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National Action Network’s 14th Annual Convention
April 11-14th (Washington, D.C.)
April 18th, 2012 (New York, NY)

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Detailed below you will find more information on the various events throughout the convention.


April 18th, 2012
Keepers of the Drama Award Gala

The following week NAN will host the Keepers of the Dream Award Gala in New York City. During NAN’s 2011 national convention President Barack Obama delivered the keynote remarks at the Keepers of the Dream Awards Gala. This event requires a ticket.


The 2012 NAN Convention Needs Volunteers!

Please contact Ryan Saunders at rsaunders@national.test or call 202-293-3232 for more information.


Schedule

Click here to view the schedule for the 2012 National Action Network Convention


Panels & Break-out Sessions

Daily – April 11-14th

Throughout each day a number of panels and break-out sessions take place. The topics include: Voting rights, Workers’ rights, 2012 Politics, Media, Healthcare, Youth, The Church, Education, Criminal Justice, Labor, Gun Violence, Real Estate & Foreclosures, Sports & Entertainment, and Community Empowerment.

Panel Topics Include:

  • Politics 2012: Our Voice, Our Votes, Our Community
  • Corporate: How Can Corporations Collaborate to Affect Change in the Community?
  • Criminal Justice Panel: The State of Criminal Justice in America Today
  • State of Black Relationships
  • Immigration: Value Added – Immigrants Fighting to Realize their Dream
  • Economics: Living within our Means -The Power of Our Dollars
  • Labor: American Jobs Act & Collective Bargaining
  • Healthcare: Will the Affordable Healthcare Act Save Our Lives?
  • The Church: Becoming Spiritually Fed & Feeding the Hungry
  • Media: Race & Politics-How Race will Impact the Politics in 2012?
  • Home Financing After the Crash, Can the American Dream Be Resolved
  • Health & Hygiene: Addressing the Deadly Conditions in the Black Community
  • Gun Policy & Anti-Violence: Working Together to Prevent Illegal Sales & Distribution of Arms
  • Young Professionals: Today’s Young Professionals: Tomorrow’s Leaders: Steps to the Executive Office & Beyond
  • Sports & Entertainment: Sports & Entertainment Philanthropy: Giving Back to Our Community
  • Family Development: It’s OK to Ask for Help
  • Youth & Parents: Making a difference NOW: No Permission Slip Needed

Plenary Sessions
Daily – April 11-14th

In addition to the panels, there will also be number of plenary sessions that feature United States Cabinet members and other prominent individuals. In past years NAN hosted: President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, White House Advisor David Axelrod, Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency Lisa P. Jackson and other members of the Obama Administration.


Measuring the Movement Leadership Forum
April 14th – Washington, DC

Measuring the Movement brings together leaders in the civil rights movement to discuss ways to effectively and definitively advance the civil rights agenda. It airs live nationally on TV One and as a special on MSNBC.  For the past two years, participants pledged real action to effectively combat many issues facing urban communities. Each year NAN reconvenes to pinpoint exactly which promises were delivered and how to create tangible results. Participants include: the leadership of the National Action Network, NAACP, National Urban League, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and 100 Black Men of America, as well as Congressman James Clyburn, Dr. Charles Ogletree, Judge Greg Mathis, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Previous Hosts include Tom Joyner of the Tom Joyner Morning Show & Roland Martin, Host of TVOne’s Washington Watch.

Community Resource Center
Daily – April 12-13th

In support of NAN’s mission and its work to empower, in addition to a job fair, NAN’s Resource Center will be free to the public and house a plethora of resources from health screenings to education and social service materials. Overall, the NAN Resource Center will work to provide convention attendees with accurate information that can be used immediately to help better their lives.


Ticketed Events Include:

For more info on ticketed events please email tickets@national.test or call 646-380-2000.


National Action Network Excellence Awards
April 11th – Washington, DC

The Excellence Awards is a dinner to honor those who maintain their commitment to the community throughout their life and work. Honorees for the first annual event include Weldon Latham (Jackson Lewis), Tom Mars (Wal-Mart), Debra Sandler (Mars), Lonnie G. Bunch III (Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture), and Human Rights Campaign.


Dr. William A. Jones Memorial Luncheon
April 12th – Washington, DC

The luncheon is attended by over 250 ministers from across the country and is named in memory of the late Reverend Dr. William Augustus Jones, Jr., former pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. As part of the luncheon program, NAN honors individuals for their contribution to social justice. Past honorees include: Dr. Gardner Calvin Taylor, Former Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York; Civil Rights Leader Benjamin L. Hooks,  who for 15 years led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and civil rights activist Reverend Joseph Lowery.


