Learn to lobby more effectively - at your site, or at our public seminars
Since 2006, Capitol Seminars has helped more than 1500 government and public affairs professionals understand the legislative process and the real-world, practical applications of lobbying in California. Our Legislative Process / Lobbying 101 (introductory) and Lobbying 201 (advanced) classes are offered throughout the year in downtown Sacramento. More information on each course is below.
We can also provide the same valuable course content at your site, at your convenience. We identify your learning objectives, the topics you want us to emphasize, and a class schedule that works best for you. This is a cost-effective way to train your support staff, your association's members, your board of directors — whoever you choose — according to their specific needs. And you can pool resources with other organizations in setting up these customized training sessions.
Our seminars provide value to all government and public affairs professionals
In addition to lobbyists and support staff, our seminars are valuable to anyone else involved in governmental advocacy. For example: organizations that engage lobbyists; city and county governments; public agencies; trade and professional associations; nonprofit and public interest organizations; law firms; and the media. Some organizations send all their new staffers to us for training.
Unparalleled insights from a veteran lobbyist
Capitol Seminars founder Ray LeBov is a veteran of more than 38 years working in and around the capitol. He and his guest faculty provide you with valuable insights into the process of advocacy, the pitfalls to avoid, and the people skills required to be successful.
The Legislative Process / Lobbying 101 (introductory course)
Thoroughly explores the step-by-step fundamentals of the legislative process in California as well as key insights into how the process "really works." Seminar attendees receive comprehensive resource materials and participate in interactive exercises. From textbook analysis to real-world stories from the trenches, this class serves as an excellent introduction to the basics and best practices of effective advocacy.
Lobbying 201 (advanced course)
An interactive overview of the evolving world of governmental advocacy, presented by subject matter experts in these critical practice areas: Lobbying the Administration; Budget Advocacy; Media Relations; and Regulatory Agency Advocacy. Attendance at our 101 seminar is suggested as a foundation but is not a prerequisite for attending our advanced course.
Contact us with your questions or to schedule on-site training for your organization.
Give us a call at (916) 442-5009 or email
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Ray LeBov & Associates, the parent company of Capitol Seminars, offers these services:
- Advocacy (Lobbying) - Ray LeBov & Associates (RLA) offers a full range of legislative and governmental affairs services... [more]
- Consulting - On those occasions where you wish to do your own lobbying, you can still benefit from consultation with Ray. The consulting arrangement offers... [more]
- Seminars - Ray LeBov's introductory and advanced lobbying seminars are held throughout the year in downtown Sacramento... [more]
- Coaching - In addition to his regularly scheduled seminars which are available to the general public, Ray LeBov offers private coaching to individuals. ... [more]
Sacramento Business Journal - by Kathy Robertson Staff writer
Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal
Longtime lobbyist Ray LeBov, left, speaks with state Sen. Darrell Steinberg at Steinberg’s Capitol office.
To some employers, what goes on at the state Capitol seems just plain "weird."
There's an established path from idea to bill to law, but many skip that route. Legislators can be fractious and have term limits that keep their tenure short. Two-thirds of them have to agree to pass a budget or a tax, so public spending priorities often get punted to the ballot box.
A former state worker turns to a new career: teaching others how to lobby
by Bob Masullo
Inside East Sacramento
Some think lobbyists are vying with lawyers, medical insurers and used-car salesmen to see whose profession is admired the least. But Ray LeBov doesn’t believe lobbyists are bad at all. He thinks lobbying is respectable work, and he’s helping to make more lobbyists.
In fact, the retired lobbyist teaches classes called Lobbying 101 and Lobbying 201. One of each is offered approximately every two months.
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