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

The pathway to an inclusive community is complex, and getting there takes a holistic approach. Inclusion experts will outline best practices to establish a collaborative, diverse community. You will learn how to organize an inclusion action plan in your personal life, and understand how it impacts the community.  Through this session, you will gain insights and connections to create a greater unified voice in your community.

12:00 noon — 1:20 pm Lunch

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

  • Exclusion to Collaboration: Building Inclusive Communities through Civic Engagement
    • Individuals joining for a unified purpose is powerful. Learn how to capitalize on shared passions to develop a collaborative community. The National Civic League will demonstrate how to utilize community forces to promote civic engagement.  Find out how to identify the strongest forces bringing people together in your community, and practice engagement techniques that cultivate diversity and civic engagement.

      Doug Linkhart: President, National Civic League (NCL)
      Carla Kimbrough: Program Director: Racial Equity, National Civic League (NCL)
      Larry Schooler: Senior Fellow, 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 advances equity in the community. NLC’s Race Equity and Leadership (REAL) group and the National Civic League will share practical strategies to strengthen diversity and civic engagement in your cities. Trainers will lead an interactive conversation examining the history of equity and inclusion in our country. You will leave this session with the knowledge to engage local resources that will strengthen your inclusion plan and leadership skills.

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

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

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.