Can "the boss" inspire a Texan to vote?
Texas Association of Business director speaks at Chamber meeting
By Kelly Daniel, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
Should employers encourage employees to go to the polls? According to the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the answer is a loud and strong "yes!"
TAB Director of Strategic Programming Colette Vallot will speak on this topic in her presentation "Make November Matter" at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon. The meeting is noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center. All Chamber members and interested members of the community are invited to attend.
Vallot will cover the driving factors for most Texans' motivations to vote that include a sense of duty, to produce an impact and specific candidate or issue driven reasons. She also will note that lack of information, "won't make a difference" attitude and logistical issues may keep many from casting their votes.
More importantly, in the presentation Vallot will address "political engagement" which is one of the three priorities for TAB, and the responsibility that TAB considers employers to have in this area.
The organization views employers throughout the state as major influencers in increasing the numbers of those participating in the voting process. In fact, TAB has claimed a name, TxBiz Votes, and a hashtag #MakeNovemberMatter for the initiative.
"More than half of those who received information from their employers said it led them to register to vote," Vallot said. "We've learned that more than 60% of employees are more likely to vote based on the information received from employers, and more than 80% found the information received from employers was helpful in deciding how to vote."
Supporting the call to action for Texas employers to produce more active voters in their workforce, TAB sites a Bloomberg statement, "getting more workers to the polls would diversify the population deciding the races and include more people attuned to economic issues that affect their jobs."
In her Chamber meeting presentation, Vallot will also share resources and give practical and creative tips for employers to use in their workplaces. "Fun competitions, social media posts and team building events can have a significant impact," she said. "At the very least, knowing where to go and when to vote will make a difference."
Anyone interested in attending the Fourth Friday Luncheon on Oct. 26 should make a reservation by calling the Nacogdoches County Chamber at 936-560-5533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is $20 for Chamber members and $24 for non-members.
Vallot's position with TAB as director of strategic programming, includes involvement in advocacy, public policy and being on front lines of legislative and regulatory issues that impact Texas businesses. She has consulted with local governments, corporations, trade associations, school districts and nonprofit organizations drafting legislation and lobbying related to energy, public education, occupational regulations and tax issues.
Vallot is the founder and managing partner of Entré Strategic Partners, a boutique government affairs firm specializing in leveraging relationships to deliver favorable outcomes for clients. She is an attorney with nearly 25 years of experience working in a broad array of industries, including Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations.