Become a Member
We are focused on growing our membership and providing members with the tools to help them be successful in their profession. We will be growing our suite of member benefits and educational offerings to help lobbyists and government affairs professionals at all stages in their career.
Your membership will not only help you and your career, but will also signal your support of an open, accessible, and well-informed government that fosters the public trust and values the significant role lobbyists and government relations professionals play in the public’s right to be represented before government.
All Memberships Include
Free admission to all Lunch n' Learns, Panel & Roundtable discussions, Networking Events, & Member of Congress Briefings (including access to archived recordings of these programs in the members only section of our website)
Access to our Ethics Hotline
Access to our Public Policy Certificate Program (PPC) - including discounted pricing on our PPC courses
Member only discount codes to our partnering organizations
Over the last year and a half, NILE has worked to understand the lack of diversity within the lobbying profession. We have undergone a collaborative effort through our DEI Task Force to develop professional standards crafted by lobbyists for lobbyists. The lobbying profession has never been seen as an accessible profession, based largely on “who you know” relationships. Our goal is to break down these barriers to entry and promote diversity through new approaches to hiring, retention, and career advancement by proactively eliminating implicit and explicit bias.
BECOME A SIGNATORY
Below you will find the professions first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Code of Professional Standards (DEI-CPS). The goal is to begin to address the inequities within the profession in a real and proactive way. The DEI-CPS aims to help government affairs/lobbying firms, organizations, and associations/unions build diverse teams through:
Infrastructure-Building, Self-Assessment and Reporting
Education & Training
Hiring and Pipeline Initiatives
Career Advancement & Leadership
NILE encourages every lobbyist and their respective organization, firm, business, or company to join us in signing the professions first DEI Code of Professional Standards.
NILE is putting real action and resources behind our public commitment to the DEI-CPS by offering support for the efforts of DEI-CPS signatories through the following initiatives:
Education & Training
NILE will continue to offer free programing to help organizations implement the DEI-CPS to build stronger and more diverse teams
Annual Intern Grant
NILE will award $5,000 in grants per year to encourage more organizations to pay interns. This will open up the profession to skilled interns - not just the ones that can afford it.
NILE commits to project our pledge to diversity through our chosen speakers, board and committee members, and mentors. We believe our programs and our organization is stronger with a broad range of voices, experiences, and expertise.
NILE has expanded our mentorship program to include a diverse mix of mentor voices and experiences.
Check Back for More DEI Programs!
Creating DEI Impact for Government Affairs Organizations of all Sizes
Kimberly Hulsey, Director, In-House Practice Group & Member, Major Lindsey & Africa
Jacqueline Cranford, Esq, Founder & Principal, Cranford Advisory Services, LLC
Todd Cranford, Head of Government Relations & External Affairs, Financial Accounting Foundation
Creating a Diverse Team
Featuring the Boston Scientific Team:
Veronica Angel, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Brenda Becker, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs
Shani Bird, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Student Series: Day in the Life of a Lobbyist
With Howard University
John Jones, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Nareit
Nana Nyanin, Senior Director, Rock Central
Eriade Williams, Principal, theGROUP
Ashli Palmer, Partner, Peck Madigan Jone
Our DEI resources are a collaborative effort by the profession. If you have a resource you would like to add to the list let Nicole know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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