Friday- October 11 - Dupont Circle Hotel - 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Céad Míle Fáilte
Official Welcome by Steve Lenox, IN USA Chair & Aoife Delargy Lowe, IN DC Chair outlining conference agenda & objectives.

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Elevator Pitch - Who We Are & What We Want
Brief self-introduction by one representative from each chapter/organization present, highlighting special issues they face and what they hope to get from the conference.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Irish-US Relations in Times of Change
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall reflects on his first two years at the helm of the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC, the state of Irish-US relations and on what Brexit means for transatlantic ties.

10:20 AM – 11:00 AM
Protecting Peace – Congress’s Role in Safeguarding the Good Friday Agreement
Rep. Bruce Morrison, Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement, in conversation with Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, reflects on his career in Congress, work on the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the need to preserve those gains in the face of Brexit.

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Coffee Break
Photos with Keynote Speakers.

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Beyond Brexit – The Future of Transatlantic Trade, Tourism & Investment
Panel reflecting on Ireland’s trade, investment & tourism relations with the US post-Brexit and on the role networks can play in advancing Ireland’s economic objectives.

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM
Our Days - Connecting Through Culture
Panel reflecting on Ireland’s greatest asset, our culture, and on how IN chapters and other professional networks can best use the Irish cultural calendar – including Nollag na mBan, Brigid’s Day, Pride, Bloomsday, Samhain, and, of course, St Patrick’s Day – to engage membership.

12:45 PM – 14:00 PM
Lunch - Key Note Yet to be Announced
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Bureau.

14:00 PM – 14:40 PM
2020 Vision – What the Presidential Elections Mean for Transatlantic Relations
Panel reflecting on political developments in Washington DC, 2020 elections & their implications for Irish-US and EU-US relations.

14:45 PM - 16:15 PM
What Your Country Can Do for You & What You Can Do for Your Country - Shaping Ireland’s Diaspora Policy
In 2020, the Government of Ireland will publish a new Diaspora Policy, part of its commitment to double Ireland’s global impact by 2025. This interactive session will preview the results of initial consultations, with breakouts providing an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback on key issues. The session will be introduced & moderated by officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Ireland.

16:20 PM – 16:30 PM
Closing remarks
Steve Lenox & Aoife Delargy Lowe.

18:30 PM – 20:30 PM
Capitol Hill (Rayburn Building)

The Hill Irish
A Special Reception.

Kelly's Irish Times
20:45 PM

Post-reception drinks.