The New Leader Weekly Briefing

The New Leader Weekly Briefing

In this week's briefing: The Millennial Compact with America, the new NLC Emerging Leaders Training, and more!

Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

August 11, 2017


Highlights from the NLC Network

New Leaders Council featured for its partnership with Organizing For Action in the Washington Post 
Read the article here. 

NLC president Mark Riddle, Mike Lux, and Lauren Windsor: The Language of Being a Democrat in 2017 is Not Working
Read the op-ed here.

Mayor James Diossa (NLC Rhode Island ’12) featured in NBC News: Meet the Young Latino Mayor Who is Brining Back His Rhode Island City
Read the article here. 

Events & Fellowship

NLC Institute
  • The NLC Institute is the leading training program for progressive young professionals. NLC Fellows are equipped with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, launch a business or start a nonprofit. From strategic communications to fundraising,  entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC Fellows master all the skills needed to lead the next generation.

NLC Millennial Compact with America National Conversation
  • September 15-16; Chicago, IL
  • Please join NLC for the NLC Millennial Compact with America National Conversation presented with NewDEAL Leaders. Millennial leaders, elected officials, and thought leaders will convene to discuss the innovative issues in the NLC Millennial Compact written by and for millennial leaders. Attendees will hear from keynotes speakers, network with rising star elected officials and NLC's network of millennial leaders. An agenda of the days' events will be available soon.
  • Register to attend:

NLC Training Academy

  • The NLC Training Academy is the newest expansion of our training offerings for the Progressive community. Currently, the NLC Training Academy offers courses in becoming one of our Life Entrepreneurship trainers for NLC Institute, becoming a NLC Certified Facilitator in other subject areas, or our non-partisan Emerging Leaders Political Bootcamp.This year, NLC is hosting its NLC Training Academy in Providence RI, Denver CO, and Houston TX this year. For more information, or to apply to attend one of our NLC Training Academy sessions.

Bipartisan Policy Center: The Future of Trade in North America

  • September 6; 8:00 am - 1:15 pm CT; Houston, TX
  • For almost a quarter of a century, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a symbol of the relationship between Mexico, the United States, and Canada, the foundation of their economic interactions, and a facilitating framework for other cooperation arrangements. Regardless, NAFTA has never been popular in the United States, and then-candidate Donald Trump argued on the 2016 campaign trail that it has hurt the U.S. workforce, particularly in the manufacturing sector, and contributed to a ballooning trade deficit. As president, however, Trump is facing increased resistance to his efforts to revise NAFTA amid debates over the potential impact to the U.S. economy if the accord is revised without the proper forethought, or worse, revoked completely.

    This conference brings together trade and industry experts and former government officials to explain the controversies behind NAFTA, the risks and opportunities of revising the agreement and the likely outcome of negotiation.

  • Register to attend:
  • Please RSVP by Monday, September 4.

The Brookings Institution: The role of innovation in reaching the Education Commission’s goals

  • September 19; 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm; New York City, NY
  • On September 19, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings (CUE) and the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (Education Commission) will co-host the launch of a report, “Can We Leapfrog? The Potential of Education Innovations to Rapidly Accelerate Progress,” on innovation and the potential to “leapfrog” education systems around the globe to provide breadth of skills for all learners. The report investigates innovation in the education ecosystem through a global scan of education practices and recommends actions furthering the Education Commission’s call for increased innovation to transform global education. The event will feature an overview of the report’s findings by Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of CUE, and showcase key innovators and implementers in the education sector.
  • Register to attend:

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Policy & News

Center for American Progress: House Republican Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Harm Families in Every State



The Brookings Institution: A Senate panel speaks for sound clean energy policy — and rebukes Trump

Bipartisan Policy Center: Governors’ Council Letter to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
The Walton Family Foundation: How Chartering Can Help All Schools Improve

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The New Leader Updates & Opportunities

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