Fatima Shama to Speak at 21st Annual Leadership Summit in Savannah, GA

Fatima Shama
September 2, 2013

Laura Lanford

Fatima A. Shama, Commissioner of Mayor Bloomberg's Office of Immigrant Affairs, is scheduled to speak at the 21st Annual Leadership Summit to be held in Savannah, Georgia, on September 26th-28th, 2013. Commissioner Shama will lead the third general session of the Leadership Summit on Friday, September 27th. Her session will focus on guiding summit participants on a path to finding common ground within a diverse community. She will discuss the importance of facilitating communication and collaboration among city officials working on a shared immigrant integration agenda.

Commissioner Shama has extensive experience in dealing with integrating immigrants into established communities. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Ms. Shama as Commissioner of the New York Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs in August of 2009; she had previously served as Senior Education Policy Advisor at the Mayor's Office.  Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration in 2006, Ms. Shama served four years as Executive Director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition. Ms. Shama has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College's School of Public Affairs Executive Program.

The 21st Annual Leadership Summit, "Leading to Yes: Focusing on Strengths and Finding Common Ground," will also feature presentations by Communications Consultant and former TV anchorwoman Lindsay Strand and former Savannah City Manager Michael Brown. Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities, will provide a special welcome to the group and share his vision for the new NLC University, an expanded education and training initiative that will make its debut at the 2013 Congress of Cities conference in Seattle, Wash. in November.

The National League of Cities' Annual Leadership Summit is an interactive leadership retreat designed specifically for local government officials. At this year's Summit in Savannah, leadership scholars and field experts will explore ways to effectively find common ground and resolve conflict within personal, community, and statewide relationships. Participants will enjoy the opportunity to experience Savannah outside of the classroom as well; The National League of Cities has collaborated with Mayor Jackson and the City of Savannah to bring participants an exciting taste of the host city, including two special evening receptions and local area tours. Summit participants will learn to assess their own communication style and relate effectively to others, all while enjoying the historical city of Savannah.

For more information about the 21st Annual Leadership Summit, please visit: http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/education-and-training/event-calendar/21st-annual-leadership-summit.

Or contact Laura Lanford at (202) 626-3187 or Lanford@nlc.org.