Executive Director’s Reception
April 12th – Washington, DC

NAN’s Executive Director Tamika D. Mallory hosts the reception which brings together convention delegates and a diverse group of young professionals. The cocktail reception allows for delegates to network with one another outside the convention hall. This is NAN’s signature young professionals’ event, the ultimate party with a purpose. Attendees will include tastemakers and key influencers in the world of civil rights, politics, entertainment, philanthropy and business. Hip Hop legend Andre Harrell served as co-host for the 2010 and 2011 receptions.


Schedule

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Click Here to Download PDF of the 2012 NAN Convention Schedule

Wednesday, April 11th
9:00 a.m. Special Plenary Presentation I: Eric H. Holder, Jr. Attorney General of the United States 

LOCATION: 2nd FLOOR – 207A

11:00 a.m. Criminal Justice: The State of Criminal Justice in America Today 

LOCATION: 2nd FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Michael A. Hardy, Esq. General Counsel & Executive Vice President, National Action Network

Panelists:

  • e. christi cunningham – Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law (on leave)
  • Billy Martin, Esq. Partner, Martin & Gitner, PLLC
  • Glenn E. Martin – Vice President, Development & Public Affairs, The Fortune Society
  • Laura W. Murphy Director, Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Dr. Charles J. Ogletree – Jesse Climenko Professor of Law; Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law School
  • Theodore V. Wells, Jr. – Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
11:30 a.m. Politics 2012: Our Voice, Our Votes, Our Community 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207B

Moderator: Joe Madison – Civil Rights Activist & Host, Morning with Madison on SiriusXM The Power

Panelists:

  • Shaun Harper – Professor & Director, Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, Penn Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Donna Payne – Associate Director, Diversity, Human Rights Campaign
  • Jena Roscoe – Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Public Policy, Operation HOPE
  • Hillary Shelton – Washington Bureau Director & Senior Vice President for Advocacy, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Jamal Simmons – Principal, The Raben Group & Political Analyst
  • Armstrong Williams – Host, The Right Side with Armstrong Williams


12:00 p.m. Corporate: How Can Corporations Collaborate to Affect Change in the Community? 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 206

Moderator: Nate Miles –National Action Network Corporate Advisory Council

Panelists:

  • Michelle D. Gilliard – Senior Director, Walmart Foundation
  • Effenus Henderson – Chief Diversity Officer, Weyerhaeuser
  • Arthur D. Jackson, Jr. – Vice President, General Administration, Costco Wholesale; Chairman, Costco’s Charitable Contribution Committee
  • Charisse R. Lillie – Vice President, Community Investment,
    Comcast Corporation; President, Comcast Foundation
  • Tanya Leah Lombard – Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs, AT&T
  • James Mitchell, Jr. Senior Executive, General Electric
  • Andrea Taylor Director, North America Community Affairs, Microsoft
1:00 p.m. Immigration: Value Added – Immigrants Fighting to Realize their Dreams 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Dr. Ron Daniels – President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Panelists:

  • Chong Wha Hong – Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
  • Pramila Jayapal – Founder & Executive Director, OneAmerica
  • Wanjiru Kamau – President & CEO, African Immigrant & Refugee Foundation (AIRF)
  • Janet Murguía – President & CEO, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Mohammad Razvi – Executive Director, Council of Peoples Organization (COPO)
  • Lee D. Williams – Vice President & CFO, U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants
  • James Zogby – Founder & President, Arab American Institute (AAI)

 

2:30 p.m. State of Black Relationships 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Jamie Foster Brown – Publisher, Sister 2 Sister Magazine

Panelists:

  • Abiola Abrams – Lifestyle Expert & Author, The Official Bombshell Handbook
  • Derrick L. Briggs – Creator & Founder, Attention Deficit Television (ADTV) & Twelve 23 Productions
  • Maya Hart – Marriage & Family Therapist, Moksha Living LLC
  • Demetria Lucas – Author, A Belle in Brooklyn: Your Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life
  • Mashonda Tifrere – Singer, Producer, Songwriter
  • Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan – TV Personality & Syndicated Radio Show Host
3:30 p.m. Economics: Living Within Our Means – The Power of Our Dollars 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207B

Moderator: Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman, National Action Network; Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, New York

Panelists:

  • Kelli Coleman – President, The Vestal Group
  • Derek T. Dingle – Senior Vice President & Editor-in-Chief, Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Ryan Mack – President, Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Inc.

