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ADVANCE CAMP 2019

March 8 & 9th, 2019

 

Advance Camp is a networking and training conference for anyone interested in political optics and operations for Democratic campaigns on the national level, in preparation for the exciting 2020 Presidential campaign cycle, especially those who may be new to advance.

"Advance" staff on a political campaign arrive to a particular location ahead of the candidate (hence the name) and make all the preparations necessary for a successful campaign stop — from visual backdrops to crowd management to media logistics.

You do not need any prior experience with advance or even politics to attend Advance Camp -- just an interest in learning more. The minimum age is 18 at the time of attendance.

Registration for the 2019 Advance Camp is now closed. To find out about future events, join our mailing list.

There was no cost to attend Advance Camp and the entire conference was funded by the generosity of contributors from the advance community past and present!

 

Location

Burr Gymnasium

Howard University

Washington, DC

Dates

Friday March 8 &
Saturday March 9

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Schedule

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Friday, March 8th, 2019:

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Welcome Reception & Mixer

The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW — Cash Bar, Bring your ID!

The welcome reception is open to credentialed Advance Camp attendees only.

Saturday, March 9th, 2019:

All of Saturday’s events will be held at the Burr Gymnasium on the campus of Howard University at 600 Girard Street NW. The Rock’n’Roll Marathon passes near campus on Saturday, leave extra time to arrive!

9:00 a.m. Doors Open

9:30 - 9:40 a.m. • Opening Welcome & Introduction to Advance Camp

9:45 - 10:20 a.m. • Panel 1: “Introduction to Campaign Advance: What is advance & why is it necessary? What are the types of advance events? How are advance teams structured & work with other departments?

10:25 - 10:55 a.m. • Panel 2: “Site Advance Overview

10:55 - 11:05 a.m. • Break

11:10 - 11:45 a.m. • Panel 3: “Press Advance Overview

11:45 - 12:30 p.m. • Breakout 1: Site or Press small group discussion and Q&A with advance alumni

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. • Break for Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. • Breakout 2: Site or press small group discussion and Q&A with advance alumni

2:15 - 2:50 p.m. • Panel 4: “Crowd Advance, Innovative Digital Tools Technologies, & Integrating with Field Operations

3:00 - 3:10 p.m. • Presentation: “Disability Access & Inclusion Overview for Advance Staff”

3:10 - 3:20 p.m. • Presentation: “Cybersecurity & Operational Security”

3:20 - 3:40 p.m. • Presentation: “Sexual Harassment Prevention & Reporting”

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. • Guest Speakers: Sen. Tim Kaine and the Honorable Anne Holton

4:00 - 4:10 p.m. • Break

4:10 - 4:15 p.m. • Presentation: “Campaign Training Opportunities with Arena”

4:15 - 4:20 p.m. • Presentation: “Campaign Training Opportunities with the DNC & Organizing Corps""

4:20 - 4:45 p.m. • Panel 6: “Applying Advance Skills Outside of Advance & Careers Afterwards”

4:45 - 5:15 p.m.Panel 7: “2020! Expectations, Timing, & How to Join a Campaign

5:15 - 5:20 p.m. • Conference Closing remarks

5:20 - 7:00 p.m. • Networking & Social Mixer at event venue (cash bar — beer & wine)

7:00 p.m. Conference ends