April 24, 2017
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Spring Meeting is right around the corner



The word is out, the agenda is looking good and seats for AWB’s 2017 Spring Meeting are filling up fast.

Registrations are flowing in as members hear who will deliver the event's keynote addresses.

Spring Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to hear from communications and public opinion expert Frank Luntz when he gives the evening keynote address, "It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear." Luntz spoke at AWB’s 2012 Policy Summit, so he is no stranger to AWB and its members.

Luntz has been named “the hottest pollster” by The Boston Globe and has worked for 50 Fortune 500 companies and CEOs. But on May 8, he will be doing what he’s best known for — delivering political commentary and advising businesses on how to be better communicators.

Joe Sprague, Alaska Airline’s senior vice president of external affairs, will deliver the lunch keynote and address Alaska’s merger last year with Virgin America.

The day also promises information-packed panel sessions, including:

  • Climate – Innovation and Sustainability — Heather Rosentrater, vice president, energy delivery, for Avista Corporation.
  • Medical Education — Dr. Christine Johnson, chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane, Suzanne M. Allen, M.D., M.P.H., vice dean for academic, rural and regional affairs, for the University of Washington School of Medicine and John Tomkowiak, M.D., M.O.L, Founding Dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
  • Federal Healthcare Update ­— Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute.

The two-day Spring Meeting takes place May 8-9 at The Historic Davenport Hotel. Register here.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Kelli Schueler at 800.521.9325. And, check out last year’s photo gallery.



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