Deborah Owens – President & CEO, Owens Media Group LLC

7:00 p.m. BET Presents: Excellence Awards Reception (Tickets Required) 

LOCATION: 2nd Floor – East Salon

8:30 p.m. Excellence Awards Dinner (Tickets Required) 

LOCATION: 3RD FLOOR – BALLROOM B

Honorees:

  • Lonnie G. Bunch, III – Founding Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Weldon Latham – Senior Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP
  • Tom Mars – Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart U.S.
  • Debra A. Sandler – President, Mars Chocolate North America

Thursday, April 12th
NAN Resource Center & AT&T Digital Lounge
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – ROOM 209
8:00 a.m. NAN Chapter Development Workshop 

8:00 a.m. National Education Breakfast (Tickets Required) 

LOCATION: EAST SALON

Keynote Speaker: Arne Duncan – United States Secretary of Education

Speakers:

  • Dennis Van Roekel President, National Education Association (NEA)

  • Victoria Pannell – Northeast Regional Youth Director, National Action Network

Soloist: Monique Gary – Student, Dunbar High School, Washington D.C.

10:00 a.m. Labor: American Jobs Act & Collective Bargaining 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Panelists:

  • R. Thomas Buffenbarger – President, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)
  • Arlene Holt Baker – Executive Vice President, American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Annie Hill – Secretary-Treasurer, Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • Lorretta Johnson – Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • Eliseo Medina – Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Lee Saunders – Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

 

10:30 a.m. Building Communities & Breaking Down Barriers: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement for the Faith Community  

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 206

Panelists:

  • Brad Lomenick – Executive Director, Catalyst
  • Travis Mason – Public Policy & Government Affairs, Google
  • Lamell McMorris – Founder & CEO, Perennial Strategy Group
11:00 a.m. Special Plenary Presentation I: Hilda L. Solis – United States Secretary of Labor 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

12:00 p.m. Special Plenary Presentation II: Kathleen Sebelius United States Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207B

12:30 p.m. BET Presents: Excellence Awards Reception (Tickets Required) 

LOCATION: 2nd Floor – East Salon

1:00 p.m. Healthcare: Will the Affordable Care Act Save Our Lives? 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207B

Panelists:

  • Georges C. Benjamin – MD, FACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, Executive Director, American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Maureen Bisognano – President & CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Pamela Miller – Vice President, Market Strategy & Development, Sustainability & Community Investment, Medco; Executive Director, Medco Foundation
  • Cary Sennett – MD, PhD, President, Impaq International, LLC, Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP)
3:00 p.m. The Church: Becoming Spiritually Fed & Feeding the Hungry 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner – Co-Chair – National African American Clergy Network

See conference registration for more information

7:30 p.m. Truth to Power Revival 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Devotional Message: Reverend Tony Lee Community of Hope, A.M.E., Hillcrest Heights, MD

Keynote Message: Reverend Frank Reid, III – Bethel A.M.E. Church, Baltimore, MD

Presiding: Reverend Dr. E. Gail Anderson-Holness – President, Council of Churches of Greater Washington

7:00 p.m. Executive Director’s Reception (Tickets Required) 

(Off-site location)

Friday, April 13th
NAN Resource Center & AT&T Digital Lounge 

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – ROOM 209

8:00 a.m. NAN Chapter Development Workshop 

LOCATION: STREET LEVEL SALON F

9:30 a.m. Media: Race & Politics – The Impact of Race in Politics 2012 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Rachel Noerdlinger President, Noerdlinger Media

Panelists:

  • Ana Lopez Buck – Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • Jonathan Capehart – Opinion Writer, The Washington Post
  • David Gregory – Moderator, NBC’s Meet the Press
  • Nia-Malika Henderson – Political Writer, The Washington Post
  • Alfred C. Liggins III Chief Executive Officer, Interactive One, LLC; Chief Executive Officer & President, Radio One, Inc.; Chairman, TV One, LLC
  • April Ryan – Senior White House Correspondent, American Urban Radio
11:00 a.m. Special Plenary Presentation I: 

Shaun Donovan – United States Secretary of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

11:30 a.m. Special Plenary Presentation II: Lisa P. Jackson – Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

11:30 a.m. Facebook Presents: Family Online Safety Session 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207B

12:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting: State of Women in America – An Inter-Generational Conversation 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Host: Tamika D. Mallory – National Executive Director, National Action Network

Co-Convener: Melanie Campbell – Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc. (NCBCP)

1:00 p.m. Gun Policy & Anti-Violence:  

The New Jim Crow – GUNS, DRUGS, & MASS INCARCERATION

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207B

Moderator: Mark Thompson – Host, Make it Plain with Mark Thompson

Panelists:

