About Our Programs

DCFR typically hosts approximately 2 programs a month at an elegant venue in Dallas such as the Hotel Crescent Court, the Petroleum Club, Arlington Hall or The Belo Mansion. Substantive programs take place over a seated luncheon or breakfast and always allow time for a lively Q&A with the speaker under Chatham House Rule.

DCFR operates under the host model, with an active Fellow presiding over each meeting and underwriting the cost of the program. This allows Fellows to attend as many programs as they like during a calendar year without paying additional fees. Each Fellow is encouraged to host or co-host a program at least once every 3 years.

Chatham House Rule
Almost all DCFR programs operate under Chathouse Rule, meaning that comments cannot be attributed to the speaker and are off the record. This policy allows us to enjoy deeply candid conversation that cannot be found anywhere else.

Guest Policy
Fellows may bring along a client, spouse or guest to most programs for a modest fee.


Cancellation and No-Show Policy
Same-day cancellations and no-shows will result in a small fee.