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National Urban League Conference in Columbus August 1-4

The 2018 National Urban League Conference that will take place in Columbus, Ohio, from August 1st to August 4th, 2018.

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg will participate along with numerous business leaders, politicians, celebrities and national and local community leaders, as well as Marc Morial, the CEO and President of the National Urban League.

Over 20K are expected in Columbus!

The conference is one of the largest gatherings of thought leaders in business, politics, entertainment and community engagement in the US, where attendees and participants discuss needed change, bring services and resources to the conference host city, and where they plan to implement solutions for changes that are needed in cities across the country.



10:15AM-10:45AM | Opening Press Conference Officials from National Urban League & Columbus Urban League.

12PM-1:30PM | Opening Conference Luncheon with Facebook CEO, Sheryl Sandberg and National Urban League CEO and President, Marc Morial.

6:30PM-8:30PM | State of the Urban League Address.

Rousing welcome and conference kick-off address to attendees, sponsors and Columbus residents from Marc Morial, National Urban League President and CEO; National and Local leaders in business, entertainment and community and civic engagement on hand; Lots of Music and Visuals.


8:30AM-10:30AM | Opening Plenary | Beyond the Hashtag: From Online Activism to Offline Change.

Tarana Burke, Founder, #MeToo Movement; April Reign, Senior Creator, #OscarsSoWhite; Tamika D. Mallory, Nat’l Co-Chair for the Women’s March; Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter.

11:00AM-11:15AM | THE N.U.L. Experience EXPO HALL Opening & Ribbon Cutting.

Career Fair & Networking Fair, Empowerment Stage w/celeb performances), Health Zone (FREE Medical/Dental screenings), Volunteer Zone (service project), Celebrity Hot Spot (celeb talks and performances: music artists; TV/Film actors); Expo Hall (hundreds of exhibits), many FREE events and activities, cash prizes, community gifts; Google Exhibit National, first ever unveiling.

11:00AM-5PM | TechConnect: The Technology Conference within the National Urban League Conference.

12:30PM-2:30PM | Women of Power Luncheon HONORING JUDY SMITH (Real Life Olivia Pope of TVs Scandal) and TARANA BURKE, founder of the #MeToo Movement.

4:00PM-5:30PM | Plenary #2: Civic Engagement & Voting: Transforming American Cities.

Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder/President, National Action Network; host, MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” | Marc Morial, Pres. & CEO National Urban League | Honorable Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC | President, US Conference of Mayors Honorable Randall Woodfin | Mayor of Birmingham, AL The Honorable Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and President, Our Revolution.


7:00AM-8:15AM | Early Morning Plenary: Driving an Inclusive Economic Empowerment Strategy in Our Nation’s Cities: How 4 Cities are Making it a Reality. Panel members from 4 cities will share best practices for investing in strategies, to achieve inclusive growth and innovation, so cities can lead the way as models of urban inclusive economic development.

8:30AM-10:30AM | Plenary #3: No Ceilings on Success: The Politics and Practices of Urban Education. Moderator: David J. Johns, M.A., Exec. Dir., National Black Justice Coalition.

  • Michael V. Drake, MD, President, The Ohio State University
  • Shannon G. Hardin, Council President, Columbus City Council
  • Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education (AQENY)
  • Honorable John B. King, Jr., former Education Secretary; Pres & CEO, Education Trust
  • Dr. Aminta H. Breaux, President, Bowie State University
  • Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President, Howard University
  • Howard L. Fuller, Ph.D., Marquette University
  • James L. Moore, III, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer at The Ohio State University
  • Erika McConduit, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

11:00AM-5PM | THE N.U.L. Experience EXPO HALL.

Career Fair & Networking Fair: including FREE LinkedIn headshots taken & resume help, Empowerment Stage (discussions, workshops, celeb performances), Health Zone (FREE Medical & Dental screenings), Volunteer Zone (service project), Celebrity Hot Spot (celeb talks and performances: music artists; TV and Film actors); Expo Hall (hundreds of exhibits), many FREE events and activities, cash prizes, community gifts; Victoria’s Secret, PINK and Bath & Body Works Shopping Experiences; Google Exhibit.

11:00AM-5PM | TechConnect: The Technology Conference within the National Urban League Conference.

Speakers include:

  • Ahmaad Crump (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Michael Bivins (New Edition—launching clothing line)
  • Colby Tyner (Urban One Radio)
  • Howard Wright (former NBA player, VP of Global Business at Intel)
  • Dhani Jones (former NFL player, Qey Capital, Bowtie Cause)
  • Miko Branch (Miss Jessie’s)
  • J. Alexander Martin (FUBU founder)
  • Carlton Brown (FUBU founder)

2:30PM-4:30PM | Plenary #4: Ctrl, Alt, Delete: Shutting Down Tech’s Racial Gap.

For as long as there has been a tech industry, black people have made significant contributions. We are not just buyers; we’re also inventors! However, statistics reveal a very discouraging fact, which is minorities are depreciated in tech. This session will discuss why there is such a wide racial disparity gap in the tech profession and ways in which we can fix it.

Panelists include:

  • Brandon Andrews, Consulting Producer for “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome”
  • Angel Rich, Founder, Credit Stacker App; ‎Founder and CEO, ‎The Wealth Factor
  • Kevin L. Boyce, Commissioner, Franklin County Board (OH)
  • Ruben Harris, Co-Founder of Breaking into Startups
  • Allison Jones, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Code2040
  • Will Lucas, Founder and CEO, A William Lucas Company (AWLCo); Founder/CEO, CREADIO

7:30PM-10:00PM |WHITNEY M. YOUNG, JR. AWARDS GALA. Mix with celebs, politicians, business leaders, urban league leadership.


Business workshops all day.


For more information contact: Judi Durand – – 703.725.6017

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