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Through the COVID-19 crisis, one thing is clear: we need competent and empathetic local leaders to guide us through these times. A rising generation is stepping up to serve the well-being of our communities and the continued fight for racial and social justice during the most important election of our lifetime. 

For the last 15 years, New Leaders Council (NLC) has been the leading inclusive training and networking organization for upcoming generations of local changemakers. With 50 chapters and nearly 9000 alumni, NLC members build and sustain progressive ecosystems within the causes and communities they serve. 

We believe that our generation are the leaders who will actuate long-lasting, equitable changes to society. Most importantly, we believe that the best leaders uplift and learn from each other. They must be inspired and inspire others to stand up for the movements that ensure our country reaches and then surpasses its highest ideals. 

New Leaders Council: AT HOME is a celebration of these new leaders. This weekend, we will create a space to gain insight from inspiring keynotes and speakers, engage in elevated discussions, learn from one another, and connect with community trailblazers on how to make real bottom-up change.

Remember in NLC, leadership isn't cancelled, community isn't cancelled, progress isn't cancelled.

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Schedule

· Stage
Doors Open + DJ Omé
Join us a little early to check out the Hopin app, set up your profile and dance it our with DJ Omé.
Ome Lopez
· Stage
NLC's Resiliency Ball
The NLC Resiliency Ball provides community space to celebrate our change making work. Both within NLC & our communities, NLC alumni are making a difference.
Graciela Guzman KenDrell Collins Gabriel Tanglao (he/him) Candace Stanciel (she/her) Nse Ufot Nikema Williams Clare  Bresnahan English (she/her) Michelle Vallejo Amy Spitalnick Youssef Kalad Judith Heumann Keegan-Michael Key Gritty DePhila Keah Brown Nida Allam
· Networking
Meet NLC Convention: AT HOME Attendees
Head over to the networking section and meet a few attendees of NLC Convention: AT HOME and then come back for more NLC Resiliency Ball.
· Sessions
BONUS: Yoga with Tiffany
Grab your yoga mat and join Tiffany for an all levels hatha yoga practice to start your weekend off right!
Tiffany Searles
· Networking
Meet NLC Convention: AT HOME Attendees
Head over to the networking section and meet a few attendees of NLC Convention: AT HOME and then come back for more NLC Resiliency Ball.
· Stage
Doors Open + DJ Omé
Join us a little early to check out the Hopin app, network with fellow attendees, and dance it our with DJ Omé.
Ome Lopez
· Stage
Millennial Healthcare + Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Two Big Conversations: Millennial health & the importance of access & care for all communities + Entrepreneurship & how innovation can change our systems.
Yordanos Eyoel beto  altamirano Maria Town Jasmine Govan Mark Walsh Theresa Cheng Afif Rahman Keith Sagers (He/Him/His) James Harris Joaquin Castro Damara Catlett Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG Lauren Underwood Mini Timmaraju
· Sessions
Culturally Empathetic Care: Reducing Disparities in Healthcare through Diverse and Understanding Caregivers
How empathetic caregivers who center cultural humility can reduce disparities due to race, gender, sexual orientation or disability & best serve communities.
Charo Valero Megan Petersen Veronica Haywood Atul Nakhasi
· Sessions
The Burnout Generation: Making Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing a Priority to Improve Millennial Health Care Outcomes
A look into the causes of stress & depression in Millennials, how we can break down the stigma of mental health disorders & improve access to mental healthcare.
Dr. Kristen Guillory Yolo Akili Robinson Xahej  Bajipura Joy Dixon (she/her)
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - Southeast
Get to know your fellow attendees with a facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders.
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - Midwest
Get to know your fellow attendees with a facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders.
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - Northeast
Get to know your fellow attendees with a facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders.
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - West
Get to know your fellow attendees with a facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders.
· Stage
Fighting for Justice
