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Here’s what to check out at next week’s Wonk Week, hosted by Quorum

The event takes place from Oct. 11 to 13 and includes a myriad of sessions on civic engagement and policy.

Quorum's first-floor lounge.

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Next week, DC-based public affairs software platform Quorum is kicking off its annual Wonk Week on government and civic engagement.

Quorum hosts the event to connect professionals working in the policy and policy tech space. This year’s event features keynote speakers Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman from Punchbowl News, who will give an overview of the 2022 elections and what it means for the policy landscape of Congress. The three-day event will take place Oct. 11-13 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST and feature panels, networking events and contests for attendees. Last year’s event included thousands of public affairs professionals, Quorum said.

Here are some of the sessions we’re eager to tune into:

  • How the NHL’s Legislative Affairs Strategy Supports The League’s Social Impact Efforts
    • Monday, Oct. 11 at 11:00 a.m.
    • The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Senior Director of Legislative Affairs Rob Wooley and  VP of Community Development Jeff Scott host a session on lobbying for a Congressional medal for Willie O’Rhea, the NHL’s first Black player.
  • Brussels vs. Washington D.C.: What Works, What Doesn’t, And Why?
    • Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Nick DeSarno and Joao Sousa of the Public Affairs Council discuss how public affairs teams in the US and Europe use different strategies in policy lobbying.
  • How Everytown for Gun Safety Tracks Key State Legislation
    • Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Everytown’s Megan Simmons and Pete Vujovich will discuss how different state legislative affairs professionals share strategies across the country. They will also share the organization’s state bill-tracking workflow.

This year’s event closely follows another piece of news from Quorum: last month, the company announced that it had acquired Arlington, Virginia-based Capitol Canary (formerly Phone2Action).

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