2016 NLC University Summit to Tackle Collaborative Leadership

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As a city leader, do you often face problems which require a collaborative approach from the private sector, the nonprofit sector, and state, local, and federal governments? NLCU’s upcoming Leadership Summit will teach you how to foster strong, multisector relationships.

Downtown Madison, Wisconsin. (Getty Images)
The next NLC University Leadership Summit will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, September 28 to October 1, 2016. (Getty Images)

This is a guest post by Angelica Mercado.

City leaders are continuously confronted with complex issues that require more than just a unilateral response from local, elected officials. Issues pertaining to infrastructure, public safety, and public health, among a host of other hot topics relevant to our communities, cannot be adequately addressed and resolved without the efforts and contributions of all members of the community.

More and more often, these community and societal problems require a collaborative approach from the private sector, the nonprofit sector, and state, local, and federal governments in order to create comprehensive solutions to the range of challenges local elected officials will continue to encounter.

Faced with increasingly complex, multisector issues, city leaders are challenged to understand the unique contributions that could be made by collaborative, broader community efforts, aligning common agendas and incentives to find solutions that result in the best outcomes for all members of the community. The 2016 NLCU Leadership Summit is designed to harness and develop the skills necessary to foster strong, multisector relationships.

This three-day program will bring together thought leaders and practitioners from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to explore collaborative, multisector leadership, building a foundation for better working relationships with multisector partners for more efficient economic savings on projects and initiatives, and for proactive approaches to more successful collaborations in the future.

Attendees, including city and state officials, private sector representatives, and nonprofit leaders involved in municipal initiatives, will have the opportunity to reflect upon current and future initiatives using a multisector framework, will come to understand the differing roles and agendas of the multiple sectors involved in leadership, and will engage with and learn from peers and leaders from those different sectors.

The summit will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, September 28 to October 1, and NLC members will earn 10 credits in the NLC University Certificate Program for attendance. Registration for this year’s Leadership Summit is now open. For more information, contact Laura Lanford at lanford@nlc.org.

About the Author: Angelica Mercado is an intern with the National League of Cities University.