NLCU Seminar Speakers Announced for 2016 Congressional City Conference

Leading up to this year's Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., the National League of Cities University (NLCU) will be hosting a series of pre-conference training seminars, covering a range of topic areas relevant to our cities' issues and goals. NLCU's pre-conference training program provides one of the largest opportunities for local elected and appointed city officials to receive training and resources designed to prepare leaders to meet challenges and capitalize on the potential in their communities.

NLC University is a collaborative educational and professional development initiative that focuses on four key proficiency areas – leadership, management, engagement, and issue expertise – in order to provide municipal leaders with an interactive and engaging approach to refining the skills and developing the strategies that will allow them to better govern, serve, and advocate for their communities.  

This year, NLC University offers a diverse selection of seminars on a range of topics, including: global outreach and engagement; disaster resilience in community planning; results-based leadership and accountability; urban planning and development; multi-sector collaboration between private, public, and non-profit entities; how to attract and retain foreign direct investment; budgeting basics and resource allocation; priority-based budgeting in policy-making; managing city manager and city council relations; building creative, inclusive communities; and strategizing city management with skills from the private sector.

Featured trainers and presenters include:

Lora Berg - Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives - The German Marshall Fund

Reta Jo Lewis - Senior Resident Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives - The German Marshall Fund

Cooper Martin - Program Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute - The National League of Cities

Dana Johnston - Marketing Manager of Local Government Solutions - Institute for Building Technology and Safety

John Cybulski - Manager of Quality Programs - Institute for Building Technology and Safety

Bill Shepardson - Senior Fellow - The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Anthony Santiago - Senior Fellow, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families - The National League of Cities

Barbara Squires - Director of Leadership Development - The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Gideon Berger - Director of the Daniel Rose Fellowship Program - The National League of Cities

Jess Zimbabwe - Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership - The National League of Cities

Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, PhD - Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership - The George Washington University

Aaron Brickman - Senior Vice President of Strategy & Development - Organization for International Investment

Kathie Novak - Senior Advisor and Past President of NLC - The Center for Priority Based Budgeting

Chris Fabian - Co-Founder - The Center for Priority Based Budgeting

Jon Johnson - Co-Founder - The Center for Priority Based Budgeting

Mike Conduff - President and Former City Manager - The Elim Group

Jim Hunt - Founder and Past President of NLC - Amazing Cities

John H. Lynch - Senior Fellow and Former Governor of New Hampshire - The Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College