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Where Stories Become Action

Our stories are legendary. Our stories are powerful. Our stories are the dreams so many of our ancestors dared to believe. The 2022 NLC Convention will center our experiences. Together through Spark!Talks, keynotes, and workshops, we’ll learn how sharing our journeys with others can inspire and actualize change in communities across the U.S. Our stories, powerful both individually and collectively, set off a chain reaction that makes progress possible.

Join us for the 2022 NLC Convention in Philadelphia on July 21 – 24!

EARLY-BIRD TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

Excited about convention but financial considerations have you second guessing? If you need assistance, please fill out this form. We also recommend that prospective guests request their employer to help pay all or part of Convention fees, as the skills and relationships strengthened will benefit all sectors, causes, and industries. Here’s a helpful flyer that you can share with your employer!

2022 Speakers

Stay tuned to learn about our 2022 NLC Convention speakers!
PRISCILLA SIMS BROWN She/her

President and CEO, Amalgamated Bank

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ERRIN HAINES She/her

Editor at large, The 19th

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Rep. Andy Kim He/him

Congressman, New Jersey District 3

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REBECCA RHYNHART She/her

Controller, City of Philadelphia

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CANDACE STANCIEL She/her

Secretary, NLC National Board of Directors

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Keynotes, Panels, and workshops

  • Fireside Chat with Congressman Andy Kim: Defining Leadership,
  • Health is Wealth Panel: Creating New Narratives for the Health of Women of Color,
  • Storytelling Workshop: How to Tell Your Story So People Turn Up, Not Tune Out with The Civic Leadership Stories Project,
  • Social Justice and Cannabis Panel with business leaders, lawyers, and advocates,
  • Policy Simulation Workshop with Voice of the People,
  • NLC Storytellers Panel with alumni authors,
  • Fireside Chat with Priscilla Sims Brown, President and CEO of Amalmated Bank,
  • State Voting Rights Act Panel: A New Frontier,
  • How to Build a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Effective Policy Sector with Next100,
  • Fireside Chat with Author Kim Kelly: What’s the Power of Labor Organizing?
  • More to be announced!
NLC Convention venues include Mindspace Philadelphia, DoubleTree City Center, and Reading Terminal Market.

Featured Alumni

Meet the NLC alumni who will be hosting, speaking, and leading breakout discussions at the 2022 NLC Convention!
Eric E. Brown, Jr. He/him

NLC Nashville ’15

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James Chan He/him

NLC Tampa Bay ’16

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Dr. Magdala Chery She/her

NLC New Jersey ‘18

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Paige Cognetti She/her

NLC Philadelphia ’19

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Michael Deegan-McCree He/Him

NLC Los Angeles ’20

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Lelia Gowland She/her

NLC Louisiana ’15

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Ray Holloman He/him

NLC Nashville ’19

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Emily Ladau She/her

NLC NYC ‘21

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Brandon Mack He/him

NLC Houston ‘16

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Ernest Owens He/him

NLC Philadelphia ’19

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Veronica Simpkins She/her

NLC San Antonio ’17

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Gabriel Tanglao He/him

NLC New Jersey ‘17

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Dr. Monica Taylor She/her

NLC Philadelphia ‘18

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Rosa Velázquez She/her

NLC Arkansas ‘21

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2022 Spark!Talks

Christopher Cano

NLC Tampa Bay ’16

Jameson Dixon

NLC Chicago ’21

Gabriella Gillespie

NLC Twin Cities ’22

Anna Gouker

NLC Wisconsin ’18

Anastasia Hill

NLC Denver ’22

Cheniqua Johnson

NLC Twin Cities ’22

Parshan Khosravi

NLC Sacramento ’20

Bessie King

NLC Boston ’22

Adam Lewis

NLC Portland ’20

Julia Montejo

NLC Palm Beach ’21

Andrew Moreira

NLC New Jersey ’22

Jamerus Payton

NLC North Carolina ’19

Venette Pierre

NLC Palm Beach ’17

Imani Stewart-Jackson

NLC Philadelphia ’21

Gabriel Tanglao

NLC New Jersey ‘17

Igor Tregub

NLC Los Angeles ’09

Nura Williams

NLC Atlanta ’22

THURSDAY
Convention Programming begins @ 3 p.m.
Fireside Chat and Interactive Program
Spark!Talks
Welcome to Philly Rooftop Reception
FRIDAY 
Spark!Talks
Keynote Addresses and Breakout Discussions
NLC Homecoming Party
SATURDAY
Spark!Talks
Keynote Addresses and Breakout Discussions
NLC Awards Dinner & Celebration
SUNDAY 
Self-Guided City Tours

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the event?

