Celebrating Our Voices For Change
2018 Annual Gala Fundraiser
Friday, June 29, 2018
Hilton Chicago Hotel
Sponsorship Opportunities | Download Sponsorship Form
NELA lawyers are the heroes in the movement for equality and justice in the American workplace. You fight the good fight all year long, and each and every member of the NELA family will be needed more than ever by the working people of our country in the year ahead. Before you leave the Convention and return to fiercely and passionately advocating for your clients, please join your NELA colleagues and friends for a festive evening of inspiration and entertainment.
We will gather for NELA’s 2018 Annual Gala Fundraiser, Celebrating Our Voices For Change, after dinner on your own on Friday evening, June 29. The Gala will feature remarks by Terry O’Neill, NELA’s new Executive Director, who will present our award to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) for its leadership role in the #MeToo Movement. In 2017, NWLC launched the Legal Network for Gender Equity, a network of attorneys willing to represent women and girls who have faced harassment or other forms of sex discrimination on the job, at school, and in the health care system. NWLC also administers the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which connects those who have experienced sexual misconduct in the workplace with legal and public relations assistance. NELA and our members are proud partners of NWLC, providing expertise and other support to the Legal Network for General Equity. The Gala includes dessert and dancing with live music by the popular Mike Wheeler Band, which appears courtesy of Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago.
While we celebrate, we also are ensuring that NELA’s voice is heard in our nation’s capital, its courts, and everywhere we can make a difference for employees. Proceeds from Celebrating Our Voices For Change will strengthen NELA’s advocacy in Washington, DC and throughout the United States. We welcome your support as a sponsor of NELA’s 2018 Annual Gala Fundraiser.
Among NELA’s top priorities is resisting the appointment of federal judges whose records demonstrate antipathy to equal justice under law and the rights of individual employees. NELA also remains a leading voice advocating for the end of forced arbitration of employment disputes because forced arbitration unfairly silences workers whose rights have been violated and shields employers from accountability for following law. The #MeToo Movement has increased the visibility of how forced arbitration harms people whose workplace rights have been violated, and NELA is a trusted partner in the coalitions of civil and workers’ rights organizations that have come together not only to hold employers accountable for harassment but also to help create workplaces free of it. No matter the obstacles or setbacks, NELA will be a champion for equality and justice in the American workplace.
We are pleased to provide supporters of Celebrating Our Voices For Change a range of sponsorship opportunities starting at $100. Table sponsorships begin at $2,500. Pledges must be received by Friday, June 15, 2018 for sponsors to be listed on the Sponsor Board at the Convention. Sponsorships are tax-deductible as a business expense (advertising).