Schedule

Friday

Welcome Reception

Hosted by the Young Democrats of North Carolina

North Carolina Executive Mansion
6:30pm to 8:00pm

This is a ticketed event with a guest list, and tickets are currently sold out.

Arrive prepared to present a photo ID to security with a name matching the one provided to the Young Democrats of North Carolina. Attendees must be on the guest list with no exceptions. Dress code is smart casual.

Dems After Dark

Hosted by the Young Democrats of Wake County

NCDP Headquarters
8:00pm until

Join YDNC at the North Carolina Democratic Party Headquarters in historic Goodwin House for a night of dancing, music, and community.

As alcohol will be served, Dems After Dark is restricted to Democrats ages 18 and up. IDs will be checked and Democrats 21 and over will be wristbanded. Wristbands are required to be served alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Saturday

General Session

Opening session of 2024 Convention

Empire Ballroom
10:00am to 11:30am

We’re kicking off the day by taking a look back at 2023 before rolling up our sleeves to get to work for 2024. Join us and get a formal welcome to the Bull City from local elected officials, hear from our officers about YDNC’s record-setting year, and learn from the experts on how to mobilize young folks to action in the age of the Internet.

Speakers include:

  • Roy Cooper, Governor of the State of North Carolina
  • Josh Stein, North Carolina Attorney General
  • Nida Allam, Chair of the Durham County Board of Commissioners
Tapping In: How to Post Your Way to Victory Panel

Join our panel discussing effective strategies for communicating the Democratic message to young voters. Explore innovative approaches, digital engagement, and messaging tactics crucial to resonate with the younger demographic. Gain insights into fostering political awareness and participation among the youth.

Garrett Readling

Moderator

Garrett Readling is a seasoned digital and communications strategist who currently serves as Communications Director for the Young Democrats of North Carolina and works as Digital Communications Coordinator for the North Carolina Association of Educators.

G.L. DiVittorio

Panelist

G. L. DiVittorio is a Brooklyn-based political strategist with a background in social work and healthcare policy. DiVittorio brought her experience working in campaigns and organizing to the digital space, creating the political satire series “The Pocket Report” aimed at making policy-making and political involvement accessible to young Americans. DiVittorio currently works as a communications specialist and speechwriter for Lupine Strategies.

Josh Rush

Panelist

Joshua Rush, a seasoned communications strategist, has spearheaded messaging for Democrats across the U.S., including California, Washington, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Utah. Formerly the youngest-ever Democratic state party communications director and a member of Ed Markey’s innovative digital media team, Rush blends his unique background as a former on-camera personality with extensive political experience, enhancing communications and digital campaigns nationwide.

Memes

Panelist

@Organizermemes is an anonymous account run by left-leaning progressive young folks who train left-leaning groups and organizations on how to meme-ify policy. What started as three young frustrated campaigners has led to a way for campaign staffers to express themselves freely and a way to engage young voters. Let’s party.

Awards Luncheon

DRESS CODE • SMART CASUAL

Empire Ballroom
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Speakers include:

  • Deborah Ross, Congresswoman for NC’s 2nd District
  • Nida Allam, Chair of the Durham County Board of Commissioners
  • Leo Williams, Mayor of Durham
  • Anderson Clayton, Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party

Candidate Training

Ready to run for office? Here’s How.

Crown Room
2:00pm to 3:15pm

Elevate your political campaign with our Candidate Training breakout session. Explore effective strategies for direct voter contact, mastering communication, outreach, and building connections. Equip yourself with the skills to engage voters directly and make a lasting impact on your campaign.

Speaker

Doug Wilson

Trainer

Douglas Wilson is the founder and principal of Alexander Wilson Consulting LLC., a government relations and public affairs company. He has worked in political and community outreach for more than 16 years as an advocate and organizer in the faith based, non-profit, civic engagement and mobilization. He is also the founder and president of Astoria Strategies, a political consulting firm.

ORGANIZING BASICS

HOW TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION

Royal Room
2:00pm to 3:15pm

In this workshop, we’ll discuss together the purpose and structure of having organizing conversations that broaden our movement and develop leadership.

