Get Out The Vote
Regarding the SHRM list above, PRINTING United Alliance has personally adopted tip #4: “Providing paid time off to vote” in 2020. Thanks to CEO Ford Bower’s commitment to civic action, Alliance employees will have the opportunity to take paid leave for four hours on November 3rd, either in the morning or in the afternoon, to have plenty of time to exercise their rights in our democracy. As Bowers stated, “No Alliance team member should forfeit his or her right to vote because the lines were too long.” The Alliance’s policy follows a trend made popular by non-partisan employer coalitions like “Time to Vote,” co-founded by Patagonia because, according to a company spokesperson, “the business community has the power to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our nation’s elections.” It’s a simple, “free,” and valuable civic benefit that your own company can provide to its workforce, and one that you can decide to offer and implement today.
Remember: When it comes to encouraging voting in the workplace, it’s about participation, not politics. Let’s all Get Out The Vote!
Lisbeth Lyons is Vice President, Government & Political Affairs, PRINTING United Alliance, the largest, most comprehensive graphic arts trade association in the country. With more than 20 years of experience representing the voice of business on Capitol Hill, Lisbeth advocates for public policies that protect and advance the economic future of the printing and packaging industry. She oversees PRINTING United Alliance’s legislative, political, and grassroots advocacy initiatives, and has served in executive leadership of multiple successful advocacy campaigns, such as Coalition for Paper Options, Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, and Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers Coalition.
Prior to representing PRINTING United Alliance, Lisbeth served in similar roles at Printing Industries of America, US Telecom, and the National Federation of Independent Business. She also spent three years as a K-12 teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system, where she was on the forefront of urban education reform in the mid-1990s.
Lisbeth is Midwestern born and bred, having grown up in the St. Louis metropolitan area and attended college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, before starting her career in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. in English/Sociology and a professional graduate certificate from The George Washington University School of Political Management. She lives in the historic Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.
An avid leader and learner in professional development, Lisbeth was a founding member of the Government Relations Leadership Forum, and is an active participant in organizations such as Council of Manufacturing Associations, Women in Government Relations, and National Association of Business PACs, among others. Lisbeth is often a featured speaker at premier industry conferences; she has spoken to Boards of Directors, corporate executive management teams, and state and regional trade associations across the country from coast to coast.