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Get ready for an adventure of service, connection at our nations capital during the Joint District Conference! Join us at the stunning Westin City Center, Washington, D.C., where the activities abound and endless possibilities for learning, fellowship, and action.

 

  • Engaging keynotes from inspiring leaders who will ignite your passion for Rotary’s mission
  • Dynamic breakout sessions covering a diverse range of topics
  • Unforgettable networking opportunities to connect with fellow Rotarians from across both districts and forge powerful collaborations.
  • And of course, the chance to explore the breathtaking beauty of Washington, D.C.!
  • Early Bird $275, ends July 31
  • $325, starts August 1
  • Rotaract $200
  • First 50 First Time Conference Attendees $225
  • Room Block Closes September 12


Joint District Conference
7610 & 7620

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2024
Westin City Center, Washington, D.C.

House of Friendship

Show off your products, projects, or passion at a table in the House of Friendship! You’ll receive a high visibility location, a table, a table skirt and 2 chairs. Set up beginning at 12PM on Fri. Clubs, Community Organizations, and Nonprofit Rate: $50; For-profit business Rate: $100. 

Mindful Relaxation

Enjoy some Rotary fellowship with your 7610 and 7620 friends as we engage in mindful relaxation activities such as morning walks, yoga and spirited coffee chats.

 

Family Service Project

Spend your Sunday morning together to serve those in need in our communities. Our service project time will include three service options and will be fun for all ages. So plan to stay with us through Sunday morning to join in on this activity.

 

Peace, AI and Business

These stimulating and thought-provoking breakout sessions will be focused on Peace, AI and Business Networking and how you can engage with all three and have them work together for your club.

Mega Joint Hospitality Suite

Gather together in one great space to celebrate fellowship and community service ideas with fellow friends from both districts with a beverage of your choice.

The Westin Washington DC City Center is a must-experience hotel for those who want a different view of DC. Feel your best in our energizing spaces: the atrium’s bright atmosphere, our fitness center’s immersive technology, and our DC restaurant’s trendy twist on historic design. You will feel energized in our pet-friendly hotel rooms featuring city views, marble bathrooms, SmartTV’s, luxury bedding, and a workspace that empowers you. Connect well in vibrant social spaces or over drinks at our DC hot-spot: Infamy Restaurant & Bar – or power up with a healthy breakfast. Our building is known for its design history, our service brings unique DC experiences to you, and our hotel near Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Lincoln Theater, and Capital One Arena offers access to memorable locations.

$161 + tax and fees (includes $8 donation to PolioPlus)

Overview of Conference Schedule

Friday, October 4, 2024

  • 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Registration Open
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Welcome Reception | external location – TBA
  • 9:00pm – ? | Hospitality Suites, one for each District

Saturday, October 5, 2024

  • 8:00am – 4:00pm | Registration Open
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm | House of Friendship Open
  • 8:00am – 9:00am | Continental Breakfast
  • BREAK
  • 9:15am – 11:15am | Welcome / Plenary / Opening Speeches + Keynote
  • 10:00am – 12:30pm | Service Project Activity
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | Breakout, choose I or II or III
  • BREAK
  • 12:45pm – 2:00pm | Lunch + Keynote Luncheon Speaker
  • BREAK
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Service Project Activity
  • 2:15pm – 3:15pm | Breakout, choose I or II or III (repeat from morning)
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm | Rotary Foundation Donor Reception (by invitation only)
  • 5:30pm – 7:45pm | Dine Around! ($) Hosted/Curated dinners at nearby locations for smaller groups of 8-10 attendees to enjoy various types of cuisines & company
  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm | Dessert Reception
  • 9:00pm – ?? | Hospitality Suites, one for each District

Sunday, October 6, 2024

  • 7:30am/8:00am | Delivery of Service Project
  • 8:45am | Reunion Breakfast / Brunch Farewell / Closing
  • 10:30am | Close

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

John Cotton Richmond

John Cotton Richmond

Ambassador Richmond is an attorney and diplomat focused on ethical business, human rights, democracy, and rule of law. His career has taken him to the front lines in the global battle against human trafficking. Ambassador Richmond currently leads the Libertas Council that works to galvanize global leaders to shape solutions that affirm human dignity by combatting human trafficking. He also serves as the Chief Impact Officer at Atlas Free, working to resource and accelerate organizations fighting human trafficking.

