Leading Together
Annual Conference | Dallas, TX | April 23-26, 2017

Site Sessions

Want to see outside the walls of the conference hotel and experience philanthropy at work? Sign up for a site session and participate in excursions to organizations making a difference in Dallas, Texas.

Advance registration is required for all site sessions. Each facility associated with our site sessions is ADA complaint. You can add a site session to your itinerary while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a site session, email you request to registration@cof.org or call 703-879-0600.


The Future of Immigration and the Role of Philanthropy

Sunday, April 23, 2017 — 10 am-5:00 pm

Participants attending this session will meet in the Senator's Lecture Hall of the Hilton Anatole. Participants will travel together to Catholic Charities Fort Worth after morning panel discussions.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth LogoAgainst the backdrop of the Trump administration’s push to reform key policies, immigration has emerged as a critical issue prompting national-level discussion and debate. The immigration preconference event will examine and explore immigration from a multitude of perspectives.

This experience will begin with a panel discussion on the current "State of Affairs" of immigration in the United States including discussions on refugees and securing the southern border. An "Academic Look into Immigration", will feature in-depth information on emerging trends, key analysis, and the economic implications of immigration.

The day will progress into a discussion with Sister Norma Pimentel, recognized by Pope Francis for her efforts in helping Central American children as they crossed the Rio Grande in search of a better life and future. Sister Norma will offer a first-hand account of her experiences and will provide a human perspective to the debate.

In the afternoon, participants will travel to Catholic Charities Fort Worth enabling donors to witness the positive impact their generous contributions/investments have made. An overview will be given by Catholic Charities President, Heather Reynolds, followed by a brief walking tour around campus visiting Immigration Services, Refugee Services, the Children’s Assessment Center, and the Hope Center.

There is an additional fee to attend this session, $299 for Council members and $359 for nonmembers. You can add this site session to your itinerary while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a site session, email you request to registration@cof.org or call 703-879-0600.

This site session is made possible with the partnership of Hispanics in Philanthropy.


Bachman Lake Together Family Center 

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 — 12:15 pm-5:00 pm

Participants attending this site session will meet at the Tower Lobby of the Hilton Anatole. Buses will depart at 12:15 p.m.

Bachman Lake Together Logo

The Bachman Lake Together Family Center helps parents support their children’s development in the high-poverty Bachman Lake neighborhood in Dallas. They provide services such as financial education and coaching, health services, leadership development, education, and more. Bachman Lake Together was launched by the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative, which works to ensure children in low-income neighborhoods are physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually ready for school by age five. 

This special site session includes a 30 minute walking tour of the facilities and the opportunity to speak with staff, partners, and program participants to better understand Bachman Lake Together’s two-generation approach to helping prepare children for success in school. 

There is no additional cost to attend this site session, but space is limited and advance registration is required. You can add this site session to your itinerary while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a site session, email you request to registration@cof.org or call 703-879-0600.

Sponsored by generous support from the 2017 Annual Conference Host Committee.


City Square — Cottages at Hickory Crossing

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 — 12:15 pm-5:00 pm

Participants attending this site session will meet at the Tower Lobby of the Hilton Anatole. Buses will depart at 12:15 p.m.

CitySquare is a broad community development organization offering a comprehensive array of social services that address four key areas related to poverty: hunger, health, housing, and hope. In fall 2016, CitySquare in collaboration with Central Dallas Community Development Corporation opened the Cottages at Hickory Crossing, a development of 50 “tiny homes” to provide stable housing for homeless individuals. The development provides residents on-site access to healthcare, food, and social services while providing cost savings to the City of Dallas. 

The Cottages were designed and funded through a public-private partnership between Dallas County Criminal Justice Department, UT Southwestern, Metrocare Services, Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, and several community donors and churches, including Highland Park United Methodist Church and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Foundation. During this site visit, participants will spend 30-60 minutes on a walking tour of the cottages, enjoy lunch prepared by students in its hospitality program, and learn more about this unique public-philanthropic partnership from CitySquare’s CEO Larry James.

There is no additional cost to attend this site session, but space is limited and advance registration is required. You can add this site session to your itinerary while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a site session, email you request to registration@cof.org or call 703-879-0600.

Sponsored by generous support from the 2017 Annual Conference Host Committee.


AT&T Stadium - SOLD OUT

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 — 1:30 pm-6:00 pm

Participants attending this site session will meet at the Tower Lobby of the Hilton Anatole. Buses will depart at 1:00 p.m.

AT&T Stadium Logo

Passions run high in sport as in art. Both ignite curiosity and conversation while bringing together people from all walks of life. Unique to AT&T Stadium, art and sport work in concert to enhance every visitor’s experience.

The world-class Dallas Cowboys Art Collection was first established in 2009 when the team moved to their new stadium in Arlington, Texas. The collection now consists of 17 site-specific commissions along with 43 additional works that have been acquired during the last 8 years. Spanning all media of contemporary art, the collection also includes artists from around the globe. The collection will continue to evolve as the Dallas Cowboys headquarters moves into its new location at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Participants will enjoy a two hour VIP walking tour of the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection at AT&T Stadium followed by a fun group photo on the field at the 50-yard line. Conclude your experience in the Owners Suite with a private reception.

This site session is at capacity.

Sponsored by generous support from Gene and Jerry Jones.