Virtual Fall Leadership Workshop 2020


Fall Leadership Workshop in Arlington, VA
October 2nd-4th, 2020
Hyatt Centric Arlington

FCS Education Northeast Summit
October 4th-5th, 2020
Hyatt Centric Arlington

More details coming soon! 

Hotel and Travel Information

Hyatt Centric Arlington
1325 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

The AAFCS group rate is $139 (plus taxes and fees) from October 1st-4th; September 20th and October 5th have a rate of $209 (plus taxes and fees). The deadline to book will be September 9th, 2020. Reservations will open by June 2020. 

The closest airport to Arlington is Reagan National Airport (DCA). (10 minutes without traffic) National is served by Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, jetBlue, Southwest, and United. You can take the blue line directly from the airport to the Rosslyn metro station, next door to the hotel. 

Dulles International Airport (30 minutes without traffic)and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (1 hour without traffic) are also within driving distance and are served by more airlines.

The closest Amtrak stop to the hotel is Union Station, and you can take the metro from there, transferring from the red to the orange, blue, or silver line at Metro Center, and then to Rosslyn Metro Station, right next to the hotel. The  Alexandria, VA Amtrak stop is just a few minutes further from the hotel, and you can take the blue line from the King Street Metro station to the Rosslyn Metro station. More information about the metro is here:

Cancellation Policy

With limited exceptions, due to medical or family emergencies, only refund requests emailed or faxed by September 15th, 2020 will be considered.  Refund requests must be made in writing by email to or by fax to 703-706-4663.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop registration will be assessed for refund requests. 


If you are unable to come to the workshop, alternatively, your registration fee (minus the 20%) can be considered a donation to the Goebel Young Leadership Development Fund.  Please let us know if you are choosing this option when alerting us that you will be unable to attend the workshop. 


AAFCS Code of Conduct

AAFCS Code of Conduct

The AAFCS Leadership Workshop aims to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, and religion.

This Anti-Harassment Policy and Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in the AAFCS Leadership Workshop, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We expect all participants in the AAFCS Leadership Workshop to create a safe and positive experience for everyone.

“Participant” in this policy refers to anyone present at the AAFCS Leadership Workshop including staff, contractors, hotel and AV staff, speakers, AAFCS leadership, and all attendees.

Expected Behavior

We expect all participants at the AAFCS Leadership Workshop to abide by this Code of Conduct in all venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings.

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Alert AAFCS staff or leadership if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include but are not limited to

  • intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech or actions by any participants in the AAFCS Leadership Workshop, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of the AAFCS Leadership Workshop. AAFCS event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
  • harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, age, appearance, political beliefs, or other personal characteristics
  • inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides)
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • harassing photography or recording
  • inappropriate disruption of talks or other events
  • unwelcome and uninvited attention or conduct
  • physical assault (including unwelcome touch or groping)
  • real or implied threat of physical harm
  • real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm
  • possession or use of any illegal drug, narcotic or banned substance
  • possession or use of any item defined as a weapon, illegal or not

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, transphobic, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive “jokes” are not appropriate for the AAFCS Leadership Workshop.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any participant at the AAFCS Leadership Council Workshop will not be tolerated.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AAFCS may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from the AAFCS Leadership Workshop (without refund) at which the harassment occurred. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions.

If You Are Subject to or Witness Unacceptable Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the AAFCS staff immediately. Staff can be found at the registration desk, or wearing navy STAFF ribbons. You may also contact Sara Tantillo, Associate Director, Events & Outreach, by email at

ALL reports are confidential.

If possible, provide the following information, preferably in writing:

  • Identifying information (name, appearance, role) of the participant who has committed an offense
  • The approximate time of the behavior
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Other people involved in or witnessing the incident

The staff are trained on how to deal with the incident and how to further proceed with the situation.

If needed or requested, staff will help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the AAFCS Leadership Workshop. No one will be contacted without the permission of the person who was harassed/assaulted. If requested, staff will provide a full refund (minus ticketed events already attended) to anyone who has been harassed or assaulted so that they may process the event in their own space.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify AAFCS with a concise description of your grievance, by email to

Policy developed based on information from Smarts Consulting

Photo Policy

By registering for the AAFCS Fall Leadership Workshop, attendees hereby agree to allow AAFCS to use any photos taken of them during the conference in news media, social media, website, publications, articles, marketing pieces, etc. If you have any concerns with this policy please contact

AAFCS Leadership Council

AAFCS Leadership Council Parliamentary Procedure