Previously, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Ambassador Richmond and he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018 to 2021. Serving in the nation’s highest-ranking position dedicated to human trafficking, he led U.S. foreign policy related to modern slavery and coordinated the U.S. government’s response to the crime.

Ambassador Richmond also served for over a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, where he prosecuted numerous victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases. He also lived in India for three years pioneering International Justice Mission’s slavery work.

Ambassador Richmond has received numerous honors and commendations, including being named a “Prosecutor of the Year” and receiving the “Wilberforce Award for Exceptional Leadership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” and the “David Alred Award for exceptional contributions to civil rights”. His work caused the former head of the FBI’s human trafficking program to call him “every trafficker’s worst nightmare”.

Ambassador Richmond received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and his law degree from Wake Forest University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Senior Advisor to Love Does, and frequent speaker on topics of faith, justice, and vocation. He lives in Virginia with his talented wife and they have three wonderful children.

Burhan Hamid

Burhan Hamid is the CTO at TIME, where he oversees TIME’s product vision and strategy for its digital transformation as the global media brand enters its second century.

An award-winning data, tech, product, and engineering leader with a focus on digital transformation, AI and machine learning, digital product, and technology solutions architecture, Burhan has a proven track record of building high performing teams and delivering highly reliable systems. His teams were recognized for his innovation in the cloud with the 2021 Google Cloud Customer Award as well as a 2023 INMA award for an AI recommender system to drive digital revenue.

Burhan has held several senior executive roles at TIME, including Senior Vice President of Data, Product, and Engineering, and Vice President of Data. In these roles, he has led teams of engineers, ML engineers, data analysts, and product managers, and launched several digital products and platforms. Prior to joining TIME, Burhan spent 17 years at Time Inc., running tech teams at Entertainment Weekly, People, InStyle, and other brands.

Burhan holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Stony Brook University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Baruch College.

Burhan Hamid
Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser, Mayor, Washington DC

Muriel Bowser is the seventh elected mayor of Washington, DC. She has a strong record of creating a bold urban policy agenda, making tough decisions in a high stakes environment, and shaping a diverse economy.

Mayor Bowser has served her hometown in elected office since 2004 as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (2004-2006), Member of the DC Council (2007-2015) and now Mayor since 2015. On November 8, she became only the second person elected three times as mayor of Washington, DC. She is the first African American woman to be elected to three, four-year terms as mayor of an American city.

Mayor Bowser is a strong leader and crisis manager with 25 years of management and financial experience balancing budgets, achieving AAA bond ratings, and clean audits.

Mayor Bowser has served as a Board Member of the Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board and serves on the Advisory Boards of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African American Mayors Association. She is a graduate of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and of Leadership Greater Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Chatham University and a Master of Public Policy from the American University.

Mayor Bowser tells everyone that there’s only one job better than being mayor of her hometown, and that’s being Miranda’s mom. Mayor Bowser was blessed to become a mom by adoption and proud to show everyone that there are many ways to be a family. She and Miranda call Ward 4 home.

THANK YOU SPONSORS

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors
Lynn Heinrichs, State Farm Agency


Bronze Sponsors
Marilyn Nevy Cruz & David Caballero


Friend Sponsors

Peter Anderson
Stephen Gahan
Ralph Menzel
Dr. Elisabeth Johnson
Amir Kahn
Frederick V. Rose
Susan B. Gordon
Dave O. Vogel
Sam Weaver
Rachel Brown
Glenn Yarborough

A Special Thanks to our 2024 Planning Committee

iPDG René Wild Laws (D7610)
DG Nomie Hamid (D7620)
DG Amelia Stansell (D7610)
PDG Harry Henderson (D7610)
Katie Henderson (D7610)
LG Marilyn Nevy Cruz (D7620)

 

Questions regarding the conference contact
Lt. Governor Marilyn Nevy Cruz at mncruz10@gmail.com or (562) 303-4711 for District 7620
PDG, Harry Henderson at henderson@anchor-consult.com or (703) 927-5443 for District 7610