2023 Fall Leadership Workshop

Click on the leaf above to view the Schedule Updated September 22

Workshop participants are asked to share the name (complete title) and author of a book that has inspired, impacted, or otherwise shaped their leadership style. The information will be used for our Saturday "Night Owl Networking" activity and to compile a book list for participants.

  • Friday - wear your alma mater or school colors 
  • Saturday - wear your AAFCS colors: navy and/or burgundy 
  • Sunday - Comfy Casual 

  • Hyatt Centric Arlington, 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209.
  • Hotel Phone Number: 703-525-1234
  • Guestroom check-in starts at 3 PM, the hotel does not guarantee early check-in. Quick Tip: Additional housekeeping (aside from that provided by the hotel guestroom policy) is upon request – be sure to call the Front Desk when you need clean towels or additional cleaning.
  • Review the hotel's mapfact sheetamenities (free wifi, gym, etc.), policiescleanliness protocol (daily housekeeping by request); on-site restaurants & list of offsite nearby restaurants
  • Garage parking: Current parking rates with in/out privileges - $45 Valet Parking 
  • Transportation 
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is only five stops and 10 minutes away on a direct Metro line. You can take the blue line directly from the airport to the Rosslyn metro station, next door to the hotel. 
  • The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle.


Dine around with AAFCS on Saturday, September 30! Join an AAFCS Board or Staff member for dinner on Saturday, September 30th. 

Each individual pays for their own meal. On the 30th, meet your group in the hotel lobby at 5:45 to head to the restaurant. Meet someone new, talk about your work or what you’ve learned during the workshop, and get to know new people! 

Check in at the Registration & Information Desk to receive your name badge and packet on Friday, in the Senate Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor.  Name badges are required for entry into all sessions. 

The Information Desk will remain open throughout the Workshop on:

  • Friday, September 29:  6:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 30: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 1: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

HYATT CENTRIC ARLINGTON: 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209

  • AAFCS guestroom rate ended. Hyatt hotel link is available for reservations.

Airport Option #1: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) (4.5 miles), roughly 8 minute drive without traffic

Airport Option #2: Dulles International Airport (IAD), (24.0 miles), roughly 30 minutes drive without traffic

Airport Option #3: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), (38.5 miles), roughly 50 minutes drive without traffic

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is only five stops and 10 minutes away on a direct Metro line. You can take the blue line directly from the airport to the Rosslyn metro station, next door to the hotel. The hotel is just a short ride from downtown D.C., 17 miles drive from Mount Vernon, and one Metro stop away from D.C. attractions. The hotel has that city feel in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, and is within walking distance of Georgetown, Arlington Cemetery and close to D.C. tours.

- View hotel website for parking ($45) and transportation options.

- The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle.

Don’t miss out on these Educational Experiences while in the DC area! Bev Card (MAFCS) will lead the tours.

Register for one or both of these offsite excursions by September 8. The cancellation policy for the Workshop applies to the Educational Experiences as well.

Educational Experience #1 ($5):  Sunday, October 1

Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Metro Transportation Provided)

Visit FCS-relevant exhibitions, such as First Ladies Gowns and Food: Transforming the American Table, at the Smithsonian’s American History museum!   This experience includes Metro Transportation and a 2 hour guided tour.  

    • Depart from Hotel: 1:30 PM
    • Tour: 2.5 hours
    • Return to hotel: 5:00 PM

Educational Experience #2 ($40):  Monday, October 2

Capitol Hill & Botanic Gardens (Bus Transportation provided)

      • Bus departure from hotel: 8:30 AM
      • Tour: 2 hours, 15 minutes
      • Bus return to hotel: 11:30 AM
      • Minimum Number Required:  20 participants
      • Maximum Number of Participants:  28 participants

Tour the US Capitol and seize the opportunity to Elevate FCS with your Senator and/or Representative before touring the Botanic Garden (30 minutes) outside!  

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to staff@aafcs.org by September 14 to receive a registration refund (100% of the registration cost minus a $25 cancellation fee). Cancellation requests received after September 14, 2023 are NONREFUNDABLE.  Phone call cancellation requests are NOT accepted.

Until September 14, 2023: Refund (100% of the registration cost minus a $25 cancellation fee).

After September 14: NO REFUNDS

We encourage you begin the necessary steps with your employer or school district so your registration is complete and paid by the payment deadline (September 15).

