Washington Leaders’ Conference

SAVE THE DATE: May 13 & 14, 2020

Mark your calendars!  The New England Council’s 2020 Washington Leaders’ Conference–formerly known as the Annual Spring Event–will take place on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Similar to last year, the conference will kick off with a welcome luncheon on May 13, followed by afternoon committee meetings and an evening Capitol Hill Reception.  On May 14, the day will begin with a Congressional breakfast, followed my more committee meetings.  View 2019 Agenda.

Stay tuned for more details and the opening of registration in the coming weeks.  If you have suggestions for committee meetings, please be in touch with the relevant member of the NEC staff for your committee.


Members: $500

Non-Members: $700

NEC Board of Directors: $300


Sponsorship opportunities are available – contact Larry Zabar at lzabar@newenglandcouncil.com or 617-723-4009 for more information.

2019 Washington Leaders’ Conference

Over 200 New England Council members gathered in Washington, DC, on May 8 and 9, 2019, for the Council’s 2019 Washington Leaders Conference, previously known as the Annual Spring Event. Among those members participating in the two-day event were representatives from all six New England states and virtually every sector of the region’s economy.

Along with a new name, the agenda for the two-day conference also featured several changes to better serve members’ needs and interests.  The conference kicked off on Wednesday, May 8, with a Welcome Luncheon at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  The luncheon featured a panel discussion entitled, “Perspectives from the Press Gallery,” with several Washington-based journalists sharing their insights on everything from the political climate in Congress to the outlook for the 2020 Presidential race.  Panelists included Kimberly Atkins of WBUR, Lauren Dezenski of CNN Politics, Thomas Kaplan of the New York Times, and Anna Palmer of Politico.

Following the luncheon, the Council’s various policy committees participated in a variety of smaller group meetings with key Administration and federal agency officials, as well as members of Congress and their staff.

That evening, participants gathered in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building for our Annual Capitol Hill Reception.  Always a highlight of the Annual Spring Event, most members of the New England Congressional delegation, as well as members of their staffs, attended the reception.

On Thursday, May 10, we were honored to welcome several of the newest members of the New England House delegation at a Congressional Breakfast at Charlie Palmer Restaurant at the foot of Capitol Hill.  NEC members in attendance heard from U.S. Representatives Jared Golden (D-ME), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Lori Trahan (D-MA).

Following the breakfast, members broke off into smaller groups for additional policy committee meetings with Congressional staff and other federal officials.

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