Speakers

Mackenzie Reedybacon

Trainer

Mackenzie Reedybacon is an organizer by trade who has devoted her career in change to equity and justice in her community and state. Originally from Arkansas, Mackenzie now serves as the chair of the Cabarrus County Democratic Party.

Gino Nuzzolillo

Trainer

Gino Nuzzolillo is an organizer focused on building a genuine multiracial democracy in North Carolina and the South. He studied the history of Southern social movements at Duke University, and still calls Durham home.

Our Ballot 2024 Panel

What’s at Stake AT THE POLLS this year

Auditorium
2:00pm to 3:15pm

Engage with a diverse panel of 2024 political candidates discussing their visions and policy agendas. Explore their platforms, priorities, and approaches to key issues. Gain insights into their leadership styles and plans for the future.

Speakers

Kian Sadjadi

Moderator

Kian Sadjadi serves as the executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Originally from Nevada, he worked for the Nevada State Democratic Party in the 2018 and 2020 cycles.

Judge

Allegra Collins

Panelist

Judge Collins is entering her sixth year on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She is also an adjunct professor at both Campbell and High Point Law Schools. Previously, she was an appellate attorney representing clients before the NC Court of Appeals, NC Supreme Court, and US Supreme Court.

Representative

Lindsey Prather

Panelist

Representative Lindsey Prather is from Candler, North Carolina and taught in Buncombe County Schools for six years. In November 2022, she was elected to represent District 115 in the General Assembly. Recently, her district was severely gerrymandered and has become a battleground district for the NCDP.

State Auditor

Jessica Holmes

Panelist

In November 2014, Jessica N. Holmes became the youngest Commissioner ever elected in Wake County’s history. Subsequently, she became the youngest Chair after being unanimously elected by her colleagues to lead the board for two terms. Most recently, Jessica was sworn in as North Carolina’s State Auditor on December 16, 2023, becoming the first woman of color to ever serve on North Carolina’s Council of State.

Carry Your Message

How to speak to voters without losing the plot

Crown Room
3:30pm to 4:15pm

In our media training session, Young Democrats will learn how to speak to the public and press alike without getting tripped up by tough questions. Participants will learn best practices in body language, redirection of questions, controlling on-camera nerves, and getting their message across while under a time crunch.

Speaker

Josh Rush

Trainer

Joshua Rush, a seasoned communications strategist, has spearheaded messaging for Democrats across the U.S., including California, Washington, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Utah. Formerly the youngest-ever Democratic state party communications director and a member of Ed Markey’s innovative digital media team, Rush blends his unique background as a former on-camera personality with extensive political experience, enhancing communications and digital campaigns nationwide.

Build your bench 2025

How to recruit and prepare candidates

Royal Room
3:30pm to 4:15pm

In our candidate recruitment session, Young Democrats will gain insights into the sought-after traits held by elected officials, learn to identify and nurture those qualities in themselves and others. Participants will also grasp effective ways to discuss running for office and the essential preparatory steps for those aspiring candidates.

Speaker

Elizabeth Goodwin

Trainer

Elizabeth Goodwin is the Executive Director of LEAD NC, an organization that recruits and trains candidates for public office.  In addition to working on campaigns ranging from school board to presidential, she previously worked in academia and practiced law.  She has her JD from Wake Forest and her BA in Public Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She lives in Charlotte and just finished a two year term as President of the Democratic Women of NC.

The State of Labor Panel

A year in Review for unions + What’s Next

Auditorium
3:30pm to 4:15pm

Join our panel featuring passionate labor union advocates discussing workers’ rights, fair wages, and workplace equality. Gain insights into advocacy strategies, collective bargaining, and the impact of unions on improving labor conditions. Engage in a dynamic discussion on empowering the workforce.

Speakers

Hannah Perkins

Moderator

Biography coming soon.

