We’re activists. We’re students. We’re decision-makers, leaders, and conscious consumers. We come from schools and universities, congregations, big cities, and one-stoplight towns. We represent more than 250 campuses, communities, and organizations across the USA, and our belief in the power of Fair Trade is what brings us all together.

Join fellow Fair Trade advocates, brands, producers, and nonprofits March 23-25, 2018, in historic Georgetown, Washington, D.C., as we talk candidly about our greatest challenges, triumphs, and strategic ways to convert our passion into community-wide action. Come to learn, get inspired, and grow the Fair Trade movement — together.


The program will feature robust and diverse content within four focused tracks:

  • Fair Trade at the Heart of Sustainability
  • Building a Diverse & Inclusive Movement
  • Driving Purchase to Drive Impact
  • Colleges & Universities Driving the Movement

Please note: This is the preliminary agenda as of September 20, 2017 and is subject to change.

3:30 PM – 9:00 PM Registration Open
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Opening Session
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome Remarks
9:10 AM – 10:30 AM General Session
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Refreshment Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 PM Concurrent Sessions
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:40 PM General Session
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Concurrent Sessions
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Structured Networking
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Afternoon Refreshment Break
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM General Session
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner and Discussion Topics
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Saturday Evening Social
8:00 AM – 3:15 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM General Session
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Refreshment Break
10:40 AM – 12:50 PM Concurrent Sessions
12:50 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  General Session
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM  Closing Remarks


The Fair Trade Campaigns 2018 National Conference is an inclusive, global and welcoming event that encourages diversity and acceptance. Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re interested in Fair Trade, then we want you to join us at the 2018 National Conference.

For additional details, visit the Registration Information page.

Student and Campus Engagement


Interested in supporting the Conference? Download the Sponsorship Prospectus or contact Billy Linstead Goldsmith, National Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns, to discuss a customized opportunity to maximize your Organization’s outreach and impact!


Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center

3800 Reservoir Rd NW Washington, DC 20057

Looking to coordinate a room share? Interact with fellow attendees on the Conference Facebook page. 

Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center is nestled among the historic streets of Georgetown. In close proximity to downtown, coupled with the fantastic conference facilities makes the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center the ideal match to serve as the Fair Trade 2018 National Campaigns Conference venue and hotel.

The hotel is SOLD OUT! Check the hotel website in the event a cancellation has released a room!

Conference attendees with reservations within the group block will receive a voucher for the breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant, the Faculty Club, compliments of the conference to show our appreciation for your support of the group block.

The Conference room block is SOLD OUT!

Additional Hotel Options

March 23 – 25 is an extremely busy time in DC and accommodation options are limited! We have sold out at all three group rate locations!

All the Rooms is a helpful accommodation search engine which allows you to search traditional and traditional housing options, such as Airbnb.

Virginian Suites Arlington
1500 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22209 USA
Discounted Rate: SOLD OUT ($179 / night + tax)
The discounted group rate is $179 / night + tax and is now sold out! Room rates are based on double occupancy, but can accommodate up 4 occupants! Each additional occupant over 2 will incur an additional fee $20 / night + tax.

Rooms may be available at the standard hotel rate and can be reserved via the hotel reservation site.

Transportation to the conference venue will be provided from the Virginian Suites Arlington.

High Road Hostel
1804 Belmont Road NW, Washington, DC, 20009, USA
The High Road Hostel is just 15 minutes away from the conference venue. Transportation assistance will be provided for registered conference attendees staying at High Road Hostel.

Don’t forget- if you’re looking for a room or ride share, post on the Conference Facebook page to interact with other attendees. 

Travel and Transportation

Plan Your Trip

 DuPont and Rosslyn Metro Stations to Conference Venue

Georgetown University has a complimentary shuttle, the GUTS bus, from the DuPont Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro Center, which runs weekdays from 6:00am – 11:59pm, and has limited service on Saturdays from 9:00am – 8:00pm.

If you plan to use the GUTS bus, please be prepared to show the driver your conference registration confirmation or hotel confirmation, as access to the GUTS bus is restricted to those affiliated with the University or participants in on-campus functions.

 By Air


 By Train


 Public Transportation

Utilize public transportation and Plan Your Trip using Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Local Area Information

Come early or stay late and enjoy the local attractions.


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