Blacks In Government Members

FROM: Honorable Shirley A. Jones, Esq., National President, Blacks In Government

SUBJECT: 2021 National Training Institute (NTI) Update

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, and the world shut down, literally. Just over one year later and over 561,000 deaths in the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still labels large in-person gatherings as the highest risk for COVID-19 spread with respect to events and gatherings. And, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, where we had contracted to host our 2021 National Training Institute (NTI) remains closed until July 1, 2021, when they expect to open under a special variance at 50% capacity with additional restrictions on private, indoor gatherings that must also be complied with.

For those reasons, we can not safely prepare for, manage, and execute our 2021 NTI in person this year. As an event that is usually upwards of 1,000 attendees and has at times been 3,000-4,000 strong, we believe it would in fact be irresponsible for us to do so when 99.9% of our attendees are African Americans. We know that the African American community has been disproportionately impacted by this dangerous virus and we simply will not take the risk.

 With that said, I am happy to announce that we will host our 2021 NTI virtually. The dates for the virtual training will be the same, August 23-26, 2021. Full registration and pricing information will be available in the next few weeks. So, please save the date and inform your agencies that we will be offering stellar career development training at a price that you can't beat. We have begun securing top notch instructors, including Senior Executive Service (SES) members, Morgan State and Trinity College instructors, and subject matter experts from all across government. You won't want to miss this one!




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