NIAC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

NIAC’s annual three-day Leadership Conference is the event of the year for supporters of peace and renewed friendship between the peoples of Iran and the United States. Participants will cultivate new leadership and advocacy skills, learn from some of America’s most influential thought leaders, interact with elected officials, and network with prominent Iranian American entrepreneurs and grassroots leaders.

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A More Perfect Union

With the success of the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, the steady lifting of sanctions, and the gradual thaw in U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian Americans have much to celebrate. We are beginning to approach a path to normalcy. And though the road may be bumpy, we must persevere.

Success does not mean our work is over.We’re already experiencing a troubling rise of xenophobia and discrimination against Iranian Americans. And we’re already being impacted by laws that seek to turn Iranian-Americans into second-class citizens. Now is the time to ramp up our civic engagement to secure our rights and empower our community for generations to come. Now is the time to rise above the politics of fear and hate and take control of our shared destiny as Americans.

The more we participate in democracy, the stronger and more inclusive it becomes. And the stronger our democracy, the more active the pursuit of global diplomacy and peace. This is bigger than us. It’s about our nation and our world. It’s about working together, coming together in the face of discord and enmity to create a more perfect union.

A more just individual. A more flourishing community. A more equal nation. A more peaceful world.

A more perfect union.

The Pursuit of Peace

Do you want to empower and strengthen the Iranian American community and build a better future for generations to come? Do you care about U.S.-Iran diplomacy? Are you passionate about civic engagement? At the conference, you will gain the platform, the tools, the connections, and the knowledge to defend and empower the Iranian American community and to stand up for U.S.-Iran peace.

Join us for three days of informative discussion, in-depth analysis, compelling entertainment, and valuable action. Now is a critical time to come together with influential scholars, business leaders, activists, and political figures to create a more perfect union of Iranians and Americans in the pursuit of peace.

Whether you are a business professional, an entrepreneur, a community organizer, a political guru, a student, or simply interested in issues related to Iran, the NIAC Leadership Conference is the event for you!

Sponsors

NIAC's Sixth Annual Leadership Conference is brought to you by:

SCHEDULE

24th–26th of September 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel
400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Every year, the Leadership Conference aims to expose its attendees to world-class thought leaders, and to teach Iranian Americans how to gain the political strength we need to effect real change on the issues that impact us and our families. NIAC is anticipating an exciting assortment of panels this year that will go in depth on subjects such as the image of the Iranian American community, discrimination, the geopolitical components of the future of the U.S.-Iran relationship, how sanctions affect our community, Iranian American civic participation, and much more.

Stay tuned for more details.


This year’s Leadership Conference will offer networking breaks to maintain the constant high quality level in serving the conference participants and the NIAC Conference community.

SPEAKERS + PERFORMERS

Every year, important and influential speakers and guests from all over the country come together to help us create a more nuanced understanding of Iran and Iranians in the minds of Americans – and this year is no different.

NIAC is anticipating an exciting assortment of panels this year that will go in depth on subjects such as the image of the Iranian-American community, discrimination, the geopolitical components of the future of the U.S.-Iran relationship, how sanctions affect our community, Iranian American civic participation, and much more. More details coming soon.

Mehdi Hasan

Al Jazeera Anchor

Mehdi Hasan is an award-winning British journalist, broadcaster, author and political commentator. He is the presenter of both "UpFront" (filmed in Washington DC) and "Head to Head" (filmed at the Oxford Union). He moved to Al Jazeera from the Huffington Post UK where he was political director. He has been named one of the 100 'most influential' Britons on Twitter, and was included in the annual global list of 'The 500 Most Influential Muslims' in the world ('The Muslim 500'). His debate-winning speech at the Oxford Union on Islam and peace went viral online, amassing more than two million views. Hasan is also the author of two books - a biography of former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and an e-book on debt and the financial crisis.

Register

All Access
Full Price Registration Available from May 8.
$349

  • THREE days of interactive panels
  • All meals (3 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts)
  • Meeting with local lawmakers
  • Saturday Keynote Reception (Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres)
  • Sunday Evening Gala (Cocktails & Dinner)

Day Combo
Available from May 8.
$175

  • THREE days of interactive panels
  • All meals (3 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts)
  • Meeting with local lawmakers
  • Saturday Keynote Reception (Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres)
  • Sunday Evening Gala (Cocktails & Dinner)

Gala
Available from May 8.
$225

  • THREE days of interactive panels
  • All meals (3 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts)
  • Meeting with local lawmakers
  • Saturday Keynote Reception (Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres)
  • Sunday Evening Gala (Cocktails & Dinner)

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Reception
Available from May 8.
$149

  • THREE days of interactive panels
  • All meals (3 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts)
  • Meeting with local lawmakers
  • Saturday Keynote Reception (Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres)
  • Sunday Evening Gala (Cocktails & Dinner)

Student + Gala
Currently unavailable. Check back soon.
$175

  • THREE days of interactive panels
  • All meals (3 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts)
  • Meeting with local lawmakers
  • Saturday Keynote Reception (Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres)
  • Sunday Evening Gala (Cocktails & Dinner)

Student
Currently unavailable. Check back soon.
$75

  • THREE days of interactive panels
  • All meals (3 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts)
  • Meeting with local lawmakers
  • Saturday Keynote Reception (Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres)
  • Sunday Evening Gala (Cocktails & Dinner)

Purchase steps

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Special Discounts

If you have a discount code, you may enter and redeem it on the ticket purchase page.

