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Campaigns & Elections Weekend @ tbd
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm

***This date may change to the weekend of May 2nd/3rd.  This IDF session focuses on campaigns and elections. We will go over the tactics and strategies campaigns in Washington state employ on the campaign trail.  Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this eigth weekend has included the following:

  • Pollsters, political consultants, messaging strategists and other vendors
  • Candidates talking about how they won or what they learned
  • Breakout sessions on campaign activities
  • Media crisis simulations
  • Watch the State Labor Council’s COPE Convention and vote

This is a Seattle-based weekend for both Saturday and Sunday. This is not an overnighter and hotels are NOT provided by IDF. If you are a remote IDF’er outside King County and need help being matched with some housing, let us know.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Washington DC Session @ tbd
May 4 – May 10 all-day
Washington DC Session @ tbd | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

**Please note these dates may change. This event is planned around the annual Potlatch reception and that date has not yet been confirmed. It is typically the first or second Friday in May.

There several things to note about our Washington DC session.  First, this is an optional trip and does not count against your attendance. Because of the content of the programming for DC, we HIGHLY recommend you attend, but understand it may be difficult for cost and work related reasons to participate

Second, we plan this session around Potlatch, an annual reception put on by the Washington State Society and they usually settle on a May date at the beginning of the year. Therefore, we will settle the exact dates of this session when they announce the date of Potlatch.

Thirdly, the regular programming is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of the week we are in Washington, DC. Thursday and Wednesday are considered travel days and Saturday is your own day to go siteseeing in DC.

Fourth, IDF covers your Potlatch tickets and your hotels during your stay in DC. Plane tickets, transportation and food are your own responsibility.

Lastly, we tested out an “Extended DC Session” last year for an extra $150 which would add in programming on to our regular program. It was a huge hit so we’re bringing it back. You may select either the regularly scheduled trip (Sunday-Wednesday) which your normal tuition covers.  Or you may pay an extra $150 and participate in the extended DC trip with two extra days of programming.

Official schedules will be emailed to the class about prior to the session. Typically, programming for this ninth weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of the Pentagon
  • Meetings with our Democratic delegation
  • Think tank speakers and policy makers
  • Tour of the Democratic National Committee’s HQ
  • Brown bag lunch with national consultants, lobbyists and policymakers
  • Tour of Embassies
  • Meetings with Department Directors, NGO staffers and committee staff
  • Meetings with veterans organizations

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Eastern Washington Weekend @ tbd
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
Eastern Washington Weekend @ tbd | Wenatchee | Washington | United States

This IDF session focuses on the economics, politics and issues affecting Eastern Washington.  Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this tenth and final weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of a winery
  • Tour of a wind farm
  • Tour of apple or cherry orchard
  • Meetings with cattle ranchers and migrant farmer advocates
  • Meeting with Spokane business and elected leaders
  • Discussion on water rights issues
  • Tour of a prison and talk with local law enforcement
  • Discuss gun rights

Friday evening after work, we will drive to either Wenatchee or Yakima for the evening.  Saturday night will be an overnighter too either in Tri-Cities, Spokane or Walla Walla.  This is an overnighter wekend and hotels are will be provided by IDF. Transportation is NOT provided by IDF.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

IDF 2015 Graduation @ tbd
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm

Speed Mentoring is on Saturday, June 20th from 1 pm – 5 pm.  More details here:

Graduation is on Sunday, June 21st from 3 pm – 7 pm. More details here:

It’s hard to believe it’s over. We just started!

This is the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015. We’ll have speakers, a little ceremony, some awards and mostly just good company as we bid each well in this final day of the Class of 2015.

IDF 2015 Graduates, you are welcome to bring guests, siblings, spouses, significant others, parents. There is no cost to you.  This is, however, a fundraiser for our next great Class of 2016, so we ask extra guests to help underwrite the cost of graduation with a $20 donation for food/drink and a little left over for our scholarship fund.

For Alum and other distinguished guests, we’d like to ask for a $20 donation to help defer the costs of graduation. Every dollar raised will increase our net for the event and the balance will go directly into the Scholarship Fund for the Class of 2016.