All Members Conference 
April 25-28, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

If you prefer not to register online, you can download the registration form here and mail or fax with payment to the ARCS Foundation office.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

Conference Rates

  • Member or Guest Early Bird (on or before March 26, 2018)$480
  • Member or Guest Regular (after March 26, 2018): $530


  • Celebrating 60 Years of ARCS Foundation

  • Hotel accommodations at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel

  • Honoring ARCS Lights

  • Dinner at the United States Supreme Court 

  • Speakers and Panelists working to advance the mission of ARCS Foundation

Keynote Presenter
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Hotel Reservations

We are pleased to offer a special rate in this historical location for conference attendees.

SmithsonianWillard InterContinental Washington
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Deluxe Room: $359/night
Premier Room: $409/night
Willard Room: $459/night
Executive Suite: $659/night
Cutoff date: March 26, 2018

Reservations can be made online here or over the phone at 888-424-6835. Be sure to refer to Group Code: ARC

Travel Information

Washington Dulles Airport is 26.2 miles away, estimated 45 minutes and $80 taxi fare. Ronald Reagan National Airport is 3.9 miles away, estimated 12-15 minutes and $16 taxi fare. Parking at the Willard InterContinental Washington is $35/day, or $55 for overnight.

The Willard InterContinental Washington, offers a complimentary Tesla chauffeur service within a three-mile radius of the hotel, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis and provides drop-off service only. The Tesla Model S zero-emission sedan is part of the hotel’s ongoing commitment to implementing green initiatives. For more information or to schedule a drop-off, please call the concierge at 202-637-7411.

Program Schedule

Wednesday, April 25

1:00 p.m. Open Registration
6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception with message from Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Thursday, April 26

7:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker
10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Future Innovations in Biomedical Science: an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Moderator: Shameema Sikder, MD, Wilmer Eye Institute, John's Hopkins Bethesda
Panelists: Dr. Margaret McCarthy, Dr. Kathleen Ries Merikangas. Dr. Jane Amara, Dr. Kunal Parikh

11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Tours (choose one):

5:30 p.m. Dinner at the United States Supreme Court

Friday, April 27

7:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Past Presidents Presentation
11:30 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. ARCS Light Luncheon
2:00 p.m. Tours (choose one)

4:30 p.m. Tour of the Willard Hotel
6:00 p.m. MWC 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 28

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ARCS Foundation Annual Business Meeting

Supreme Court Dinner a DC Conference Highlight

Supreme Court Invitation

The odds are that you will never argue a case before the United States Supreme Court. That is an honor and an experience reserved for just a handful of the top attorneys in the world each year. But as part of the upcoming ARCS conference in Washington, D.C., attendees will have an opportunity to dine there, and hear first-hand from one of the nation’s nine Supreme Court Justices.

Built in 1935, the Supreme Court building is a national historic landmark with a stunning interior. Attendees will have access to the Upper Great Hall and the East and West Conference Rooms.

The Supreme Court dinner is included in the registration fee as an added bonus to attendees.


Thursday 2:00 - 4:00pm

SmithsonianNational Museum of American History

This self-guided tour through the National Museum of American History contains many stories of innovation—and innovative pieces—reflecting Americans’ insatiable desire for game-changing ideas and new ways of doing things. New exhibitions, hands-on learning spaces, programs, and performances offer visitors multiple ways to explore stories of forward-looking innovations that are key to understanding the spirit of optimism that is such an important part of American history.


National Geographic Museum

Explore the world and all that's in it at the National Geographic Museum. Celebrating over 125 years of educating people about our world, the museum provides a unique perspective from renowned explorers, photographers, and scientists who support our mission to inspire people to care about the planet. Don't miss the Tomb of Christ Exhibition: discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience, unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. The museum, once led by ARCS MWC Eagle Awardee and National Geographic Society Chairman of 23 years Gilbert M. Grosvenor, has generously gifted our group with free admission. Sara Grosvenor, ARCS MWC Member and President of the Alexander and Mabel Bell Legacy Foundation, will give a brief welcome.

