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LAS 2021 – Virtual Experience  

The Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS) is going virtual in 2021! Join your PA and student colleagues as AAPA offers its premier LAS virtually, kicking off Thursday evening, March 4, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST.

First-time attendees often comment that LAS is one of the most important skill-building events they attend, as it provides them with an understanding of current issues facing the profession and how they can make positive change. Please contact us if we can answer any questions or provide guidance as you prepare for this event.

LAS 2021 begins with a live virtual general session on March 4  at 8 p.m. EST followed by 10 recorded sessions to watch at your convenience on key developments facing the profession such as association management development, best practices for constituent organization leaders, and advocacy skill-building.

This year’s virtual event features:

  • 2 live, interactive virtual sessions (a kickoff General Session on March 4th and a preparation session for Virtual Hill Day on March 22nd)
  • A full year’s access to an additional 10 self-paced sessions you can watch whenever is convenient for you
  • Virtual Hill Day visits on March 24 with your senators and representatives in Congress or their staff
  • Live, video face-to-face networking event featuring a cocktail making demonstration! Get to know colleagues from around the country and debrief each other on Hill meetings.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 13 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 3/4/2021 to 3/31/2022.




Member Type Cost
Member $99
Nonmember $199

There are three parts to the virtual conference experience: live virtual sessions, self-paced sessions, and the virtual Hill Day visits. The first live virtual session will take place on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. EST. The second live virtual session will take place Monday, March 22 at 8 p.m. EST prior to scheduled virtual Hill Day visits. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to participate in interactive Q&A with the speakers.

The second part of the virtual conference experience consists of 10 additional self-paced sessions that you can watch whenever is convenient for you! These pre-recorded sessions will be released to participants at 9 a.m. EST on Friday, March 5, 2021.

The third part of the virtual conference experience will be the Virtual Hill Day visits on March 24, 2021. Just like at previous LAS meetings, you’ll get up close and personal – albeit virtually – with your federal legislators. AAPA will provide advocacy training for your meetings with legislators on March 22 and will handle scheduling and facilitating the virtual meetings on March 24. You’ll be given all the tools you need to have successful conversations with Congressional offices about the profession and AAPA legislative priorities.

Registrants will have access to all recordings until March 31, 2022.

Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy

We do not offer any refunds or credits for virtual conference registrations. All sales are final.

  • March 4


    • 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. EST

      Live Virtual General Session: It’s 2021 – Now What?! Advocacy Insights and Experiences from 4 Different States

  • March 5


    • 9 a.m. EST

      10 Self-paced sessions available in Learning Central

  • March 22


    • 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. EST

      Live Virtual Session: Congressional Outlook and Preparing for Hill Visits

  • March 24


    • Virtual Appointments on Capitol Hill

    • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. EST

      Virtual Networking Event

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

Self-Paced Sessions

Self-Paced Sessions

In addition to the live virtual sessions and Virtual Hill Day visits, all registrants will receive access to 10 additional sessions that will be released at 9 a.m. EST on Friday, March 5, 2021. Watch these pre-recorded sessions whenever is convenient for you. Take a look at all of the content that will be included!

  • Fast and Furious: 30 Membership Marketing Tips
  • Virtually Speaking – Tips for Planning An Online Event
  • Keep Calm and Carry On – Seeing Your CO through Strategic Planning
  • Orange is Nobody’s Color: CO Business Responsibilities
  • Skills and Strategies for Media Interviews
  • You’ve Got This! Transform Your Social Media Followers into Advocates for Legislative Success
  • Portability: The Final Licensing Frontier
  • Brushing Up Bylaws & Association Governance
  • The 411 on Reimbursement Compliance and Advocacy
  • Trending Topics in #PA_Reimbursement


This session list may be updated or modified without notification.

