2019 GAD Institute

REGISTER HEREThe Government Affairs Directors’ Institute is an annual professional development conference for state and local real estate association professionals who provide guidance to and work for associations in the areas of government affairs, political affairs, legislative or regulatory affairs, lobbying, advocacy, RPAC fundraising, campaigns, community outreach and/or all REALTOR® Party initiatives.  The Institute provides a means for these industry professionals to meet, exchange ideas and best practices, as well as gain valuable career skills and networking opportunities in order to provide the best value and information to the real estate industry.

Where: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Ohio

When:

  • Onsite registration opens Monday evening July 15, 2019
  • Institute kicks off Tuesday, July 16
  • Institute ends Thursday July 18 following the Ohio Night Out Reception

Hotel Rates: $189/night plus taxes & fees
Registration Opens: Early May, 2019
Registration Fee: $550; After June 15 – $600

REGISTER HERE

*Hotel reservations must be made through the registration page as part of the registration process for the meeting. Reservations booked directly with the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati will not be given the special NAR rate.

If you would like to extend your stay outside of the allotted conference dates, please make your reservation for the conference dates (arrival Monday, July 15, departure Friday, July 19) and then contact Stephanie Quinn at squinn@realtors.org to request additional nights.*

  • 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Registration Open
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Optional Queen City Underground Tour*
    Looking for an excuse to get some fresh air and meet up with GAD colleagues? Join us as we tour Cincinnati’s hidden past and learn why they call this historic river town the Queen City! Stroll through the revitalized Over-the-Rhine neighborhood that was home to over 130 saloons, bars, beer gardens and theaters, and is now famous for its Italianate and art deco architecture as well as its iconic murals and foodie scene. Visit an underground crypt where some of Cincinnati’s first residents were buried. Then explore newly discovered tunnels vital to Cincinnati’s brewery heritage and finish the tour near a modern brewery in OTR. The Queen City Underground Tour is one of the Top Five Underground Tours in the U.S. and consistently ranks as one of Cincinnati’s best walking tours.
    Price: $25/person (opportunity to purchase tickets with Institute registration)*Tour Details: Tour guide will escort group from the Hyatt hotel lobby 7-blocks (.8 mi.) to the tour starting point. The 1-mile tour includes steep stairs, is not wheelchair or stroller accessible, and adults with very young children will need their hands free to descend stairs.
  • Monday evening – Dinner on your own.
  • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm – Registration Open
    Pre-Conference Optional Workshops (Pre-registration required. Limited seating).
  • 8:30 am – 9:45 am
    • Introduction to Online Fundraising
    • Introduction to Online Advocacy for Local Associations
    • Free Headshot Photo Opportunity – Mark your calendars for a 5 minute, headshot appointment today only.
  • 10:00 am – 11:15 am
    • Online Fundraising Campaigns through the PAC Management System
    • Introduction to Online Advocacy for State Associations
    • Free Headshot Photo Opportunity – Mark your calendars for a 5 minute, headshot appointment today only.
  • 11:15 am – 11:45 am – New GAD Welcome with GAD Advisory Group Members
  • 11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Lunch – box lunches provided
  • 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm – Institute Welcome & Overview for NAR Advocacy Day
    Welcome from Cincinnati Mayor, John Cranley (Invited)
  • 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Concurrent Tracks highlighting the programs, tools and services provided through the REALTOR® Party.
    • RPAC Track
    • Campaign and Elections Track
    • Member and Consumer Advocacy Engagement Track
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – New GADs Debrief with GAD Advisory Group & Mentors
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Optional Queen City Underground Tour*Looking for an excuse to get some fresh air and meet up with GAD colleagues? Join us as we tour Cincinnati’s hidden past and learn why they call this historic river town the Queen City! Stroll through the revitalized Over-the-Rhine neighborhood that was home to over 130 saloons, bars, beer gardens and theaters, and is now famous for its Italianate and art deco architecture as well as its iconic murals and foodie scene. Visit an underground crypt where some of Cincinnati’s first residents were buried. Then explore newly discovered tunnels vital to Cincinnati’s brewery heritage and finish the tour near a modern brewery in OTR. The Queen City Underground Tour is one of the Top Five Underground Tours in the U.S. and consistently ranks as one of Cincinnati’s best walking tours.Price: $25/person (opportunity to purchase tickets with Institute registration)*Tour Details: Tour guide will escort group from the Hyatt hotel lobby 7-blocks (.8 mi.) to the tour starting point. The 1-mile tour includes steep stairs, is not wheelchair or stroller accessible, and adults with very young children will need their hands free to descend stairs.
