March 5-7, 2020 @ Ritz Carlton in Arlington, Va.

The 2021 Leadership and Advocacy Summit will take place March 4 – 6, 2021 in Arlington, VA. Registration will open in the Fall 2020.


Join your PA and student colleagues as AAPA offers its premier Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS), March 5-7, 2020, at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA, 22202. This meeting will sell out, so register early!

LAS kicks off with a full day dedicated to federal advocacy and afternoon visits with legislators on Capitol Hill. The remainder of the summit includes sessions focused on key developments facing the profession such as association management, best practices for constituent organization leaders, and advocacy skill-building.

LAS provides a fantastic opportunity for PAs to network, with generous break times and a welcome reception. There is ample time to meet old friends and emerging leaders, exchange ideas, and enjoy our nation’s capital.

This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 12 AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the AAPA Review Panel. The total number of approved credits is yet to be determined.


All Constituent Organizations Are Invited

Because the success of LAS depends on diverse perspectives, AAPA’s goal is to have as many constituent organizations (COs) represented at LAS as possible. Each CO is encouraged to send at least one representative. Register early – space fills up fast!


Welcome, First-time Attendees

First-time attendees often comment that LAS is one of the most important skill-building events they attend, as it provides them with an understanding of current issues facing the profession and how they can make positive change. Please contact us with questions about what to expect at LAS.


Accreditation Statements

The 2020 Leadership and Advocacy Summit has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 16 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.




Registration Rates:

Member Type Cost
Member $295
Nonmember $395
Student Member $150
Student Nonmember $175

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1. We offer a 75 percent refund for cancellations received at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  2. We offer a 50 percent refund for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  3. Generally, we do not offer any refunds or credits for no-shows and cancellation notifications received after the conference or seminar is held.
  • THURSDAY, March 5

    • 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

      Registration Open

    • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

      Continental Breakfast

    • 8:30 – 12 p.m.

      Welcome; Congressional Outlook and Preparing for Hill Visits

    • 12 p.m.

      Depart for Capitol Hill

    • 1 – 5 p.m.

      Appointments on Capitol Hill

    • 6 – 7:30 p.m.

      Welcome Reception

  • FRIDAY, March 6

    • 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

      Registration Open

    • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

      Continental Breakfast

    • 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

      General Sessions, Breakout Sessions, and Networking Breaks (Lunch provided with speaker)

    • Evening

      Dinner on your own

  • SATURDAY, March 7

    • 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

      Registration Open

    • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

      Continental Breakfast

    • 8:30 – 12 p.m.

      General Session, Breakout Sessions, and Networking Breaks

    • 12 p.m.


*Schedule subject to change.

Venue & Travel

Hotel Reservations

The 2020 AAPA Leadership and Advocacy Summit will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202.  The group room block is now closed.  Should you still need a reservation, contact Mairi Gardner.

Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 11 a.m. Reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a no show fee equal to one night’s room and tax.  All reservations and cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.


This hotel is just 3.8 miles from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided, however, this hotel is conveniently located next to the Pentagon City Metro Station on both the blue and yellow lines. Please visit Metro’s website for more information.

Please note: AAPA’s Leadership and Advocacy Summit will continue as planned. Please take necessary precautions while traveling and onsite to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19/Coronavirus. Visit the CDC’s website for information about Coronavirus for travelers and tips for prevention.

Attendee Information

Conference Attire

Dress for LAS is business casual.


When You Arrive

Use Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail to travel to The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (1250 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202). From Reagan National Airport (DCA), follow the signs to Metrorail station which is connected to the concourse level of terminals B and C. Metrorail SmarTrip cards can be purchased at machines located at all entrances to the Airport Metrorail station.

Take either the Blue line train toward Largo Town Center or the Yellow line train toward Fort Totten or Greenbelt for a total of two stops and exit at Pentagon City metro station. See map. The Pentagon City metro station is directly across the street from the entrance to The Ritz-Carlton.

Explore Arlington’s shopping and dining scene, as well as its many national memorials.

After the Conference

Print your CME certificate in Learning Central.
First, log in and complete a brief evaluation. We look forward to your feedback, so please complete the evaluation and share your ideas. If you have questions, please contact us.

  • Click My Curriculum.
  • Select Leadership and Advocacy Summit.
  • Click Select or Resume button in the top right corner.
  • Navigate to Sessions tab and select the sessions you attended.
  • Navigate to Evaluation tab and complete the survey.
  • Your certificate will be generated and stored under My Transcript.

Log your credit hours with NCCPA.
Your attendance at the Leadership and Advocacy Summit is registered with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Record your conference hours by visiting the NCCPA website and logging in to your personal certification record. Instructions are available on the website.


Here’s what previous attendees say about LAS


 “This [summit] teaches so much about being a leader in our profession. A truly unexpectedly rewarding experience. The atmosphere is very welcoming. Great networking opportunity.”


“Excellent opportunity to learn how to propel our profession into the forefront and be a voice to promote the profession.”


“I have attended this probably 5 times; I love it and learn so much! Makes me feel like I can go home and make these changes.”


“Extremely informative, educational, and invigorating, especially for a PA new to leadership. Outstanding networking opportunity. Highlight was going to Capitol Hill to personally advocate for the PA profession and our patients. If ever given the opportunity to attend LAS, definitely go! I can’t wait to attend next year.”


“LAS is a great opportunity to learn about issues facing the profession and do something about it! While there you get to meet and network with hundreds of PAs from across the nation that are just as passionate about the PA profession as you are and want to help you succeed in your practice too.”

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 Leadership and Advocacy Summit? Please check out these opportunities.

AAPA would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring!


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