The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) invites you to its 37th Annual Legislative Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is "PROGRESS: Moving Our States Forward Through Policy Action".

This year's conference features a multitude of presentations and discussions all aimed at addressing current legislative issues in our communities.

The event gives you the chance to:
  • Participate in educational sessions on a variety of issue areas;
  • Converse and network with leading policy makers, state and federal officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders;
  • Hear powerful speakers and dynamic thought leaders; and
  • Voice your concerns regarding leading issues in your community.


YOUTH CONGRESS DAY LUNCHEON

Dr. Dennis Rahiim WatsonDr. Dennis Rahiim Watson
Motivational Speaker
 
CeCe WinansCeCe Winans
Grammy Award-Winning International Recording Artist
 

OPENING PLENARY BREAKFAST & HUMANITARIAN AWARD

John Hope BryantJohn Hope Bryant
CEO and Founder, Operation HOPE
 

BENJAMIN S. RUFFIN CORPORATE ROUND TABLE LUNCHEON

Interviewer:

Melanie ShelbyMelanie Shelby
Managing Director
Gray, Greer, Shelby, & Vaughn, LLC
 

Interviewee:

Shannon A. BrownShannon A. Brown
Senior Vice President / Chief HR and Diversity Officer
FedEx Express
 

PRAYER BREAKFAST & MEMORIAL SERVICE

Reverend Keith NormanReverend Keith Norman
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church - Broad
 

NOBEL/WOMEN’S BREAKFAST

Lynn WhitfieldLynn Whitfield
Emmy Award-Winning Actress

CLOSING PLENARY

Moderator:

Roland S. MartinRoland S. Martin
Award-winning Journalist and Political Analyst
 

Panelists:

Thomas PerezThe Honorable Thomas Perez
U.S. Secretary of Labor
 
Doug BlackmonDoug Blackmon
Author, Pulitzer-Prize Winner
Slavery By Another Name
 
Lucia McBathLucia McBath
Mother of Jordan Russell Davis
National Spokesperson
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
 
Tamika MalloryTamika Mallory
Former Executive Director
National Action Network
 
Kim McCrayKim McCray
Executive Director
Trayvon Martin Foundation
 

AFRICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE STAFF COORDINATING COMMITTEE LUNCHEON (STAFF ONLY)

D'Army BaileyD’Army Bailey
Civil Rights Activist, Attorney, Author, Actor and Retired Circuit Court Judge, Founding Member of the National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel - Memphis
Mr. Lance Brown
Executive Director
The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy

Ms. Lisa Calderón
Executive Director
Denver Community Re-entry Project

Dr. George Cooper
Executive Director
White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Mr. Roscoe Dixon
Former Tennessee State Senator, 33rd Legislative District
Former Chair, NBCSL Health and Human Services Policy Committee

Mr. Wayne Ford
Founder and Executive Director, Urban Dreams, Inc.
Former Iowa State Representative, 71st Legislative District

Mr. Charles Griffin
Vice President of Operations
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis

Mr. Anton Gunn
Director of External Affairs
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Honorable Jeff Hayden
Minnesota State Senator, 62nd Legislative District

Mr. Herbert Hilliard
Vice Chairman
Tennessee Regulatory Authority

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young
Acting Administrator of Agricultural Research Service
Associate Administrator for National Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mr. Richard Jerome
Manager, Public Safety Performance Project
Pew Center on the States

Mr. Corey Johns
Executive Director
Connected Tennessee

Dr. Latif Lighari
Associate Dean of Extension College of Agriculture
Tennessee State University

Mr. Herman Morris
City Attorney
City of Memphis

Ms. Hilda Pinnix-Ragland
Vice President
Corporate Public Affairs
Duke Energy

Mr. Paul Phelan
Government Relations Manager, Western District
Tennessee Valley Authority

Mr. Derrick Schofield
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Correction

Ms. Stephanie Teatro
Director of Advocacy
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRCC)

The Honorable Geraldine Thompson
Florida State Senator, 12th Legislative District

The Honorable Sharon Tomiko Santos
Washington State Representative, 37th Legislative District
Chair, National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators (NAPACSL)

Mr. Charles Traughber
Retired Chairman
Tennessee Board of Parole

The Honorable J.C. Watts
Founder and Chairman
J.C. Watts Companies
Former United States Congressman (R-OK)

Ms. Hedy Weinberg
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Tennessee

The Honorable A.C. Wharton
Mayor
City of Memphis

Mr. Robert Wimmer
Director
Energy & Environmental Research, Technical & Regulatory Affairs
Toyota
Joan Jenkins
BCBC, Nashville

Ernest Jones
Western Mental Health, Bolivar

Roger Pursley
CEO
Western Mental Health, Bolivar

Bishop William Young and Pastor Diane Young
The Healing Center – Memphis, TN

Mr. William “Bill” Cheeks
President
ABBA Associates, Inc. – Atlanta, GA

Mr. Robbie Stokes, Jr
CEO/Founder
Stokes Consulting Group – Columbia, SC