Frequently Asked Questions
About NLC Convention
What should I expect during 2020 NLC National Convention?
This summer, nearly 400 community influencers, change agents, and next-generation leaders will gather in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection to hone their skills, share ideas and inspirations, and cultivate a sense of community and connection that will drive their work for the year to come.
Why should I attend NLC National Convention?
Often referred to as the most inspirational event in the NLC calendar, attendees first and foremost network and learn from one another. Many attendees say this is the first time they recognized the impact that the national network can have on their personal and professional lives. With an expected attendance of 400 progressive millennials from across the country, this will be one of the year’s largest gatherings of rising generational and progressive leaders.
Who is welcome to attend NLC National Convention?
As an inclusive community, NLC National Convention is open to progressive leaders. All interested parties are encouraged to attend, learn from the national progressive community and dive into the issues and priorities that affect the Millennial generation.
When and where will NLC National Convention be held?
The 2020 NLC National Convention will be held from August 6-8, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. While events will occur throughout the City of Philadelphia, the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City is our official host hotel.
Where else will events for NLC National Convention occur?
Thursday Chapter Director session will take place at the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Hall, 1803 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
When should I arrive in Philadelphia?
What is included in the cost of NLC National Convention?
The All Access Pass provides attendees with full access to the NLC National Convention including programming on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including a grab and go breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday; and NLC Awards Gala, including dinner.
How should I reserve my hotel for NLC National Convention?
What are the best transportation options to get to the NLC National Convention?
What airlines fly into PHL?
The following airlines fly into PHL: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Alaska, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta, Frontier, Icelandair, Jetblue, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, and United.
How do I get from the PHL to the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City?
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides train service between Center City and the Airport on the Airport Regional Rail Line. Trains run every 30 minutes and operate from 4:52 am to 11:52 pm (Center City to Airport) and from 5:07 am to 12:30 am (Airport to Center City).
How do I get from the 30th Street Station to the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City?
Attendees can take the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Market Frankfort Line towards Frankfort to 15th Street Station. The Doubletree is a .4 mile walk from the 15th Street Station. Or attendees can transfer to the Southbound (towards NRG Station) Broad Street line (Orange line) and exit at Walnut/Locust. The Doubletree is a .1 mile walk from the Walnut/Locust station.
When should I schedule my travel home?
Official programming will end in the evening of Saturday, August 8, with most guests departing in the afternoon of August 9.
Can I drive?
I have dietary restrictions. How can I ensure that there will be food I can eat?
As we near the NLC National 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 National Convention is known for its after hour events, attendees have fun both during the day and at night. The All Access Pass includes access to Thursday Offsite Adventures, programming on Friday and Saturday, and the NLC Awards dinner. The NLC Convention Logistics Committee is working on other opportunities for engagement and after-hour activities for attendees.
When will an agenda be available?
Will there be access to gender inclusive bathrooms?
NLC will make every effort to ensure that there are gender inclusive bathrooms throughout the Convention. Attendees are encouraged to utilize the restrooms they are most comfortable with.
I am a PY 21 (July 2020 - June 2021) Chapter Director, National Programs Committee Member, National Diversity Committee Member or Caucus Coalition Chair, what do I need to do to prepare for NLC National Convention?
Costs and Payment
How much does NLC National Convention cost?
Through April 30, NLC is offering an Early Bird Convention rate of $275. From May 1 - June 30, general all-access passes will be available for $325. Late registration begins on July 1 at $375 and then last minute registration will be $425 starting on August 1.
I can no longer attend. What is NLC’s refund policy for National Convention registration?
Are there any scholarships to cover costs?
New Leaders Council will develop a scholarship program for NLC alumni and fellows to apply for full registration support for Convention. In January of 2020, a Committee of NLC volunteer and staff leadership will form to determine the application, criteria, and selection process for the NLC Convention scholarship program. Scholarships will be provided for full registration support and be determined on the basis of need and merit.
Can my local Chapter pay for me to attend NLC National Convention?
Many chapters have set aside money in their discretionary budgets to support chapter members in attending NLC National Convention. Please note Chapter-level funds may only be applied to room costs at the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City and not airfare, other travel incidentals or registration. All registration sponsors will be handled through the national scholarship process (see above).
I am receiving assistance from my chapter, what are my next steps?
All local chapter assistance will be used to offset Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center CIty hotel room costs for NLC National 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.
What is a Spark! Talk?
Spark! Talks are a fast-paced presentation where a speaker gets 5 minutes to share their thoughts and viewpoints. Each presenter is accompanied by 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds, allowing speakers to be prepared, concise and thoughtful. This format allows NLC Convention attendees to learn about your passions and community involvement in a quick and informative way.
How do I present a Spark! Talk?
NLC Convention Spark! Talks are highly competitive, with often only 25 percent of applicants chosen to share their Spark! Talk at Convention. Applicants should take the application process seriously and thoughtfully.
If chosen, do I receive compensation or free NLC Convention registration?
All Spark! Talk presenters must pay their own way to NLC Convention, including registration fees. This is an opportunity to promote yourself and should see this as an opportunity to advance your own development.