Registration, Hotel, and other FAQs:

What should I expect during NLC Convention?

NLC Convention: The Future of Millennial America is an agenda-setting conference for our generation to develop ideas, receive training, and make connections to better ourselves and communities.  The Convention will occur over three-full days in July, with policy panels, training breakouts, Spark! Talks and inspirational keynotes. Attendees should come with an open and inquisitive mind, ready to take what they learned home to be the change agents we need.   


Why should I attend NLC Convention?

Often referred to as the most inspirational event in the NLC calendar, attendees first and foremost network and learn from one another.  With an expected attendance of 500 progressive millennials across from across the country, this will be one of the largest gatherings of our generational leaders ever.


Who is welcome to attend NLC Convention?

NLC is an inclusive community and the NLC Convention is open to the entire progressive community.  We are developing an agenda for Millennial America, and therefore encourage all interested parties to attend, learn more about the issues and priorities of America’s largest voting bloc and future leaders, and create an action plan to change our communities.  


When and where will NLC Convention be held?

The 2018 NLC Convention will be held from July 19th - July 22nd in Houston, Texas.  


The NLC Convention events will be hosted at the Houstonian Hotel.  Set on 18 acres of forest near Houston’s Galleria district, surrounded by running trails, three swimming pools, a private fitness center, the Houstonian was ranked as America’s 9th best hotel in 2010.


The Thursday opening reception will be held onsite at the Houstonian’s Manor House, a historical house set on the hotel property where the 1990 G7 Summit was held, with the Summit Treaty being signed in the Botanical Room.  


On Saturday night, the annual NLC Awards Gala will be held at the Crystal Ballroom at the Historic Rice Hotel. At the site of the original Capitol of the Republic of Texas, the Rice has been at the center of historic events in Texas since 1837. The Crystal Ballroom played host to the announcement of plans to construct the Astrodome, The "State of the City" address for over 30 mayors, and the outlining of the official formation of NASA. It hosted the 1928 Democratic National Convention, where Franklin Roosevelt announced the nomination of Al Smith to the Presidency. John F. Kennedy dined at the Rice, where Jacqueline Kennedy gave her only political address in history the night before their fateful trip to Dallas.


Sunday brunch is back at the Houstonian, with a relaxing end to the weekend at the Arbor Grille out by the pool. 


When should I arrive in Houston?

Programming will start at 11:30 AM on Thursday, July 19th at the Houstonian.  Attendees should look for flights early on Thursday to ensure they don’t miss any of the action.  For those who wish to come in on Wednesday, you should book your hotel room directly with the Houstonian as we have not reserved rooms under the block for that night.  




How should I reserve my hotel for NLC Convention?

NLC has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at a discounted rate at the Houstonian Hotel for the nights of July 19, 20 and 21.  We can only guarantee this rate through June 23, 2018. These rates are pre-tax.


$145 per night -- single occupancy

$155 per night -- double occupancy

$165 per night -- triple occupancy

$175 per night -- quadruple occupancy


Attendees should contact the hotel directly to reserve a room through this link or by calling the Houstonian at 800.231.2759 and asking for the New Leaders Council group rate. [Click here to book your hotel room]


Please note that this property primarily has King rooms with a sofa bed.  Please keep that in mind as your make your reservations and arrangements with roommates.


When should I book my hotel room?

Attendees should book their room prior to June 23 to lock in the discounted rate.  After June 23, NLC cannot guarantee the rates listed above. [Click here to book your hotel room]


Do I have to stay at the Houstonian?

No, but you lose a piece of the experience when you are not onsite all day. NLC will not be providing or reimbursing any transportation from other hotels to the Houstonian. Those costs would be absorbed by the individual.


I want to share a room, but don’t have a roommate. What should I do?

First you should speak with your Chapter leadership regarding who from your Chapter is attending.  Often times you can coordinate with other attendees from your home chapter. NLC has created a google forum to meet other attendees.  Please join the forum here and post if you are looking for a roommate. Please note, splitting payment for hotel rooms is managed by individuals and not by the organization.  




Which airports are in Houston?

Houston has two major airports that service the city: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).


How far is the airport to the Houstonian?

IAH is roughly a 30 minute drive North from the Houstonian; HOU is roughly 30 minutes Southeast from the Houstonian.


Will there be transportation from the airport?

At this time, attendees should arrange their own transportation from IAH or HOU.  The Houstonian does not have an airport shuttle. Should NLC add a shuttle, we will directly inform registered attendees in June. Uber, Lyft … are all present.  Please refer to the airports’ website for additional information on ground transportation.


What airlines fly into each airport?

The following airlines fly into IAH: American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Spirit and United, along with many international airlines.

The following airlines fly into HOB: American Airlines, Delta, jetBlue, Southwest and ViaAir.


