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NLC University seminars are designed with the most ambitious city leader in mind. Taught by experts in an intensive and interactive format, NLC University delivers real-world solutions to the challenges that city leaders face. Join one of these seminars to give your leadership skills a serious boost in Charlotte. (Schedule below.)

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*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee.To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.

Learning Level Guidelines

  • 101: Mastering the Fundamentals
  • 201: Deep Dives
  • 301: Fostering Innovation

Wednesday, November 15th

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

NLCU: Communications Bootcamp

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This full-day immersion workshop addresses the essential communication strategies and best practices that every elected official must understand and execute, including:

  • Developing a Comprehensive Communications Strategy
  • Working with the Media
  • Engaging the Public
  • Effectively Using Social Media
  • Public Speaking

Participants will have the opportunity to practice communication skills by engaging in mock interviews and other scenarios common to elected officials.

Credits: 4
Proficiency Area: Leadership
Level: 101
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLCU: Revolutionizing Government in the 21st Century

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The future has arrived and with it, an emerging role for the local leader. Visionary leaders realize that today playing it safe is no longer playing it smart.  Increased scrutiny, expanding regulations, a shifting political landscape, and significant workforce challenges add up to a valuable opportunity to activate change, drive innovation, and successfully lead your organization towards a better future. This session will provide a powerful combination of a sound strategy along with a series of integrated tactics designed to disrupt the status quo and optimize your capabilities in your role for the 21st century.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Management (Public Administration)
Level: 301
Audience: All audiences; all city sizes

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLCU: Budgeting 101

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The budget is the single most important policy document a local government adopts. How many times have elected officials heard this statement, and how many elected officials actually believe that this is the case? Does the budget, and the budgeting process itself actually help policy makers to easily and understandably translate their decisions into actions that move their community forward? Or has budgeting become an accounting exercise at best, leaving the connection to policy making questionable and unclear?

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Management | Government and Finance (Management, Public Administration)
Level: 101
Audience: All audiences; all city sizes

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.

Thursday, November 16th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLCU: Parliamentary Procedure: Making Robert’s Rules Work For You

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Once you know the basics of Robert’s Rules of Order, how can you move to the next step? This interactive seminar provides insights and guidance that can transform your style of leading meetings and make you an exceptional presiding officer. Few people are aware of the flexibility that Robert’s Rules offers through its “special rules for small boards” and provisions for adopting special rules of order.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Leadership/Issue Expertise
Level: 101
Audience: All audiences; all city sizes

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLCU: Strengthening Your Systems for Engagement

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Looking for guidance on how to organize – and sustain – productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use both online and face-to-face processes? Frustrated with the standard “3 minutes at the microphone” public meeting? This NLC University session offers answers from Public Agenda, a leading national nonprofit with 40 years of experience in supporting public engagement on a wide variety of issues. The session will also draw on Public Agenda’s research on Participatory Budgeting, one of the fastest-growing forms of engagement. Led by Matt Leighninger, formerly the lead consultant to NLC’s Democratic Governance Panel, the session will describe the latest tools and formats in the field, help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your public engagement initiatives, and help you plan for a stronger engagement system in your community.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Engagement | Collaboration (Budgeting, Finance)
Level: 301
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.