Thursday, July 21st at 3PM – Sunday July 24th at 12 Noon

What is the exact location?

Philadelphia, PA

What is the host hotel?

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

237 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

How much are convention tickets?

Early bird ticket prices are $275 through May 18, 2022

Ticket prices are $325 from May 19 – June 18, 2022

Ticket prices are $375 from June 19 – July 19, 2022

What are the COVID requirements for this event?

New Leaders Council continues to closely monitor public health conditions and will always operate following all state and county health orders to safeguard its community and event attendees. Guidelines may change at any time and this page will be updated to reflect current conditions.  

New Leaders Council will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID before arriving for the 2022 Convention. Guests will  indicate their vaccination status during online registration and agree to share a photo or copy of their vaccination card at Convention check-in. Electronic copies will be accepted. If a guest is not vaccinated, they will be required wear at mask during all indoor activities, social distance at all times, and provide a COVID-negative PCR test within 48 hours prior to the beginning of Convention on July 21.The only exemption to this policy will be religious or documented medical reasons. When this occurs, specific health protocols including pre-event COVID testing must be followed, and otherwise, attendees will not be admitted. These requests must be communicated prior to purchasing an event ticket.   

I don’t have my vaccination card. Will I still be able to attend Convention?

Guests who don’t have their vaccination card at registration will be asked to call their vaccine provider who may be able to email a copy of the card. Electronic copies will be accepted. If you are unable to locate or share your card, you will be asked to wear a mask during all indoor activities. If you don’t have your card, you will be required to provide a negative COVID test that has been taken within the 48 hours prior to July 21.

Will guests be required to wear masks?

NLC will follow all applicable state and county health orders, including indoor mask mandates if put in place. If cases continue to rise and a mask mandate is needed, NLC will let all registered guest know by July 19, 2022. Guests may choose to wear a mask at their discretion while enjoying indoor activities. Meals will be shared in both indoor and outdoor spaces and we ask that all guests take precautions to social distance during times when masks cannot be worn. 

I am immunocompromised. What safety precautions will be taken at NLC Convention?

Everyone is welcome at NLC Convention. We want to provide the safest experience possible, especially as COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to ebb and flow. We will be requiring all guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19, commit to showing proof of vaccination during the registration process, and share a photo or copy of their vaccination card at Convention check-in. The only exemption to this policy will be religious or documented medical reasons. When this occurs, specific health protocols including pre-event COVID testing must be followed, and otherwise, attendees will not be admitted.

To increase digital equity, we will also strive to record and share as much live content as possible with our alumni who cannot attend.

What are the accommodation arrangements for guests?

NLC has secured a group rate for Convention attendees of $149/ night. Use the following link to make a reservation www.tinyurl.com/ConventionRoom

I am an NLC volunteer, how do I register for convention?

NLC is happy to offer our volunteers a subsidized ticket price of $175. Additional subsidies are available to you if you are a Chapter Director, NPC, NDC, Caucus Lead, or LEAD Trainer. Please contact staff at [email protected] with any questions.

I’m an alumni who won an award! What do I win?

Congrats! Alumni awardees will receive one high-quality trophy and a complimentary headshot from our Convention’s professional photographer. Nominations for Alumni and Chapter awards close on June 5. The NLC Convention Awards Committee (made up of NLC senior volunteers and staff) will review submissions and complete deliberations by June 21. Alumni award winners will be notified that they won on June 21, in advance of convention, so you have time to plan travel. Alumni awardees will be announced publicly at the NLC Awards Dinner & Celebration dinner on July 23.

My chapter won an award! What do I win?

