The second in-person meeting for the 2018 Fellows class will take place Monday, October 15 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at The Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington, D.C.

Please see below for an outline of the meeting agenda. Sign-up is a two-step process:

1) Fill out the form below to register for the meeting; and

2) Our block at the Willard is now closed. You can still book outside of the block at the current hotel rate. Below is also a list of nearby hotels, all within a half mile of the Willard with the W Hotel and the JW Marriott only a block away:

For any hotel issues, please contact Stella Askin, Program & Events Coordinator.   

For other questions, please contact Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager. 


Monday, October 15, 2018

2:00 - 3:00 pm 


3:00 - 3:30 pm 

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager, LCLD

3:30 - 5:00 pm 

Board Member Breakouts

5:00 - 5:15 pm

Coffee Break

5:15 - 6:30 pm 

Just Belonging: How to Have Courageous Conversations on Race & Bias
Kori Carew, Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

7:00 pm

Welcome Reception with LCLD Members
Hosted by the LCLD Board of Directors at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Enter the museum on the Madison Drive, NW, entrance, between 14th and 15th streets.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

8:30 - 9:30 am 


9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Improv Breakouts 
DC Improv

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch 

1:30 - 3:30 pm 

Resilience - The Key to Moving from Surviving to Thriving 
John Mitchell, "The Purple Coach" and Owner, KM Advisors, LLC

3:30 - 4:00 pm 


4:00 - 5:30 pm

Personality Matters!  Collaberating Successfully with Others  
Mary E. Abbajay, President & Co-Founder, Careerstone Group, LLC

6:30 pm 

Dine-Arounds - please sign up here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

8:30 - 9:30 am 


9:30 - 11:30 am 

Messaging and Presence 
Chris De Santis, Specialist in Management and Organization Development

11:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Group Photo

12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Networking Lunch with D.C.-Area Fellows Alumni 

1:00 - 2:30 pm 

Team-Building Activity with D.C.-Area Fellows Alumni 

2:30 - 3:00 pm 

Closing Remarks
Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager, LCLD 

Photo Gallery

Photography by Wilma Jackson 
Click here to download the Class of 2018 group photo.