I’m Andrew Aragon, the newest member of the SHRM government affairs team. I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. for nearly seven years and before joining the SHRM team, I was active on Capitol Hill working as a staffer in Congress, then at a political tech startup.
In the short time since joining SHRM, I've gained access to a vast network of seasoned professionals, met personally with members of Congress, and learned from subject matter experts from across the country. As a young professional, these opportunities are invaluable to my professional development—and this March, they will also be available to you at SHRM’s inaugural Advocacy@Work experience!
This event promises unique development opportunities such as professional networking, a toolkit to develop your personal narrative and be an effective advocate, and the chance to meet with elected officials and staff to use your voice to advance the policies that affect us most.
The entire event schedule is shaping up to be one for the books, but as a political junkie, I’m most excited to hear from the man, the myth, the legend himself, Mr. Charlie Cook! Mr. Cook is a longtime participant and student of American politics. He is widely regarded as one of the country’s top political minds, and I personally look forward to his newsletter every week. As SHRM prepares for the legislative year ahead, amid presidential and congressional races, Charlie’s insights will give us a view into what we can expect in a changing political landscape. I can’t wait!
As young professionals, our voices and our stories can make a real, positive impact on policymakers, but only when we share them effectively. Advocacy@Work is our chance to learn from experts, shape our stories, and have our voice heard by those lawmakers that might not hear them otherwise. I'm looking forward to the event and hope you join me.
I’ll see you in Washington!