San Diego
San Diego

2017 Leadership Summit and Big Ideas for Cities

Oct 02 - Oct 05, 2017
US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Preliminary Schedule

Monday, October 2, 2017

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration – US Grant Hotel

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Big Ideas for Cities – US Grant Hotel

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Opening Reception – US Grant Hotel

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Summit Registration – US Grant Hotel

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am — 11:50 am Opening General Session

  • Personal Leadership Development: Fostering Inclusion
    • Inclusion requires action, built upon a framework of thoughtful consideration. Statements of inclusion, without action, will not resonate the same way statements with action will. During this session, attendees will learn methods on how to thoughtfully organize inclusion action, and expand communication and policy opportunities with a focus on people and their diverse backgrounds. From the beginning, attendees will learn best practices for a sustainable inclusion model, thereby laying the groundwork to foster an inclusive environment and conversation. During the session, key tools will be provided to attendees and these tools will help as attendees grow inclusion opportunities at home. Additionally, the session will outline a holistic way of thinking about inclusion through a leadership lens.

      Leadership Summit Theme Weaver and Opening Session Trainer
      Patrick Ibarra: Co-Founder and Partner | The Mejorando Group.
      Patrick is an architect of innovation and entrepreneur of ideas who seeks to challenge the status quo thinking of “we’ve always done it that way” and replace it with a progressive approach to continuous improvement.

12:00 noon — 1:20 pm Lunch

  • Special Speakers (Buffet)

1:30 — 5:00 pm General Session – US Grant Hotel

  • From Exclusion to Collaboration: Building Inclusive Communities through Civic Engagement
    • What are the strongest forces bringing people together in your community? Maybe an exciting development project, renewed energy and resources allocated to a struggling neighborhood, or something simple such as a sporting event? The common dominator is how people come together under a unified purpose. The togetherness comes from vision, belief, hope and passion from each individual. By allowing everyone to contribute in their unique way, exclusion is shed from the equation and collaboration will grow. During this session the National Civic League will guide attendees through the process of utilizing community forces to promote civic engagement, measure impact and practice engagement techniques designed to replace exclusion with inclusion.

      Doug Linkhart: President | National Civic League (NCL)
      Carla Kimbrough: Program Director: Racial Equity | National Civic League (NCL)

6:00 pm — 9:00 pm Reception

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Summit Registration – The US Grant Hotel

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am — 11:50 am General Session

  • A National Conversation on Inclusion and Equity
    • Inclusion is an important part of a city’s commitment to advancing equity. Session attendees, through the help of NLC’s Race Equity and Leadership (REAL) initiative and National Civic League, will have an opportunity to outline what inclusion and equity means as cities apply a racial equity tool to policies, practices and procedures. Trainers will share promising strategies for integrating inclusion and equity in your cities and will lead an interactive national conversation that examines the historical and current context of inclusion and equity in our country. Building upon prior Leadership Summit trainings, this session will provide an environment to learn from other’s practices, definitions and scalable ideas. Additionally, trainers will offer tips on how to engage local resources to strengthen attendee’s knowledge and capacity to lead this work locally and nationally. 

      Leon T. Andrews, Jr.: Director | Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) – National League of Cities (NLC)

12:00 noon — 1:20 pm Lunch — The US Grant Hotel

  • Special Speakers

1:30 pm — 5:00 pm Mobile Tour (TBD)

5:00 pm Evening Out

Thursday, October 5, 2017

8:00 am — 9:30 am Networking Breakfast

Join local officials from across the country for the NLC University Leadership Summit

October 2 - 5, 2017

This year’s theme is leadership for inclusion – hosted at an official historic landmark honoring civil rights leader President Ulysses S. Grant 

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The NLC University Leadership Summit is an annual workshop for elected and appointed officials, city staff and industry professionals. Every year the summit offers an opportunity to study an aspect of city leadership in depth in an intimate setting.

A common goal among local officials is to foster an inclusive, collaborative and engaged community.  However, the pathway to an inclusive community is complex. Getting there takes a holistic approach. That’s why this year’s leadership summit will delve into the many sides of leadership for inclusion. 

During this two-day meeting, you will strategize with your peers on a viable inclusion action plan to implement in your city.  You will learn how to capitalize on a shared passion or purpose to increase civic engagement, and you’ll learn how to activate public discussions focused on improving inclusion in your community.  Workshop topics include:

  • Personal Development: How your inclusion approach impacts local, state, and federal governing
  • How Civic Engagement Builds Inclusion: Utilizing a unified purpose that bridges the community 
  • Conversation on Inclusion and Equity: Training and tools to implement a practical inclusion model

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New this year, we’re bringing NLC’s Big Ideas for Cities event to the Leadership Summit, where you’ll hear innovative ideas first-hand from mayors who have brought change to their cities.  

Mark your calendar for October 2 – 5, 2017, for a retreat to sunny San Diego, California, with a small group of city officials from around the nation. Don’t miss out on a chance to network, participate in hands-on training and a mobile workshop, and explore San Diego. 

About NLC University

NLC University is an initiative developed to help municipal leaders build strong leadership and technical skills necessary to advocate, govern and serve their constituents. 

NLC members who attend earn 10 credits in the NLC University Certificate Program.

Audience: City and state officials, private sector representatives and nonprofit leaders.

US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway 
San Diego, CA 92101 

Hotel Accommodations

You may also book reservations by calling 1-866-837-4270. Let the operator know you are attending the 2017 NLC University Leadership Summit.