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New Leaders Council

2014 New Leaders Council Leadership Retreat

On Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, New Leaders Council will be hosting the our annual NLC National Leadership Retreat, a two day-long conference where leadership, alumni, and Fellows from our 31 chapters will gather in Sacramento, CA for panels and discussions highlighting the accomplishments of progressives in the economy, technology and entrepreneurship, and in state and local government and chart the course for NLC for the fall of 2014 and the spring Institute of 2015.

Sessions will begin at 9 am on Friday, off site, near The Citizen Hotel. During the afternoon we will break-out for the new leadership training. Saturday sessions will be at The Citizen Hotel and start at 9am.

Scroll down for the full agenda.

NLC has a special room rate at The Citizen Hotel. Rooms are booked separately. Registration closes on August 5, but room registration closes earlier, on July 31. After July 31, rooms are available at the special NLC rate on an availability basis.

To get the special NLC room rate, be sure to use promotional code 1408NEWLEA


please visit the hotel reservation link, here.


call the hotel directly at 916.492.4460

If you have any questions, please reach out to or visit our FAQ page.

We look forward to having you join us for our annual meeting this August!

See live tweets by following #NLCRetreat!

 2014 New Leaders Council Leadership Retreat 



Thursday, August 7: Citizen Hotel,  926 J Street Sacramento, CA


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  NLC National Leadership Retreat Networking Welcome Reception

Metropolitan Terrace Room


Friday, August 8:   Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street Sacramento, CA  


9:30 am – 10:00 am: Welcome

Room 202

Keynote:     Chris Kelly, Chairman of the Board, New Leaders Council

                                    Intro: Lisa Murphy


10:00 am – 10:45 am: The Importance of Being Engaged and Building Capacity for Leadership

Room 202

Keynote:     David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast


11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Building a Progressive Economy 

Room 202

Moderator:   Will Marshall, President, Progressive Policy Institute

Panelists:     Sally Kay, Director Public Policy of the North American West, Uber

                    Hon. Roger Dickinson, Assembly Member, State of California

                    Hon. Steve Hansen, Sacramento City Council Member

Lunch (Room 202)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Keynote Speech: The future of California 

Room 202

Speaker:       Hon. Robert Hertzberg, Former California Speaker of the House

                                    Intro: Kate Maeder


1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Building Your NLC Strategic Plan

Room 202

Panelists:        Justin Braz, Director, New Leaders Council New Jersey

                      Rachel Hoge, Co-Director, New Leaders Council Chicago

                      Joe Benesh, Advisor, New Leaders Council Des Moines


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Building Your Progressive Political Infrastructure

Room 202

Moderator:      Damian Perez, Expansion Director, New Leaders Council

Panelists:        Sara El-Amine, National Organizing Director, Organizing for America

                      Loranne Ausley, Founder & Chair, The Florida Project

                      Bryan Blum, Political Director, California Labor Federation

                      Alissa Ko, Deputy Director, Ready for Hillary


5:00 – 5:30 pm:  Keynote Address: Lesley Chilcott, Producer, An Inconvenient Truth

Room 202


6:00 pm:          Networking event

                       Dive Bar, 1016 K St.

Saturday, August 9: Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street Sacramento, CA


9:00 am – 9:30 am:     A Progressive Leader in Red America

Metropolitan Terrace Room

            Keynote:        Jim Webb, Former U.S. Senator VA


9:45 am – 10:45 am:   Progressive Polling Projects

Metropolitan Terrace Room

Moderator:      Alexandra Acker –Lyons, NLC Board Members and Youth Engagement Director, The Democracy Alliance

Panelists:        Margie Omero, Director of Research, Purple Strategies

                      Jill Hanauer, President & CEO, Project New America


11:00 am – 11:30 am:  Christine Pelosi, Partner, Democracy Partners

Metropolitan Terrace Room


11:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Simon Rosenberg, President, New Democrat Network

Lunch (Metropolitan Terrace Room)

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm:   The State of NLC

Metropolitan Terrace Room

Keynote:        Mark Riddle, Executive Director, New Leaders Council    


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:     Chapter Fundraising and Finance

Metropolitan Terrace Room

Panelists:        Matt Bailey, Communications Co-Director, New Leaders Council Louisiana

                      Heather Grantham, Co-Director, New Leaders Council New York City

                      Robert Orthman, Advisor, New Leaders Council Boston




2:45 pm – 3:45 pm:     NLC Fundamentals

Metropolitan Terrace Room

Panelists:        Brett Seifried, General Counsel, New Leaders Council

                       Matti Miranda, Programs Director, New Leaders Council

                       Alise Roderer, Institute Co-Director, New Leaders Council New Jersey


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm:     NLC Selections and Recruitment

Quorum Room

Panelists:        Lucas Botello, Selections Director, New Leaders Council

                       Jeff Guillot, Selections Director, New Leaders Council New York City

                       Amy Ritter, Director, New Leaders Council Orlando


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:     NLC Alumni Engagement

Metropolitan Terrace Room

Panelists:        Matti Miranda, Programs Director, New Leaders Council

                       Michael Moschella, Board of Directors Secretary, New Leaders Council

                       Ana Colls, Co-Director, New Leaders Council Miami


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:      Building your NLC Communications Plan

Quorum Room

Panelists:       Peter Allen, Communications Director, New Leaders Council Silicon Valley

                     Naomi Rothwell, Digital Strategist, Veracity Media

                     Kristin Hunziker, Selections Co-Director, New Leaders Council San Francisco


6:30 pm – 7:30 pm:     Cocktail Reception Hosted by NLC Sacramento

Metropolitan Terrace Room


8:00 pm: NLC Awards Dinner

Metropolitan Terrace Room

Keynote:        Chris Kelly, Chairman of the Board, New Leaders Council





$25 - One Day Registration  $50 - Two Day Registration
NLC is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations to NLC may be tax deductible.

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