San Diego
San Diego

NLC University Leadership Summit

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
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Big Ideas for Cities
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Summit Registration
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM — 11:50 AM Opening General Session: Leon T. Andrews, Jr.

  • 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.

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

12:00 PM — 1:20 PM Lunch
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM General Session: National Civic League (NCL)

  • From The Past To The Present: Building on Lessons of the Past to Create Engaged Communities
    Leading during unrest forces local elected officials to reckon with new types divisions you've never acknowledged or explored. How do you lead when protests and public outcries are galvanized in response to perceived injustices or explicit hate-based rhetoric? Can you respond to the crises that come from buried racial injustices? Do you understand the historical context and the way powerful forces have fueled tensions in your community?

    Explore how to apply lessons from The Kerner Commission Report, which followed community disturbances and riots in cities during the summer of 1967. Learn how government policies and practices at all levels have created deeply rooted divisions and powerful inequities in local communities. Take home tools that will help you shape the components of an inclusive and equitable distribution of power within the civic infrastructure.

    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 Breakfast
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Summit Registration
9:00 AM — 11:50 AM General Session: Leon T. Andrews, Jr.

  • Moving Forward on Inclusion and Equity with Dialogue and Engagement
    Learn engagement strategies and analyze real examples of local governments dealing with issues of race, ethnicity, and inclusion. Trainers will demonstrate how to increase civic engagement, build community trust, and create measurable outcomes by applying National Civic League's (NCL) All-America Conversations approach and NLC's Race Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative definitions of inclusion and equity. Get an opportunity to learn practices, definitions, and scalable ideas from peers and receive tips from inclusion experts on how to engage local resources that will strengthen your capacity to practice inclusion and equity.

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

12:00 PM — 1:20 PM Lunch
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM Mobile Tour
5:00 PM Evening Out

Thursday, October 5, 2017

8:00 — 9:30 AM Networking Breakfast

Leon Andrews, Director | National League of Cities
Leon Andrews
Director of Racial Equity And Leadership
National League of Cities
Doug Linkeart |National Civic League
Doug Linkhart
National Civic League


Larry Schooler | National Civic League
Larry Schooler
Senior Fellow
National League of Cities


Carla Kimbrough | National Civic League
Carla Kimbrough
Program Director of Racial Equity
National Civic League


Patrick Ibarra
Patrick Ibarra
Co-Founder and Partner
The Mejorando Group



October 2 - 5, 2017 | San Diego, CA

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

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

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  

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. 

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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

The US Grant hotel is sold out. The properties below are within 0.5 miles of the conference venue.

  • Courtyard Marriott San Diego Downtown – $202.33
  • The Westgate Hotel – $242.33
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego – $260.00
  • The Bristol Hotel – $191.00
  • The Sofia Hotel – $245.67
  • The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter – $256.00
  • Andaz San Diego – $319.00