AUGUST 15-18

IGNITE 2019 is a chance for our Affiliate leadership and DIHQ leadership to come together to collaborate, ideate, innovate and communicate. The two-day conference will be filled with informative sessions that are meant to inspire you, as well as equip you with the mindset and the tools needed for success when you return home.

who’s invited

All Affiliate Directors and other Affiliate representatives are welcome to attend. Each Affiliate will receive a travel stipend* for one (1) Affiliate Director or representative to attend. Affiliates may send additional representatives for a cost of $650 per person. We encourage each Affiliate to invite the representatives they feel will gain the most from this important weekend.

*DIHQ will be giving a $500 travel stipend to all US, Canada and Mexico Affiliates who attend. DIHQ will be giving a $750 travel stipend to all other affiliates who attend.


DIHQ staff are working hard to finalize the full schedule for IGNITE 2019. We are focused on making sure everyone goes home, not only with inspiration for the future, but real, tangible tools and resources to help you get there. Some topics we plan to focus on include:

  • The DI Difference: Standing Out in the Marketplace

  • How an Affiliate Can Leverage Grants, Cultivate Sponsors and Find Philanthropy

  • Serving the Underserved: Case Studies

  • Online Training Updates

  • Avoiding Interference in Team Feedback

  • Social Media

  • Unpacking the New License Agreement, Background Checks and Insurance

  • Building Better Boards

  • Global Finals Value Proposition

  • Putting Your Alumni To Work

  • Using the Affiliate Development Rubric


IGNITE 2019 will be held at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, TX (Dallas area). We are excited to return to this proven hotel partner of the organization. It is only a short (and FREE) shuttle ride from DFW Airport* and has a pool and fitness center you may enjoy during your down-time. Please note, hotel check-in begins at 4:00 PM, and check out is at 11:00 AM. Attendees with early arrivals and/or late departures can store their luggage at the front desk, if needed.

Please log in to the Registration site to make reserve your spot. All rooms will be double-occupancy and you may request a specific roommate right there on the site. Single room buyouts are available for $220. We want to make sure your accommodations are set up correctly.

Please also add in your arrival/departure information so we can coordinate the hotel shuttle service accordingly.

*There is no free shuttle from Dallas Love Field Airport. The most affordable option to get to/from the hotel is using a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft at about $30 each way.

stay tuned for more details

More information, including a full list of workshop sessions, keynote speakers and events will be available soon. 

Conference Location

Embassy Suites
by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport North

2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051
United States 

(972) 724-2600