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The National Urban League Conference in Ft Lauderdale

Disclosure: I’m serving as a Toyota Brand Ambassador during the conference. Toyota has provided my registrations, along with a vehicle loan, some activities, meals, and incidentals. All opinions are my own.

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A few weeks ago, the National Urban League rolled into town with their National Conference.  I was invited to attend as a Toyota Ambassador.  What a fun time!  Four full days of political, business and community leaders coming together.  The theme this year was Save Our Cities and nearly every workshop and plenary was focused on how we can better ourselves and, in turn, our cities.

Here are some of the highlights:

*Activist and environmentalist Van Jones‘ workshop on Green Jobs and then being honored by Toyota at a private reception that also featured harpist/singer Tulani!

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*All of the major Presidential Candidates were invited to a Plenary.  Five of them showed up:  Jeb Bush, Dr Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders.  Each was given 15 minutes to speak.  It was quite interesting and I was glad to hear the views of each.  Here are a couple of shots.

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*Toyota hosted an interactive booth in the Expo Hall with a series of activations for conference attendees and the South Florida community. From showcasing safety with the Toyota TeenDrive365 Distracted Driving simulator aimed at assisting teens and parents to become safer, less-distracted drivers; to car seat installation demos to green-living, sustainability demonstrations on how to make environmentally-friendly household cleaning products and make-up.

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*Elaborate functions throughout the conference.  My favorite was the Women of Power Awards.  Award recipients included MC Lyte and the US Treasurer, Rosie Rios.

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I had an absolutely AMAZING time!  Thanks, Toyota!

 

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