National Skills Building Conference ('96 NSBC)
Have you called your travel agent today? Imagine nearly 750,000 AIDS activists and NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt panelmakers in Washington, D.C. over Columbus Day weekend 1996. Better yet, why imagine when you can be there? Once again, it is time to start making preparations to hone your management skills at the sixth annual National Skills Building Conference ('96 NSBC). A collaborative effort of the AIDS National Interfaith Network (ANIN), National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), and National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the National Skills Building Conference, will be held October 10-13, at the Washington Hilton and Towers. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend this years meeting which will feature over 150 workshops and seminars. As customary, day-long Critical Issues Institutes will kick-off '96 NSBC on Thursday, October 13. Adding poignant remembrances of all those we've lost and as a charge and reminder of the work that we must continue to do, the NAMES Project Foundation will display the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt on the grounds of the Washington Mall that same weekend. Certainly, there are many of us who remember what this weekend was like in 1992 when NSBC and the Quilt convened in Washington over the same weekend. It was busy, busy, busy! So make your hotel reservations today!
The National Skills Building Conference is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of front-line community-based organizations to respond to the needs of HIV-infected individuals and individuals at risk for HIV-infection by providing technical management training to staff and volunteers associated with those organizations. The Conference is the winner of the 1994 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Award of Excellence in Education for Best Community Service Education Program and the 1995 ASAE Award of Excellence in Education for Best Convention Education Program. The American Society of Association Executives is an individual membership organization comprised of more than 23,000 association executives managing leading professional, trade ad voluntary organizations across the United States and in 44 countries around the world.
Confirmed keynote speakers include the author of numerous book titles, including Be Here Now and Compassion in Action, internationally renowned spiritualist Ram Dass. Past NSBC speakers and guests have included: AIDS activists Mary Fisher, Sallie Perryman, Cleve Jones, George Melton, Sally Fisher and Dr. Nicholas Hall; President and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, Mrs. Coretta Scott King; President, National Council of La Raza, Raul Yzaguirre; former United States Surgeon General, M. Joycelyn Elders; actors Bruce Davison, Nell Carter, Judith Light, Kathy Najimy, an Beth Broderick; comedienne Karen Williams; United States members of Congress, Hon. Luis V. Gutierrez and Hon. Maxine Waters; playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein; National AIDS Policy Coordinator, Patricia Fleming; spiritual teacher and caregiver, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati; screenwriter of the Academy Award winning film "Philadelphia," Ron Nyswaner, and many others.
If you have not received the most recent NSBC brochure, or if you need additional ones, please do not hesitate to call 202-483-1124.