National WIC Association

2018 Washington Leadership Conference

March 4-March 6, 2018

Registration Closed

About the Conference

The National WIC Association (NWA) invites you to attend our 28th Annual Washington Leadership Conference scheduled from Sunday, March 4th through Tuesday, March 6th, 2018.

Access to this Conference is limited to the capacity of the main venue's general session meeting room, which is currently set at 220. Registration will close when this number is reached.

The conference will provide a forum to discuss Federal initiatives affecting the health and nutritional well-being of WIC mothers and young children as well as service delivery and the effective management of the Program. More details regarding the conference agenda will be available in the Fall of 2017.

We invite you to help NWA ensure policymakers at all levels of government appreciate the real value of WIC. 


Regular Registration Rates - Before January 26, 2018
Regular Member Rate: $350
Regular Non-Member Rate: $450

Late Registration Rates - After January 26, 2018
Late Member Rate: $400
Late Non-Member Rate: $500

NOTE: On-site registration = Late Rate + a $75 Processing Fee
All payments are due before or on the first day of the Conference. Payments must be received to gain access to and participate in all conference activities and sessions.

POs will not be accepted on-site.

How to Register

We encourage you to register online. You must have a profile to register online. See instructions on creating a profile and logging in.

Registrants using a Purchase Order (PO) or check, must select the "Bill Me" option from the online registration system when registering.

You can also register by submitting your completed registration form:

Mail to:
National WIC Association
Attn: Conference Registration
2001 S Street, NW Ste. 580
Washington, DC 20009

Fax to 202-387-5281, or email to

To obtain our Federal Identification Number, please call us at 202-232-5492.


It is our policy to assess a processing fee for all cancelled registrations. To cancel your registration, a written request MUST be received by NWA to or faxed to 202-387-5281 no later than close of Business on January 26, 2018.

Cancellations received before or on January 26, 2018 will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations received after January 26, 2018. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "No-shows."

Hotel & Transportation

Overflow Conference Hotel

The overflow hotel will be the Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC/Georgetown. Attendees can call in and make reservations by phone at 202-524-7809 or 1-877-STAY-HGI and reference the NWA Leadership Conference or online here. The Hilton Garden Inn is 0.1 miles away from the Westin Georgetown.


Conference Hosting Hotel

The Westin Georgetown, Washington DC
2350 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Main # 202-429-0100
Reservations # 1-800-937-8461 

Situated in the stylish West End district of the nation's capital, The Westin Georgetown, Washington DC, enjoys an unbeatable location. You are moments away from Embassy Row, the White House, Georgetown Park Mall, John F. Kennedy Center, George Washington University and a host of other fun places to see and visit. You are also just a few blocks away from Foggy Bottom Metro Station next door to George Washington University.

Hotel Reservations

The Westin Georgetown is sold out at this time.

  • The negotiated conference hotel room rate is the Federal Per Diem currently set at $242.00 single/double per night, plus a nightly room tax of 14.5%. 
  • This rate only applies to Saturday, March 3rd thru. Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. Attendees making room reservations outside these dates, may have to pay the hotel's prevailing room rates. Note that the average nightly room rate may be over $300.00.

Please note that NWA does not have any control over the hotel room types. To request a particular room type, you must discuss this with their reservations department when making your room reservations.

Transportation Information

The Westin Georgetown Hotel is located 5.45 miles from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, an approximate 9 minute ride, by taxi or shuttle. Also, Metro is accessible from the airport. Take the BLUE LINE heading towards Largo Town Center. Your stop will be the sixth stop at the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro Station.

View a map of the Metro.

For more information, please call our office at 202-232-5492.

Social Media Badges

You're Attending - Now You Can Let Your Social Media Network Know!

If you have registered for the conference we encourage you to join us in networking before, during and after the event. Spread the word and let everyone know that you'll be at the 2018 NWA Washington Leadership Conference!

Places you can use the graphic: 

  • Add to your company website (Exposure for you and them)

  • Add to your email signature line

  • Post on social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram)

  • Your organization newsletters

  • Your print or advertising marketing pieces

  • Any other electronic communications you have prior to the Conference.

How to Use:

  • Right click the graphic in the window that opens in the links below > Save As

  • Post and use as many times as you like between now and the conference.

  • When using the graphic “badges” be sure to link the image to the URL by right hand clicking on the image and selecting the hyperlink option.  Place the in the address field and select ok

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Attendee Listing

Click here to view a current copy of the Attendee Listing

Please note that this attendee listing is sorted by state and last name.

Speaker Presentations

Sunday, March 4, 2018

  • WIC Policy Overview and Current Issues, Elisabet Eppes, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs and Brian Dittmeier, State Government Affairs Counsel, National WIC Association
  • Current WIC Policy Issues and Analysis, Ali Hard, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs, Brian Dittmeier, State Government Affairs Counsel, National WIC Association
  • Immigration and WIC, Jackie Vimo, Economic Justice Policy Analyst, National Immigration Law Center
  • WIC State Policy, 
  • Becoming a Strong WIC Spokesperson, Ali Hard, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs, Brian Dittmeier, State Government Affairs Counsel, and Elisabet Eppes, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs, National WIC Association 

Monday, March 5, 2018

  • WIC and the Federal Budget, Bob Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 
  • WIC Research Update, Georgia Machell, Research & Evaluation Manager, National WIC Association, Victor Oliveira, Agricultural Economist, USDA’s Economic Research Service, and Anthony Panzera, Social Science Research Analyst, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
  • Preparing for Hill Visits, Ali Hard, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs, Brian Dittmeier, State Government Affairs Counsel, and Elisabet Eppes, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs, National WIC Association