The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) recently convened its annual legislative conference, and the message for all in attendance was clear: when Black women lead, and have the resources and support to thrive, entire communities benefit.
Themed Preserving the Past, Securing the Present, and Living the Legacy, conference attendees took part in two and a half days of training, brain trusts, and town hall style forums meant to provide participants with valuable knowledge and spark insightful conversations about high-impact ideas. Participants also took part in a variety of workshops that instilled in them hands on tips for more effective advocacy and policymaking.
“The NOBEL Women Annual Legislative Conference presents a unique opportunity for legislators to connect our communities to conversations that directly affect them,” said Waikinya Clanton, NOBEL Women’s National Executive Director. “We tackle real issues impacting women and their families in hopes of finding real solutions.”
Among those issues tackled during this year’s conference were the state of Black women in America, the future of television, tactics for achieving economic equity, improving educational outcomes, criminal justice reform, and ensuring energy-related and environmental opportunities to bolster communities of color. Participants also took part in a variety of leadership development workshops that helped refine their legislative and grassroots tactics and strategy.
Compromised of nearly 250 Black women state legislators from across the country, NOBEL women has been a bastion of leadership development, camaraderie and progressive policymaking for Black communities for more than 30 years.