Press Release

NAACP Announces 13th Annual Leadership 500 Summit in Hollywood, Florida

August 31, 2017

Social change, Professional Development, and Community Leadership to be on Agenda

BALTIMORE (August 31, 2017) – The NAACP will host its 13thAnnual Leadership 500 (L500) Summit beginning Thursday, August 31st through Saturday, September 2nd in Hollywood, Florida. 

Themed, “Breaking Barriers and Leading the future,” the summit is an opportunity for professionals across the finance, education, politics, legal, healthcare, environmental and social justice sectors to convene and develop initiatives that will foster progressive social change and advocacy across the country.

Poised to attend the summit and speak at the “Re-Imagine the NAACP” Working Luncheon is Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “This year’s summit lands at a turning point in both the history of our Association, and of our country as a whole,” Johnson said, “We are combatting threats to our civil liberties, both old and new, and it will take a coalition of industries and professionals, such as the L500, to move the needle in our journey towards a society that promotes equality, justice, and environmentally sustainability. The NAACP is duly committed to these principles, and will continue to uplift the L500 as we work together to achieve these goals.”

The three day summit will consist of a series of panels and discussions on the role of faith leaders in the civil rights movement, the work of the NAACP, strategies for personal and professional development, and resources on how attendees can give back to their respective communities. 

Guest speakers will include Empowerment Speaker, Life Strategist, Life Strategist and Author of Exponential Living – Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are, Sheri Riley, author and physician, Dr. Lisa Ashe, wellness coach and author of the book, “Mentally Fit, Physically Strong: the Fit Doc’s Guide to Real Life, Real Fitness, Real Health,” Dr. Michele Reed, and financial expert and media personality, Deborah Owens. 

The event will take place, thanks in part to sponsorship by Lilly, PhRMA, Coca-Cola, TJX Companies, UAW, and Pfizer. 

The summit is a closed, invite-only event, but those interested in joining the L500 in the future may contact Rachel Johnson at Visit for a detailed schedule and additional information. 

About the L500

Leadership 500 is the premier conference and networking event for Executives, Educators, Managers, and Thought Leaders and for those aspiring to be leaders in the corporate, non-profit, health, and government sectors. Leadership 500 was founded for the purpose of developing leaders through direct engagement, seminars and networking events designed to inspire, educate and motivate the next generation of leaders.

Since its inception in 2005, Leadership 500 has served as a fertile training ground for leadership development, professional networking, partnerships and effective civil rights and social justice advocacy for more than 4,000 mid-level professionals who have attended the Summit. They have returned to their respective professions in the public and private sector, empowered as leaders, to contribute in a meaningful way to their place of business and to their respective community.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting