Wednesday, November 6th

Group Meetings
Spire, 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The National Immigration Forum works closely with community leaders on issues concerning immigrants. Faith, law enforcement, and New American Workforce business partners who have received an invitation are encouraged to attend their respective meetings. Please register through the Leading the Way registration form if you are attending both days. If you’d like to attend the kickoff meeting only, please contact your group’s lead from the Forum.

Research Presentation, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Vue Room, Spire, 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This is a complimentary event open to all who attend Leading the Way, but we ask you to register here because space is limited.

A representative from the Forum will be joined by our partners to discuss the ongoing immigration messaging research the two organizations are conducting. And the Forum’s Director of Integration Programs, Jennie Murray, will brief attendees on the Forum’s groundbreaking corporate-based English language program, supported by the Walmart Foundation.

Kickoff Reception, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 

Join us for an opportunity to network with fellow leaders from across the country who are passionate about improving our immigration system and kickoff our Leading the Way convening.

Thursday, November 7th

General Session, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Leading the Way general session features the presentation of the Courage to Lead award as well as fireside chats on immigration, American values, and the economy.

Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Find the working agenda for the session here.

Meetings with Congressional Offices, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill

Following the general session, pre-registered participants will meet with congressional offices on Capitol Hill to discuss immigration-related topics. If needed, the Forum can provide assistance in scheduling meetings. The deadline to register for meetings with congressional offices is Friday, October 25th.


Keepers of the American Dream Reception, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Keepers of the American Dream are the heroes who embody the spirit of immigrant achievement, contribute significantly to the well-being of immigrants in the United States, and are advocates, in every sense of the word, for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.


2019 Honorees

Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Chief Mark Prosser

Public Safety Director & Chief of Police

Storm Lake, Iowa

Pati Jinich

Chef & TV Host

PBS’s “Pati’s Mexican Table”






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