  • 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception – Hosted by NAR Political Field Representatives
    Location: TBD
  • 8:30 am – 3:45 pm – Registration Open
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Ohio Welcome Breakfast followed by breakfast professional development session, “Civility in Politics” with Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose (Invited)
  • 10:15 am – 11:30 am – It’s a Zoo Out There! Cincinnati Zoo Director, Thane Maynard, discusses a successful crisis communications plan that followed an unfortunate shooting of a zoo gorilla following a tragic accident.
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Lunch on Your Own – See the Institute App for ideas, or walk to Fountain Square and catch the Connector streetcar to hotspot neighborhoods like Over the Rhine or Findlay Market. Connector tickets are $2.00 for the day and run from 6:30 am – midnight.
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Telling a Better Story – Join Amy Showalter as she hosts an interactive session with GADs to reveal the difference between a good story and one that persuades and inspires your audience. GADs compete to see who can win bragging rights for the best story delivery!
  • 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm – Understanding Implicit Bias – Nearly two decades of research shows that individuals harbor implicit bias even when they seem to hold no explicit prejudice. Hear from Ryan Wynett, *National Underground Railroad Freedom Center expert on the subject to better understand and recognize bias and other forms of discrimination, as well as to explore recent debates in the realm of this research.
    *The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (A beautiful, riverside museum 1/2 mile from the Hyatt) will be offering free entry to the museum with your conference badge anytime during your stay – A $15 value.
  • 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm – Leadership Success and Failure – From the halls of the Pentagon to the halls of the White House, Lt. Col. Sean Fellows will share firsthand accounts of lessons in leadership. In this conversation, Sean will not only share stories of success, but those of failure to help others learn from the examples set by some of our nation’s most pivotal leaders.
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – NAR President’s Reception – Location TBD
  • 8:30 am – noon Registration Open
  • 8:30 – Breakfast Available
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Why REALTORS® Pursued Major League Soccer and Its Latest Expansion Team – Hear from former councilman and current President and General Manager of Futbol Club Cincinnati on how this partnership was a win/win for real estate, soccer and the city of Cincinnati.
  • 10:15 am – 11:10 am – Word from the Hill – Hear from NAR’s federal team on what’s new at NAR, what’s new on the Hill and how NAR is tracking key issues, people and races.
  • 11:10 am – 12:00 noon – Short Term Rentals – Hear from your colleagues on how they have been tracking and collaborating on this topic for the last 6 months. Insights and best practices will be revealed.
  • 12:00 noon – 1:10 2018 – GAD Institute Luncheon with NAR President, John Smaby and NAR CEO Bob Goldberg (INVITED)
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Available and Affordable Housing – Hear from your colleagues on how they have been tracking and collaborating on this topic for the last 6 months. Insights and best practices will be revealed.
  • 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm – How Communities Rebuild After Natural Disasters
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Keynote Speaker – Eugene Robinson, Washington Post and MSNBC veteran, and Alex Castellanos, long time Republican Presidential consultant and ABC news contributor, join us for a lively political conversation covering both sides of the political coin. You will not want to miss this!
  • 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm – Close Institute
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Ohio Night Out – Great American Ballpark (.6 miles from Hyatt)
    Join us for Cincinnati Reds baseball as we view a game in this indoor/outdoor setting. Dine on Skyline Chili, Montgomery Inn BBQ and Saratoga Chips then finish it off with world-famous Graeter’s Ice Cream (Drink tickets and buffet provided).

2018 GAD Institute