YP L.E.A.D.S. "Stronger United than Divided"

July 25, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
The Indiana Convention Center // Room 120

Young Professionals L.E.A.D. Summit

Equal parts professional development and community action, YP L.E.A.D.S. is a three-day summit created and led by National Urban League Young Professionals (ages 21-40).  The summit aims to empower young people to create positive change by connecting them with business leaders, policymakers, and, most importantly, each other.  Expect engaging plenaries and insightful forums, networking, and social events – all geared toward the young leaders of the Urban League Movement. 

This year, the National Urban League Young Professionals are celebrating their 20th anniversary.  Their year-long celebration culminates at the annual conference under the theme – THE HOMECOMING – with special events throughout the conference to mark the occasion.    

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Moderator: Selena Hill, Award-Winning Multimedia Journalist; Digital Editor, Black Enterprise

Ciji Townsend,
Creator of Balanced Not Busy, former President, Greater Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals
Marquise S. Hunt, Chairman, NAACP National Youth and College Task Force & Member, NAACP National Youth Work Committee
The Honorable Dr. Wes Bellamy, Charlottesville City Councilman, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Code, Too
The Honorable Angelia Allen, Member, Portsmouth City School Board and former ULHRYP ELT Member
Shanise Williams, Virginia State Organizer, Black Voters Matter Fund

“We are stronger united than divided!” Historically, that motto has proved both a worthy sentiment and a powerful strategy in the fight for justice – and in 2019, it has never had more resonance. The challenges for today’s communities of color looking to build unity from within go beyond race. Generational and ideological differences left unaddressed sow conflict, division, and misunderstanding. How do we forge sustainable coalitions that engage the Gen Z to the Baby Boomers in ways the value differences yet mobilize with purpose? This session brings together generational leaders who walk the walk. Sharing their unique experiences and insights, panelists will discuss strategies for coalition building, balancing shared values, and the importance of generational activism, engagement, and cultural awareness. Best of all, learn how you can take the point and be the catalyst organizer in your community! United, undivided, unstoppable!