Any registrations with a BALANCE DUE on September 15 will be automatically CANCELLED.  

Code of Conduct

AAFCS promotes and lives up to our Diversity & Inclusion Statement: The AAFCS celebrates, embraces, and respects the value of every person. We denounce all expressions of hate, racism, injustice, and discrimination. Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is demonstrated through our work to improve the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

With that said, the Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in the AAFCS Leadership Workshop, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We expect all participants in the AAFCS Leadership Workshop to create a safe and positive experience for everyone.
“Participant” in this policy refers to anyone present at the AAFCS Leadership Workshop, including staff, contractors, vendors, exhibitors, hotel and AV staff, speakers, AAFCS leadership, and all attendees.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any participant at the AAFCS Leadership Workshop will not be tolerated.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AAFCS may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from the AAFCS Leadership Workshop (without refund) at which the harassment occurred. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions.

If You Are Subject to or Witness Unacceptable Behavior
If you are being harassed, notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the AAFCS staff immediately in person. Staff can be found at the registration desk, or wearing STAFF ribbons. You may also contact Sandra Andrade, Associate Director, Conferences & Communications, by email at sandrade@aafcs.org.

ALL reports are confidential.

If possible, provide the following information, preferably in writing:
  • Identifying information (name, appearance, role) of the participant who has committed an offense
  • The approximate time of the behavior
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Other people involved in or witnessing the incident
If needed or requested, staff will help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the AAFCS Leadership Workshop. No one will be contacted without the permission of the person who was harassed/assaulted. If requested, staff will provide a full refund to anyone who has been harassed or assaulted so that they may process the event in their own space.

Covid Policy

The AAFCS staff are  committed to providing a safe and healthy conference atmosphere for our in-person attendees in partnership with the hotel. The latest safety guidelines and protocols will be followed on property.

Hold Harmless Participation:
 By registering for this event, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present, even with health and safety measures in place. By attending the event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to your attendance and participation in the event, including exposure to COVID-19, and agree to release and hold harmless AAFCS and its members, conference attendees, staff, and vendors from any and all claims, demands, and causes of action arising out of or relating to your attendance or participation in the event, including but not limited to release from any liability related to any illness, injury, or death resulting from your attendance at the event. You further agree that, by registering, if the event is canceled or postponed, AAFCS is not liable for any hotel and/or travel expenses that you may have incurred in connection with the event.

Photo Policy

By registering for the Workshop, you consent that photos of you or in which you appear may be taken by AAFCS staff, vendors or photographer(s) during the Workshop. These photos may be used in our promotional materials, reports, or publications (I.E. websites,  e-newsletters) and shared on social media.

Registration Payment Methods

Accepted Payment Methods
We accept check, credit card, and purchase order (PO). If you are paying separately from your registration at a later date, please select Pay By Check and follow the prompts. 

Unpaid conference fees must be paid before attending future AAFCS events/conferences. Please review all registration deadlines listed on this webpage. We encourage you begin the necessary steps with your employer or school district so your registration is complete and paid by the deadline. If you're a vendor and/or need a W-9, you may download it here

Log in to your MyAAFCS account to register. Upon check out, click on Pay By Check. Your invoice will be generated. To access it at any time when you are logged in to your MyAAFCS account, click on Pay Open Invoices. AAFCS will not automatically generate or send any other invoice.  Cancellation fees will still be due to AAFCS if AAFCS must cancel for non-payment. 

Checks must be paid in full by September 15th. Please contact staff@aafcs.org if your payment will be late. Here is our mailing address: 
Attn: FLW
PO Box 79377
Baltimore, MD 21279

Log in to your MyAAFCS account to register. Upon check out, click on Pay By Credit Card and follow the on-screen prompts. Payments must be paid in full by September 15th

You can pay your own invoice or someone else's invoice. The registrant will need to forward you their automated confirmation email with the balance. Log in to your MyAAFCS account to register. Upon check out, click on Pay By Check. Pay using the EZ Pay link (type in the Invoice Number and Customer ID from the automated confirmation email). Payments must be paid in full by September 15th

Log in to your MyAAFCS account to register. Upon check out, click on Pay By Check (even if you do not have a Purchase Order #). Your invoice will be generated and located under Pay Open Invoices. To access it at any time when you are logged in to your MyAAFCS account, click on Pay Open Invoices. Payments must be paid in full by September 15th.