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Mothers For Nuclear
Each year, the Nuclear Energy Institute and North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) jointly sponsor the NEA Nuclear Energy Assembly.
At NEA, Monday includes the the NAYGN Professional Development sessions (open to all attendees, not just young members). The Supplier Expo and "Top Innovative Practices" awards are more industry-oriented. These more general events started Monday night and continued to Wednesday, according to the program calendar. This year, the conference started this Monday, May 22, and ended Wednesday, May 24.
Advocacy at the Conference
I was moved to see the emphasis on advocacy at this conference. In the NAYGN portion of the conference, there was an afternoon session on Effective Storytelling, described this way: Attendees will hear from panelists on effective strategies in storytelling and industry branding to explore new ideas in how we should be talking about nuclear energy and best practices in reaching a broader audience on issues important to the industry.
Wow. I wasn't at the conference, but just this description stirs my heart. And there's more.
At the main conference (the NEA portion, not the NAYGN portion), the president of the Nuclear Energy Institute, Maria Korsnick, unveiled a "Wide-ranging Nuclear Advocacy Effort." This national outreach strategy will appeal to a wide range of advocates. Here is a link to an article about her speech. But I can't resist one quote: "We have stepped up our advocacy effort not just a notch or two, but by a great margin."
I am so pleased to see this new policy. Nuclear needs a wide range of advocates.
Campaigning for Clean Air at the NEA meeting
I was not at the NEA meeting but my book was there! Campaigning for Clean Air was given out in the NAGYN welcome packets. If you registered for NAGYN, you received my book! NAYGN bought the book from me (bulk purchase with a discount) and distributed it.
It's hard to even write about this, because I am so happy. But please understand, there was a lot of emphasis on advocacy at the meeting, at panels and announcements and more. My book was just one part of the advocacy events at the meeting. But still: my book was there!
Mothers For Nuclear posted on Facebook about receiving my book in their packet. I headed this post with a screen shot of this posting. What can I say?