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We Look Forward to Celebrating Together 

To properly recognize and thank you for your leadership, we are planning to gather together for a special conference and awards dinner from December 5-7th at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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All Day

NAIFA Leadership Arrivals

9:00-5:00 pm  Board of Trustees Meeting

5:30-6:30 pm eastern

John Newton Russell Reception (Invitation only)

7-8 am 


8-10 am

Welcome & Keynote

10-10:30 am


10:30-12 pm

Leadership Training Breakouts

Each set of chapter leaders is assigned to a cohort group to pair chapters together of similar size. The cohort group will then go through the following sessions together so that the discussion times can provide meaningful dialogue and idea exchange.
  • Chapter Leadership Coaching: 
    Led by a variety of speakers, the coaching program will focus on how to govern, provide meaningful programs, leverage benefits & programs to entice new people to get involved and reinforce the value of membership to current members. Quick 10 minute sessions will cover topics that include chapter compliance, how to build programs without a budget, how to identify potential membership niches, how to grow your YAT population & more. The goal of the session is to provide leaders with a roadmap of opportunities that the chapter will adopt in 2022 to maximize the NAIFA brand in your respective market.

  • Developing Dedicated Donors:
    How do we develop donors from the start that understand the value and critical importance of the PAC? Join this session to gain elite fundraising skills to raise funds at all levels and strengthen NAIFA's reputation & influence with legislators. Rejuvenate your PAC plans for 2022 with new ideas to incorporate.

  • Galvanize Your Grassroots Program:
    NAIFA is people-powered. This session outlines the power of developing the right relationships to help influence legislative outcomes. Do legislators regularly call you for input and insight? Does the media look to you for expert commentary? After leaving this session, you will walk away understanding the power of people and how NAIFA can mobilize and advocate as one voice to be a formidable force.

12-1 pm

Sponsored by IFAPAC
Featuring former Chef of the White House Military Office, Marti Mongiello

1-2:30 pm

  • The Leadership Conference continues with sessions assigned according to your leadership role and chapter cohort group.

2:30-3 pm


3-5 pm

Keynote Speaker: Senator Todd Young (R-IN) followed by NAIFA's Policy Panel  & Congressional Update

We are honored that Senator Todd Young (R-IN) will join us to discuss the importance of NAIFA's Grassroots Program and empower leaders to amplify NAIFA's voice in the statehouse and on Capitol Hill.

Following Senator Young, join NAIFA's Government Relations team to take a deep dive into the regulatory & legislative arena that could affect your business. Hear from the expert panel as to what is being discussed, the likelihood of implementation, and moreso--what you can do about it. Leave the session with your talking points so that you can undertake your Hill visits with confidence.

5:30-6:30 pm

Belong Reception 
Black tie suggested

As we come together to celebrate and recognize our volunteers during the Belong Awards, please come early to join your fellow NAIFA leaders and staff for an engaging networking reception and IFAPAC-sponsored silent auction prior to dinner. 

6:30-9 pm

Annual Meeting & Belong Awards Dinner 

Join us for a hallmark celebration that honors our 2021 leaders for their service and formally swears in our leaders for 2022. The event will include the passing of the gavel between Tom Michel to Larry Holzberg, as well as announce the recipients of NAIFA's top membership awards including: 

  • 4 Under 40 Awards
  • National Quality Awards
  • Diversity Champion of the Year
  • YAT Leader of the Year
  • Presidential Service Award
  • Inaugural Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award
  • John Newton Russell Award

The event will symbolize the first time that NAIFA Nation has been together since December 2019 and include our beloved flag ceremony, photo opportunities, and best of all--the camaraderie that we've all missed so much.


7-8 am


8:00 am-5:00 pm

Capitol Hill Visits
Based on availability from Congressional offices, appointments are being scheduled and information will be relayed when available. If you are planning your travel and want to go to the Hill, please plan for evening departures.

NAIFA staff will schedule these appointments for you, please do not contact Congressional offices.

