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Strengthen your leadership with advice from inspiring leaders who’ve had a major influence on shaping the America we love today. Learn more about the 2017 City Summit general session speakers and register now.

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly 

Address issues in public health & safety

Thursday, November 16 – Opening General Session
Since an assassination attempt severely wounded Gabby in 2011, the couple has inspired the world with their story of hope and courage in the wake of tragedy, serving as a symbol for the possibility of second chances. Did you know Mark Kelly and his sibling Scott are the only twins who’ve travelled to space and participated the NASA Twin Experiment?

 

Councilmember Matt Zone 

Create economic mobility & opportunity for all

Thursday, November 16 – Opening General Session
NLC President, Councilmember Matt Zone is widely known for the Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force – an initiative to close the gap of racial and economic disparities.  Hear key findings from the task force followed by a deep-dive plenary with local officials from the Task Force. Some people are just born to lead. Did you know Matt Zone comes from a family of public servants? interesting facts about your colleague.

 

Mayor Megan Barry

Battle opioids – living through the personal tragedy

Thursday, November 16 – Opening General Session
Hear Mayor Megan Barry’s story coping with a personal connection to the opioid epidemic and her commitment  to find solutions for millions of Americans dealing with this the wide-spread crisis. Learn how she continues to move forward standing priorities while also addressing emergency crises like the opioid epidemic. Watch Mayor Barry speak on a town hall panel about the battle against opioids

 

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Foster economic development in underserved areas

Saturday, November 18 – Closing General Session

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). Learn about his passion for strengthening American cities and towns, and his actions to develop underserved communities, build inclusion and create an opportunity for all. Did you know Magic Johnson invested one billion dollars in improving America’s infrastructure? Watch this video to learn more.