Special Features of the Conference

  • Special Sunday networking and orientation session for international members and guests. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Kick off the 51st conference at Sunday evening’s special welcoming reception to honor our founding members and past presidents and board members. We will unveil a new book and more.
  • New member and first-time attendees orientation during Monday's breakfast.
  • Roll up your sleeves for a grand opening of the conference with a fun, interactive and engaging look at CDS—Past & Present Practical Wisdom: Breaking the Rules to Build and Restore Community.
  • Learn by seeing and doing in a great selection of mobile workshops
  • Family activities. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Free time for Monday dinner to enjoy the great dining options in downtown Columbia and connect with new and old friends.
  • Don’t miss the Monday night ice cream social after dinner in the Orr Street Studios downtown. More information here
  • CDS Committee meetings during Tuesday's breakfast. A great opportunity to learn more, get involved and engage in making CDS an even greater organization.
  • Be inspired and challenged by Tawanna Black and futurist Chet Sisk
  • Posters, Persistence and Possibilities—The CDS Soap Box returns along with a vision wall, timeline wall and posters.
  • A special celebration dinner for the 50th Anniversary will include awards and the live auction.