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2009 National Urban League Conference

More Than 4,000 People Converge in Chicago; Influential Thought Leaders, Experts, and Celebrities Expected to Attend Power-Packed Conference

WHAT: The 2009 National Urban League Conference.

WHERE: McCormick Place Convention Center, West Building, Chicago

WHEN: July 29 – Aug. 1

The 2009 National Urban League Conference in Chicago will give attendees everything they need to find personal and professional success in these challenging economic times.

Themed “The Path to Power,” influential business, community and political thought leaders from around the country will participate to offer valued advice and insight. Everyone who attends the conference will leave with the resources and inspiration they need to succeed on their own path to power. 

Power-packed plenary sessions include: The Path to Power, The State of Black America and 21st Century Now Leadership for a “NOW” Generation; workshops cover important topics like tips on preventing foreclosure; how to invest in a challenging economy; how to take advantage of the new “green” economy; the importance of being counted in the 2010 Census and building America’s workforce and how to save our children.

The NUL Experience Expo & Career Fair is the largest ever and FREE to the public. Hundreds of recruiters will participate in the career fair to speak with perspective employers for available jobs. There will be opportunities for resume critiques, one-on-one career coaching sessions and tips on job searches. The Women’s Black Expo will be on the exhibit hall floor and will provide entertainment for the main stage including Dru Hill. Attendees can also attend various zones to get financial and health information; get health screenings, experience the latest in technology devices and tips on being “green.” 

Noted participants include: CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Roland Martin, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, MSNBC political correspondent Michelle Bernard, EPA Administrator Lisa Perez, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, HGTV’s Kim Myles, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and many others.

National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, who is available for interviews throughout the conference, will kick off this important event with an inspirational keynote address on the evening of July 29. 


See Schedule Below for Times


             WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.               Registration Open

                                                Location:  McCormick Place Convention Center, W-183 A,B,C –Level 1 

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.               Pre-Conference  


                                                     Meetings/Training for Urban League affiliate presidents, Board Chairpersons and Guild Presidents

 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.             Joint Urban League Leadership Luncheon for presidents and chairpersons of Urban Leagues, and Guilds and Young Professionals chapte r Presidents


                                                Sponsored by: MetLife                                                



                                                Presiding:  Warren E. Logan, Jr., 2nd Vice President, Association of Executives

                                                Speaker:    William C. Bell, President/CEO, Casey Family Programs

                                                Remarks:   Paris M. Lewis, Senior Financial Executive, MetLife

                                                                   John D. Hofmeister, Chairman, National Urban League

                                                            Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

         Location: Hilton Chicago, Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.            State of the Urban League Address (Keynote Session)

                                                Sponsored By: Altria and Sprint     

                                                Speaker: Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League 

                                                Presiding: John D. Hofmeister, Chairman, National Urban League                                               

                                                Remarks: Stephanie E. DeKemper, Vice President of Diversity and Special Projects,

                                                           Centene Corporation

                                                                Don Thompson, President, McDonald’s USA                                               

                                                Location:  Apostolic Church of God 

                                                                                Shuttle buses will be provided from hotels

                                                8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.             President’s Reception (Invitation Only)

                                                Sponsored By: Nissan and Nationwide; Wine/Spirits Sponsor-Moet Hennessy USA 

                                                Remarks: Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League 

                                                                 Stephanie Valdez Streaty, Senior Manager, Philanthropy & Diversity

                                                            Communications, Nissan North America, Inc.:                                                                 

                                                                  Gale King, Executive Vice President, Nationwide Insurance

                                          Location: Field Museum, Stanley Hall- Upper Level – present invitation for entry

                                                               Shuttle buses will be provided from convention center

                         8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.           Welcome Reception-Hosted by Chicago Urban League

                                                Sponsored By:  Target

                                                 Location: The Field Museum – Level 1                                           

                                                                                Shuttle buses will be provided from convention center

                                                    THURSDAY, JULY 30

                           7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.            Healthy Start Morning Fitness Workout (Fitness attire required)

                                                Sponsored By: The TJX Companies, Inc.   

                                                Remarks:  TJX Representative 



                                               Location: Hilton Chicago, Waldorf Room, 3rd Floor

                                               Fitness Trainers: Sean & Maria Armstead, Phenomenal Fitness

                                               7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.               National Council of Urban League Guilds Family Breakfast

                                                Sponsored By: North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

                                               Presiding: Michelle Crockett, President, National Council of Urban League Guilds

                                               Remarks: James Speed, President, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

                                              Location: McCormick Place Convention Center, W-184 A,B,C,D   

                    8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.               Registration Open  

                                                Location:  McCormick Place Convention Center, W-183 A,B,C-Level 1  

                  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.           Plenary Session I   




                                                The Path to Power



                                                Sponsored By: Sprint   

                                                Moderator: Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League


                                  The Honorable Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle and President, US Conference of Mayors

                                                   Janet Murguia, President & CEO, National Council of LaRaza

                           Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Council for Asian Pacific American

                         Community Development (NCAPACD)  

                  Benjamin T. Jealous, Pres & CEO, NAACP.

                          John Payton, Pres & Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

                  Ralph Reid, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility& President, Sprint



                                                 The Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network

                                                 Christopher Gardner, CEO, Christopher Gardner International Holdings  

                                                Cheryle R. Jackson, President, Chicago Urban League

                                                Faye Wattleton, President, Center for the Advancement of Women

                                                 Robert L. Johnson, Founder and Chairman, The RLJ Companies

                                                 Harriette Cole, Acting Editor in Chief and Creative Director, Ebony Magazine


                          10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Exhibit Hall/Career Fair Opening

                                                Career Fair Sponsored By: ServiceMaster, Adecco; Allstate; W.W. Grainger; and Travelers Insurance  

                                Remarks: Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

                 Stephanie E. DeKemper, Vice President of Diversity & Special Projects,      Centene Corporation

                                                                Bill Whitman, Vice President, U.S. Communications, McDonalds USA

                                                                Mike Isakson President & COO, ServiceMaster Clean 

                                                Location: McCormick Place Convention Center, Hall F1-Level 3


                             10:30 a.m. – 12 noon            Concurrent Workshops

n – 2:0                    12 noon -2:00 p.m.              Business Luncheon   

                                                Sponsored By: Bank of America; McDonald’s Corporation; MetLife; PepsiCo;



                                                Shell Oil Company                                               

                                                Speaker: Kenneth D. Lewis, CEO & President, Bank of America                                               

                                                Remarks: The Hon. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

                                                  Nancy Lane, Founder, National Urban League Black Executive Exchange    

                                         Program (BEEP) (on its 40th Anniversary)

                                                  Harry Coaxum, Vice President & General Manager, Atlantic Region,

                                            McDonald’s USA

                                                 Vhonda Ridley, Vice President, Human Resources, MetLife

                                                Maurice Cox, Vice President of Diversity, PepsiCo, Inc.

                                                Francene Young, Vice President, US Diversity and Talent, Shell Oil Co.

                                                Tim Maloney, Illinois President, Bank of America

                                                Martha E. McGannon 

                                                Business Pioneer Award Recipient: John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman & CEO

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