February 21, 2017
Federal Advocacy Committee identifies AESA's top five legislative priorities for 2017
At its February meeting, members of AESA's Federal Advocacy Committee set the direction for AESA's 2017 legislative agenda.
Members of AESA's Federal Advocacy Committee met in Washington D.C. on February 8 and 9 to set AESA's federal legislative agenda.  
This year, the AESA leadership took a new approach to the Federal Advocacy Committee meeting.  In addition to finalizing AESA's 2017 legislative agenda, the Committee members also:
  • Reviewed the results of an AESA survey of state leaders to help inform the Committee of national priorities.
  • Agreed on five federal policy areas they consider to be the highest priority for AESA and its member-ESAs.
  • Generated a list of opportunities within each priority policy area to advance ESA interests through coordinated national advocacy.
  • Identified the next steps needed to determine which issue(s) to select for a coordinated national advocacy effort. 
Learn more about what the Committee recommends as the top legislative priorities for 2017.

Looking to the future of AESA
As part of the visioning process conducted this summer, AESA's Bold Steps include "designing and launching a national advocacy campaign". In addition to formulating the 2017 legislative agenda, the work completed at the Federal Advocacy Committee meeting will also inform how to move forward with this Bold Step. 

Learn more about the Next Generation of AESA and its vision for the future.
Summer Leadership Conference 
You won't want to miss it!

Mark your calendars for July 18-20, 2017 and
join your colleagues in Providence, Rhode Island 
for AESA's Summer Leadership Conference.

Leading Strategic Partnerships
with Duncan Simester, MIT professor

What you'll learn:
The keynote speaker at this year's conference is Duncan Simester, professor at M.I.T.  Duncan has been instrumental in leading ESAs through his Business Strategy Framework to inform their strategic business decisions.   This conference is intended for ESA leadership teams from across the country to learn how to partner with non-profit and for-profit organizations.  Your team will walk away with an understanding of whether you should strategically enter into a new partnership and if you do, how to sustain that partnership once it is off the ground. 

About the presenter:
Duncan Simester is a professor at M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management where he holds the NTU Chair in Management Science. He is an expert on how economics and operations research can contribute to the understanding and practice of marketing and strategy. While his work is widely published in the academic literature, the findings are also relevant to ESAs. Duncan has a PhD from MIT. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT he was a professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.   He is also a qualified lawyer and member of the Bar in his native New Zealand.

Registration information coming soon! Please watch for it!