The fight for civil & human rights, justice & equity requires urgent action. We’ll discuss how to create accountability across all sectors of society.
Ron Harris Jheanelle Wilkins Dasheika Ruffin Jarrett Harper MaryEllen Veliz (She/Her) Michael Deegan-McCree Sheba  Williams (she/her) Shundrice Tucker Brent Johnson Jessica Gonzalez Kim Foxx Vanita Gupta
· Stage
NLC After Hours with DJ Omé
Join us for a digital dance party with DJ Omé. Make requests, share your favorite music, and dance from your living room.
Ome Lopez
· Sessions
BONUS: Convention Conversations
Stop by to join fellow attendees in a lively discussion as we share our thoughts, reflections & inspirations from the Convention sessions.
· Sessions
BONUS: NLC Socially-Distanced Trivia
Test your knowledge by participating in a few rounds of live trivia with different categories. See how much you know and maybe earn some bragging rights.
· Sessions
BONUS: Guided Meditation Session
Find your stillness with this guided meditation time.
Shruti Sehra
· Networking
Meet NLC Convention: AT HOME Attendees
Head over to the networking section and meet a few attendees of NLC Convention: AT HOME and then come back for more NLC Resiliency Ball.
· Stage
Doors Open + DJ Omé
Join us a little early to check out the Hopin app, network with fellow attendees, and dance it our with DJ Omé.
Ome Lopez
· Stage
Respond, Rebuild, Rebound: Communities in a COVID-Era
City leaders, nonprofits & businesses have changed their models to support communities during COVID-19. Let’s explore lessons learned & the path forward.
Joanne Suarez(she|her|ella) Bernice Butler Ashley Harrington David Radcliff (he/him/his) Alyene Schneidewind Ai-jen Poo Jess Morales Rocketto Colleen Lowry (she / her) Mark Martinez Amanda Deegan Tim Kaine Martin Booker Nick Cain Crystal Hudson Andy Kim Paige Cognetti LaToya Cantrell
· Expo
Check out the Expo Booth
Take a whirl around the expo booths to learn of NLC partners, sponsors and alumni work!
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - Nonprofits
Get to know your fellow attendees with facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders across the country.
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - Lawyers
Get to know your fellow attendees with facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders.
· Sessions
BONUS: Convention Conversations
Stop by to join fellow attendees in a lively discussion as we share our thoughts, reflections & inspirations from the Convention sessions.
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - Government
Get to know your fellow attendees with facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders.
· Sessions
BONUS: Connect With Convention Goers - Private Sector
Get to know your fellow attendees with facilitated networking. Meet new contacts, make new friends, & learn from exciting leaders.
· Stage
Democracy: Voting Rights and Freedom of the Press
Threats to democracy are making the US less free & equitable. Increasing & defending voter access & ensuring a free press are imperative to protect our rights.
Stephen Benjamin Alex Bores (he/him) Wendy Hamilton (she/her/hers) Howard Franklin Sam(ira) Obeid Julián Castro Michael Blake Stacey Abrams
· Sessions
A Winning Tactic?: How Far They Will Go To Block the Vote
Learn how progressives can strike back against oppressive voter restrictions and protect every American's right to vote.
Marcia Johnson-Blanco Aneesa McMillan Drew Galloway Jabari Paul
· Sessions
Attacks on the Fourth Estate: Why a Free and Independent Press is Vital to our Democracy
We’ll explore why a free press is an indicator of democratic health & what we can do so they remain an independent spotlight on our government & institutions.
Errin Haines David Lee Ernest Owens Ben Wizner Jim Friedlich

Speakers

Errin Haines
Errin Haines

Editor-at-Large, The 19th

Joanne Suarez(she|her|ella)
Joanne Suarez(she|her|ella)

Community Health Assistant, Harvard Medical School - The Family Van -- New Leaders Council Boston

Marcia Johnson-Blanco
Marcia Johnson-Blanco

Co-Director, Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project

David Lee
David Lee

President and Co-founder, Texas Signal

Ron Harris
Ron Harris

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Minneapolis -- New Leaders Council Twin Cities

Yordanos Eyoel
Yordanos Eyoel

Partner, New Profit

beto  altamirano
beto altamirano

Co-Founder and CEO, Irys -- New Leaders Council San Antonio

Bernice Butler
Bernice Butler

New Leaders Council Washington DC

Charo Valero
Charo Valero

Florida Policy and Advocacy Director, Florida Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice + NLC Miami

