How will COVID-19 affect the Sphere Summit?
Our goal is to host two in‐person summer seminars in 2023, however, as we approach the summer, we may need to adjust the Summit. To keep you informed of potential program changes due to pandemic restrictions, we will contact you directly and post updates on this website.
What are my responsibilities as a participant?
Participants are expected to attend all the sessions during the Sphere Summit. This includes lectures, workshops, breakouts, and meals that are scheduled during the Summit. Participants will receive a certificate of completion as well as complimentary copies of all books, Summit materials, and classroom resources.
What are the accommodations for Summit participants?
Participants will stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center. For the first Summit, the check‐in date is Sunday, July 9, and the checkout date is Thursday, July 13. For the second Summit, the check‐in date is Sunday, July 23, and the checkout date is Thursday, July 27. Hotel accommodations are provided only for the duration of the seminar. Room fees and taxes are covered for the nights of July 9–12 and July 23–26. Participants are responsible for additional nights and any hotel incidentals, such as personal expenses, phone calls, room service, or extra meals.
Can family and friends participate?
We are unable to accommodate family and friends.
Can I commute to the Sphere Summit?
Yes. If you live in Washington, DC, or the surrounding areas, you are welcome to commute to the seminar every morning, however parking is unavailable at the Cato Institute and is limited in the surrounding neighborhood.
Can I defer my acceptance to next year?
No, you cannot defer your position. We encourage you to apply again but cannot guarantee your acceptance at a later time.
How many professional development hours are available?
A determination of professional development hours will be made when the final program is released closer to the start of the program.