There’s nothing else like Granger Leadership Academy in the world. If you’ve loved stories and the communities that grow around them, GLA is your opportunity to find your own heroic story and a community to share it with. This four-day retreat will inspire you to examine your own personal goals and growth, conquer fears, and build confidence; it will challenge you to think deeper about the world around you, your beliefs, and your assumptions; and it will ask you to go out and fight injustice all around the world as part of a global network of Academy alumni.
Feast definitely means snacks, but it also means a different kind of fuel: food for the heart. The retreat will inspire you, give you tools to heal from hard battles, and make you laugh. It will invite you to share, to sing, to dance, to forge new unbreakable bonds.
Learn from world class trainers on everything from setting personal goals to understanding systematic injustice. Our training sessions are built for all experience levels and all ages — whether this is your first ever leadership workshop or your 100th, you’ll find something new to challenge you.
Partnering with a local nonprofit, you’ll put your new skills to the test by participating in real advocacy action with the entire retreat, all with your new team and professional activists there to walk you through it.
Aditi Juneja is a communicator at Protect Democracy. Before joining Protect Democracy, Aditi Juneja was an Excelsior Service Fellow with New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Fair and Equitable Housing Office. Previously, Aditi co-founded and led the Resistance Manual and OurStates.org. She created and hosts her own podcast focused on radically inclusive self-care called Self Care Sundays. She was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy in 2018. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Mari Copeny, also known as 'Little Miss Flint', is an 11 year-old activist fighting for the children of Flint, Michigan. In 2016, Mari wrote a letter to President Obama and convinced him to come to Flint, Michigan to get a closer look at the Flint Water Crisis. Since 2016, Mari has fundraised over $350,000 that has impacted over 25,000 children in Flint and beyond.
Preeti Chhibber works as a publishing professional. She has written for SYFY, BookRiot, BookRiot Comics, and The Mary Sue, among others. Her short story, "Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers" was published in the anthology A Thousand Beginnings and Endings (HarperCollins, 2018). You can find her co-hosting the podcasts Desi Geek Girls and Strong Female Characters (SYFYWire). She usually spends her time reading a ridiculous amount of Young Adult (for work, she swears!), but is also ready to jump into most fandoms at a moment’s notice. You can follow her on Twitter @runwithskizzers.
AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
"The staff of GLA made me feel included and proud of being an activist."
"I have never felt so accepted without trying to fit in."
"Being around so many like-minded people reminded me that I'm not alone in this fight."
"I felt energized, inspired, and like I didn't want it to end."
"I loved the amazingly nuanced, deep, and still respectful conversations."
"I can't possibly have just one favorite thing."
“GLA manages to combine the warmth and fun of fandom with rich social justice content in a way that’s hard to describe. I’ve now been to three GLA’s and every year I’m taken aback by how quickly the recruits bond in their teams and really get to the hard work of unpacking social issues and sharing their own life lessons. The world could use a little more GLA every day.”
Taekia Blackwell, COO Mischief Management / President, HPA Board of Directors
“GLA was one of the most surprising, rewarding conferences I've been too -- and I've been going to industry events and conventions for over a decade. The enthusiasm of the attendees, the quality of the workshops, and the way that the organizers worked to create community and conversation was both impressive and inspiring.”
Jenn Northington, manager of Editorial Operations for Riot New Media group
“Every year I clear my calendar to attend the Granger Leadership Academy. It’s my annual check-in on my efforts and growth as an activist. The community fills me with hope, inspiration, and drive to make change."
Xandra Robinson-Burns, personal development author and founder of HeroineTraining.com
“I was in high school when I first came to GLA, so I’ve really felt like I’ve grown up with the experience — I’ve come back every time since. Sometimes it makes me feel like I’m Harry during the summers away from Hogwarts — I spend all year looking forward to coming back to the unparalleled magic and community that GLA is, and my enthusiasm for activism and Harry Potter is encouraged and supported in ways that my friends back home never can. Everything I know about social activism has come from the HPA and GLA, and I use the skills and practices I learned every day, whether it’s in advocacy campaigns or just in daily life.
Karan Nevatia, podcasts editor for the Daily Trojan
A city steeped in history, Philadelphia is the perfect place to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. Join us at the beautiful Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District in the heart of Philadelphia’s most historic area.
We’ve secured a special rate of $139/night for GLA attendees. Space in the room block is limited, book now.
We keep the cost of GLA as low as we can in order to make it as accessible as possible. Early Bird registration starts at $50 for everyone. If you’re able to pay more, we encourage you to select a registration level appropriate to your financial situation.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS
THROUGH NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018
Student/Low Income – $50
Non Profit Professional – $75
Corporate Professional – $100
NOVEMBER 21, 2018 – JANUARY 15, 2019
Student/Low Income – $75
Non Profit Professional – $100
Corporate Professional – $200
JANUARY 16 – FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Student/Low Income – $100
Non Profit Professional – $150
Corporate Professional – $250