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Six years ago, I spoke as Executive Director of New Leaders Council for the first time. I spoke to a room filled with millennial leaders, and told them this plain truth: their forbearers broke the system—they fractured the basic compact underlying the American process.
I put the challenge to the room: it was up to them, to their generation, to clean up the mess.
Hacking Gentrification on August 12th was a program in two parts. First, a panel of Houstonians shared their perspectives and experience on the who, when, where, why, and how of gentrification. Next, the entire room got into the act.
The biggest takeaways?
Brian Riedel, Assistant Director of the Center for Gender and Women's Studies at Rice University, delivered the keynote address at NLC-Houston's 2016 graduation ceremony on June 15, 2016.
Coming at the end of the fellowship year, and during a very difficult and emotional week after the mass murder in Orlando, Florida, his speech, Progressives, Silos, and Self-Care was thought-provoking, fascinating, and very well-received.
He graciously shared the text of his speech so those who could not join the gathering would not miss out.
For NLC Houston’s final 2016 institute weekend, fellows gathered at Legacy Community Health Center. Vice President of Public Health Amy Leonard welcomed fellows to the center and shared its history of progressive programs serving marginalized communities.
NLC Houston fellows gathered at the Montrose Center this weekend to learn about Digital and Campaign Management.
This weekend NLC Houston alum and Executive Board member, Mike Webb, welcomed the fellows to the Texas Organizing Project headquarters and led a fun icebreaker that highlighted the similarities in the midst of diversity.
This weekend, Executive Board member Danny Norris welcomed fellows to Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a brief history lesson on TSU and historically black colleges and universities. The law school was the perfect setting for a weekend focusing on strategic communications.
On January 23, 2016, we launched our second institute with a new class of twenty-one fellows. They reflect the diversity of of Houston not only by the usual demographic measures, but also through industry. They work in government, non-profits, and academic settings across sectors such as advocacy, arts, business, civil rights, education, finance, and health care. Twenty-one young leaders have committed to spending one weekend each month for the next five months to learn about life entrepreneurship, communications, fundraising, political campaigns, and new media. Not only will they learn skills to equip them to bring passion projects to fruition, but they also are learning from each other and building relationships.
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