Friday 2:00 - 4:00pm

National Gallery of Art

ARCS Foundation and Georgetown University Alum Dr. Teresa Duncan will discuss the application of the polymeric gels she developed for cleaning cultural heritage at the National Gallery of Art. She will be joined by Dr. Barbara Berrie, head of the Scientific Research Department at the National Gallery, to provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the science and conservation labs. Created for the nation by a joint resolution of Congress in 1937, the National Gallery has been nourished by the steadfast support of an enlightened government and the generosity of visionary individuals. This unique partnership sustains the highest standards of excellence, establishing the Gallery as a lively and welcoming public space, as well as offering a haven for personal and private encounters with art. Space is limited.

National Air and Space Museum

The visit to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) promises to be one of the highlights of the AMC! AMC/MWC member Elli Nesbitt, NASM Docent for 30 years, will give a group of 25 members a special one-hour tour focusing on the museum's iconic space artifacts. This will be followed by a special presentation on Mars from Dr. John Grant, a planetary geologist at NASM's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. According to his NASM webpage, "He is a member of the Science Teams for the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity, and the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter." Dr. Grant will sit down with us for about 15 to 20 minutes to discuss novel findings on Mars and the US rovers there, including Curiosity, and will then go to the "Exploring the Planets" gallery to discuss the rovers in more detail, using the models in that gallery. Elli is also working on providing the AMC guests with first-hand information during their visit about NASM’s upcoming “reimagining”!

International Spy Museum

The only museum of its kind, the International Spy Museum recognizes the ingenuity and imagination of real-life spies — from George Washington to John Walker to the Sisterhood of Spies. See more than 200 pieces of espionage artifacts, including the lipstick pistol, miniature cameras, and the Enigma cipher machine. You can also experience Operation Spy: Think of it as a live-action spy adventure, only you're the spy. You'll get a cover identity and compare your skills to those of real spies in a highly interactive experience. This one-hour, adrenaline-fueled mission is no mere exhibit.

Cancellation Policy: The registration fee, less a $50 administrative charge, can be refunded up to 10 business days before the conference with written notice of cancellation. No refund for cancellation less than 10 business days prior, or for no-shows. Submit your cancellation via email to Lisa Konsti at

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April 25th, 2018 7:00 AM   through   April 28th, 2018 12:00 PM
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20004
United States

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Wednesday Welcome Reception | Event Only
MWC Member $ 50.00
Guest $ 50.00
Not Attending $ 0.00
Thursday Speakers, Lunch and Tours (Not including dinner) | Choose one Thursday Tour Below
MWC Member $ 75.00
Guest $ 75.00
Not Attending $ 0.00
Thursday Full Day (Supreme Court Dinner included)
MWC Member $ 325.00
Guest $ 325.00
Not Attending $ 0.00
Thursday Supreme Court Dinner Only
MWC Member $ 250.00
Guest $ 250.00
Not Attending $ 0.00
Friday Full Day (Networking Breakfast, Lunch, Tours, Dinner included)
MWC Member $ 260.00
Guest $ 260.00
Not Attending $ 0.00
Willard Bonus Tour
Will Attend
Not Attending
Friday ARCS Light Luncheon
MWC Member $ 75.00
Guest $ 75.00
Not Attending $ 0.00
Friday Evening Dinner - MWC 50th Anniversary Celebration and Eagle Award (Dinner only)
MWC Member $ 138.00
Guest $ 138.00
Not Attending $ 0.00
Saturday Annual Meeting
Will Attend
Not Attending
Please select one Thursday Tour
THURSDAY National Museum of American History Tour $ 0.00
THURSDAY National Geographic Museum Tour $ 0.00
Please select one Friday Tour
FRIDAY National Gallery of Art Tour $ 0.00
FRIDAY National Air and Space Museum Tour $ 0.00
FRIDAY International Spy Museum $ 0.00
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