Community Project – American Cancer Society Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 8, 2023 (1:00pm – 3:00pm) OPTIONAL EVENT

Our Conference charity event tradition continues as we again partner with the American Cancer Society for a fun filled Scavenger Hunt across the district. Donate here to participate. You can pick up your scavenger hunt packet at the registration desk. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. For over 100 years, their mission has remained the same: to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We hope that you will come out and participate.


Cocktail Reception – Grand Hyatt Washington
Sunday, October 8, 2023 (5:00pm – 7:30pm)

Come and spend some time with franchisees and vendors at our Cocktail Reception. There will be beer, wine, and light appetizers. This is an opportunity to mingle with other franchisees and spend time with our partners and their teams. We’ll end the event at 7:30pm, giving you ample time to plan dinner for your team or a night out with your family.


Vendor Showcase
Monday, October 9, 2023 (3:30pm – 6:30pm)

Join us for some cocktails and light appetizers presented by our vendors. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our partners and spend time with other franchisees and team members. Following this reception, we hope that you join us for an elegant evening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Dinner at The Smithsonian American Art Museum
Monday, October 9, 2023 (7:00pm – 11:00pm)

An Evening to Remember! We are thrilled to host this memorable dinner event in the exquisite setting of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This will be an opportunity to relax, connect with fellow attendees, and celebrate the enriching experiences of the conference in style. Let’s make this evening a celebration of history, elegance, and camaraderie. Get ready to dazzle and immerse yourself in the spirit of the occasion. We extend our gratitude to our generous sponsor, iHeart, for providing us with the evening’s DJ, Nico Oso. Known as the “Prince of Philly,” Nico Oso has gained significant recognition for his skills as a versatile DJ, charismatic personality, and accomplished recording artist.

Dress Code: Black-Tie Optional Dress to impress and feel free to showcase your personal style while adhering to the elegant black-tie optional dress code. Whether you choose a classic tuxedo or a sophisticated evening gown, the choice is yours. We invite you to embrace the occasion with flair and sophistication.

Historical Costume Contest – Win $1,000! Prepare to travel back in time and show off your creativity and historical knowledge. We’re excited to announce a special contest for all attendees, including the corporate team. If you’re feeling extra spirited, why not dress as a United States of America Founding Father, Historical Woman, or First Lady? Immerse yourself in history and elegance, and you might just walk away with a $1,000 prize for the best-dressed historical attire!


Charity Art Auction at The Smithsonian American Art Museum
Monday, October 9, 2023 (7:00pm – 11:00pm)

Our second ACS event is an exciting Art Auction at the prestigious Smithsonian American Art Museum during our dinner reception. Admire stunning artworks provided by Hand & Stone community members, all in support of the American Cancer Society. Upon arrival, receive raffle tickets to increase your chance of winning donated masterpieces. Want an even greater shot? Donate to ACS for extra tickets! Let’s come together for an inspiring night of creativity and generosity as we fight against cancer and celebrate the beauty of art.


Guest Speakers 
Monday, October 9, 2023 – Main Session

A true trailblazer, Col. Nicole Malachowski has shattered ceilings and defied limits throughout her remarkable career. Not only is she a pioneering aviator and combat pilot, but she also holds the distinction of being the first female Thunderbird pilot. With her White House fellowship and expertise in building and leading exceptional teams, Colonel Malachowski is set to deliver a thought-provoking and impactful presentation. Her insights into leadership, teamwork, and resilience will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on all attendees.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 

Renowned author and podcast creator/host, Terry O’Reilly, brings a wealth of knowledge from his extensive 30+ year career in the advertising industry. As the author of “The Age of Persuasion” and the mastermind behind the award-winning podcast “Under the Influence,” Terry’s engaging and humorous talk will revolve around the core concept that exceptional Customer Service directly translates to Profit. Prepare to gain fresh perspectives on customer relationships and the profound impact they have on your business’s bottom line.

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