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Advocacy 101 Webinar
The mid-term elections will take place on November 8; results will have a tremendous impact on Washington D.C. legislation and regulation for the next two years.

Please join us on on Wednesday, July 20th for our ZOOM Webinar entitled "Advocacy 101". Our federal policy advocates, from the Hardwood Federation will show us the easy steps to communicating your thoughts, ideas and concerns to current members and candidates for federal office. Learn how to make your voice heard!!

Jul 20, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dana Lee Cole
Executive Director @Hardwood Federation
Dana Lee Cole has been the Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. based Hardwood Federation since June of 2012. A native of Michigan, home to more than 250 hardwood businesses, she began her career working for Governor John Engler in 1991 as a policy advisor in various issue areas, including natural resources. She then spent eight years with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in several roles where she promoted small and large businesses in the state, and successfully negotiated regulatory disputes. In 2004, she moved to the 11,000-member National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Corporate Board Secretary, managing a board of more than 200 top U.S. business executives and serving as the point person to the 250 member Council of Manufacturing Associations.
Pat Rita
Principal, Orion Advocates - Government Affairs Consultant to the Hardwood Federation @Orion Advocates
Orion Advocates was founded in 2008 by Patrick Rita, who brings over 25 years of experience with public policy on a wide range of issues. Pat started his career working on Capitol Hill, including positions with former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and for the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Pat has an accomplished track record of advocating at the state level before state legislatures and state executive branch officials. Before founding Orion Advocates, Pat headed the American Forest & Paper Association’s government affairs program, where he was responsible for formulating and executing lobbying campaigns at the international, federal, state and local levels of government. From two tours of duty working government affairs in different trade associations to his Hill experience to state and local lobbying campaigns, he has seen & experienced government affairs—what works & what doesn’t—at every level and from virtually every angle.