Internal Comms: How to Explain Policy to Executives

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Carolyn Coda is a legislative and regulatory strategist, with 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She focuses on tax policy, financial services, and privacy/cybersecurity, helping clients navigate the complex political landscape in Washington.

Carolyn joined Invariant from global reinsurer Swiss Re, where she served for seven years as head of federal affairs. She was responsible for leading the firm’s public policy initiatives on issues ranging from financial services and tax policy to cyber risk and climate resiliency. Prior to Swiss Re, Carolyn spent time in both the legislative and executive branches. She clerked for the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee before transitioning to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She was also a political appointee at the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush, serving in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Carolyn received her JD from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and graduated from James Madison University.

You spend hours helping Members, regulators, and their staff understand your organization. You are a star at demonstrating how policy will affect your employees, members, supporters, and partners.

How well do you handle internal comms? If you’re like most professionals, not as well as you could.

Carolyn Coda has spent years helping government affairs teams communicate internally. It’s a complex task, and she has concrete suggestions for helping you do it right.

Topics include:

  • Considerations based on whether your department reports into the CEO, General Counsel, HR, or other groups
  • How to handle executives with an addiction to political news.
  • Tips for challenging your assumptions on how well your briefing documents are actually understood
  • Suggestions for newsletters vs other forms of communication
  • How to write a stellar briefing document
  • Much, much more

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