WRJ Fried Leadership Conference (FLC) 2017 will take place in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, which will host both programming and nightly accommodations. FLC begins on Friday, March 3 at 3:30 pm and runs through Sunday, March 5 to 12:30 pm. Please note that some programs run earlier or later. Check the Schedule and Registration & Fees pages for more information.
Who should attend FLC?
This conference is for all women interested in attending: current and rising sisterhood leaders, individual WRJ members, WRJ Board members, WRJ Chai Society members, WRJ Board alumnae, and any woman age 18 and older who is interested in coming (whether a member of WRJ or not)!
Why should I (and/or someone else from my sisterhood) attend FLC?
As our testimonials confirm, there is something extraordinarily valuable to be gained from meeting face to face with many other like-minded Reform Jewish women and from learning first-hand the tools needed to improve your leadership skills and benefit your sisterhood and community. Running the gamut from the “nuts and bolts” tools that new or incoming leaders need, all the way up to advanced skills for experienced and seasoned leaders, the conference has something to offer a wide variety of WRJ women. And for those who are interested in personal growth and advanced Jewish topics (rather than skills training), FLC features many such sessions as well. With so many repeat attendees to the WRJ Fried Leadership Conference, it is a program not to be missed!
“I’ve learned how to be a leader and gained a boatload of confidence. I’ve made more friends than I’ve ever had and feel as if I truly belong.”
- Rhona Arbit, repeat WRJ FLC attendee from Women of Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD
When should I arrive for FLC? When does it end?
The conference runs from Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5, 2017. Please complete your online registration before booking your hotel and flight/travel, so that you will know exactly when to arrive and depart, based on the programs for which you register. For general FLC attendance, you should plan to arrive at the hotel no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday to check-in and pick up registration materials; this means you should book a flight that lands at Charleston Airport earlier than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, and stay through the conference’s end on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. by booking a flight that departs after 3:00 p.m. However, there are several pre-conference meetings, trainings, and tour options that require an earlier arrival (possibly as early as Thursday afternoon) and/or a later departure on Sunday/Monday, so please stay tuned and wait for more details coming soon before booking – you won’t want to miss these special opportunities!
Where is the 2017 FLC? Where do I stay? How do I get there?
The entire conference program, along with the WRJ hotel room block, will be at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Once you complete your online registration, you will receive the link to make a reservation at the Marriott in your confirmation email. All attendees are responsible for making their own reservations by February 8, 2017 to get WRJ’s discounted rate.
170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403
The hotel is a 20-25 minute drive from the Charleston International Airport (CHS). At the airport, a taxi or Uber can be picked up upon arrival (approx. $20-25 each way), or a shuttle must be booked in advance (approx. $35 each way). Visit the hotel’s website for more travel information.
For those driving, complimentary on-site parking is available at the hotel.
Can I share a hotel room? How do I find a roommate?
Rooms at the Marriott contain 1 king or 2 queen beds, and can certainly be shared between two or more women. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations, including finding their own roommate. If you would like to share a room but do not have a roommate, use the WRJ FLC 2017 Attendees’ Yammer group (to which you’ll be added once you complete your registration) and post that you’re looking for a roommate and for which night(s). Women have good success rates in matching up this way!
How much does it cost to attend FLC? What does my registration include?
The fee “Early Bird” registration costs $375 on or before January 25, 2017. From January 26 – February 22, 2017, the fee for regular registration costs $425.
Until February 22, 2017, the registration fee for any woman ages 18-36 is $180 (please email the WRJ Registrar to find out about this discount).
All registration fees are in USD and non-U.S. attendees must pay in USD or the equivalent amount in their local currency.
Your registration fee includes:
Several programs will be additional fee and require pre-registration; more information on these options is coming soon.
Not included in your FLC registration are the following expenses, which must be paid for on your own:
Does WRJ offer any financial assistance to attend FLC?
WRJ offers a limited number of grants to eligible sisterhoods to cover the cost of registration to attend FLC. Visit the Grants page to find out if your sisterhood is eligible and to learn more.
How can I register for FLC? How do I pay the fee?
FLC 2017 registration is only available online. Registration will open in November 2016 and close in mid-February 2017. All registrations must be completed on an individual basis (no group registrations) on our secure online website and paid for in full by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) when submitting your registration. Once registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email, which contains the link to make a reservation at the hotel at the group rate.
If your sisterhood is covering your registration fee, please try to make arrangements to pay online using your sisterhood’s credit card, or use a personal credit card and have your sisterhood reimburse you.
If you need to pay by check, you must still complete the online registration (up until the payment page) and then mail a check to WRJ for the full amount you owe. Once WRJ receives and processes your check, you will receive a confirmation email. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on mailing a check payment.
If you are the recipient of a North American Sisterhood Grant, you must still pay the registration fee at the time you register. WRJ will reimburse your sisterhood by check after FLC is concluded.
