National WIC Association

2020 Washington Leadership Conference

March 15-March 17, 2020

Important Dates & Notices
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About the Conference

The National WIC Association (NWA) invites you to attend our 30th Annual Washington Leadership Conference scheduled from Sunday, March 15th through Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.

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.




The conference agenda will be available shorty.

Hotel & Transportation

Conference Hosting Hotel

The Capital HiltonWashington DC

1001 16th Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

More information coming soon!


Early Registration Rates - On or Before February 10, 2020
Early Member Rate: $350
Early Non-Member Rate: $450

Regular Registration Rates - After February 10, 2020
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 February 10, 2020.

Cancellations received before or on February 10, 2020 will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations received after February 10, 2020. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "No-shows."

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)