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Vistage on the Hill with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Event Overview

**Event by invitation only**

Congratulations! You are among an elite group of Vistage Member Excellence Award winners selected to represent Vistage at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce live, virtual Vistage on the Hill event, Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

More than just representing Vistage, this is a chance to gather feedback and learnings pertinent to what you’re facing in business and beyond. Speak your mind, ask questions and share insights gleaned with your Vistage group.

The event will feature four U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy experts presenting on key issues with time for Q&A, and a moderated town hall discussion with Chamber experts, selected members and Best Practice Chairs. Sessions and discussion will be recorded, and later shared with the full U.S. Vistage community.

Event Speakers

Scott W. Reed

Senior Political Strategist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Briefing | Elections preview

Scott W. Reed, senior political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, oversees the Chamber’s federal voter education program. The Chamber’s goals in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 federal elections were to elect pro-business candidates with the courage to govern. Scott created and implemented the blueprint for that strategy.

Scott’s accolades include being named by Politico Magazine as among the top “Politico 50 ideas changing politics and the people behind them.” He is additionally founder and chairman of Chesapeake Enterprises, a Washington-based consulting firm specializing in federal and state legislative, regulatory and governmental affairs for corporate clients.

Thomas M. Sullivan

Vice President, Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Briefing | SMBs: COVID-19 and beyond

Thomas M. Sullivan is vice president of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, harnessing the views of small businesses and translating that grassroots power into federal policies that bolster free enterprise and reward entrepreneurship. He runs the Chamber’s Small Business Council, engaging those members to increase small business input and involvement in Chamber activities.

Previously, Thomas served under President George W. Bush as the highest-ranking government official charged with exclusively advocating the views and needs of small business before government agencies and Congress. As chief counsel for advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, the hallmark of his tenure was a national legislative initiative guaranteeing small business has a voice in state regulatory decisions.

Rick C. Wade

Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Briefing | Diversity and Inclusion

Rick C. Wade is vice president of strategic alliances and outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, developing and implementing programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences. Rick also provides counsel on policy issues and leads special projects. His wealth of knowledge and experience in both the public and private sectors enables him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country, and share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system. Rick’s prior experience includes serving as a senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, and as a senior adviser to the 2008 Obama for America campaign.

Kris Denzel

Senior Director, International Policy U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Briefing | International trade: Looking ahead

Kris Denzel is senior director for international policy in the International Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, responsible for promoting the Chamber’s international trade and investment agenda, including bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and negotiations, before the administration and Congress.

Previously, Kris was director of government affairs at the Organization for International Investment (OFII), a group representing U.S. operations of leading global companies. At OFII, he advocated on behalf of its members on international trade and investment issues. Before joining OFII, Denzel spent seven years working on Capitol Hill for Representatives Robert Dold (R-IL) and George Holding (R-NC), focusing on trade policy.



11:00 - 11:15 AM
Welcome | Opening remarks

11:15 - 12:05 PM
Scott Reed, Briefing | Elections preview

12:05 - 12:15 PM

12:15 - 1:05 PM
Rick Wade, Briefing | Equality of opportunity

1:05 - 1:15 PM

1:15 – 2:05 PM
Thomas Sullivan, Briefing | SMBs: COVID-19 and beyond

2:05 - 2:15 PM

2:15 - 3:05 PM
Kris Denzel, Briefing | International trade: Looking ahead

3:05 - 3:15 PM

3:15 - 4:00 PM
Town Hall