All registration fees must be paid for, in full, before FLC; partial payments cannot be accepted.
What happens if I need to change or cancel my registration and get a refund?
If you register for the WRJ FLC 2017 and are not able to attend, you must e-mail the WRJ Registrar with your cancellation request and include the reason for the cancellation to receive a partial or full refund. Refunds will be applied as follows:
Please allow up to six weeks after the conclusion of the event for your refund to be processed. We are not able to offer a credit balance toward future WRJ events.
Can I attend part of FLC and pay a lower fee?
WRJ does not offer partial attendance packages or prorated registration rates for FLC.
Can I bring a guest with me to FLC, or to part of FLC?
No, WRJ does not have any aspects of its conference that would be appropriate for a guest (spouse, child, etc.) to attend. Attendees will be busy from Friday to Sunday with FLC activities. There are no functions which a guest may attend or for which a guest may sign up.
What is the schedule for the weekend? What types of workshops are being offered?
The conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed here. Workshops and schedule information will be posted and updated as it becomes available. Expect to see much more detail over the winter.
Do I have to pre-register for individual workshops?
All workshops during FLC (excluding pre- and post-FLC special programs) do not require advance registration. An attendee may choose to attend any workshop on-site as long as space remains in the room (on a first come, first served basis).
Are there any special add-on programs available?
FLC features both pre- and post-conference special program opportunities. Pre-Conference Programs will feature two different intensive training programs (one for public speaking skills, and another for marketing & social media), as well as a tour of the KKBE Coming Street Cemetery. After FLC, there is an opportunity to spend a lovely afternoon at Middleton Place to tour the magnificent gardens, home, and stableyards, and enjoy a dinner reception, all while supporting WRJ’s work through this fundraiser event. Pre-conference programs can be added within your FLC registration. The Middleton Place fundraiser event has a separate registration.
What is the WRJ Choir?
The WRJ Choir is an opportunity for women to share their love of music and singing with FLC attendees by rehearsing before and then performing during FLC worship services. Led by Debra Winter, the choir will have two mandatory rehearsals: during Workshop Block A on Friday, March 3rd, and during Torah Study on Saturday morning. The WRJ Choir will perform at Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. Materials will be sent in advance for preparation, and the two on-site rehearsals are required. There is an $18 fee to join to cover costs. No prior musical experience is necessary, and choir sign-up closes on February 8th.
How much time will I spend in religious services?
Worship is a very significant part of FLC. We are together for all of Shabbat and WRJ holds joyous Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening Havdalah services. All services and their music are arranged especially for WRJ FLC 2017 – you won’t want to miss the meaningful magic of hundreds of women lending their voices to pray as one!
“240 women coming together to pray, sing and connect was an amazing experience.”
- Donelle Macey, first-time FLC attendee (2015) from B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom Sisterhood, Homewood, IL
I have dietary restrictions. Will I be able to eat the food at FLC?
All food served at FLC is kosher-style, but not certified kosher (i.e., no pork or shellfish is served, and no meat and dairy products will be mixed). There is always a vegetarian option available which includes protein, and special accommodations can be made for lactose intolerant and nut-free diets. For those with other food allergies, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
*Please enter all dietary special needs into your online registration so that we can make note of your restrictions and work with you and the hotel to accommodate you. If you have any questions or want to discuss your restrictions, please contact Amanda Feldman, WRJ Manager of Meetings & Conventions.
Is FLC 2017 handicapped accessible?
We strive to make FLC accessible and meaningful to all those who wish to participate. If you require special accommodations, please enter them into your online registration and also contact Amanda Feldman at email@example.com or 212-650-4054 by February 1, 2017 so that we can work with you to support your attendance throughout the conference.
Please note that special accommodations regarding your hotel stay must be made directly with the hotel. Please call the hotel directly at 843-723-3000 if you need to make an accessible reservation.
The Charleston Marriott hotel is entirely wheelchair-accessible, with ramps and automatic doors at the front lobby and side meeting space entrances. All meeting spaces are either on the first floor, or accessible via elevator on the second floor. Elevators bring guests to their room floors, where there are a number of mobility-accessible rooms with roll-in showers.
Is there WiFi at the hotel?
Attendees who book a room in the WRJ block at the Charleston Marriott will receive complimentary WiFi in their room. WRJ will provide WiFi access in the meeting space during FLC.
What is the dress code? What should I bring with me?
Dress is generally “business casual.” On Shabbat, attendees typically wear nicer dresses, skirts, slacks, and tops. A comfortable pair of shoes for walking and a light sweater or jacket for layering (as room temperatures can vary) are also important. Don’t forget to bring with you any WRJ/District pins and tallitot/kippot, as is your custom.
For more information about the WRJ FLC 2017 or to register, please contact WRJ Registrar or call 212-650-4050.