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Overview of First Institute Weekend

We kicked off our 2016 Institute last weekend and welcomed a class of 16 incredible new Fellows to the NLC Capital District Family. It was an action-packed weekend, opened by our Co-Chairs, Alejandra Diaz and David Rozen who provided an overview of the history, values and goals of NLC. 

We were thrilled to have Raj Goomer and Rob Houston back again this year as our Life Entrepreneurship trainers for the weekend. Using NLC’s national curriculum, Raj and Rob encouraged the Fellows to examine their values and goals. They led the group in activities including sharing the experiences that led each Fellow to where they are today and envisioning their lives 10 years into the future. These activities were a highlight for several Fellows including Jasmine Clemons who said, “My favorite activity was the sharing of our 10 year vision…it is a very vulnerable and scary thing to share bold dreams with others, especially a group of people that you just met. But hearing what everyone envisioned for themselves and the support provided from everyone in the room was awesome.”

We were also fortunate to have several inspiring speakers with us during the weekend including Barbara Smith, a leader in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States, who led a discussion on progressive values. Jacqualine Lombardo, an attorney and Chief Operating Officer of Twill, an Albany-based buy-one-donate-one blanket company, shared her local story of entrepreneurship with progressive roots. 2015 NLC Capital District Fellow Lesley Adewunmi introduced the capstone project and shared with the Fellows how her capstone project encouraged her to make major entrepreneurial changes in her life.  

2016 Fellow Jonathan Richardson reflected on the weekend saying, "The first NLC weekend was great! This was awesome motivation to start the year strong. The best part about the weekend was meeting the other fellows finally. Everyone is talented and skilled in their own ways and bring unique perspectives and strengths to the table. I'm looking forward to learning with them and working together on NLC projects."

Atlanta - Augusta - Austin - Boston - Broward - Capital District NY - Chicago - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Connecticut - Dallas - Denver - Des Moines
Detroit - Houston - Kentucky - Los Angeles - Louisiana - Madison - Maine - Maryland - Miami - Montana - Nashville - New Hampshre - New Jersey - New York City
North Carolina - Oakland - Omaha - Orlando - Palm Beach - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Rhode Island - Sacramento - San Antonio - San Francisco - Silicon Valley