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 2017 Advocacy Symposium


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Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, and staff that attended the 3rd annual IIDA Advocacy Symposium hosted at the brand-new IIDA Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. The 2017 symposium had something for everyone: an inspiring keynote speaker, panel discussions about the future of advocacy and legislation, and recognizing the Advocate of the Year.

Keynote Speaker
Kimberly M. Foxx, the first African-American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country


Lobbyist Panel

  • Prashanthi Rao Raman, Director of Public Policy, LYFT
  • Michael Cassidy, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, McGuireWoods Consulting, Chicago, Illinois
  • Buddy Julius, Found Partner of The Firm, Madison/Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Victor Hipsley, President and Partner of Governmental Policy Group, Columbus, Ohio

Legislator Panel

  • State Rep. Juliana Stratton (D-Chicago)
  • Jay Steward, Former Director of Division of Professional Regulation, Illinois

Advocate of the Year
Melissa Destree, IIDA, AIA, principal architect, interior designer, Destree Architecture and Design

Advocate of the Year
Timothy Schaffer (R-77), Ohio State Representative


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