Washington Institute

Save the Date: April 7-9, 2019

Washington Institute

Raise your voice in our nation’s capital

Join NCJW in Washington, DC for Washington Institute 2019 (WI 2019) to learn from experts, strengthen your advocacy skills, connect with activists from across the country, and storm Capitol Hill to meet with your lawmakers and their staff on critical issues!

Save the date! April 7-9, 2019




When is Washington Institute?

Washington Institute 2019 kicks off after lunch, ET, on Sunday, April 7, 2019, and wraps up on Capitol Hill with a rousing send-off from lawmakers late Tuesday afternoon April 9. Please note that the start and end times may change slightly as we finalize the program.

What if I’ve been invited to a Pre-Institute training?

Pre-Institute trainings for specific leadership positions will take place on Friday, April 5 and Saturday April 6. Specific cohorts include Executive Directors, Section Presidents, and State Policy Advocacy Chairs. More information to come.

Where is it?

Washington, DC of course! More specifically, the Washington Marriott at Metro Center located at 775 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. All events Sunday and Monday will be held at the Marriott.

The hotel is on the Metro’s red line, Metro Center stop, at the 12th and G streets exit. Once you’re up the metro escalator, you’ll find the hotel directly behind you.

On Tuesday, we will be on Capitol Hill. The hotel will provide luggage storage while we are there. NCJW will not be providing buses. It’s an easy and short trip on the Metro, and is also easily accessible by cab, Lyft, and Uber.

What should I expect from Washington Institute?

At Washington Institute you will:

  • Strengthen your advocacy and leadership skills through interactive trainings.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the most pressing issues of the day through expert briefings and programs throughout the conference.
  • Get inspired by our amazing speakers who are on the frontlines of making change happen.
  • Network with smart, outspoken, and daring progressive people from across the country.
  • Experience the dynamic energy of the nation’s capital as you take your message to Congress.
  • Return home reinvigorated and inspired to continue your social justice work with new skills, ideas, and knowledge!

Who will be speaking at Washington Institute?

Watch this space as the planning gets underway. Expect dynamic speakers who will provide insight and inspiration into most pressing social issues we care about.

Past speakers and awardees include: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Edith Windsor, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Melissa Harris Perry, Lilly Ledbetter, Eve Ensler, and Senator Edward Kennedy (but that’s just to name a few).

I’m not with an NCJW section or Action Team. Can I come?

Yes! We encourage anyone who wants to experience NCJW’s core work — advocacy in action — to attend Washington Institute 2019. And we encourage you to join our national network (if you haven’t) so that you can lend your voice to all that we do throughout the year.

I’ve never lobbied before. Will I be able to participate?

Yes! If you’re looking to build or hone your advocacy skills and/or become more comfortable and confident advocating for the issues you care about, Washington Institute is a great opportunity.

The first two days of Washington Institute will cover the advocacy skills and issue education you need to hit Capitol Hill on Tuesday of the conference. But you’ll get access to our webinar trainings, issue briefings, and pre-Institute material before you even think about packing for Washington. Whether you’re a new or seasoned advocate, WI 2019 is the place for you!

I’ve already been to Washington Institute, why should I come to another one?

You can never experience too many Washington Institutes! No two are alike — each one offers incredible issue experts, speakers, and the opportunity to do what we do best — meet with our lawmakers and their staff about the issues we care about. With so many of our issues at stake, there is no better time to be in Washington. And don’t miss this opportunity to make new connections and get fired up about social change efforts back home.

How much does Washington Institute cost?

Registration costs are not final yet. Please keep checking back for more information.

Are there scholarships?

Yes. More information is coming soon.

How do I register?

Registration is not yet open. Sign up here to receive a reminder when registration opens (closer to Thanksgiving).

How do I make a hotel reservation?

We have a block of rooms at Washington Marriott at Metro Center you will be able to book, but it’s a bit too early to make your reservation. We will let you know when the hotel block is open for bookings. In the meantime, go ahead and book your flight.

I have more questions. Who do I ask?

Email us at connect@ncjw.org. We will get to all of your questions as quickly as possible.