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Victoria Global and The Soho Loft Media Group cover the Lobbying School organized by the Istanbul Leadership Institute from May 21 to 23, 2015 in Turkey

May 26, 2015NEW YORKThe 2015  Lobbying School with the theme “Communications and Street Smarts Program” gathered company executives, students, media practitioners, diplomats, professionals and academicians in Istanbul, Turkey from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm each day for the training duration.

David Drake (,  Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group, says “The effective use of lobbying will be beneficial for both professionals and the companies they represent.”

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo credit to

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo credit to

After an opening gala, these topics were discussed: “Lobbying School 101; Lobbying: bridging the nexus between policy and politics; Lobbying on Turkish Issues;  Human rights lobbying at the UN; How to successfully lobby for your industry; Coordinating PA Work Between Brussels and Member States; Moderated talk on Administrative Law; Unique steps in developing an education lobbying effort; Effective Decision-Making; Street Smarts: political fundraising skills; Lobbying School 102; The Five Key Characteristics of an Effective Lobbyist; Bringing street smarts to international debates; The art of Street Smarts in Business; The Art of Negotiations; Moderated talk on Negotiations and Dispute Resolution; Public Speaking and Charisma;  Using Public Opinion and Answering Questions in Professional Settings;  The Tools for Business Correspondence and Note Taking; The art of effective legislative communications;Successful ways to lobby your case as well as Women’s Leadership and Motivation”.

The speakers are experts in their own field,  and included:

Brian Branton,  Director of Federal Government Affairs at Novo Nordisk
Clyde Wilcox, Professor of Georgetown University
Denitsa Pirinova Sokolova, Visiting Scholar at ACMCU in  Georgetown University
Diana Skelton, Deputy Director General of  ATD Fourth World
Erdoan A. Shipoli,  Co-Founder of Istanbul Leadership Institute
Gligor Tashkovich, retired Minister of Foreign Investments of the Republic of Macedonia
Jaime R. Harrison, Chairman of SC Democratic Party in the  Podesta Group
James W. Pardew, retired US Ambassador to Bulgaria
Judith (Gwathmey) Wilcox,  Former Professor Harvard Medical School
Lydia Borland, President of  LB International Solutions LLC
Marie C. Boyd, Professor at the School of Law in University of Carolina
Mehmet Yavuz Kanar, Co-Founder and President of  Istanbul Leadership Institute
Nikolaus Tacke,  Public Affairs and Government Relations Director of Coca-Cola
Sam Potolicchio, President of  Preparing Global Leaders Foundation in Georgetown University
Stephen Philip Johnson, Vice President Emeritus of Cornell University

Lobbying School’s partner for this program included: Istanbul Leadership Institute, Biletix Ticketmaster, Victoria Global and The Soho Loft Media Group.

Attendees were awarded certificates of completion after all requirements were submitted and completed. A certificate with international recognition and prestige was given to participants as well.

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