Congrats! Chapter awardees will receive one trophy per chapter and complimentary headshots for your attending chapter board members from our Convention’s professional photographer. Nominations for Alumni and Chapter awards close on June 1. The NLC Convention Awards Committee (made up of NLC senior volunteers and staff) will review submissions and complete deliberations by June 21. All chapters will be notified of the top three chapters in each category by July 1.

What is the dress code?

You can expect a variety of experiences at Convention. Be prepared to bring business-casual attire and cocktail attire for receptions. This year’s convention will also feature service projects, so please bring close-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get dirty.

What is the expected weather?

The average temperature in Philadelphia in July is 69/86° F. Patchy rain is possible.

What food is covered by my paid ticket?

Your ticket will cover breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and a Celebration Dinner on Saturday evening.

I am a person with disabilities, will I be able to get accomodations?

NLC is happy to work to provide accommodations, please indicate on the registration form and reach out to us at [email protected]. ADA-accessible rooms are available at the Doubletree upon request and NLC HQ can make audio and visual accommodations as well.

Can my partner and children attend too?

Yes, guests of NLC alumni are welcome to attend Convention, provided they also purchase a ticket if they are over 18 years old. Topics discussed may feature adult content including sex, drugs, and alcohol. Speakers and Spark!Talk presenters may use expletive language in their presentations. That being said, Convention is most appropriate for 18 – 99 year olds. All children under 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Can non-NLC alumni attend?

As long as a ticket is purchased, Convention is open to all NLC alumni, Fellows, applicants, partners, sponsors, and supporters.

When can I register?

Registration is currently open and tickets can be purchased up to 48 hours prior to the event start date on July 21, 2022. Please visit this link: https://tinyurl.com/ConventionTicket2022

Can I register at the venue?

Unfortunately, registration closes 48 hours prior to the event start date. You will not be able to register at Convention.

How do I pay for the registration?

Use this link to register for Convention: https://tinyurl.com/ConventionTicket2022

Are there any age restrictions for registration?
NLC is inclusive of all ages. Topics discussed may feature adult content including sex, drugs, and alcohol. Speakers and Spark!Talk presenters may use expletive language in their presentations. That being said, Convention is most appropriate for 18 – 99 year olds.

How do I apply to be or recommend a speaker for Convention?

To recommend yourself, or another person, to be a speaker please complete this form by June 1, 2022. NLC makes no guarantees that we will be able to accommodate all recommendations.

If something comes up and I can no longer attend, can I get a refund?

If you are no longer able to attend Convention you may request a refund by July 21 or, if you are willing and able you may donate your purchased ticket to a Fellow or NLC volunteer by notifying us by June 1 at [email protected]

Is there airport transportation to and from the hotel?

Taxis are a flat fee of $28.50 each way, outside shuttle service can be arranged at the ground transportation desk at the airport and it approximately $30 per person each way.  Or of course there are also Ubers and Lyfts.

I am driving to Convention. Is parking covered in my ticket or hotel reservation?

No. Overnight self-parking is $35.00 and not included in the ticket price or hotel reservation.

What happens if the event is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond NLC’s control?

In the event of situations beyond our control, attendees will have the option to receive a refund, or apply their ticket purchase to the date of the rescheduled event.

If I have questions, who can I contact?

For any additional questions please contact Karen Pandy-Cherry at [email protected] Please give at least 48 hours hours for a response.

Will there be alcohol at Convention?

Yes, alcohol will be available at the NLC Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, and may also be available during other Convention-related receptions and off-site venues. Attendees will be able to leave the event space for dinner and may purchase and consume alcohol. We ask that if guests choose to drink alcohol, they do so responsibly.  All volunteers are expected to exercise good judgment and moderation and all volunteers are expected to comply fully with all laws (including laws prohibiting the operation of motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol), and to take safety precautions including arranging for a designated sober driver.

For other substances, we ask that attendees refrain from using, distributing, or otherwise possessing controlled substances, including recreational or medical marijuana. If you use marijuana for medical purposes and need to bring it with you to maintain your health, please contact Karen Pandy-Cherry at [email protected]