The Future of Millennial America is now!
This past weekend, more than 400 millennial leaders came together at the NLC Convention in Houston to share experiences, ideas, and inspiration while charting the course for the Future of Millennial America. The action-packed, 4-day conference featured dynamic keynote speakers and an incredible group of Spark! Talk presenters from the NLC community.
If you weren't able to make it to Houston, check out the highlights below!
Former Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Congressman Al Green brought down the house at the NLC Convention Awards dinner.
We celebrated New Leaders Council Atlanta as the 2017-2018 Chapter of the Year at the Convention Awards Dinner
Cook County State's Attorney (and NLC Honorary Co-Chair) Kim Foxx shared her inspiring story and advice with NLC leaders. Before and after her keynote, NLC community leaders delivered dynamic Spark! Talks on topics like Power Rising: Women of Color and the Path to Leadership; Refugee Blues: The Art of People Powering; Three Generations of Ableism Is Enough; and Building a Prison to School Pipeline.
EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock called on NLC's millennial leaders to take the leap to run for office and to come together and fight for our shared values. Before and after Stephanie's keynote, NLC leaders took the stage to talk about Global Health Through a Pakistani Queer Muslim Immigrant Backpacker's Perspective; The Scarlet Letter; Let's Get Down(ballot): the importance of building power at every level of government; and Why Progressives Should Care about Children’s Literature in Spark! Talks.
Facebook hosted a town hall on Social Media in the 21st Century. The town hall featured NLC honorary co-chair Michael Blake, Crystal Patterson from Facebook, and NLC chair and former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly. NLC leaders engaged in discussions about Facebook policies after the 2016 presidential election and best practices for engaging communities through the platform.
NLC President Mark Riddle delivered the State of NLC, highlighting the accomplishments of the NLC community over the past year. NLC is now the largest training program for progressives with 50 chapters and more than 7,000 alumni from coast to coast. Houston City Councilor Amanda Edwards welcomed the NLC community to Houston. Before and after Mark's address, NLC leaders delivered more Spark! Talks on issues like: Imagining an Equitable Future for Workers; Don't Flee the Feds; The Power of Millennials; and Black & Brown...and Yellow?
The Spark! Talk Showcase featured the final Spark! Talks of the NLC Convention. Leaders from the NLC community addressed issues like: We Live in a Place; Using Wall Street to Disrupt Wall Street; Ending The Shackling of Kids: What Is Happening In Your Community?; Universal Basic Income: Ending Extreme Poverty and Reclaiming Racial Justice; and #LifeMatters
NLC leaders had the opportunity to participate in trainings such as Defending Democracy, Grassroots Fundraising for the Digital Age, Fire People Up: Turn any issue into a gripping story, and Building and Owning Your Power as a Leader. Additionally, NLCers were able to engage in the local Houston community with three off-site tracks around progressive engagement opportunities in Houston.
We're excited to take on Des Moines in 2019! Until then, stay tuned for more updates from the NLC community!