NLC 2017--That's a wrap!

At this year's National Leadership Conference, our Chapter Council Leaders departed Detroit energized and inspired to continue their growth, development, newly-acquired communication and storytelling skills within their chapters and their communities. 


They attended seminars on how to navigate conflict through nonviolent communication, learned how to find their personal communication styles, and partook in a storytelling workshop where they learned how to prepare and deliver a proper toast.


All photos courtesy of Balthazar Media.


Dan Goldes guides everyone in finding their communication styles


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Katie Testa of Metro Detroit Nonviolent Communication walks everyone through conflict resolution strategies and needs-identification


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Northeast Regional Vice President Jonathan Pogash discovers his communication style


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Troopers on the final morning of seminars learn how to deliver a proper toast and tell a story, presented by Megan Finnerty, Director of Storytellers Brand Studio


For three days and nights, leaders from USBG chapters around the country feasted on beautiful and thoughtfully-prepared pre-fixe meals at historic venues in downtown Detroit, compliments of our Keystone Sponsors, Beam Suntory at Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails, Diageo at the Gem Theater, and Lot 40 at Wright & Company. To complete the evenings with social activities, sponsored nightcap events took place in colorful, mural-bedecked art bars, or haunted & historic mansions, compliments of USBG Detroit Chapter, USBG San Francisco Chapter, and Beam Suntory... And an extraordinary lunch at Colors sponsored by 5 successful USBG chapters - Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco, which provided insight on how to grow and develop strong chapters. 


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Beam Suntory at Chartreuse, Diageo at The Gem, and Lot 40 at Wright & Co.


After seminars on Day 2, leaders chose to participate in one of two community service events to benefit the Helen David Relief Fund:
leaving their mark on Detroit by painting a mural on the side of Jumbo's bar, or cycling 13 miles alongside a lake in the company of the legendary Tony Abou-Ganim.


Mural-makers at Jumbo's


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Yay bikes!


USBG National Secretary Summer Jane Bell, USBG San Francisco's Janice Bailon, and USBG New Orleans Vice President Cole Newton partake in Moscow Mules during happy hour at the Brass Rail post-bike ride


Both events convened with a happy hour at the historic Brass Rail in Port Huron, Michigan, the neighborhood watering hole where Tony Abou-Ganim's career began. The Brass Rail was owned by his cousin Helen David, an industry woman pioneer, who sparked Tony's interest in crafting cocktails.


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The famous neighborhood institution in Port Huron, MI, where Helen David's 69-year (and counting) legacy lives on


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The legend himself, Tony Abou-Ganim, pours drinks for thirsty mural-makers and cyclists at the Brass Rail




Special Thanks to the Detroit Chapter for hosting this year's National Leadership Conference, and for showing us the heart and history of Greater Detroit… And to all of our Sponsors for contributing to an unforgettable educational experience for our Chapter Leaders. 

See you at the next gathering of minds and hearts in 2019!

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