National WIC Association

2019 Washington Leadership Conference

March 3-March 5, 2019

Registration Closed

About the Conference

The National WIC Association (NWA) invites you to attend our 29th Annual Washington Leadership Conference scheduled from Sunday, March 3rd through Tuesday, March 5th, 2019.

The conference will provide a forum to discuss policy and programs related to the health and nutritional well-being of WIC families, as well as service delivery and the effective management of the program. This conference provides training to attendees on effective education and advocacy techniques, and provides participants with the opportunity to attend educational meetings with their congressional representatives.

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

Access to this conference is limited to the capacity of the main venue's general session meeting room, which is currently set at 230. Registration will close when this number is reached.




View the agenda (includes speaker biographies).


Schedule Your Congressional Visits

Schedule Your Congressional Visits for WIC Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
At the conference, you have the opportunity to communicate with policymakers about how WIC benefits your local community. This is the chance to make a difference on behalf of WIC and build broader support for the program and the families that we all serve. Conference attendees have always done a superb job in telling WIC’s story, building relationships with key congressional staffers, and promoting the value of WIC to policymakers.

WIC Advocacy Day will be held on the final day of the conference - Tuesday, March 5. You can call your representative’s and senators’ offices and request a meeting on March 5 between the hours of 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. NWA staff are also available to assist you in scheduling these meetings. If you would like NWA's to help, please fill out this form.

WIC Social Hour

You’re invited to the WIC Social Hour at Tiki TNT, 1130 Maine Avenue SW, Washington DC, 20024, on Monday, March 4th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., in conjunction with the 2019 NWA Washington Leadership Conference. Join the National WIC Association and members of the WIC Community for an opportunity to mix and mingle with good company, make valuable connections, and learn something new.  Tiki’s will be offering specials on food and drinks throughout the event.  

The WIC Social Hour will be an event you won’t want to miss if you are in the DC metro area. Please follow this link to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hotel & Transportation

Conference Hosting Hotel

InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, Washington DC

801 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024
Main # 202-800-0844

All guests are welcome to call reservations at 1-833-249-1029 and use the group code HIR or use the below reservations link to make their hotel reservation.  

Booking Link: 2019 Washington Leadership Conference

Kindly note, that the reservations link will automatically show March 2nd for the check in date but this can be modified by each guest.  


InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf is the newest addition to the reimagined Wharf neighborhood. Perfectly placed on the beautiful Potomac River, InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf enjoys the most incredible waterfront views of D.C. Steps away from America’s political epicenter, the hotel embraces guests with an exquisitely curated resort destination that reignites the river’s edge.

Hotel Reservations

The negotiated conference hotel room rate is the Federal Per Diem currently set at $253.00 single/double per night, plus a nightly room tax of 14.5%. 

  • This rate only applies to Saturday, March 2nd thru. Tuesday, March 5th, 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.



Early Registration Rates - Before January 27, 2019
Early Member Rate: $350
Early Non-Member Rate: $450

Regular Registration Rates - After January 28, 2019
Regular Member Rate: $400
Regular 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 27, 2019.

Cancellations received before or on January 27, 2019 will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations received after January 28, 2019. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "No-shows."

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 2019 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 3, 2019

  • WIC Policy 101: Overview and Current Issues | Darlena Birch, Senior Public Health Nutritionist, National WIC Association; Elisabet Eppes, Program Innovation Manager, National WIC Association
  • WIC Policy 201: Diving Deeper | Brian Dittmeier, Senior Public Policy Counsel, National WIC Association
  • Federal Budget Update | Bob Greenstein,President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • WIC Research Update | Georgia Machell, Senior Director, Research and Program Operations, National WIC Association; Victor Oliveira, Research Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA; Xinzhe Cheng, Research Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA; Summer Weber, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (presenters' original PowerPoint file saved and linked to here as a PDF because of the large size of the original file)

Monday, March 4, 2019

  • A WIC Agenda for the New Congress | Brian Dittmeier, Senior Public Policy Counsel, National WIC Association; Theresa Landau, Program Director, Morrisania WIC Program; Samar McGregor, Senior Nutritionist, PHFE WIC
  • An Update on National Immigration Policy & Public Charge | Ellen Vollinger, Legal Director, Food Research and Action Center; Carrie Fitzgerald, Vice President, Children’s Health Programs, First Focus; Brian Dittmeier, Senior Public Policy Counsel, National WIC Association
  • Making it Easier to Shop for WIC Foods: A Panel Discussion | Glencora Gudger, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; Antonia Violante, Associate, ideas42; Caroline R. Wensel, MSPH/RD student, Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (presenter's original PowerPoint file saved and linked to here as a PDF because of the large size of the original file)

Conference Presentations

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

  • Making it Easier to Shop for WIC Foods: A Panel Discussion
    • Glencora Gudger, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
    • Antonia Violante, Associate, ideas42
    • Caroline R. Wensel, MSPH/RD student, Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Presenter's original file in PowerPoint saved and linked to here in PDF form because of the large size of the original file.)