Why You Should Attend the NLC University Leadership Summit

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NLC University convenes elected officials, municipal leaders, city staff and industry professionals annually at the NLC University Leadership Summit. The Leadership Summit provides attendees an opportunity to recognize and reflect with peers and strengthen the profile of their cities, towns and villages. This year, NLC University heads to San Diego, California, October 2-5, to present on the theme of “Leadership for Inclusion.”

Now more than ever, leaders are required to define who they are, what they stand for, and how they plan to pave a path for their constituents. By design, NLC University seeks to engage everyone under one banner of inclusion. Additionally, the Leadership Summit equips participants with specific tools and a stronger national network to refine their understanding and implementation of inclusion. Summit learning begins long before arrival; many participants are already engaged in local efforts to improve the quality of life for all residents in their community. NLC University values their unique perspective and challenges everyone to bring a definition of what inclusion means personally and for their communities.

This year, NLC University is partnering with NLC’s Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) initiative and the National Civic League to deliver a training focused on enhancing inclusion work in local communities. Additionally, Patrick Ibarra, Co-Founder and Partner of the Mejorando Group, will guide the conversations and weave conference themes together to maximize learning and application. Ibarra seeks to challenge the status-quo thinking of “we’ve always done it that way” and replace it with a progressive approach to continuous improvement. Patrick brings more than 31 years of experience and in-depth expertise from serving as a consultant and manager in both public and private sector organizations, including as a city manager.

In addition to these highlights, Leadership Summit attendees will attend the following sessions (with many more to come):

  • Personal Leadership Development: Fostering Inclusion
  • From Exclusion to Collaboration: Building Inclusive Communities Through Civic Engagement
  • A National Conversation on Inclusion and Equity

NLC University is also excited to announce a brand new 2017 Leadership Summit kickoff event. On Monday, October 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., all participants are invited to attend our Big Ideas for Cities event. Big Ideas for Cities is a series which features local governments and businesses that are using big ideas to drive their communities forward. The series has quickly become an ideal platform for leaders to share success stories and describe in detail the steps they have taken to make their communities better. Attendees are welcome to stay for a reception immediately following the presentations. Past locations for NLC’s Big Ideas for Cities have included Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami Beach, Florida.

Join leaders from across the country for the NLC University Leadership Summit and Big Ideas for Cities. Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, solutions and an inclusive attitude!


  • When: October 2–5, 2017
  • Where: San Diego, California
  • Who: City and state officials, private sector representatives, and nonprofit leaders
  • NLC members earn 10 credits in the NLC University Certificate Program by attending the Leadership Summit
  • Leadership Summit Registration
    • Use the link above, or book reservation by calling 1-866-837-4270 (let the operator know you are attending the 2017 NLC University Leadership Summit)
  • Hotel Accommodations
    • U.S. Grant Hotel
      326 Broadway
      San Diego, CA 92101

See you in San Diego!

About the author: Chris Abbott is a senior associate at the National League of Cities University (NLCU).