2020 Southwest Defense Contracting Summit

April 20-21, 2020

San Antonio, Texas

You are invited to attend the 2020 Southwest Defense Contracting Summit in San Antonio, Texas. 


This 2-Day Summit will consist of General Session presentations; Contracting Presentations from senior military contracting officials; the latest details on new Contracting Opportunities; a Networking Lunch with exhibitors; a Small Business Resources Workshop; Matchmaking Sessions with Prime Contractors and Government Agencies; an invite-only VIP Reception for VIP Business Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, and Special Guests.


If your company will be sending more than one representative, please consider participating as a Summit Sponsor. Sponsorship packages start at $1,500 with multiple VIP Passes. For more details on Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities, email marketing@defenseleadershipforum.org or call (202)552-0179.

To register, please click the "Register" button or contact us at Marketing@defenseleadershipforum.org for a manual registration form. If you have any additional questions, please call our customer service center at (202) 552-0179 or email us at info@defenseleadershipforum.org.

Venue & Recommended Lodging: 
The Westin Riverwalk
420 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
1 (210) 224-6500
Special Rate Details: $189.00 - $249.00 USD/Night
Final Date to Book: March 19, 2020
Reservation Link: The Westin Riverwalk San Antonio

General Schedule:

Day 1 - April 20, 2020

7:30AM – 5:00PM Exhibit Areas Open

7:00AM – 8:00AM: Additional Exhibit Move-In

7:30AM – 8:30AM: On-Site Registration
7:30AM – 8:30AM: Networking with Exhibitors

7:30AM – 2:00PM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session I

8:30AM – 12:00PM: General Sessions

12:00PM – 1:00PM: Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

12:00PM – 1:00PM: Defense Leadership Roundtable (Invitation Only)

1:00PM – 4:00PM: General Sessions
3:30PM – 5:00PM: Matchmaking Session I

4:00PM – 5:00PM: Networking with Exhibitors

5:00PM – 7:00PM: VIP Networking Reception. Reception is invitation-only: Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, VIP Attendees, and Special Guests


Day 2 - April 21, 2020

8:00AM – 12:00PM Exhibit Areas Open

8:00AM –8:30AM: Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00AM–10:00AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session II

9:00AM–12:00PM: General Sessions
12:00PM–1:00PM: Matchmaking Session II

12:00PM: Exhibit Move-Out

*Schedule subject to change.

Matchmaking Session Details:

The Matchmaking Sessions are a structured networking opportunity to participate in one-on-one meetings with representatives from various government agencies, contracting services, prime contractors, and other resources. The purpose is to facilitate targeted information exchange and match needs with resources and solutions. Space is limited and is first come, first serve. Sign-up will occur at the times mentioned below near the registration area. Advanced sign-up is not available.

VIP Networking Reception:

  • All VIP Business Attendees, Matchmaking Table Hosts, Speakers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors are invited to attend the Invitation-Only Networking Reception on the evening of Day 1 from 5PM to 7PM. Business Attendees may upgrade to "VIP Business Attendee" in order to receive access to the invitation-only VIP Networking Reception. 


Policies - Registration Changes & Transfer Requests:

  • You may request a full event credit anytime before 10 Business Days prior to Day 1 of the event or you may send a colleague in your place. Send requests and attendee replacement details to marketing@defenseleadershipforum.org.