8-9:30 am

Be the Brand. NAIFA Leaders, Our #1 Brand Ambassadors

Maximize your exposure that your leadership opportunity affords you. Learn how your Board can come together to make statements, issue support, and serve as a resource to both policymakers and the media. Emerge from the session with an arsenal of tools and templates that will allow you to interact with the consumer and financial services industry in your respective market. Gain confidence and be emboldened to tell your NAIFA story to attract more prospects (for your business and for NAIFA membership) to you.

9:30-10:00 am


10:00-11:00 am

Entrepreneurial Power Session:
"Salivate for the No to Savor the Yes", Chef Marti Mongiello

Immerse yourself in the wit and wisdom of Chef Marti Mongiello as he delights us with stories of serving in the White House, as well as sharing his recipes for success. In this session, Chef Marti will share  what he means to "salivate for the no to get to the yes". To read more about Chef Marti before the conference, see the featured article in Advisor Today

5:00 pm
Potential Hill Visits Conclude


Save the Date for the 2022 National Leadership Conference! November 13-15, 2022 back at the DC Renaissance Hotel.


Chapter Leadership Coaching

  • NAIFA's vision for governance and the association's future
  • Chapter's roles and responsibilities in achieving proper governance and NAIFA's vision
  • Common challenges faced by chapters and strategies to overcome them
  • How to engage with current and potential members to achieve membership growth
  • The vital role of NAIFA's advocacy efforts to ensure a favorable legislative  and regulatory environment for our members and the clients they serve.
  • Leveraging NAIFA's marketing operations to ampfly our brand
  • Overview of NAIFA staff roles and how they are relevant to leadership responsibilities

Developing Dedicated Donors

  • Implementing PAC fundraising techniques
  • The role of IFAPAC chair within your chapter and how it fits into the national vision
  • Accessing and generating IFAPAC reports
  • The process for completing individual contributions and the contribution directive
  • Developing your PAC budget and items to include
  • Compliance regulations and avoiding potential issues

Galvanize Your Grassroots Program

  • NAIFA Advocacy basics and state chapter role
  • Accessing NAIFA's online resources, including microsites and advocacy guide
  • Building relationships with legislators
  • Keys to drafting a personal advocacy story
  • Getting involved in midterm elections
  • Understanding the candidate selection process
  • Leverging the state chapter GOTV toolkit in 2022

Honored Guests

Senator Todd Young (R-IN)

Keynote Speaker

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Chef Marti Mongiello

Keynote Speaker

Featured Leaders

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Dennis Cuccinelli

Board of Trustees


Chris Gandy

Board of Trustees

Lawrence Holzberg

President Elect

Mike Peters
Mike Peters

Grassroots Chair

Tom Michel


Joshua OGara
Josh O'Gara

Vice-Chair,  Grassroots


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Brendan Bernat

Director, Professional Development

Diane Boyle

SVP, Government Relations

Suzanne Carawan

VP, Marketing & Communications

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Judi Carsrud

AVP, Government Relations

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Randy Clark

Senior Director, Membership Outreach and Engagement

Alaina Faiello
Alaina Faiello

VP, Professional Development

Maeghan Gale

Policy Director

Michael Gerber

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

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Dani Kehoe

Principal, DEK Consulting

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Corey Mathews

VP, Member & Chapter Services

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Kevin Mayeux

Chief Executive Officer

Joe Minardi
Joe Minardi

Manager, PAC

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Pat Raffaniello

Principal, Raffaniello & Associates, LLC

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Stephanie Sheridan

Political Director

Scott Sinder

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLC

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Michael Hedge

Director, Government Relations

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
NAIFA Group Rate $269+/night


Upon registering for the National Leadership Conference, you will receive an email with the link to make your hotel reservations. Please note that the hotel cut of date for NAIFA's group rate is November 20, 2021.


Chef Marti Mongiello


The registration fee is $200 to include the Belong Awards Celebration and feature former White House Chef and military veteran Marti Mongiello who will provide an immersive and interactive experience to attendees. The conference will also include NAIFA's annual meeting, swearing in of officers, and educational sessions for leading smart in 2022.

Register for NAIFA's National Leadership Conference