NBC-LEO 2017 Summer Conference

Jul 19 - Jul 22, 2017
Birmingham, Alabama
Registration Rates and Information

NBC-LEO Member Registration Rates

  • Advance Registration:  $150.00 Until July 12
  • Onsite Registration:  $200.00 After July 12

NBC-LEO Non-Member Registration Rates

  • Advance Registration:  $250.00 Until July 12
  • Onsite Registration:  $350.00 After July 12


  • Advance Registration:  $100.00 Until July 12
  • Onsite Registration:  $150.00 After July 12

Youth Registration Rates*

  • Advance Registration:  $85.00 Until July 12
  • Onsite Registration:  $95.00 After July 12

*Spouse/Guest/Youth/Student Attendance
In order for individual spouses/guests/youth/students to attend any or all NBC-LEO Annual Summer Conference activities and meal functions, each individual must be officially registered for the conference and wear registration badges at all times for admittance to sessions/meals.

Event Cancellation Policy
Any registration cancellations occurring after June 30, 2017, will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing and sent via email to constituencygroups@nlc.org.


Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, July 19  
12:00 - 5:00 pm Conference Registration
9:00 pm - 12:00 am President's Hospitality Reception
Thursday, July 20  
8:30 am - 12:00 pm NBC-LEO Working Session
10:30 am - 5:30 pm Conference Registration
12:15 - 1:30 pm Opening Luncheon Plenary: Economic Mobility and Opportunity
2:00 - 3:00 pm NBC-LEO Committee Meetings (Membership, Policy and Finance)
3:30 - 5:30 pm NLC University Seminar: Youth Master Planning: Achieving Collective Impact for Children and Youth
6:30 - 8:00 pm Opening Reception: Member Networking Opportunity
Uptown District in Birmingham, AL
10:00 pm - 12:00 am President's Hospitality Reception
Friday, July 21  
7:30 am - 2:00 pm Conference Registration
8:00 - 9:00 am General Membership Meeting (Breakfast served)
9:30 - 11:00 am Social Media Session
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Luncheon Plenary

Keynote: Bakari Sellers, CNN Contributor

2:00 - 6:00 pm Mobile Tour: Showcase Bessemer and Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Tour & Economic Development in Bessemer
8:00 - 11:00 pm Evening Event, Birmingham, AL
Saturday, July 22  
8:00 - 11:00 am Conference Registration
8:00 - 9:00 am Recap NBC-LEO Working Sessions (Breakfast served)
9:30 - 11:30 am Build Your Best Practices Toolkit
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Break - Hotel Checkout
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Closing Plenary Luncheon 



Elizabeth Gaines

Elizabeth Gaines, Senior Fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, helps policymakers improve youth outcomes around the country. Over the past decade she has developed and grown the Children’s Cabinet Network and is the nation’s leading expert on children’s cabinets and councils. Overseeing the Forum’s state and local policy efforts keeps her abreast of innovations around the country so she can share ideas with other local, state and national organizations. From this unique vantage point she has helped policy leaders develop tools and techniques to improve their use of data, increase their policy alignment, and more efficiently apply resources toward greater impact. Her publications include The Adding It Up Guide to Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth and Families, the Forum papers on state children’s cabinets and councils; and How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact, co-authored with FSG. Most recently, she developed the Children’s Funding Project to help local leaders find, align, generate, and evaluate funding to improve kid outcomes, including creating new local, dedicated funding streams.

When she joined the Forum in 2005, Elizabeth had already built a youth advocacy career; her commitment began with seven years leading after-school and community-based youth programs at the Atwood Community Center in Madison, Wis. She later served as youth policy analyst for Citizens for Missouri’s Children, where she lobbied state lawmakers, convened a youth development network, and led the “Invest in Missouri’s Children” campaign to secure tobacco settlement dollars for child and youth development activities.

Bakari Sellers

Bakari T. Sellers was born in 1984 and raised in Denmark, South Carolina. Bakari graduated from the South Carolina public school system, and then proceeded to Morehouse College. While at Morehouse, he was elected Student Government Association President and served on the College’s Board of Trustees. Bakari Sellers has worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. He is one of the youngest State Representatives and the youngest black elected official in the United States.

Bakari has had extensive leadership experience working for the Democratic Leadership Council, and Obama for America. He has been a member of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus since 2006. Bakari is a Former South Carolina House of Representative, where he has represented the 90th District since 2006, and also a 2014 candidate for Lt. Governor of South Carolina. Attorney Bakari Sellers has been with the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia, SC since 2007.


The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) summer conference is designed to help local leaders develop governance and leadership skills in the national legislative arena with a particular focus on interests of the African American community. The members of NLC and NBC-LEO take this opportunity to participate in a productive conference and engage in many training opportunities. The conference features seminars on policy issues and legislation, networking opportunities with local officials, presentations of “how to” models on community investment, tourism and economic development with notable national leaders as keynote speakers.

2017 Conference Theme:
Remembering Our Past, Celebrating the Present, Planning for the Future

Attend this year’s Annual Summer Conference to:

  • Enhance your network with elected officials and statewide leaders
  • Learn about timely issues in special seminars that help to expand your skill sets
  • Strengthen your governance skills
  • Adapt community programs as best practices for your community
  • Attend the NBC-LEO General Membership Forum
  • Participate in NBC-LEO Committee Meetings
  • Find solutions to challenging problems in your hometown
  • Consider becoming a future leader in NBC-LEO and NLC


Information coming soon.

Learn about the NBC-LEO constituency group.