About the Forum

2020 Character.org National Forum – Schedule At A Glance

The Character.org National Forum is the largest character development conference in the world. People everywhere come together to learn best practices and understand the latest research in character development in the classroom, the office, the sports center and the home.

During the three day conference, attendees will be able to attend sessions spearheaded by some of the most well-known and leading thinkers and experts in the field of character development.

2020 Forum Speakers

The 2020 Character.org National Forum speaker application is now closed. We’re reviewing all submissions and will be in touch with applicants in mid-April. Stay tuned!


Keynote Speakers

Scarlett Lewis

Character advocate, policy influencer and founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.

Arthur Schw

Clifton Taulbert

Pulitzer-nominated author, speaker, and entrepreneur

Tameka Montgomery

Founder of the podcast, Raising Entrepreneurs: A Parent’s Guide to Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset.

Silas Montgomery

Tameka’s 13-year-old son, aspiring entrepreneur

Schedule & Events

Attendees of the 2020 Character.org National Forum will find plenty of activities, breakout sessions and events to enjoy during the weekend. Get a glimpse of our jam-packed schedule* and start planning your time during the Forum.

Schedule at a Glance

It's good to plan ahead! Check out the schedule for the Forum.

Workshops, Site Visits & Tours

There's much to do at the Forum. Learn about some of the other offerings to get the most out of your experience.

View the Program

Take a look at the official program for the 2019 Forum.

* Schedule subject to change


The Forum will take place from October 1 — 3, 2020.

Anyone with an interest in character development, particularly those in education, sports, workplaces and parents. The Forum is a great place to get started and make connections, and it’s also the perfect platform to share what you’ve already learned.

Please stay tuned for information on exhibiting!

Unfortunately, with so many administrators registering on behalf of attendees, attendees cancelling, attendees switching registration with other individuals and session schedule changes, we’re unable to keep track of hundreds of session preferences. All sessions are open, and we encourage you to stop in our most popular speakers’ sessions in the main ballroom if others are full.

The 2020 Character.org National Forum will be held in Washington D.C. at the historic Marriott Wardman Park hotel. To learn more, visit the Hotel and Travel section.

It does not, but we’ve secured discounted group rates at the Wardman Park Hotel. You could also find other hotels, Air B&B or other housing nearby and travel to the Forum site each day.
Many schools and districts use professional development funds to cover costs. They also reach out to local organizations and PTAs to raise money. Also, consider volunteering at the Forum for a discounted rate.


Interested in exhibiting? Take a look at our Exhibitor Prospectus, and when you are ready to register as an exhibitor, you can do so here.



Attendee Registration

Before June 15 — $500.00
Before Sept. 15 — $525.00
After Sept. 15 — $575.00


Before June 15 — $675.00
Before Sept. 15 — $775.00
After Sept. 15 — $825.00

*Group of 5
10% discount on group total, combinable with early and extra early discounts.

Other Registration Options

Breakout and Workshop Speakers — $389.00
Forum Volunteers — $369.00
Youth 11-18 years — $299.00

Exhibitor Registration

Table Before June 15 — $649.00
Booth Before June 15 — $899.00
Table After June 15 — $699.00
Booth After June 15 — $975.00


Table Before June 15 — $799.00
Booth Before June 15 — $1,000.00
Table After June 15 — $899.00
Booth After June 15 — $1,150.00

*In order to register under the member price, you must be a member. Visit character.org/join for more information.

Hotel & Travel

The 2020 Character.org National Forum will be held at the historic Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Reserve your hotel here.

International Travelers
Washington, DC offers direct flight connections via Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport to many international destinations, so you shouldn’t have trouble getting to or from the Forum.

All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable. International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an American embassy or consulate. For more information visit travel.state.gov.

You must complete customs and immigrations formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S.

The electricity used in Washington, DC is standard electricity, 110 volts. Appliances brought from Europe, Africa and most of Asia and Latin America will require a voltage converter.


Contact Us

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