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National Leadership Summit

NEA's annual National Leadership Summit helps to develop activist leaders and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead relevant, thriving associations and to lead in their professions. Our unified, strategic, and interdisciplinary approach to leadership development reinforces and supports key leadership competencies in seven strategic areas.

The 2021 Virtual NEA National Leadership Summit Recap

Leadership Summit Speakers 2021. L to R: MacLean, Perry, Barber

On March 12-14, nearly 2,000 educators signed up and participated in NEA’s first ever virtual National Leadership Summit. The lineup of impressive keynote speakers included:

  • Nancy Maclean, historian, professor, and author of Democracy in Chains: The deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America.
  • Dr. Andre Perry, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.
  • Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, president and senior lecturer at Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Other Summit participants included:

  • 2021 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Takeru Nagayoshi
  • Mecca Verdell, youth poet
  • Natalie Acosta, youth organizer with Voces de la Frontera
  • Malcolm Jamal Warner, actor, director, musician, and producer

National Leadership Summit Virtual Attendee Hub

The National Leadership Summit Virtual Attendee Hub is still open. Registered participants can login and view plenaries, sessions, and access other content.

We hope you will join us for the next NEA National Leadership Summit, March 11-13, 2022

Karen White
Every one of our members is inherently a leader. Our job is to help them live out their passion.
Quote by: Karen White, NEA Deputy Executive Director
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