30th Annual

2018 Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference

March 7-9, 2018 • Washington, D.C.

Hosted by:
Presented by: Ragan PR Daily PRSA

Come to the conference that for 30 years has been the go-to resource for speechwriters and executive communicators searching for top training and networking opportunities.

Walk away inspired, informed and ready to take on any assignment after you learn from your peers in government, corporate, university and nonprofit organizations.

Featuring keynotes with:

  • Michelle and Barack Obama’s chief speechwriters
  • Chief speechwriter for FBI Directors Christopher Wray, James Comey and Robert Mueller
  • Former executive communicator for Microsoft’s president of entertainment
  • Panel of White House speechwriters spanning 30 years of presidential speechwriting
  • You’ll learn:

    • Ways to employ vivid language that will motivate people to take action
    • How to establish yourself as an authority in your organization and build trust with your principal
    • Tips to get the skinny on your new leader and write better speeches, even without one-on-one interaction
    • Best practices to establish a thought leadership platform that’s authentic to your principal and advances your organization’s brand and business goals

    Don't miss this unique opportunity!

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    • New speechwriters
    • Executive communicators
    • Corporate speechwriters
    • Government speechwriters
    • Freelance speechwriters
    • Veteran speechwriters
    • Communications generalists
    • Internal communicators
    • PR professionals


    National Education Association

    Conference Venue:

    National Education Association
    Chanin Auditorium
    1201 16th St. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036


    A limited number of hotel rooms are available for the conference under an event room block at the following hotel.

    The Westin Washington, DC City Center
    1400 M St. NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    PH: 202.429.1700

    Click here to make reservations:  Ragan Communications Room Block

    Please Note: The cut-off date for The Westin Washington, DC City Center is Friday, February 16 or whenever the block is filled.


    Here are a few key takeaways you’ll bring back:

    Two specialized tracks: We'll cover speechwriting fundamentals and topics for those more advanced. Mix sessions to create your own custom conference.

    Dynamite keynotes: Hear from top speechwriters, brand managers and executive communicators.

    Peer presentations: You'll hear practical ideas from speechwriters who have written for government officials, corporate CEOs, university leaders and executives at top nonprofits.

    Three in-depth pre-conference workshops: Expand your learning in one or all of our intensive workshops that take you through speechwriting from soup to nuts, show you how to best use video for your executive communications and give you top tips for injecting humor into your speeches.

    Networking opportunities: Meet new peers, benchmark your career and share ideas at lunch, the conference cocktail party and dine-arounds.

    Thank you to our current sponsors and partners:

    Join us as an event sponsor and meet your target audience, showcase your products, present thought leadership, generate leads and boost your brand.

    Here are a few examples of opportunities we offer:

    For event information, contact Customer Service 800.878.5331, or cservice@ragan.com