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Opening General Session with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
November 16, 2017
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Join City Summit delegates for the Opening General Session, where you’ll hear from NLC President and Cleveland, Ohio Councilman Matt Zone, Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Megan Barry, National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony, and keynote speakers Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords.

Local, pre-session entertainment from Inspire the Fire 
Presentation of the Colors by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Honor Guard
National Anthem by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Music Corps
Invocation by Reverend K. Fran Cook

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Retired American astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly and former state legislator and U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords represent the very essence of American service and heroism. Ever 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.

Gabby and Mark will tell the story of their journey and share inspiration for summoning courage through tough times and on the path to new goals. They will leave you with a new appreciation for the tenacity of those who refuse to be defeated, and the motivation to face and overcome any challenge with passion, bravery and your very best.

This session is sponsored by ICMA-RC, an NLC Corporate Partner.

Presiding Chair

  • Mark Stodola Incoming National League of Cities President - Mayor, Little Rock, Arkansas

Keynote Speaker

  • Gabby Giffords Former state legislator and U.S. Congresswoman
  • Mark Kelly Astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, and author

Speakers

  • Matt Zone 2017 National League of Cities President - Cleveland, Ohio Councilmember
  • Clarence E. Anthony CEO and Executive Director - National League of Cities
  • Jennifer Roberts Mayor - Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Megan Barry Mayor - Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

 

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