In this episode of the Back in Session podcast, hosts Ryan Stevens and Ryan DeMara sit down with Terra McClelland, President of the State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) and Vice President of Government and External Affairs at Benevis. Here are the key highlights:

  • Fantasy Baseball Showdown: The Ryans kick off the episode with some lighthearted banter about their fantasy baseball league, where the two are facing one another this week in a head-to-head matchup.
  • Meet Terra McClelland: Terra shares her journey to becoming the President of SGAC, highlighting her passion for the organization and its focus on professional development and state-level advocacy.
  • Professional Development at SGAC: Terra discusses the importance of SGAC in fostering professional growth through networking and educational programs, and how it has shaped her career in government affairs.
  • Advocacy in Underserved Communities: Learn about Terra’s role at Benevis, a company providing back-office support to dental clinics in underserved areas, and her efforts to address Medicaid rate challenges and access to care.
  • The Evolving Role of State Governments: Terra delves into how state governments have become pivotal in policy-making, especially given the current political climate and technological advancements.
  • Impact of COVID-19: Terra reflects on how the pandemic has transformed the way government affairs professionals operate, emphasizing the shift towards virtual meetings and the importance of adapting to new technologies.
  • Behind the Scenes with the First Lady: Terra recounts her experiences doing advance work for First Lady Laura Bush, detailing the challenges and lessons learned during her time in this high-stakes role.
  • Networking and Mentorship: The discussion highlights the significance of building long-term relationships and mentorship in the government affairs industry, with Terra offering valuable advice for young professionals.
  • Future-Proofing Strategies: Terra shares insights from SGAC’s recent National Summit on future-proofing organizations, featuring standout speakers like Crystal Washington and Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall.
  • Fun Farewell: The episode wraps up with a fun question about Terra’s favorite Jimmy Buffett song, adding a personal touch to an informative and engaging conversation.

Tune in to hear more about Terra McClelland’s inspiring journey and gain valuable insights into the world of state government affairs and advocacy. Don’t miss this captivating episode!

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