  • Kenneth Barnes Reaching Out to Others Together (The Root, Inc.)
  • Erica Ford Founder, LIFE Camp, Inc.
  • Kirsten John Foy – President, Brooklyn Chapter, National Action Network
  • Kenneth Glasgow – Executive Director, The Ordinary People Society
  • Brian Malte – Director, Legislation & Mobilization, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Sanford A. Rubenstein Esq. – Partner, Rubenstein & Rynecki
2:30 p.m. Young Professionals: Today’s Young Professionals, Tomorrow’s Leaders – Steps to the Executive Office & Beyond 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Janaye Ingram DC Bureau Chief, National Action Network
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Panelists:

  • Brian Benjamin Founder, Young Professionals United for Change (YP4C)
  • Kristen Berset – Weekend Sports Anchor, WUSA 9 News
  • Monisha Kapila – Founder & Executive Director, ProInspire
  • Daron Sellars President & CEO, National Association of Young Black Elected Officials (NAYBEO)
  • Jennifer Williams – Founder, Lucid Cosmetics & Reality Personality, VH1’s Basketball Wives
  • Amos Winbush III – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CyberSynchs
3:30 p.m. Sports & Entertainment: Sports & Entertainment Philanthropy: Giving Back to Our Community 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207B

Moderator: Lamell McMorris – Founder & CEO, Perennial Strategy Group

Panelists:

  • Marvet Britto Founder & President, The Britto Agency
  • Lindsey Harding Guard, Atlanta Dream, WNBA 
  • Sashia Jones – Senior Director, Community Relations, Washington Wizards
  • Taz Wube – Owner, Suite 202/ Direct Connect to the Community
4:00 p.m. Family Development: It’s OK to Ask for Help 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Terrie M. Williams – Mental Health Advocate, Author, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting

Panelists:

  • Kenneth Braswell – Executive Director, Fathers Incorporated
  • Dr. Janet Taylor – Psychiatrist, The Jeremy Kyle Show
  • Deborah Tillman – Lifetime’s Super Nanny

Leslie Wagner Wilson Author, Slavery of Faith; Participant, CNN’s Investigative Report, Survivors of Jonestown

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. NAN Membership Reception (Tickets Required) 

LOCATION:
Pier 7 Restaurant & Channel Inn Hotel
650 Water St, S.W. Washington, D.C.

7:30 p.m. Truth to Power Revival 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Devotional Message: Reverend Harold Carter, Jr. – New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD

Keynote Message: Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. – Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Jacksonville, Florida

Presiding: Reverend Mary L. Wilson, Executive Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, Washington, DC

 

Saturday, April 14th
11:00 a.m. Measuring the Movement – Black Leaderships 12-Month Plan (Tickets Required) 

LOCATION
CRAMTON AUDITORIUM – HOWARD UNIVERSITY
2455 6th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20059

Featuring:

  • Reverend Al Sharpton – President & Founder, National Action Network
  • Melanie Campbell – Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc. (NCBCP)
  • Tamika D. Mallory – National Executive Director, National Action Network
  • Isaac Newton Farris, Jr. – President & CEO, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Wade Henderson – President – The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
  • E. Faye Williams – National Chair – National Congress of Black Women
  • Kadiatou Diallo – President – Amadou Diallo Foundation Inc.
3:00 p.m. Youth & Parents: Making a Difference NOW – No Permission Slip Needed 

LOCATION: 2ND FLOOR – 207A

Moderator: Dominique Sharpton – National Director of Membership, National Action Network

  • Mary-Pat Hector – National Youth Director, NAN Youth Move
  • Ryan Washington – Youth Mayor, Washington DC
  • Jamira Burley – Youth Activist, Student Peace Alliance
  • Victoria Pannell – Northeast Regional Youth Director, NAN Youth Move
  • Nialah Edari – Midwest Regional Director, NAN Youth Move
6:00 p.m. Sharpton Entertainment LLC Presents: NAN Annual Fashion Show: Flaunting My Expression (Tickets Required) 

Hosted by: DJ Tay James – The Official DJ for Justin Bieber

LOCATION: 3RD FLOOR – BALLROOM C

Click Here to Download PDF of the 2012 NAN Convention Schedule


Sponsorship

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mallory Ward at mward@national.test or by phone at 212-309-2863.


Keepers of the Dream (New York, NY)

For all information regarding the Keepers of the Dream event in New York City on April 18th, please see the page below:

http://national.test/events/99/keepers-of-the-dream-awards-ciprianis-wall-street/


 

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