Ready to Spark!

Ready to Spark!

NLC Alumni are invited to apply to present a Spark! Talk at this year's #NLCConvention in Houston, TX! 

New Leaders Council is first and foremost a collection of believers, changemakers and inspirers set to make our communities and our country better.  Nothing better exemplifies this than the collection of Spark! Talks presented by NLC alumni and community members at NLC Convention.

Inspiration such as NLC Palm Beach’s Cesar Hernandez on Solving the Immigration Debate, or Kylie Patterson, NLC New Jersey on Race, Wealth and Millennials. 

WATCH: Cesar Hernandez's Spark! Talk

WATCH:  Kylie Patterson's Spark! Talk

Now It’s Your Turn to Inspire.

New Leaders Council is excited to announce that applications are now open for NLC alumni and community members to present Spark! Talks at the 2018 National Convention from July 19-21, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

With nearly 7,000 alumni, NLC is an organization rich in talent with individuals who are making real progressive change in communities. With such an amazing cohort, we want to give our community members an opportunity to share and learn from each other.  Spark! Talks provide an opportunity for alumni to share their stories and ideas to an audience of fellow NLC alumni, donors, and progressive policy makers.  We encourage those of ALL levels of comfort with public speaking to submit proposals, as coaches will be provided for all presenters.

Check out Michael Cooper, NLC North Carolina, and Fran Watson, NLC Houston’s past Spark! Talks. 

WATCH: Michael Cooper's Spark! Talk

WATCH: Fran Watson's Spark! Talk

Applications are open through Wednesday, March 28 at 11:50 p.m. pt.  Apply to present at NLC Convention here.  
What is a Spark! Talk? It’s a fast-paced presentation where a speaker gets 5 minutes to share their thoughts and viewpoints. Each presenter is accompanied by 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds, allowing speakers to be prepared, concise and thoughtful. This format allows NLC retreat attendees to learn about your passions and community involvement in a quick and informative way.
What do you look for in a Spark! Talk? We look for proposals that stick out; are engaging and have a clear point of view.  We want audience members to learn something from your Spark! Talk, whether it be about you, a policy issue or a new way to view the world. And lastly, Spark! Talks should reflect NLC's mission and goals such as improving progressive infrastructure or ensuring a strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity.
Check out Spark! Talks from Keith Nolan, NLC Maryland and Nikki Fisher, NLC Portland.

WATCH: Keith Nolan's Spark! Talk

WATCH: Nikki Fisher's Spark! Talk

If I am chosen to present a Spark! Talk, what can I expect?  NLC partners each Spark! Talk presenter with a coach to help refine and prepare their talk.  Those selected will be required to attend two mandatory conference calls prior to Convention, and stick to a strict schedule of script and slide production and mandatory run throughs with their Coach.  These important benchmarks ensure that all who present at NLC Convention are as prepared as possible. 
If I am selected, will I have to pay to attend Convention?  Yes.  NLC provides an amazing opportunity for all selected to present their thoughts and ideas in front of nearly 500 people on a National stage.  This is a great opportunity for personal and professional growth.  NLC cannot provide subsidies or free attendance to those who are chosen.  We ask that all applicants consider the costs of attending Convention prior to applying. 
How do I learn more about Spark! Talks? We will be hosting two information calls before the Spark! Application deadline to learn more about the process and answer any questions you might have.

Thursday, March 15 at 8:30 pm et/ 5:30 pm pt (REGISTER HERE)

Friday, March 16 at 3 pm et/ 12 pm pt (REGISTER HERE)

How do I apply to present a Spark! Talk?  The application for Spark! Talks can be found here. Additionally, you must submit a 60 sec or less video explaining what you would like to present to  This can be recorded on your cell phone or using your computer.  Applications and videos are due by 11:59 p.m. pacific time on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.