Engaged & Empowered

We are looking for the most inspiring, engaging, and awesome speakers for the Annual Conference in Washington DC this September!



The conference’s theme, “Engaged & Empowered,” will guide our formulation of the agenda and topics and unite the essence of the conference, while remaining general enough for the participants to explore many different tangents and facets. It ties closely to our core mission statement (Inspire, Connect, Empower) and the organization’s current evolution (referred to as “DEF 3.0”).

Further, it carries on the logical next step from previous conferences: where first DEF inspired a movement and then connected people into a community, now we seek to focus on empowering that community to effect good change. No coincidence that this correlates with the national conference’s first meeting in the nation’s capitol–the seat of many forms of power from a national security perspective!

DEF 2018 focused on “Ideas to Action”… this year we take the next step, engaging with the landscape and empowering ourselves and each other! If you know someone who would be great in the DEF 2019 line-up, please nominate them for consideration. This is a time-honored tradition of DEF national conferences–we want to hear from the DEF community!



Looking for Other Ways to Get Involved?

As a 501(c)(3) with an all-volunteer team, DEF events are only made possible through a combination of ticket sales, donations, hard work, and generous sponsors and partners. You can view our prospectus to read more about the DEF story and the sponsorship offerings we have for DEF 2019.



Would you, or an organization you know, consider supporting this year’s annual conference?