When should I arrive in Houston?

Programming will start at 11:30 AM on Thursday, July 19th at the Houstonian.  Attendees should look for flights early on Thursday to ensure they don’t miss any of the action.  For those who wish to come in on Wednesday, you should book your hotel room directly with the Houstonian as we have not reserved rooms under the block for that night.  


When should I schedule my flight home?

Official programming will end at 11 AM on Sunday, July 22.  For those interested in staying additional nights, you should book your hotel room directly with the Houstonian as we have not reserved rooms under the block beyond Saturday night.


Planning to drive?

We will have a limited number of day parking passes.  These will be reserved for the Houston chapters and speakers. Please note, no free parking at The Houstonian will be available for guests staying at other hotels.


Convention Logistics


What should I wear during NLC Convention?

Daytime sessions and Thursday night Welcome Reception are business attire.  The Saturday night Awards Gala is cocktail attire. Since the Sunday morning brunch is poolside, casual attire is appropriate.  


I have dietary restrictions.  How can I ensure that there will be food I can eat?

As we near the NLC Convention, all registered attendees will receive an entrance survey where they can provide dietary restrictions.  NLC will do its absolute best to ensure that we meet those restrictions, but the onus is on the individual to inform the organization of those restrictions and allergies as meals will be ordered in advance and for those who have identified.


Are there evening activities during Convention?

NLC Convention is known for its after hour events, whether it is our Caucus Coalition Reception or impromptu karaoke, attendees have fun both during the day and at night.  The All Access Pass includes access to the Thursday Welcome Reception and the Saturday Awards Gala. The NLC Caucus Coalition -- Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, Rural Caucus, LatinX Caucus, and Pride Caucus -- will host a party on Friday evening for all attendees.  The local Houston team will also have an after hour gathering for attendees after the Awards Gala on Saturday night.


When will an agenda be available?

As speakers are set, NLC will publish the agenda.  Please return to the NLC Convention site for further updates.


Will there be access to gender inclusive bathrooms?

Attendees are encouraged to utilize the restrooms they are most comfortable with on the main conference floor.  These will be gender inclusive bathrooms.


I am a 2018-2019 Chapter Director, what do I need to do to prepare for NLC Convention?

Check out FAQ specifically for 2018-2019 Chapter Directors


Costs and Payment


How much does NLC Convention cost?

An All Access Pass for NLC Convention is $300 and includes all NLC Convention programming on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Thursday Welcome Reception, Saturday Awards Gala, and Sunday brunch.  


To see pricing for limited networking passes and ala carte events as well as fees and our refund policy please check here. [Click here to register]



Are there any subsidies for costs and how does the Community Fund work?

NLC provides limited subsidies for our most senior volunteers (Chapter Directors). Individual chapters may have set aside funds in their local budgets.  Please speak to your local Chapter Directors for more information. Please note that these funds may only be applied to room costs at the Houstonian and not airfare, other travel incidentals or registration, unless otherwise noted by your local chapter leadership.


Additionally, NLC is debuting a Community Fund.  During checkout, attendees have the option of donating $15 to the Community Fund to offset the costs for community members to attend NLC Convention.  [Click here to register] Community Funds will go to offset hotel room costs on a need-basis for those who are contributing to NLC or the NLC Convention at a deeper level, i.e. local Executive Board members, Spark! Talk presenters, community presenters, etc.  More details on how to apply for these funds will be released at a later date. [Click here to register]


Can my local Chapter pay for me to attend NLC Convention?

Many chapters have set aside money in their discretionary budgets to support chapter members in attending NLC Convention. Please check with your local chapter leadership on their local application process.


I am receiving assistance from my chapter, what are my next steps?

All local chapter assistance will be used to offset Houstonian hotel room costs for NLC Convention.  Therefore, if you are chosen to receive assistance by your local leadership team, you must still register for NLC Retreat for an All Access Pass. [Click here to register]


All those receiving assistance through their local teams (not Chapter Directors) must still reserve their own room directly through the hotel in the same process as all attendees.  Instructions on transferring that reservation or applying assistance will be supplied closer to NLC Convention. [Click here to book your hotel room]


Additionally, all community members receiving any assistance for NLC Convention will be required to sign an Memorandum of Understanding with New Leaders Council affirming that their assistance is contingent on complete attendance at NLC Convention programming.  That will be supplied closer to NLC Convention. Information on what complete attendance is will be provided at the same time as the document.


What is included in the cost of NLC Convention?

The All Access Pass provides attendees with full access to the NLC Convention including programming on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including a grab and go breakfast and lunch; the Thursday Welcome Reception, including light hors d'oeuvres, Saturday Awards Gala, including dinner, and Sunday brunch.