Hollywood, FL
Hollywood, FL

NBC-LEO Summer Conference

Jul 25 - Jul 28, 2018
Hollywood, Florida
Registration Rates

NBC-LEO Member Registration Rates 

  • Advance Registration: (March 1 - July 13) $150.00 
  • Onsite Registration: (July 14 - 28) $200.000 

NBC-LEO Non-Member Registration Rates 

  • Advance Registration: (March 1 - July 13) $250.00 
  • Onsite Registration: (July 14 - 28) $350.00

Spouse/Guest Registration Rates

  • Advance Registration: (March 1 - July 13) $100.00
  • Onsite Registration: (July 14 - 28) $150.00

Youth Registration Rates

  • Advance Registration: (March 1 - July 13) $85.00
  • Onsite Registration: (July 14 - 28) $150.00

Spouse/Guest/Youth/Student Attendance 

In order for individual spouses/guests/youth/students to attend all or any NBC-LEO Summer Conference activities and meal functions, each individual must be officially registered for the conference and wear registration badges at all times for admittance to sessions and meals. 

Event Cancellation Policy

Any registration cancellations occurring March 1 - July 13 will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Requests for cancellation must be made in writing and sent via email to constituencygroups@nlc.org. No refunds will be given after July 13, 2018. 

Hotel Information

The hotel block is now closed. Please contact the Diplomat Hotel directly at 954-602-600 to inquire about availability. 

The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton

3555 South Ocean Drive

Hollywood, FL 33019, US

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, July 25 

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Conference Registration
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. NBC-LEO Board Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. NBC-LEO Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 - 12:00 a.m. President's Hospitality Reception


Thursday, July 25 

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Building the Workforce of the Future - Breakfast Roundtable Sponsored by Colonial Life 
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. NLC University Seminar - Get REAL: Undoing Racism in America's Cities
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Session Topic - How to Create a Minority & Small Business Plan Within Your City 
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Opening Luncheon 
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. NBC-LEO Committee Meetings (Membership, Policy & Finance)
3:45 - 5:00 p.m. Session Topic - REAL Talk: Elevating the Voices of Young Men to Maximize City Leaders' Policy Action for Reducing Violence and Violent-related Death Among Black Men and Boys
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception at Aizia - Onsite at Hotel 
10 - 12 a.m. President's Hospitality Reception



7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Conference Registration
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. General Membership Meeting (Breakfast served)
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Coalition Building with African American Organizations - How to Achieve Equity 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon - Maximizing Opportunity Zones in Your City  
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mobile Tour - Celebrating Communities, Commerce and Cultural Heritage in Greater Fort Lauderdale
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Evening Under the Stars at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater - Offsite 



7:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Conference Registration
8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Session Topic (Buffet Breakfast Available) Managing the Media: Crisis Communications and Beyond
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Build Your Best Practices Tool Kit (Four 30 minute Presentations) 
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. What is Successful Policing? Roundtable Discussion with NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) 


Best Practices Toolkit

Good government requires good governing.

With practical tips you can take back to your community, the Best Practices Toolkit is for new and familiar faces. Here are three topics NBC-LEO will cover this July: 

The best practices presentations will be held Saturday, July 28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Keys to Jump Starting Your Supplier Diversity Program 


Levon Manzie, City Council President, Mobile, Alabama
Fred Richardson, Councilmember, Mobile, Alabama 

A few years ago, the Mobile City Council voted for a one-cent sales tax devoted specifically to funding long delayed infrastructure projects across the city. Much of the city - from sidewalks to roads to the parks and recreation centers - were in disrepair and badly needed work. Once the Council’s Capital Improvement Program, which funded at least $21 million dollars in infrastructure projects a year, started, it became clear that the city’s supplier diversity program was also in need of major work and it needed to be done quickly. Over the next two and a half years at the urging of our City Council Members, the program has undergone a total transformation. In this short time, the City’s Office of Supplier Diversity has made enormous strides both increasing the number of current certified DBEs and the entrepreneurs and businesses in the pipeline. Through this presentation, we will share the City of Mobile’s experience developing a comprehensive Supplier Diversity Program on an advanced time line including best practices, challenges and lessons learned.


Neighborhood Improvement Strategy Story - "Stop 6" 

Presenter: Gyna Bivens, Councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas 

With an unemployment rate two-and-a half times the city average, 78 percent of the population categorized as low-to-moderate income and a crime rate where 65 per 1,000 people are victims of crime, the area needed an aggressive effort to improve neighborhood vitality.

To help address area needs, the City of Fort Worth allocated $2.56 million. The program was focused on reducing the number of felony incidents, enhancing pedestrian safety, improving residents’ perception of their community, improve neighborhood aesthetics, and leverage additional public and private investment. The Council office also did extensive outreach to the business and neighborhood leaders in the area and hosted numerous public meetings in order to get them engaged in the improvements.


Addressing Youth Firearm Violence through a Public Health Lens 

Presenter: Hanifa Shabazz, City Council President, Wilmington, Delaware

In response to epidemic-level youth firearm violence in Wilmington, Delaware, Council President Shabazz called in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study this issue as a public health crisis. The CDC's report resulted in the formation of the Wilmington Community Advisory Council, which has developed specific recommendations and is facilitating real progress around addressing the root causes of gun crime among our children. This workshop will present attendees with a comprehensive overview of this process, as well as the results Wilmington received, the lessons we learned, and the evidence-based steps we are taking to put an end to youth firearm violence and provide our young people with the support they need.


Hosted in different locations across the country, NBC-LEO's conferences give local elected officials the chance to share success stories, learn how other communities plan for the future and focus in on specific issues. 

This year's theme is: Achieving Equity Through Action

Coalition building, media management and reacting to violence in your community - in 2018, these are key skills every local elected official should have at the ready. At this year's NBC-LEO Summer Conference, you'll work on these skills and more with fellow African American elected officials and experts from around the country. In addition, you'll learn how to uplift the minority businesses in your community and learn best practices from the people who know local government best. 

Located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood is a prime travel destination anytime of year, and a great backdrop to a vibrant and exciting conference. With networking and learning activities alike, you can expect to: 

Enhance your network of elected officials and statewide leaders 

  • Learn about timely issues in special seminars that will expand your skill sets
  • Strengthen your governance skills
  • Adapt community programs as best practices for your community 
  • Attend the NBC-LEO General Membership Forum 
  • Participate in NBC-LEO Committee Meetings 
  • Find solutions to challenging problems in your hometown
  • Consider becoming a leader in NBC-LEO and NLC

Check out last year's highlights!

Register now for the best rates!

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