SHRM A-Team: Blueprint for Shaping the Future of HR Public Policy

2014 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
Workplace application: Gain best practices for engaging in advocacy and public policy on behalf of HR. First time attendees participating in the Capitol Hill visits are encouraged to attend.

The A-Team serves as a blueprint for professionals who want to shape the future of HR public policies. In this session, participants will learn about the A-Team, identify other HR professionals in their state as partners, develop compelling messages to effectively communicate with lawmakers, and participate in a group exercise on communicating with lawmakers about HR-related legislative proposals.


Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 2:15pm to 3:45pm

Chatrane Birbal


Chatrane Birbal is a Senior Advisor, Government Relations on  SHRM’s Government Affairs team. 

Prior to joining SHRM, Ms. Birbal was the Director, Government Relations at the Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of some 2,000 grant making foundations and corporations, with assets totaling more than $282 billion. During her tenure at the Council Ms. Birbal implemented strategies and launched programs in support of the organization’s public policy and government relations work. Her responsibilities included tracking relevant legislation, raising the Council’s profile with the Congress and other nonprofit organizations, advising members on their legislative activities and planning and execution of the Council’s annual legislative fly-in conference, “Foundations on the Hill”. 

Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Birbal was a Federal Legislative lobbyist at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), an Arlington, VA-based medical specialty society with over 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians who work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. During her tenure at the APA Ms. Birbal lobbied Congress on behalf of psychiatrists, planned and executed the association’s annual advocacy day training session for membership as well as developed the APA’s online advocacy action center to further legislative efforts on behalf of the psychiatry profession.

Chatrane obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York and received her graduate degree of Public Administration, concentration International Relations from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Stephanie Vance


Stephanie Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and the recently released The Influence Game. She’s a 25 year veteran of the Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide.

Stephanie’s experiences as a legislative director and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment. To achieve that goal she provides inperson and online trainings for thousands of advocates around the world.

Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Mount Vernon Square
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
Relationship Management
Intended Audience: 
All Levels
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