NAACP Hosts Upcoming Leadership 500 Summit in Arizona

Gathering will set agenda, create continuing network of nation’s emerging leaders

is the theme of the 4th Annual NAACP Leadership 500 Summit, being held at the Phoenician Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona May 22-25. Participants will attend two and a half days of workshops, interactive panel discussions and facilitated general sessions led by prominent private sector, non-profit, corporate and community leaders.

Leadership 500 workshop topics will explore issues of economic parity and wealth creation; civil rights; health and wellness as a business imperative; early childhood education; and the status of African American women in today’s society. The complex issues of race, class, gender and religion in America will be examined in a Town Hall Meeting. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President of Morehouse College; Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners and winner of NBC's "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump; the Hon. Judge Greg Mathis of the Judge Mathis Show; and John Hope Bryant, Chairman and CEO of OperationHOPE. The highly popular golf clinic, focused on the “Etiquette of Business Golfing,” will be offered again this year. 

Since its inception in 2005, Leadership 500 has served as a fertile training ground around social justice advocacy for more than 1,200 mid-level professionals between the ages of 30 and 50 and has contributed nearly $400,000 to the NAACP.  The summit is one of several rallying events for the organization as it prepares to celebrate its Centennial Anniversary Feb. 12, 2009.

“This significant milestone in the life of the organization provides a unique opportunity to transform the NAACP brand into action for a new generation of civil rights activists.  As we prepare for the road ahead, the NAACP believes leaders are not born; they’re developed either because of opportunity or necessity,” said NAACP National Board of Directors Vice Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock, conceiver of the summit. “Effective leadership is a destination achieved through careful thought, consideration and strategic action. We invite leaders from across the country to join us for this exciting conference.”

The title sponsor for the 2008 NAACP Leadership 500 Summit is AstraZeneca. To register, go to: and click on the banner link on the NAACP home page or go to the “Events” section. For more information contact Paula Brown Edme' at: 

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its more than half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitors of equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. 

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