We are just a mere 37 days away from our annual convention. Thank you for registering for the 2012 Convention & Career Fair in mass numbers, thank you for helping us sell out every inch of our convention exhibit space, and thank you for booking those hotel rooms – we are almost sold out!
We will celebrate our 37th Annual Convention & Career Fair in my hometown, New Orleans, La., June 20-24.
As you know, our convention is earlier this year than usual, and we will not be part of the UNITY Convention. The decision to leave UNITY was a hard one. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for supporting NABJ and supporting what promises to be a successful convention.
Our Convention planning team has been hard at work to bring you one of the best conventions to date. Our annual convention is an invaluable opportunity to receive thousands of dollars worth of training through our workshops and learning labs, a chance to reconnect with your friends and colleagues from across the country, and a time to kick back and relax in the Big Easy!
We are planning a diverse mix of programming, a robust career fair and, of course, an exciting evening of entertainment each day. We are organizing not one, but two concerts during convention week that will feature popular music artists. And to do our part to help a city that still is coming back after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, our community service projects -NABJ Builds and NABJ Reads- will allow members to continue to give hope to the men, women and children of New Orleans.
This year’s invited guests include President Barack Obama, the likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the family of Trayvon Martin, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecille Richards, movie director Spike Lee, comedians Cedric the Entertainer and Neicy Nash, actress Vanessa Williams, as well as Food Network personalities The Neelys, and a host of others.
Also expect to see: Melissa Harris-Perry, Pierre Thomas, Soledad O’Brien, TJ Holmes, Byron Pitts, Suzanne Malveaux, Gwen Ifill, Michele Norris, Stan Verrett, Michelle Miller, Arthel Neville, Alicia Quarles, Stephen A. Smith, and many more.
Now you see why we are excited to host our 2012 convention!
Look for airfare specials, convention scholarship information and other convention savings on our Website, www.nabj.org, Facebook, Twitter and in e-mail blasts. Please don’t hesitate to share information you find.
I am counting on more members to register before the MAY 15th Pre-Registration DEADLINE and contribute to support their colleagues who want to attend the convention but don’t have the means. Don’t forget to book your room at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel. Again, the hotel has very few rooms left, call and book yours today if you have not already.
Please reach out to your colleagues that are UNITY alliance partner members. We would like to offer a special rate to our UNITY friends to join us in New Orleans! Additional information on that rate can be found by clicking here.
I strongly suggest that you get to New Orleans in time to enjoy some very exciting events we have in store on Opening Day, June 20, including our opening reception and concert, powered by BET. You don’t want to miss this year’s convention and all that it has to offer!
We need your help to ensure this convention is a success. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.
Thank you for all that you do for NABJ.
Gregory Lee Jr.
National Association of Black Journalists