ANCA Leadership Conference to Gather Activists This September

–Practical Training to Advance The Armenian Cause

WASHINGTON–A broad cross-section of Armenian Americans – from long-time veterans to first-time activists – will gather in Washington–DC between September 14th and 17th for the Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA) 2006 Leadership Conference.

The conference–titled–"Grassroots Makes the Difference," will empower activists to serve as energetic and effective ambassadors for the Armenian Cause.

Over the course of the three-day program–presentations–workshops–and practical training sessions will feature unique opportunities to:

-Network with national–regional–and local ANCA leaders–as well as with activists from across the United States–and meet with officials from the Administration and Congress.

-Explore exciting new opportunities – using cutting-edge technology and other innovative techniques – to advance the Armenian American advocacy agenda.

-Learn effective ways to involve new activists–energize existing advocates–improve cooperation with community organizations–and mobilize your local grassroots base.

-Develop simple and effective methods to influence the media – locally and nationally – by correcting mistaken reporting–responding to media bias–and promoting positive coverage of Armenian issues.

-Share insights–experiences–and suggestions with old and new friends and colleagues from across the United States.

-Engage with officials from the Administration and Congress–gaining special insights into the US-Armenia bilateral relationship–Armenian genocide recognition efforts–the Nagorno Karabagh peace process–and the impact of Armenian American participation in the political process.

"The power–respect–and influence we enjoy in Washington–DC is earned every day by ANCA activists working in their local communities across the United States," said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian. "Our Leadership Conference in Washington–DC – a truly unique learning and team-building experience – will provide these activists the tools they need to return home as even more effective ambassadors for the Armenian Cause."

The conference–organized by the ANCA National headquarters–in coordination with the Eastern and Western Regional offices and local chapters–will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel–at 900 10th Street–NW–in Washington DC.

To request information or to register for the conference–please contact the ANCA Washington office at (202) 775-1918 or by email at anca@anca.org.

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