Conference Schedule



Sunday, May 4-Tuesday, May 7


Monday, May 6

Early arrivals

Tuesday, May 7 – Day One

ALL DAY - Delegates arrive and check-in at host hotel, Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Flights arrive at John Glenn International Airport (CMH), just 15 minutes from Downtown Columbus and our host hotel. Welcome and airport transportation will be provided to Hilton Columbus Downtown by Experience Columbus.

Members arriving by car enjoy complementary valet parking.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Early arrival tour options: Segway Tours, Short North Walking Tours and Motorcoach History and Landmarks Tours of the city are offered, with advance sign-up required.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Freelance Council Board meeting at the Hilton Columbus Downtown

6:30 - 8 p.m. Welcome reception. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, beer and wine while listening to live music and enjoying city skyline views. Representatives from Experience Columbus, city officials and local business owners will be in attendance to address and welcome FLC.

8:30 - 10 p.m. Optional night cap at Juniper, a stunning rooftop bar with dramatic skyline views of downtown Columbus and great photo ops.

Wednesday, May 8 — Day Two

6:30 - 7:15 a.m. Yoga class at the Hilton Columbus Downtown

8 - 9 a.m. Business Meeting Breakfast at The Hilton

9 - 11 a.m. Professional Development 

11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Depart for half-day tours (includes lunch) 

6:30 p.m. SATW FLC Closing Dinner and Culinary Extravaganza


Thursday, May 9 — Day Three

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Depart for full-day tours. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception and tour of the new National Veterans Memorial & Museum

7:15 p.m. Dine Around (hosted by Experience Columbus)

10 p.m. Optional pub crawl of the vibey 4th Street Corridor


Friday, May 10 — Day Four

8 - 9 a.m. "Breakfast with Nick" against the beautiful backdrop of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, a former brown-field that's now the only urban Audubon Center in North America. Enjoy a taste of Columbus' many incredible breakfast restaurants, presided over by local food blogger and author Nick Dekker, whose wildly popular blog and book by the same name, "Breakfast with Nick " has helped fuel the city's love affair with the morning repast. Scrumptious specialties will be provided by Katalina's Pistacia VeraFox in the Snow and others. After breakfast, you'll have time to check out the center on your own or take a guided tour with Audubon experts.

9 - 11 a.m. Professional Development

11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. HALF-DAY TOURS (Includes lunch)

7:15 - 10 p.m. Food Truck Party and Meet the Makers: An early adopter of food truck culture, you'll enjoy the best of Columbus' dynamic mobile food scene with a Food Truck Court, featuring live music, local craft beer and local craft spirit cocktails under the stars at the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory.

Saturday, May 11 — Day Five

7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast at hotel

Delegates depart for home or post-tours

Transfers to John Glenn Columbus International Airport