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The Conference

The 8 Forces Reshaping the Global Economy
November 6-8

For nearly four decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives.

Attendees of the WACA 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC benefited from:

  • Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States' role in the world

  • Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming

  • Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the Administration’s "America First" philosophy

  • Visits to think tanks and embassies, networking receptions, and dinners

  • Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking


The Agenda

Program Highlights

Be sure to check back soon, as we will be updating our agenda regularly!

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


  • 1918 Society Dinner: Members & Sponsors Only

9:30 AM to 8:30 PM


  • WACA National Board Meeting

  • Ambassadors Luncheon (12:00 pm start)

  • Think Tank Off-Sites

  • Annual Membership Meeting

  • Student Scholars & Young Professionals Meeting

  • Awards Dinner and Keynote Program

8:30 AM to 8:00 PM


  • Morning Panels

  • Great Decisions Luncheon

  • Afternoon Panels

  • Chinese Embassy Reception

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM


  • Sponsored Breakfast

  • Leadership Day: Professional Workshops

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The Speakers

Presenting world leaders, policymakers, and experts
2019 Conference Speakers
Past WACA Conference Speakers
World Affairs Councils of America

Think Tank Partners


The Mayflower Hotel discounted block expires Tuesday, October 15!

Our Sponsors

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Mr. Matthew G. Butler               Ms. Giosetta Capriati 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, at bclifford@worldaffairscouncils.org.