The Greater Washington Board of Trade’s programs provide regional executives opportunities to exchange ideas, make new connections and maintain business relationships.

Outlook Conference

The Board of Trade presents the Outlook Conference featuring key thought leaders and economists. This forum will offer an inside look at trends and opportunities impacting the regional market, with special focus on major industries – such as real estate, tourism, transportation, energy, construction and cyber – as well as the most pressing issues and legislation that will shape how you do business next year.

Click below for more details about this annual conference.

The Potomac Conference

The Board of Trade’s strategic plan calls for leading the business community in shaping and advancing a vibrant regional economy. To accomplish this, the strategic planning committee reached a consensus that “Smart Cities: Connected Region” presents the best opportunity to implement the strategic plan in an engaging and regional manner.

In furthering these goals, a Smart Cities: Connected Region task force, has been meeting to identify:

  • What falls under the umbrella of Smart Cities (i.e. technology, transportation, communications, health, public safety, and more)
  • Best practices from other regions across the country
  • Inventory of assets that could be improved in this region
  • New technologies and proposed regional solutions of benefit to Greater Washington
  • Experts on the topic of Smart Cities

A Potomac Conference is a proven vehicle to use in further exploring how this region should adopt smart city principles and how it should incorporate specific actionable, measurable and attainable ideas along the spectrum of common to fanciful and along a timeline of one to two years, five to ten years, and twenty-five years plus. Therefore, work will be undertaken by the Smart Cities Task Force to host an inclusive, collaborative Potomac Conference that is sponsored and well attended in late winter of 2018.

In order to learn more and refine the definition of what a Smart City is to this region, we will gather a well-rounded group of government officials, business executives and community leaders to crowd source and learn more about what the region needs in a smart city. 


This is the only event in the Cyber arena that specifically focuses on the needs of C-Suites and Corporate Boardrooms. It will leverage Greater Washington’s powerful ecosystem, which includes Cyber Command, leading political and policy experts on cyber, and a rapidly expanding cyber technology sector. The summit will bring board leaders together with US and global cyber experts, C-suite executives, and cyber security law enforcement leaders to develop a shared understanding of the evolving nature of cyber threats and identify practical takeaways for directors to bring back to the boardroom. 

The format and tone will be familiar to participants and provide audience members an inside perspective as we concentrate on the significant issues facing corporations in light of recent breaches, challenges and constant attacks.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Global Trends in Cyber Security
  • The Shifting Risk Landscape
  • The Boardroom Dialogue on Cyber: Effective Board/C-Suite Communications
  • Incident Response: Lessons Learned from the Boardroom Perspective
  • The Ecology of Cyber: Moving Forward

Our Winter 2016 edition of OPPTY summarizes last year's conference. Click here to view that issue.


For questions about registration or to confirm your member code, contact


For more information about Board of Trade programs, contact Ashley Balis Desing at 202.857.5920.


For more information or to arrange sponsorship of any of the following programs, contact Christine Salvador at 202.857.5923.