Shruti Sehra
Shruti Sehra

Guided Meditation

Ernest Owens
Ernest Owens

CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC + NLC Philadelphia

Jheanelle Wilkins
Jheanelle Wilkins

Maryland House of Delegates, District 20 -- New Leaders Council Washington DC

Maria Town
Maria Town

President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities -- New Leaders Council Washington DC

Megan Petersen
Megan Petersen

Gynecologic Oncologist + NLC Montana

Tiffany Searles
Tiffany Searles

Yoga Instructor

Veronica Haywood
Veronica Haywood

Co-Founder, Latched Support -- NLC San Antonio

Xahej  Bajipura
Xahej Bajipura

Founder & Executive Director, Show and Heal -- NLC Palm Beach

Drew Galloway
Drew Galloway

Executive Director, MOVE Texas + NLC San Antonio

Aneesa McMillan
Aneesa McMillan

Director of Strategic Communications and Voting Rights, Priorities USA

Atul Nakhasi
Atul Nakhasi

Physician & Policy Adviser, LA County Department of Health Services + NLC LA

Yolo Akili Robinson
Yolo Akili Robinson

Executive Director and founder, BEAM

Dr. Kristen Guillory
Dr. Kristen Guillory

President and Chief Consultant, KSGuillory Enterprises

Alex Bores (he/him)
Alex Bores (he/him)

New Leaders Council New York City -- Spark! Talk Title: Don't Let Democracy Get Hacked

Ashley Harrington
Ashley Harrington

New Leaders Council DC -- Spark! Talk Title: Degrees of Debt: Racial Equity and the Student Loan Crisis

Dasheika Ruffin
Dasheika Ruffin

Consultant, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice + NLC ATL

Graciela Guzman
Graciela Guzman

Campaign Director, Healthy Illinois -- New Leaders Council Chicago

Alyene Schneidewind
Alyene Schneidewind

SVP, Strategic Partnerships, Salesforce

David Radcliff (he/him/his)
David Radcliff (he/him/his)

New Leaders Council Los Angeles -- Spark! Talk Title: There Are No Special Needs: Reframing Disability After COVID

Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh

New Leaders Council Board Chair

Jasmine Govan
Jasmine Govan

New Leaders Council Palm Beach

KenDrell Collins
KenDrell Collins

Attorney and Community Builder New Leaders Council Arkansas

Gabriel Tanglao (he/him)
Gabriel Tanglao (he/him)

New Leaders Council New Jersey

Candace Stanciel (she/her)
Candace Stanciel (she/her)

New Leaders Council Atlanta

Jabari Paul
Jabari Paul

US Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry's

Joy Dixon (she/her)
Joy Dixon (she/her)

Assistant Director of Partner Success, BellXcel -- NLC Tallahassee

Wendy Hamilton (she/her/hers)
Wendy Hamilton (she/her/hers)

New Leaders Council Omaha -- Spark! Talk Title: The Story of Fred and Leroy: My Mom Has Autism

Amanda Deegan
Amanda Deegan

Director, Healthcare Public Policy, Walmart

Mark Martinez
Mark Martinez

Policy and Budget Advisor, Office of State Senator Patricia D. Jehlen -- New Leaders Council Boston

Colleen Lowry (she / her)
Colleen Lowry (she / her)

Director of the Foundation Board and Volunteer Experience, The Ohio State University -- NLC Columbus

Jarrett Harper
Jarrett Harper

Represent Justice Ambassador

Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson

Manager of Executive Operations, The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights + NLC DC

Shundrice Tucker
Shundrice Tucker

New Leaders Council Twin Cities -- White Teachers Profile Too!

Sheba  Williams (she/her)
Sheba Williams (she/her)

New Leaders Council Virginia -- The F Word: Forgiving or Faking

Michael Deegan-McCree
Michael Deegan-McCree

Partnerships Coordinator, The Bail Project

MaryEllen Veliz (She/Her)
MaryEllen Veliz (She/Her)

New Leaders Council San Antonio

Keith Sagers (He/Him/His)
Keith Sagers (He/Him/His)

NLC ATL -- Spark! Talk Title: My Brother It's ok to say you're not ok!

