During the last week of winter break, I had the opportunity to attend The Washington Campus: Public Policy Education for Business Leaders, an intensive week long program in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Krannert School of Management.
The Washington Campus is a higher education consortium comprised of the world’s leading business schools, whose mission is to educate both current and future executives about the important interactions of business, government, and public policy, in order to enhance their effectiveness as organizational leaders.
Along with two Krannert classmates, Varni Pandey and Yuji Sakakibara, we braved the D.C. cold to learn about the newly elected 114th Congress and how the legislative process is projected to proceed. We also heard from the Honorable Tim Roemer, former Indiana Congressman and U.S. Ambassador to India on the importance of international business, and completed an exercise on how to reduce the Federal Budget and the implications of each cost-cutting measure.
The week continued with us learning from other notable speakers on topics such as cybersecurity, regulation (did you know apple juice caused a big regulation uproar in the last few years?), tax reform, healthcare, immigration, energy, and the importance (yes, importance!) of lobbyist advocacy. One of the most memorable presentations was on the Media and Public Policy, presented by Mr. Steve Roberts, American journalist, writer and political commentator, who talked about the effective use of media in campaigns and in advocacy measures. As a new tool in the toolbox, constituents can take to social media to assure their voices are heard – a new form of interacting with their elected representatives.
As you can imagine, no Washington D.C. trip is complete without a visit to Capitol Hill. During the course’s “Capitol Hill Day,” Varni, Yuji and I had the opportunity to meet the Honorable Peter King, Congressman from New York, the Honorable Joe Donnelly, Senator from Indiana, and watch the House floor debate on the 40-hour workweek, led by Wisconsin Congressman, and former Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan.
During The Washington Campus, we also met and interacted with fellow MBA students from universities such as the University of Michigan, Texas A&M, and Emory.
All together, we learned the importance of business participation in the policy making process. As they say, “If you do not have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”
If you have questions or want to learn more about The Washington Campus, please reach out to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.