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  • To promote political interests of Polish Americans.
  • To engage Polish Americans in the political process as voters, activists and candidates for office.
  • To foster dialogue between Polish Americans and elected or appointed officials and policy makers.
  • To educate elected officials on issues that comprise the Polish American agenda.
  • To promote the US – Poland partnership and help strengthen relations between the two allies.

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Former US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to keynote the 2015 Annual Conference

Saturday October 10, 2015
The Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, Washington DC

9:30am – 10:15am
Registration & Coffee

10:15am – 10:25am
Welcome remarks by Gen. Edward Rowny - President, American Polish Advisory Council

10:25am – 10:45am
Remarks by His Excellency Ryszard Schnepf – Ambassador of Poland to the United States

10:45am – 11:45am
Panel I: The 2016 Presidential Elections and the Ethnic Vote

  • Moderator: Agnes Marczak – Political Director, American Polish Advisory Council
  • Dr. James Zogby – President, Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council, President and Founder, Arab American Institute
  • Mike Wild – Deputy Director on Redistricting, Republican National Committee
  • Adam Wilczewski – Political strategist and consultant, Busch Global Ventures

11:45am – 12:30pm
The Economic and Energy Security Impact of a Belligerent Russia

  • Ted Kontek – U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Economic Analysis

12:30pm – 1:15pm
Keynote Speaker

  • US on the Frontlines: Poland, NATO and Emerging Challenges to Global Security
  • The Honorable Chuck Hagel – former US Secretary of Defense

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Lunch Break

2:00pm – 3:15pm
Panel II: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Trade, Jobs and Energy Independence

  • Moderator: Katarzyna Klimasinska – Economic Policy Reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Skip Jones – Global Markets Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, US Department of Commerce
  • Francisco Sanchez -Former Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, US Department of Commerce
  • Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D. -Senior Research Fellow, the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation
  • Eric Stewart – President, US-Poland Business Council

3:15pm – 4:00pm
Polish American Affairs in 2015
Visa Waiver Update

  • Monika Lipert–Sowa – First Counselor, Head of Political Section, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington

Polish American Agenda 2016 and American Polish Advisory Council Update

  • Agnes Marczak – Political Director, American Polish Advisory Council
  • Darek Barcikowski – Executive Director, American Polish Advisory Council

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Post-Conference Reception
Please join us for a reception following the 2015 Polish American Conference at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, from 5:30 until 7:30 featuring a degustation of Polish fusion cuisine and open bar. Note: Separate registration is required for the reception. Tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for students. Space is limited and tickets are sold on first come – first serve basis.

The 2015 conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Trade & Investment Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington and the Andrew Kaminski Law Office PC.


Shaping Poland's image in mainstream media
A symposium hosted by the American Polish Advisory Council

The American Polish Advisory Council invites you to a symposium on how Poland, its history and politics are portrayed in mainstream media. Join the conversation and help us establish strategies for how Poland, the Polish American community and key stakeholders can shape Poland's image including the eradication of historical inaccuracies and derogatory remarks. Hear from Polish Senator and Minister for International Dialogue Anna Maria Anders, representatives from Polish and US media and PR experts. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Cost to participate is $65 per person and includes lunch. Registration is now open via Eventbrite.

Saturday Sept 24, 2016
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St, New York, NY

9:30am – 10:00am

10:05am – 10:15am
Welcome: The American Polish Advisory Council
  Gen. Edward Rowny – President, American Polish Advisory Council
  Alex Storozynski – Chairman, Kosciuszko Foundation

10:15am – 11:00am
The Honorable Anna Maria Anders, Polish Senator,
Minister for International Dialogue Poland's image abroad: shaping a narrative by Polish diaspora
  followed by Q&A

11:00am – 11:45am
The Honorable Prof. Piotr Glinski – Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland
  Politics aside: promoting Poland through culture, history and heritage
  followed by Q&A

11:00pm – 12:15pm
Panel 1: Interests

11:45pm – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Maciej Swirski – President, Polish League Against Defamation
  For the record: correcting historical inaccuracies and defamation

1:00pm – 1:45pm
Panel 1: Poland and Polonia in the press: success stories
  Nick Sadowski – Executive Vice President, Nowy Dziennik
  Gregory Fryc – President, PANGEA Alliance
  Agata Grenda – Director, Polish Cultural Institute of New York
  Sabina Klimek – Consul, chief of Polish Trade Mission in New York
  Moderator: Darek Barcikowski

1:45pm – 2:30pm
Panel 2: Strategy 2.0: interest groups and their role in shaping Poland's image
  Frank Milewski – Chairman, Polish American Congress Anti Bigotry Committee
  Rafal Szczurowski – Political Columnist and Lecturer at the City College of New York
  Stefan Komar – Polish Media Issues
  Agnes Marczak – Political Director, American Polish Advisory Council
  Moderator: Darek Barcikowski

2:30pm – 2:45pm
The case for a Polish lobby
  Waldemar Biniecki – Owner, Bieniecki Consulting and CEO at Pax Polonica Foundation

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Closing remarks
  Gen. Edward Rowny – President, American Polish Advisory Council
  John Micgiel – President, the Kosciuszko Foundation



Darek Barcikowski, Executive Director at the American Polish Advisory Council
Phone: 617-869-0601, E-mail: barcikowski@americanpolishcouncil.org


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About APAC

  • The American Polish Advisory Council is a Washington, DC based, bipartisan organization whose mission is to represent the political interest of the Polish American community in Washington and beyond and to mobilize our community to play a greater role in municipal, state and national politics.

    Our 501 (c) (4) status allows us to lobby and support specific legislation that represents the interests of Polish Americans such as initiatives being undertaken in the US Congress that would pave the way for Poland’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program.

    The American Advisory Council is committed to building relationships and facilitating access to key policy makers and fostering dialogue that helps achieve tangible results.

    We invite you to learn about our programs and initiatives and become a part of our efforts to build a stronger Polish American community with a more prominent presence in the political arena.

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