2017 NLC Institute, Spark! Talks, and more!

2017 NLC Institute, Spark! Talks, and more!

I am inspired by the dedication of our NLC community to our mission and shared progressive values. Our chapter leaders across the country are diligently preparing for the 2017 NLC Institute, recruiting the next class of NLC Fellows, kicking off policy lecture series, and more. I am also excited to share with you the first three NLC Spark! Talks from our National Leadership Retreat in July. 

NLC had a remarkable summer, and I cannot wait to see where our community takes us as we work together to build America’s future.   

Apply for the 2017 Institute

The NLC Institute is an intensive, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program. It is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career advancement program for progressive young professionals. Our Fellows learn from high-quality faculty who are experts in their fields.


NLC commits to recruiting NLC Fellows outside of traditional power structures. Applicants to the NLC Institute are from diverse backgrounds representing all races, ethnicities, gender identifications, abilities, and socio-economic circumstances. Since 2008, more than 50% of applicants have been women and people from non-white racial or ethnic backgrounds. Last year, 56% of applicants were women and nearly 60% were from non-white racial or ethnic backgrounds. Our commitment to diversity underscores the necessity of building a progressive network that truly reflects the future of America.

The deadline to apply is November 14th, 2016 at 3 pm EST. 

Know a progressive leader who would be a great addition to the #NLCFamily? Nominate them to the 2017 Institute!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Institute and meeting folks from the community, check out these events coming in the next few weeks!

NLC Denver
Party with Progressives
September 10 at 5:00 PM

NLC Rhode Island
September 10th at 11 AM
40 S. Main St., Woonsocket, RI

NLC New York City
Recruitment & Alumni in the Bronx!
September 15 at 6:30 PM

NLC Washington DC
Fall Recruitment Series 
September 21 at 6:30 PM

NLC New York City
Recruitment & Alumni with WIN in Manhattan!
September 21 at 6:00 PM

NLC Chicago
Recruitment Happy Hour
September 22 at 6:00 PM

 NLC Tampa Bay
Informational Mixer
September 22 at 6:00 PM
The Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery
4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa FL

NLC Tallahassee
NLC Tallahassee Informational Mixer
September 21 at 5:30 PM
Aloft Hotel
200 N Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL

NLC New Jersey
Service Day & Happy Hour
September 24th 9am – 2pm
RSVP for more information!

NLC Tampa Bay
Informational Mixer
September 29 at 6:00 PM
3 Daughters Brewing
222 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg FL

NLC Rhode Island
Networking with NLC
Ciros Tavern
September 29th at 6:00 PM
42 Cherry St., Woonsocket, RI

NLC Orlando
Leadership Recruitment
Orlando City Soccer HQ
September 29th at 5:30 PM

NLC Capital District New York
Talk Eat Art 
September 30 at 7:00 PM

Introducing NLC Spark! Talks

One of the highlights of this summer’s NLC National Leadership Retreat was the launch of NLC Spark! Talks, 5-minute presentations from members of our community on topics that ignite their passion for social justice, immigration reform, empowering all people to serve our country, and more. These Spark! Talks have already been viewed thousands of times on our social media platforms, and we could not be more excited about the impact these leaders are having in their communities.

Watch the first three NLC Spark! Talks! 

Cesar Hernandez – Immigration


Kylie Patterson – Race, Wealth, and Millennials


Keith Nolan – Fighting to Fight


Attention NLC Alumni: NLC New Jersey Briefing Call

Next week NLC New Jersey will be talking with Tomas Lopez of the Brennan Center for Justice's Democracy Project, to discuss Voting Rights. We will hear about the recent court rulings striking down voting ID laws, the role these laws could have played in this year's election & beyond, and much more. 

This call will be held on Thursday, September 15 at 1 pm EST. Join us for an hour during your lunch and get some great insights!  This call is only open to NLC alumni. Register here! 

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

From the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan to the Top of the Standard in Los Angeles to Lola’s Trailer Park in Fort Worth, TX, musicians, and activists are banding together for The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, September 25th. We’re proud to partner with Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. This nationwide effort will feature a diverse array of artists performing at venues ranging from churches, colleges and school gymnasiums to honky-tonks, hotel rooftops, and theatres.

Find a concert near you or start a new one at a college or place of worship: concertacrossamerica.org.

Thank you so much for all that you do for the NLC community. More and more I see that our NLC Family looks like the future of America, and our work to advance progressive values will have a positive impact in communities from coast to coast.


Mark Riddle
NLC President