Grant Welch

Panelist

Grant, leading NC’s legislative team for workers’ rights, advocates for call center jobs, affordable broadband, higher wages, collective bargaining, opposing right-to-work laws, and repealing the public sector bargaining ban. With 24 years in CWA, he fosters bipartisan ties and collaborations with unions and local organizations statewide.

Catherine Walton-Ward

Panelist

Catherine Walton-Ward is the Organizing & Mobilization Director for the North Carolina State AFL-CIO. There she supports unions grow their internal membership, assists in new unit organizing campaigns, and provides support on labor actions such as contract fights, issue campaigns and strikes. She is a proud member of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild CWA 32035.

Misinformation: Democracy’s Biggest Threat

how to identify and stop it

Crown Room
4:30pm to 5:15pm

Misinformation is a serious threat to the future of our democracy. It is important that we understand what misinformation is, how to identify it, and how to have conversations with our family, friends, and neighbors about it. In this presentation you will learn about examples of misinformation, the impact misinformation can have, and how at Cardinal & Pine, we are pushing back against this poison that has been injected into our politics.

Speaker

Dylan Rhoney

Trainer

Dylan Rhoney is the Regional Community Development Manager at Cardinal & Pine. He is a lifelong North Carolinian and graduate of Appalachian State University. Outside of the political world he enjoys traveling, reading, and playing tennis. He lives in Raleigh.

DNC Delegate Selection

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Royal Room
4:30pm to 5:15pm

Interested in becoming a North Carolina Delegate to the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago? This session, hosted by previous NC DNC Delegates Ebony West (‘16 & ‘20) and Hillsborough Commissioner Matt Hughes (‘12, ‘16, & ‘20) will break down everything you need to know about the delegate selection process and share helpful tips on how to become a delegate. Plus, they will share what you can do to make the most of your delegate experience once in Chi-town.

Speaker

Ebony West

Trainer

Biography coming soon.

Matt Hughes

Trainer

Biography coming soon.

Memes 101

FROM INTERNET EXPLORER TO MEME LORD

Auditorium
4:30pm to 5:15pm

More information to come, so stay tuned!

Speaker

@organizermemes

Memes

Trainer

@Organizermemes is an anonymous account run by left-leaning progressive young folks who train left-leaning groups and organizations on how to meme-ify policy. What started as three young frustrated campaigners has led to a way for campaign staffers to express themselves freely and a way to engage young voters. Let’s party,

Alumni Reception

YDNC Board of Trustees + Chair Montica Talmadge

Empire Foyer
6:00pm to 7:00pm

More information to come, so stay tuned!

Resilience Reception

DRESS CODE • BUSINESS FORMAL

Empire Ballroom
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The annual Resilience Reception is YDNC’s Black History Month dinner honoring Black leadership, success, and excellence throughout the past year. Join us to hear from trailblazing leaders of today and tomorrow.

Speakers include, with more to be announced:

  • Sen. Mickey Michaux, Guest of Honor
  • Rep. Maxwell Frost (FL-10), Youngest Member of 118th Congress
  • Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State
  • Sen. Dan Blue, Leader of the North Carolina Senate Democrats
  • Rep. Robert Reives, Leader of the North Carolina House Democrats
  • Jessica Holmes, State Auditor

Mayor’s Reception

Hosted by Mayor Leo Williams + Rep. Zack Hawkins

Zweli’s Ekhaya
9:30pm until

Join us after the Resilience Reception for a free reception at Zweli’s Ekhaya on Blackwell St.

Sunday

CDNC Meeting

President Kema Leonard

Crown Room A
9:30am to 10:30am

More information to come, so stay tuned!

NCATD Meeting

Co-Presidents Daniel Patterson & Sarah Muir

Crown Room B
9:30am to 10:30am

More information to come, so stay tuned!

Caucus Elections

Schedule forthcoming

Crown Room A & B
10:30am to 12:00pm

More information to come, so stay tuned!

Caucus placement in Crown A or Crown B will be posted in-person on Sunday.

General Session

Closing session of 2024 Convention

Empire Ballroom
12:00pm to 1:30pm

More information to come, so stay tuned!

Detailed agenda will be posted in February.