Hotel Reservations

To book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, please contact Reza Khanzadeh at rkhanzadeh@niacouncil.org.

Testimonials

What do people say about the NIAC Leadership Conference? Here are some testimonials from past conferences:

Highlights From Last Year's Conference

Contact

The NIAC Leadership Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located at 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Come and enjoy the unique and exciting atmosphere of the policy event of the year for Iranian American and pro-peace communities!

VENUE:
One block away from the iconic United States Capitol, the Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel is the perfect location for those looking to learn more about the history, as well as the future, of our democracy. Situated at the center of Washington D.C., the Hyatt Regency is walking distance from some of the city's most iconic sites, and is metro accessible to all parts of the city. Be it for its grandeur or convenient location, we are very delighted to host our conference at this exceptional venue.

Address: 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
GPS coordinates: 438.135696,317.114645

NEARBY ACCOMODATION
Are you looking for a place to stay?

Washington DC has accommodations for everyone, whatever your budget.
We recommend, when selecting a hotel, going for one of the many hotels in Capitol Hill.
Most of them are walking distance from the Capitol and the conference hotel. If you want to stay at the conference Hyatt Regency Hotel, contact Reza at rkhanzadeh@niacouncil.org.

Food and Drink
We prepared for you the best tips on nice places to eat, drink, and sightsee around Capitol Hill. Everything can be reached on foot within a few minutes.

Contacts
We are always happy to help you with any questions or recommendations.

Elham Khatami
NIAC National Outreach Director
ekhatami@niacouncil.org
202-888-5939

Mahsa Payesteh
NIAC Outreach Associate
mpayesteh@niacouncil.org
202-386-6325

Sponsor the Conference

We are excited to offer sponsorship at the individual and corporate levels to match your giving priorities  Advertise your brand with high level visibility throughout the entirety of the conference, sponsor students to attend, enjoy VIP passes, and more. If you don’t see an option that suits your needs, please contact us below and we can design a sponsorship package specifically for you!

At NIAC, we are passionate about investing in the next generation of Iranian-American leadership, and our annual Leadership Conference has provided invaluable opportunities for young members of our community to learn, engage, and network. Your generous gift will allow us to ensure that all attendees have the best possible experience they can at this conference.

NIAC is excited to offer many different sponsorship opportunities to match your giving priorities.  If you don’t see an option that suits your needs, please contact us and we can design a sponsorship package specifically for you!

 

Gold Sponsor - $3,000

  • Recognition as conference partner on the conference website, app guide and conference program
  • 1/2 page, color ad / profile in programs
  • Featured spot in Leadership Conference Video
  • Sponsorship of a student to attend the conference
  • 2 complimentary all access conference tickets & Gala passes

Silver Sponsor - $1,500

  • Recognition as conference friend on the conference website, app guide and conference program
  • 1/4 page, color ad / profile in programs
  • 2 complimentary all access conference tickets & Gala passes

Bronze Sponsor - $500

  • Recognition as conference friend on conference website, app guide and programs
  • 1 complimentary all access conference ticket & Gala pass

Platinum Sponsor - $10,000

  • Official sponsorship of 2016 Leadership Conference
  • Premium sponsorship placement on all conference material
  • Company logo placement at every plenary throughout conference
  • Full page, color ad / profile in program
  • Recognition on all of NIAC’s social media platforms
  • Option to include promotional material in each attendee’s conference tote bag
  • Five minute slot to speak on behalf of organization at the Gala
  • Opportunity to e-mail 60,000+ NIAC list serve prior to conference
  • Sponsorship of 3 students to attend the conference
  • 5 complimentary all access conference tickets and Gala passes
  • VIP seating at the Gala with your guests and conference speakers
  • VIP seating at all conference sessions
  • Private sponsors dinner with NIAC Executive Team

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

  • Inclusion of your company’s logo on the conference website, app guide and conference program
  • Full page, color ad / profile in conference program
  • Recognition on all of NIAC’s social media platforms
  • Company signage throughout the conference
  • Option to include promotional material in each attendee’s conference tote bag
  • Opportunity to exclusively sponsor a particular panel with premium signage
  • Sponsorship of 2 students to attend the conference
  • 3 complimentary all access conference tickets and Gala passes
  • VIP seating at the Gala with your guests and Conference speakers
  • VIP seating at all conference sessions

Silver Sponsor - $3,000

  • Inclusion of your company’s logo on the conference website, app guide and conference program
  • Company signage throughout the conference
  • Company recognition in Leadership Conference Video
  • Option to include promotional item with your company’s logo in each attendee’s conference tote bag
  • 1/2 page, color ad / profile in programs
  • Opportunity to exclusively sponsor a particular panel with premium signage
  • Sponsorship of 1 student to attend the conference
  • 2 complimentary all access conference tickets & Gala passes

Bronze Sponsor - $1,500

  • Inclusion of your company’s logo on the conference website, app guide and conference program
  • 1/4 page, color ad / profile in program
  • Company signage throughout the conference
  • 2 complimentary all access conference tickets & Gala passes