As environmental professionals we are well trained in studying and protecting natural resources, but may be less informed on how to translate our findings into actionable change. While the general public is often included in our outreach efforts, we all-to-often fail to communicate our findings to policy makers where these results can be considered for maximum long-term impact. The challenge to our community is to provide useful information to the appropriate decision makers in a timely manner. This year we are offering a conference to provide our community with insider advice on maximizing the impact of our work at local, regional and national scales.