Virtual Hill Day

Virtual Hill Day

Virtual Hill visits are common now because of COVID-19, and Capitol Hill will likely be closed to the public in March during LAS. Members of Congress are pleased to meet with constituents virtually, and many have expressed a preference for this new mode of advocacy. AAPA will provide advocacy training for both novices and seasoned advocates, including talking points on key priority issues for the profession. In addition, AAPA will schedule virtual meetings (by phone or video) with your Senators and Representative, just like in previous years, and will provide technical and logistical support. Get ready to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill from the comfort of your home!

Tentative schedules for Virtual Hill meetings will be provided by Friday, March 19. Attendees will meet in groups (with others from their state) with their two Senators and House member and their staff. Please plan to be flexible on March 24, as your meetings could take place at any time between between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each meeting will last approximately 15 minutes. Schedules are subject to change at the last minute.
Information for Registrants

Information for Registrants

Accessing the Sessions and Handouts

The online conference portal in AAPA’s Learning Central is available for attendees to access now. The conference portal includes access to all of the sessions and handouts, including the two live virtual sessions and the self-paced sessions. We highly recommend logging into the portal to check it out a few days prior to the conference to ensure that you are familiar with the system and that everything is working properly.

Follow the steps below to access the online conference portal:

  1. Login to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please email [email protected] or call 571-319-4409.
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2021 Leadership and Advocacy Summit.
  3. Navigate to the different sessions by clicking the Day tabs and Self-Paced tab at the top of the page. The Day tabs will take you to the live virtual sessions.
  4. Once you click on a Day tab, you will see the session details. Once you click on the Self-Paced tab, you will see a list of sessions. Click on a session title to be taken to that specific session.
  5. On the individual session tab, you can access the live session or the recording, along with handouts and the individual session evaluations.
  6. Click on the CME Certificate tab for instructions for completing the evaluations and obtaining your CME certificate.
  7. At any time, click the Lobby tab at the top of the page to be taken back to the main page with general conference information.

Below are some tips regarding the session platforms:

  • All live virtual education sessions will be held in the Zoom platform, accessible directly from each individual session page in the online conference portal. To ensure you can fully participate and for the best user experience, we recommend accessing all sessions from a computer or tablet—not your smart phone. Please note that you will not be able to access the live virtual sessions by calling into a phone number; you will need internet access to view all of the sessions.
  • If you have never accessed Zoom before, your computer may prompt you to download the Zoom software prior to the first session, so we recommend logging into the first session a few minutes before it starts to ensure everything is working properly. Be sure to check your system requirements for Zoom prior to the first session.
  • To access each live virtual session as an attendee, click the Launch Session button available on each individual session page. This link will direct you to the Zoom meeting room automatically. You will not need to enter a Zoom meeting ID. The Launch Session button will display 10 minutes prior to the start of each session.

Course Evaluations and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of course evaluations is a prerequisite for a CME certificate.

  • The evaluations for the live virtual sessions will be available after each live session ends.
  • The evaluations for the self-paced sessions will be available at 9 a.m. EST on Friday, March 5, 2021.
  • The overall conference evaluation will be available at 6 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
  • You will have until March 31, 2022 to participate in all of the sessions, complete the evaluations, and obtain your CME certificate.

Follow the steps below to complete the evaluations and obtain your CME certificate:

  1. Login to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please email [email protected] or call 571-319-4409.
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2021 Leadership and Advocacy Summit.
  3. Click on one of the Day tabs or the Self-Paced tab to access individual sessions.
  4. After you have completed an individual session, click the Evaluation link to open and complete the evaluation for that session. Please note that the CME credit for a session will not be added to your certificate unless you complete the session evaluation.
  5. Once you are done completing all of the sessions that you would like to complete, complete the Overall Conference Evaluation, which is accessible on the CME Certificate tab. Your CME certificate will not be viewable until the Overall Conference Evaluation is completed.
  6. View your certificate on the CME Certificate tab.


We’re here to help! Email us your questions about LAS 2021.