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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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"How to Win Friends and Influence People...Effective Lobbying" Workshop Offered by FGCU Florida Institute of Government

FORT MYERS, FL - Managers and employees from both the private and public sectors are invited to attend a half-day course “How to Win Friends and Influence People…Effective Lobbying” presented by the Florida Institute of Government at Florida Gulf Coast University from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 15. The course will be held at the Center for Professional Development at Edison Community College.

The course will explore lobbying as the effective process individual citizens and organized groups can use to influence public policy. The workshop will teach methods and easy time-proven techniques to effectively contact, inform and influence local boards, elected officials, state legislators and members of Congress. Remember, your input can make a difference.


Examining the process

Guidelines for testifying

Techniques for organizing
individuals and groups

Building coalitions

What works and what doesn’t

Patricia S. Florestano is instructor for the program. Her career spans higher education, politics and public policy at the state and national level. She served as the chief lobbyist for the 11-campus University of Maryland system, as a legislative staffer and as an adviser to local governments. Recently the Secretary of Higher Education for Maryland, she was the agency’s principle lobbyist.

The central purpose of the Institute is to help promote superior performance in government and nonprofit organizations through quality training, consulting and technical assistance. As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities, such as administratively hosting the Institute.

For more information, contact institute director Joanne Hartke at (941) 590-7815. Registration for the workshop is $44.

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