Leading the Way: An American Approach to Immigration

November 15, 2018 7:30 am | Washington, DC
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Registration for Leading the Way 2018 is now closed.

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Building off the success of our “Living Room Conversation” series and “Out of Many, One” reportLeading the Way: An American Approach to Immigration brought together moderate and conservative faith, law enforcement and business leaders in Washington, DC to discuss the future of immigration.

This annual invitation-only gathering comprised three distinct, yet complementary events: a morning convening of plenaries and presentations; an afternoon of meetings with congressional offices; and an evening reception featuring the Keepers of the American Dream awards.

Advancing Dialogue

Convening, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

The Leading the Way convening features the presentation of the Courage to Lead award to Senators Bennet (D-CO) and Lankford (R-OK), and three plenaries on the economy, the recent elections and American ideals.

Speakers & Program

Leading the Way Blog

2017 Highlights

Driving Change

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

Capitol Hill

Following the convening, pre-registered participants meet with congressional offices on Capitol Hill to discuss immigration-related topics. All meeting participants are required to participate in a preparatory information session held via webinar in the days preceding and a post-meeting session to be scheduled. If needed, the Forum can provide assistance setting up meetings.

2018 Keepers of the American Dream Honorees

Joe Maddon*

Manager, Chicago Cubs

Honorary Chair, The Hazleton

Integration Project

Shirley V. Hoogstra

President, Council for Christian

Colleges & Universities


Dr. Eduardo Padrón

President, Miami Dade


Cummins Inc

Accepted by Marya Rose,


*accepted by Maddon via video

Reception, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

101 Constitution Avenue Roof Terrace
Washington, DC 20001

The day concludes with an evening reception and the presentation of the Keepers of the American Dream awards. 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.

Attend Leading the Way

Registration is only open to those that have received an invitation from the Forum.

Registration Closed


The Forum has reserved a room block at a Washington, DC hotel. More information will be provided upon registration.

Contact Us

For questions and concerns, contact Rachel Sprouse at rsprouse@immigrationforum.org.


Leading the Way: An American Approach to Immigration is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. For more information on sponsorship, download our sponsorship packet below or contact Samaia Muhammad at smuhammad@immigrationforum.org.

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