Nse Ufot
Nse Ufot

CEO, New Georgia Project -- New Leaders Council Atlanta

Ome Lopez
Ome Lopez

NLC Convention Resident DJ

Afif Rahman
Afif Rahman

New Leaders Council Washington DC -- Spark! Talk Title: Mobilizing Capital Towards Social Equity

Theresa Cheng
Theresa Cheng

NLC LA -- Spark! Talk Title: Social Emergency Medicine: The Role of The Emergency Department in Social Justice

Clare  Bresnahan English (she/her)
Clare Bresnahan English (she/her)

President & CEO, New Leaders Council + NLC DC

Nikema Williams
Nikema Williams

Georgia State Senate, District 39, Democratic Party of Georgia Chair + NLC Atlanta

Michelle Vallejo
Michelle Vallejo

Co-Owner, Pulga Los Portales -- New Leaders Council South Texas Frontera

Amy Spitalnick
Amy Spitalnick

Executive Director, Integrity First for America -- New Leaders Council New York City

Youssef Kalad
Youssef Kalad

State Smart Cities Director, Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo -- New Leaders Council New York City

Gritty DePhila
Gritty DePhila

Public Figure

Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key

Writer, Actor & Producer

Judith Heumann
Judith Heumann

Disability Rights Activist

Jess Morales Rocketto
Jess Morales Rocketto

Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Ai-jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo

Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Howard Franklin
Howard Franklin

Managing Partner, Ohio River South -- NLC Atlanta + Co-Chair, NLC Black Caucus

Jim Friedlich
Jim Friedlich

CEO and Executive Director, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism

Ben Wizner
Ben Wizner

Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

James Harris
James Harris

Senior Diversity Program Manager, Talent Acquisition, Amazon Web Services -- NLC Dallas

Keah Brown
Keah Brown

Creator, #DisabledAndCute

Vanita Gupta
Vanita Gupta

President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Mini Timmaraju
Mini Timmaraju

Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast NBCUniversal

Julián Castro
Julián Castro

Former Secretary, HUD -- Founder, People First Future -- New Leaders Council Honorary Co-Chair

Lauren Underwood
Lauren Underwood

U.S. House of Representatives, IL-14 -- New Leaders Council Washington DC

Sam(ira) Obeid
Sam(ira) Obeid

New Leaders Council Tampa Bay

Andy Kim
Andy Kim

U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-3

Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine

U.S. Senate, Virginia -- New Leaders Council Honorary Co-Chair

Crystal Hudson
Crystal Hudson

Co-Director of the Community Outreach Unit, New York City Council -- New Leaders Council New York City

Jessica Gonzalez
Jessica Gonzalez

New Leaders Council New Jersey -- Social Equity in Cannabis

Kim Foxx
Kim Foxx

Cook County State's Attorney -- New Leaders Council Honorary Co-Chair

Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG
Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG

Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative

Damara Catlett
Damara Catlett

Principal, The Raben Group -- New Leaders Council Washington DC

Joaquin Castro
Joaquin Castro

Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus -- U.S. House of Representatives, TX-20

Nick Cain
Nick Cain

Founder, Frontline Foods PDX -- Senior Manager, Google.org -- New Leaders Council Portland

Martin Booker
Martin Booker

Program Manager, Financial Resilience, AARP

LaToya Cantrell
LaToya Cantrell

Mayor, New Orleans, LA

Paige Cognetti
Paige Cognetti

Mayor, Scranton, PA -- New Leaders Council Philadelphia

James Diossa
James Diossa

Mayor, Central Falls, RI -- New Leaders Council Rhode Island

Stephen Benjamin
Stephen Benjamin

Mayor, Columbia, SC -- New Leaders Council Honorary Co-Chair

Michael Blake
Michael Blake

New York General Assembly, District 79 -- Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee -- NLC Honorary Co-Chair

Nida Allam
Nida Allam

Durham County Commissioner-elect -- New Leaders Council North Carolina

Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams

Founder, Fair Fight Action

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