who are motivated to enhance their capabilities and advance their careers, and it’s about relevant content that shares new and actionable strategies that will move you and your organization to higher levels of success.

Check this website often for updates about the 10th Summit on Strategic Communications, new speakers and session topics which will be announced throughout the year.

I look forward to meeting you at the Strategic Summit in Washington, DC in May 2019.

Happy 10th Anniversary!

Robert W. Grupp
Summit Director and President
The Strategic Communications Leadership Initiative


TAP EXPERTISE FROM DIVERSE SECTORS: Delegates say they love hearing from CCOs and CMOs from leading companies and NGOs, senior military officers and government communicators

EXPECT HIGH-QUALITY CONTENT: Delegates rated 2018 speakers and panelists 4.5/5.0 overall, with several plenary sessions receiving near-perfect scores

MAKE BUSINESS CONTACTS: The Summit size and its collegial atmosphere enable 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’ case studies

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 sessions, breakfasts, luncheons, and exclusive interactive events
This Strategic Summit is designed for corporate, 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. For the past four years, more than 88% of attendees who submitted evaluations said the Strategic Summit “fully” met their conference expectations.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY about attending the 2018 Strategic Summit

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