October 21 to 23, 2011

UC Berkeley, California

A culmination of the brightest Drupal minds in the technology hub of the world


Elections 2012, Drupal and your business

Please note: this is a sample outline that can be tailored to fit your specific needs. Additionally, should you want more specific outlines; I have no problem providing them. I look forward to working with the events committee on this project.

a. Theme: Elections are right around the corner, what are you doing to get involved and make money or an impact? Various levels – quick overview – 7 minutes
i. National
ii. Congressional
iii. State
iv. Local
b. Basics: Website discussions - study
i. What candidates are looking for
ii. What can be done
iii. How to approach campaigns to get work
iv. What and how to show them
v. When to show them
c. Drupal and how it (along with your skills) can help a campaign
i. Outline specifically what you can provide a candidate and specifics on how drupal can help their campaign
d. How to get your business through the door
i. How to write a proposal that gets notices
ii. Whom to send it to for quick action
iii. How to follow up – especially when to follow up
iv. How to work with a campaign staff
v. How to work with a legislative staff
e. Total time: 45 minutes
i. Speaking 20
ii. Questions 20

Who is Michael Ross?
Michael Ross is a 54 year old California native who has worked in or, around the California State Legislature since 1977. As a registered Lobbyist, Michael specializes in Republican based Consumer Protection Issues and has worked on the passage or defeat of over 2,500 bills, resolutions and amendments. In previous legislative sessions, Michael has weighed in on a variety of issues ranging from: Lemon Automobiles, Pet Sales and Item Pricing to Sports Franchise Relocation, Telecommunications (Sub-minute Billing), and officially defining the terms Malware and Spyware. To support his efforts, Michael is a credentialed teacher, law school graduate and hopefully budding drupal designer who has worked for not-for-profits, bought and sold domain names, run a newspaper and dabbled both international affairs and business. This legislative session, Michael focused his attention on language he is sponsoring in three measures: Financial literacy (AB 597 – Enrolled – to Governor for signature); Tax exemptions for consumers who invest in NYSE and NASDAQ companies headquartered in California (AB 577) and California’s official foreign relations stance regarding (supporting) Israel (ACR 65). Michael can be reached by email at ssorleahcim@comcast.net or phone: 916.923.2215.