National WIC Association

2019 Fall Quarterly Board Meeting

October 15-October 18, 2019

Registration Closed

Meeting Information

NWA Board of Directors (BOD) meetings are held quarterly each year. These meetings are usually scehduled in May (Spring), July (Summer), October (Fall), and January (Winter). NWA is governed by a twenty-eight member Board of Directors comprised of State Agency WIC Directors, State Nutrition Coordinators, Local Agency WIC Directors, a representative from the Indian & Native American WIC State Agencies, and six officers from within the WIC community. Please note that these meetings are only for NWA Board of Directors and their alternates.

2019-2020 BOD Meeting Locations:
Spring 2019: Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel from April 7 - 10, 2019. - Last BOD meeting for the 2018-2019 session.
Summer 2019: San Francisco, CA at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel from July 16th - July 19th, 2019 - First BOD meeting for the 2019-2020 session.
Fall 2019: Chicago, IL at the Ambassador Chicgo hotel from October 15th - 18th, 2019
Winter 2020: Charleston, SC at the Hyatt Place + Hyatt House, January 14th - 17th, 2020
Spring 2020: New Orleans, LA at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, May 16th, 2020.

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The Fall BoD meeting will be held at the Ambassador Chicago located
in Downtown Chicago, IL. This magnificent city has many fun facts, like its Western Avenue at a whopping 23.5 miles and is the world’s longest street having a total of 62 car dealerships.  It is also known for its interesting architecture like the Sears Tower, many museums, many loyal sports fans and with a collection of over 2 million books, Chicago's Harold Washington Library is the largest public library in the world. So much to see. So much to do. So little time. Not to mention the landmark “BEAN,” located in Millennium Park on 201 E Randolph street.             

For the 2019 Fall Board of Director's meeting, ​​​​​please note that the Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 15th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM and the Finance Committee from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. The Board sections will meet on Wednesday, October 16th from 9:00 – 12:00 noon and the full board from 1:30 – 6:00 PM. Please see the agenda for Thursday and Friday meeting times.

To assist you with your travel requet and approval for this Fall BOD Meeting, you may download the travel memo and tentative agenda. for submission to your agency's procurement or travel department. 


Travel Memo and Agenda

Click here to open and print a copy of the Travel Memo

Click here to open and print a copy of the Tentative Agenda

Hotel and Travel Information

This year's Board of Directors Fall Meeting will be held from October 15 - 18, 2019 at the:

Ambassador Chicago Hotel
1301 North State Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
Res. #: 1-888-506-3471 (Please Ref. NYC/Chicago Fall Board of Directors Meeting when calling)
Main #: 1-312-787-3700                                                                                           

You may contact the hotel to make your room reservations effective today. All reservations must be confirmed by Monday, September 23, 2019 (the cut-off date) before 5:00 PM local time at the hotel. Please reference 2019 NYC/Chicago Fall Board of Directors Meeting when calling to get the negotiated room rate, which is the prevailing Federal Per Diem rate currently set at $205.00 per night, plus a nightly room tax of 17.4% single/double occupancy and is subject to change without notification.

You may cancel or change your room reservations up to 12:00 noon the day prior to your arrival date without a penalty and a cancellation number provided. For cancellations received after 12:00 noon on the day before your arrival, your first night’s room deposit will not be refunded.  Check-in time is at 3:00 PM and check-out time is at 12:00 Noon.


Flights may be arranged into Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Airport transportation to and from the hotel is available by airport shuttle services, taxi, Uber and LYFT services with a distance of approximately 17 miles.


A tentative travel memo and agenda can be found on this web-site to assist you with your travel approval. A final agenda will be provided prior to the meeting.


You are encouraged to log onto our web-site at and register for this meeting. You may contact our office if you experience problems registering. 


Please do not hesitate to contact Pierre Francois at or by phone at 202-232-5492 ext. 271 with any questions you may have.

Purchase Carbon Offsets

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