Leadership Exchange: Leadership Greater Chicago in DC





Leadership Greater Chicago in DC

We are thrilled to announce that once again, Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is traveling to DC for a Leadership Exchange on November 13-15.

You are invited to join LGC for any of these exciting, exclusive events to explore key issues and gain an inside perspective on stimulating leadership topics unique to DC. We will build connections with some of Chicago’s preeminent leaders.

See below for details for each program day.

Let’s connect with our influential Chicago peers for a greater purpose, and be inspired to do more and be more.


November 13, 2019 | November 14, 2019 | November 15, 2019


Wednesday, November 13 

Courtroom Lecture at the Supreme Court of the United States 
Supreme Court - 1 First Street NE Washington, DC 20543
3:30-4:00 p.m.

Tour of Current Exhibitions
Supreme Court - 1 First Street NE Washington, DC 20543
4:00-4:30 p.m. 

Welcome Reception at the Wharf 
Hoffman & Associates - 760 Maine Ave SW Washington, DC 20024
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Speakers will discuss the vision and economic impact of The Wharf neighborhood, and network with Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) members. Enjoy great views of Phase II of the new Wharf development. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served. Afterward, enjoy nightlife at The Wharf, just steps away.

LGW Price: $75

Thursday, November 14 

Meeting with Illinois Legislators (D&R)
8:00-9:00 a.m. EST
Capitol Visitor Center
First Street NE
Washington, DC 20515

Congressional Coffee with Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth
US Capitol - First Street NE Washington, DC 20515 
9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Enjoy coffee and conversation in the Senate with elected leaders from Illinois. 

Fireside Chat with Cody Keenan, former Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama and John McConnell, longtime senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush 
Capitol Visitor Center – First Street NE Washington, DC 20515
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Moderated discussion on the power of words, the craft of writing for a U.S. President from campaigns to White House policymaking, and perspective on today's political dialogue in D.C. and across the country. Audience Q&A will follow.

Lunch at The Top of the Hay-Adams
800 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
12:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Enjoy spectacular views of the National Mall and White House while networking with Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Members.

Bipartisan Group Sessions "Stop Fighting. Start Fixing. Achieving bipartisan progress, practices, and policies" 
Meeting Space at the Hay-Adams - 800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
2:00-2:50 p.m. 
Thought leaders Ryan Clancy and Margaret White from No Labels will discuss a national movement of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents dedicated to a new politics of problem-solving. They believe change in Washington requires strengthening the political infrastructure to protect and elect pragmatic leaders in their elections, as well as creating and sustaining durable bipartisan blocs in the House and Senate. Audience Q&A will follow brief formal remarks.

Making Disclosure and Accountability the Norm
3:00-4:00 p.m.
The Hay-Adams
Hear Bruce Freed, The Center for Political Accountability (CPA) president and co-founder discuss innovative strategies that enlist the cooperation of companies to demonstrate spending transparency in an effort to make disclosure and accountability the norm. Audience Q&A will follow brief formal remarks.

Private, LIVE Recording of Pints and Policy Podcast
Bipartisan Policy Center - 1225 I St NW #1000
4:30-6:00 p.m.
We will end the day with a private, LIVE recording of the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) bi-monthly Pints and Policy podcast, which takes a laid-back look at "the week that was" in policy news. Host Jordan LaPier has a beer with BPC experts and helps listeners get smart on a key issue for the week ahead. Audience Q&A will follow the recording session. Beer and snacks will be served! Water, soda, and coffee will also be available.

Evening: Attendees enjoy a free evening to explore DC's nightlife. 

LGW Price: $175

Friday, November 15 

Bridging DC: Insights from DC's 11th Street Bridge Park Project
Urban Institute
500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Hear early insights from DC's 11th Street Bridge Park Project, a space for healthy recreation, environmental education, and the arts. The bridge is a national model for equitable development that is spurring collaboration between neighbors, community leaders and planners. Hosted by LGC member Erika Poethig, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Urban Institute. Breakfast will be served.

Creating Results-Driven Service to Meet Local Needs
Corporation for National and Community Service
250 E. St. SW
11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. 
Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Barbara Stewart (LGC Fellow since 1991) will share insights on cost-effective community investments and solutions to the most pressing issues facing our nation, and speak to the benefits of fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. 

Self-Guided Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560
1:00 p.m.*
*Group entry pass is reserved for 1pm EST. (40 passes total) The museum closes at 5:30 p.m. 

LGW Price: $50