By Amy Elsbree
NLC will launch 2013 with a Leaders Planning Meeting in Washington, DC. Thursday, January 10 - Saturday, January 12. As part of the meeting, the NLC leadership team will attend a White House briefing on the President's agenda for his second term and the Administration's position on key challenges facing the country.
Led by NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ and attended by the NLC Board of Directors, committee and council chairs and constituency group presidents, the meeting will be the first official NLC event for new NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony, who started in the role on January 2.
In addition to the briefing at the White House, NLC leaders will affirm NLC's legislative priorities for 2013 and will strategize on how to engage cities and state municipal leagues in support of that agenda.
NLC leaders will also focus their discussions on the state of the association and how best to position NLC for success in the future. On Thursday evening, January 10, participants will hear from Harrison Coerver, co-author of Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations. The book provides a no-nonsense look at today's marketplace - and what it will take for associations to prosper tomorrow. Coerver will share highlights from the book and provide his perspective on how NLC can best position itself to be relevant to city officials and federal policy makers.
The following day, the group will participate in a collaborative working session on creating a relevant association. The group will engage in a discussion on the challenges facing NLC and the role the NLC Board and committee chairs can play in guiding the organization in this time of transition. The session will be facilitated by Elizabeth Bailey, a top marketing communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience working with some of the nation's leading corporations, professional associations and nonprofits.
Details: Be sure to follow NLC on Twitter @leagueofcities to get updates during the meeting and to hear about the discussions with White House officials. A summary will be provided in next Monday's The Weekly.