9th Annual Leadership Conference


Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 Leadership Conference. Online registration is closed
because the Conference is sold out.

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If a seat becomes available, we will contact members of the waiting list in the order they registered.

If you have questions or concerns, please let us know!


Join us on May 22nd for the
th annual 
at the Hilton Tampa Downtown
with Personal Brilliance Guru
Simon T. Bailey!

May 22, 2019
HILTON TAMPA DOWNTOWN | 211 N. Tampa St., Tampa FL 33602 

8:00-9:10 am        Registration & Networking; Exhibition Hall Opens

9:15-10:15 am      Session 1 (4 breakout sessions running concurrently)

10:15-10:30 am    Networking Break

10:30-11:30 am    Session 2 (4 breakout sessions running concurrently)

11:30 am-12 pm  Networking Break

12:00-1:30 pm      Keynote Luncheon

   with Personal Brilliance Guru Simon T. Bailey

1:30-2:15 pm     Book Signing by Keynote Speaker & Networking


If you need special assistance to participate in Leadership Conference, please contact us at 813-287-8779.

We will be photographing and video recording at this event. If you do not wish to be captured on film or video, please alert staff at registration. 
Parking is available in the Fort Brooke Parking Garage, which has a skyway on the 3rd floor to the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Be sure to pick up your parking voucher at registration. 

Announcing our 8 breakout
topics and facilitators! 

We’re thrilled to bring you 2 ADDITIONAL breakout sessions–not 6, but 8!!–in 2019, all working sessions facilitated by local experts and designed to help individuals, teams, and even entire organizations understand and implement new skills to increase focus and purposeful leadership!


9:15 am Building Career Bridges

PANEL: We’ve gathered 3 top, local nonprofit executives who began their careers in the for-profit sector to explore their processes for finding PURPOSE and making a successful TRANSITION. Join Jessica Muroff, CEO of Girls Scouts of West Central Florida and NLC Board Chair; Gordon Gillette, EO Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County; and Wendy Johnson, Executive Director of the American Cancer Society, Southeast Region, for a fascinating discussion moderated by Breakout Room Sponsor Brian Butler of Vistra Communications.

9: 15 am Get Your Pitch Perfect

We’re thrilled to invite NLC/UT Certificate of Nonprofit Management Graduate and consultant Tammy Charles to participate in her first-ever Leadership Conference breakout session! Tammy will help you to explore the essential elements of the perfect PITCH, clear ways to tie your story to your goals, both personal and organizational, and how to harness the power of PERSUASION.




9:15 am Strengthen your Core (Values)

Back by popular demand, NLC trainer and executive coach Ellen Nastir will help you increase your SELF-AWARENESS and isolate your CORE VALUES, bringing clarity and focus to your path in life and at work. Knowing your why can bring all areas of your life into focus. Ellen will help you discover your intrinsic motivations and understand how they affect the decisions you make to bring your life, joy, and heart into alignment.



9:15 am Personal Energy Boosters

Florida Blue’s Director of Health Programs Gay Poe will lead you through the 4 types of energy you have at your disposal and teach you how to maximize each–and deal with energy dips or imbalances–to reach your full potential. Because ENERGY MANAGEMENT is crucial to not only your daily activities but also your long-term goals. Wherever you choose to focus your energy–on that crucial project at work, your new-found hobby, or going back to school–you’ll have new tools and habits that will improve your PERFORMANCE and outcomes.


10:30 am It’s About Time

Studies tell us that during an average workday a person can an average of 2 hours a day (10 hours per week!) to interruptions. NLC trainer and consultant Margarita Sarmiento rejoins us again this year to show you how identifying your most common interruptions and developing personalized TIME MANAGEMENT strategies, you can regain control of your day. Take further control of your schedule and crave out important time for yourself by learning easy ways to avoid OVERCOMMITMENT. Whether it’s your teammates, your boss, your kids, or your friends, learn how to decline obligations gracefully and clearly. 



10:30 am The Gift of Being Present

Many successful leaders report that the worst times in their lives were the most impactful and share that only once they opened themselves to life’s lessons were they able to reframe their leadership style and definition of success to get to the top of their game.  Back by popular demand, Rick Bennett of Florida Blue will share mindfulness tools and techniques for BEING PRESENT in awkward or tense situations and being RESILIENT in navigating through them to personal and professional growth.



10:30 am Stop, Collaborate & Listen

PANEL:Thomas Mantz of Feeding Tampa Bay, Mandy Cloninger of Trinity Café, and board member Jeff Darrey will share the decision-making and step-by-step processes behind the Trinity Cafe-Feeding Tampa Bay merger as a case study of COLLECTIVE IMPACT and COLLABORATION in the nonprofit sector. Moderated by Breakout Room Sponsor Brian Butler of Vistra Communications.

10:30 am Optimize Your Optimism

Also a repeat facilitator, NLC Director of Strategic Solutions Dr. John Loblack will help you build SELF-LEADERSHIP skills around taking responsibility for our outcomes, setting direction for your life and career, and managing priorities. He’ll also show you how to harness the power of OPTIMISM to reframe obstacles as opportunities and make empowered choices to get to where you want to go.


Keynote by Personal Brilliance Guru
Simon T. Bailey


Simon also calls himself a Breakthrough Strategist and describes his life’s purpose as teaching people how to be fearless and create their futures.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as sales director for Disney Institute, Simon challenges individuals to dig deep to find and release their inner brilliance and become Chief Breakthrough Officers – personally and professionally.

Simon has written 10 books and been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brene Brown, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey.

Includes 10 tickets entitling your guests to parking,
their choice of 2 breakout sessions,
lunch, dessert, and keynote.
$2,000 for for-profit companies
$1,250 for nonprofit organizations

EARLY BIRD PRICING through March 15, 2019: $125 per person 

Includes parking, your choice of 2 breakout sessions, 
lunch, dessert, and keynote.

Exhibit tables are available.
Download the file below for sponsorship levels and benefits,
or call Andrew Rametta at (813) 287-8779 for more information.
2019 Leadership Conference Sponsorship Opportunities