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2014 COGEL Conference in Pittsburgh

It’s time to start thinking about the 2014 COGEL Conference! The dates have been announced for the first week in December from the 7th through the 10th and will be held at the luxurious and Historic Omni William Penn Hotel.  This hotel has a five star rating and has many amenities we think you will love. Right in the hotel you will be steps away from fine dining at The Terrace Room, and taken back in time to a 1920’s speakeasy located just below the hotel lobby. Located next to the famous Mellon Square in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is accessible to nearby shopping boutiques, historical attractions, and culture to attract any traveler. 


 

 Pittsburgh 2014: Planning Well Underway for Dynamic Conference

Four days.  Over 35 educational sessions.  
Countless connections and opportunities.

 

Planning is well underway for the 2014 COGEL Conference, which travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Conference Program Committee, co-chaired by Darrin Lim of Nielsen Merksamer in California and Nola Western of Elections BC in British Columbia, met in late February to develop the framework for the 36th annual conference.  The committee is now in the process of developing over 35 sessions, which cover the latest issues to face the COGEL community and tackle important professional development challenges.     

A “first look” of the 2014 COGEL Conference is now available.  Please note that sessions are subject to change as this “first look” simply reflects the Program Committee’s initial vision for the conference.
 

Sunday December 7th
8:00 am - 5:00 pm                Conference Registration

9:30 am - 11:00 am              Technology Update & Roundtable

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm                Local Agency Roundtable

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm                Navigating Change Workshop -
New Opportunity for 2014

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm                Kay Williams First Timers Session & Conference Preview

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm                 Speed Mentoring Roundtables - New Opportunity for 2014

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm                Welcome Reception; COGEL Outstanding Service Award

                                                  Dinner - On Your Own


Monday December 8th 

7:30 am - 8:30 am                Breakfast Table Topics - Contact Carol Carson with Connecticut
                                                 Office of State Ethics if Interested in Presenting a Breakfast Table
                                                 Topic


8:45 am - 10:15 am               Plenary Session

10:25 am - 11:55 am             Ethics Update

10:25 am - 11:55 am             FOIA Session

10:25 am - 11:55 am             Innovations in Canadian and U.S. Voter Registration Systems

10:25 am - 11:55 am             10 Tips to Successfully Engage Employees

10:25 am - 11:55 am             Super PACs: Who's Behind Them, What are They Doing & Are
                                                  They Legal?


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm              Lunch & Plenary Session; 2014 COGEL Award Recipient

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                 How to Effectively and Strategically Respond to Open Government
                                                  Requests for Information  


1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                 Campaign Finance I - Litigation

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                 How to Manage Your Brand: Finding a Voice & Telling the Story
                                                  About You and Your Agency

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                 Lobbying Roundtable: Latest Issues & Confronting Today's               
                                                  Challenges


1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                 Personal Finance Disclosure: More than Just Submitting a Form?

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm                Disasters on Voting Day: What's Your Plan B?

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm                Tired of Leaping Tall Buildings? Overcoming Weariness from Doing 
                                                  the Impossible - Reducing Stress & Improving Productivity


3:30 pm - 4:45 pm                Making the COGEL Website Work for You

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm                Investigative Tips & Techniques: Don't Muck it Up

                                                 Dinner - On Your Own


Tuesday December 9th

7:30 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Table Topics - Contact Carol Carson with Connecticut         
                                                Office of State Ethics if Interested in Presenting a Breakfast Table
                                                Topic

9:00 am - 10:00 am            Plenary Session

10:15 am - 11:45 am            Campaign Finance II - Legislation & Regulation

10:15 am - 11:45 am            Elections Update - Legislation and Litigation

10:15 am - 11:45 am            Electronic Communication Makes Your Life Easier. Or Does It?

10:15 am - 11:45 am            Building a Culture of Innovation: Design Thinking

10:15 am - 11:45 am            Investigations and Enforcement Actions: How Much to Disclose and 
                                                 When


11:45 am - 1:30 pm              Tuesday Lunch - On Your Own

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                Lobbying Update - Legislation and Litigation 

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                You Need a Plan: Project Management Techniques to Tackle             
                                                 Agency Challenges


1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                Getting to Yes: Successful Settlement Strategies

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                Presenting with Panache: A Step-by-Step Guide for Effective            
                                                 Communication


1:45 pm - 3:15 pm                FOIA Update - Legislation and Litigation

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm               Plenary Session

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm               Bonus "Mix and Mingle" Reception

                                                 Dinner - On Your Own


Wednesday December 10th

8:00 am - 9:00 pm               Breakfast - Plenary Session; Annual COGEL Business Meeting

9:15 am - 10:30 am              Ethical and Political Issues with Non-Profits Engaging in Political
                                                 and Governmental Action


9:15 am - 10:30 am              Sitting on a Data Mine: Managing, Accessing & Analyzing
                                                 Information

9:15 am - 10:30 am              Freedom of Information Roundtable

9:15 am - 10:30 am              Voter Suppression & Voter Fraud: Behind the Headlines

10:45 am - 12:00 pm           If You Faced a House of Cards, What Would You Do?

10:45 am - 12:00 pm           Free Travel: First Class Opportunity or Extra Baggage?

10:45 am - 12:00 pm           Commissioners: Maximizing Your Effectiveness

 

Sessions are subject to change.  This information reflects the Program Committee's initial session planning for the 2014 Conference.