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Politics, business collide at WT election event

We are into our final preparations for Tuesday’s Contractors and Cocktails event on the impact of the 2014 mid-term elections.

In conversations with two of the three panelists – Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council and Jason Kaufman of the Chertoff Group – we’re going to be structuring the conversation around three main areas:

  • The New Political Landscape
  • Procurement Reform and Business Opportunities
  • M&A and Business Strategies

The third panelist, John Hillen, former CEO of Sotera Defense and now the executive in residence and professor of practice at George Mason University’s School of Business, wasn’t available for the call this week.

There is overlap between the three areas as the political landscape will influence the direction of procurement reforms and other priorities that can create business opportunities. Emerging business opportunities will influence mergers and acquisitions and overall business strategies.

We’ll have an hour to debate these topics, and I’m not worried about filling the time.

I am hoping to get some feedback from you all before the event, so please email with ideas and comments.

The event is Tuesday with registration kicking off at 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner. The program starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by networking and cocktails at 5:30 p.m.

We should have plenty of opportunities to talk with the panelists and the other audience members.

The event is free for WT Insiders as part of their membership and $42 for non-members. Click here if you are interested in becoming a WT Insider.

The next year is going to be an interesting one, with plenty of political and business ramifications.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Nov 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Reader Comments

Mon, Nov 17, 2014 Mel Ostrow

Proc Ref is boring and, as a policy area, actually is no busier than usual, and it won't go anywhere. The WH is at sea. Try to steer around Proc Ref--big time waster. M&A strat is well documented in B school curricula and the public record; no value added on Tuesday--just PR blather. Maybe best to concentrate on what the impact of a Dem or Rep win would be. More interesting topics would be the various investigations and lawsuits, as well as the crappy stock prices in most companies. Yeah, no one will talk--or write--about them.

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