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Annual National Conference

America and Global Megatrends

November 16-18
Washington, DC


WACA's 2016 National Conference Will be held on November 16-18, at the Captial Hilton Hotel, located in the heart of Washington DC and just two blocks from the White House and three Metro Rail stations, makes it the perfect hotel for exploring our Nation’s Capital. It is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theatres and art galleries, shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Save up to $100 by taking advantage of early-bird rates through September 9.

New this year! REGISTRATION REWARDS: For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 

Book your room at our special Group Rate now! 
Staying at The Capital Hilton We have secured a special group rate: 

  • Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night (Single/Double occupancy) plus tax
  • Queen/King/Double bed Executive Floor: $349/night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax 

Click here to reserve your room! 


Conference Speakers:*  

LEADERSHIP DAY Keynote Speaker: 

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson is a thirty-year veteran of the American Foreign Service, and President of the American Foreign Service Association (full bio).


Panel: Presidential Leadership and U.S. Foreign Policy

Evan Thomas
Tom Defrank 
Contributing Editor, National Journal 

Talmage Boston
Shareholder, Winstead PC

Michael Duffy 
Deputy Managing Editor, TIME

*The conference speakers list will be updated regularly, stay tuned!  

Tentative Agenda: 

Wednesday, November 16:
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Leadership Day
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Welcome Reception and Opening Dinner 

Thursday, November 17:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Panels
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ambassadors Luncheon
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Panels  

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Diplomatic Receptions 
Friday, November 18:
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Morning Panel 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Think Tank Off-Site 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Closing Lunceon 
WACA's 2015 National Conference Was held on November 11-13, titled Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election. The Conference provided original and essential insights. Keynote speakers and relevant panel discussion - on the Middle East, great power rivals Russia and China, the global economy, energy, and transnational challenges from cyber to migration - framed the foreign policy agenda for candidates. Council programs in 2016 will be enriched by the policy conversations and networking that take place here. The Conference were held at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel, in Washington, DC.


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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Van Andel Institute