2022 Nonprofit Leadership Conference Guide & Frequently Asked Questions

The Nonprofit Leadership Center is looking forward to welcoming more than 700 nonprofit and business leaders at the 12th Annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference on Wednesday, September 28, in downtown Tampa. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare and plan for a successful event experience.

When is the conference?

The 2022 Nonprofit Leadership Conference is hosted by the Nonprofit Leadership Center and presented by Bank of America. It is on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the Tampa Marriott Water Street in Tampa, Florida. 

Registration and networking begin at 7:45 a.m. The conference program starts promptly at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., with additional networking time for those who want to continue conversations. 

Where is this year’s conference located?

The 2022 Nonprofit Leadership Conference is at the Tampa Marriott Water Street hotel in downtown Tampa. The address is 505 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602.

What time should I arrive?

Registration and networking begin at 7:45 a.m. Coffee, tea and networking will continue until 9 a.m. The first breakout session and official program start promptly at 9:15 a.m. Given the number of events in downtown Tampa on this day, we strongly recommend arriving early to give yourself plenty of time to park. We recommend building in time to network with peers and potential partners and to ensure you can get into the breakout session of your choice before it fills up.

Where can I park?

We are delighted to cover the cost of parking for guests who park in the Pam Iorio and Fort Brooke garages. Parking at both city garages is on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment for all other parking options will be your responsibility. Click here to download a downtown map showing the conference venue, these two parking garages and other parking options.

To facilitate a smooth parking experience, please note the following information:

  • If parking in the Pam Iorio or Fort Brooke city parking garages, remember to get your “parking chaser/validation ticket” when you check in at the conference. This ticket is what you will use to pay for your parking when you exit the garage. Hold on to the ticket you receive when you enter the garage, as you will also need this when you exit.
  • Plan to arrive early. There is another large event at the Tampa Convention Center on the morning of the conference, and we anticipate the garages will fill up fast. Early bird check-in begins at 7:45 a.m. If possible, carpool with friends or colleagues and/or consider ride-share options.
  • If your office or home is along the route of TECO’s free trolley, the trolley runs every 15 minutes beginning at 7 a.m. and may be an alternative transportation option for you. Click here for trolley details.
  • Please note that if you park in the Pam Iorio garage, you must exit that garage by 3 p.m. on September 28, as the entire garage is reserved for a Lightning game that evening. 

What should I wear?

The conference attire is business or business casual. We want you to feel comfortable and come as your authentic self. We recommend bringing a light sweater or jacket because it can get chilly in breakout rooms.

What should I bring?

We recommend bringing several things to this year’s conference:

  • An open mind and eagerness to learn
  • Lots of business cards — You will meet and network with many peers and potential partners. For those attendees eligible for the Nonprofit CEO Breakout Session, a business card will be required for entry.
  • All attendees will receive a blank name badge sticker at check-in, but feel free to bring your branded name badge if you have one or would prefer to wear your own.
  • Any materials that allow you to capture notes and takeaways from the sessions based on your preferred learning style

How do I choose which breakout sessions to attend? 

Collage of all the conference breakout speakers at the 2022 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

The conference begins with two one-hour breakout sessions, with a networking break between each. The first breakout session will start at 9:15 a.m. and the second at 10:30 a.m. You can choose to attend any of the below sessions during each period. We recommend reviewing the breakout sessions and speakers in advance to plan your day and arrive early to ensure you get a seat, as some breakout sessions will fill up quickly. 

Breakout Session #1: 9:15 a.m.

  • Prioritizing Yourself in a Nonstop World with Kristen Lessig-Schenerlein
  • The Spiral of Consciousness: Leading with Intentionality with Margarita Sarmiento
  • A Mental Well-Being Playbook for Leaders in a Post-Pandemic Environment
  • Leading with Cultural Competence: A Panel Discussion

Networking break and snacks in the Exhibit Hall

Breakout Session #2: 10:30 a.m.

  • Finding & Retaining Talent in a Changing Hiring Landscape with Cheryl Brown
  • Leading Change Through the Power of Reflection with Rebecca J. Watson
  • Social Capital: Building Your Network and Net Worth with Gary Hartfield
  • Diverse Representation on Nonprofit Boards: A Panel Discussion

Please note: For nonprofit CEOs and executive directors only, a special networking breakout will be offered just for you during both periods that will include open and lightly facilitated networking time.

What’s for lunch?

Attendees will receive a seated lunch with a chicken Caesar salad and dessert. Coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the morning and at lunch. 


For those who require a vegan entrée or have special dietary needs, we will offer a salad that includes mesclun greens, crispy quinoa, strawberry, pickled shallots, and champagne vinaigrette. 

If you would like a vegan meal, please complete this form by Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 5 p.m. Eastern.

When you check in at the conference, please confirm with the check-in volunteer that you have selected a vegan meal. 

What networking opportunities will be available? How much networking time will I have?

Networking and registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. and continue until 9 a.m., allowing meaningful networking before the conference starts with peers and potential partners. Networking time will also be available between sessions, during breaks and after the conference. Be sure to bring lots of business cards!

New this year for nonprofit CEOs and executive directors is an exclusive networking breakout just for you, offered during both breakout session times at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 

Where can I learn more about keynote speaker Nataly Kogan?

We are thrilled to welcome best-selling author and international speaker Nataly Kogan as the keynote speaker at the 2022 Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Watch the 60-second video she recorded just for conference attendees:

If you’d like to learn more about Nataly before the conference, watch her popular talk at TedxBoston below. You can also read The Bigger Why chapter of Nataly’s book, The Awesome Human Project, for free here

What are the social media hashtags or handles for this event?

We encourage you to share your conference experience before, during and after the event. Please follow and tag the Nonprofit Leadership Center using @nlctb and use the hashtags #CalledToAction and #NLCTB. We love to reshare and elevate your posts!

Please note that the Nonprofit Leadership Center will take photos and videos throughout the event and use footage you may appear in on social media and other digital communications. Please alert a volunteer at check-in if you have any concerns with this.

Who are the conference sponsors?

This year’s event is only possible because of the generous support of our passionate partners that believe in the nonprofit community’s importance and impact. Please join us in thanking the sponsors featured below, and be sure to show them some love before, during and after the event on social media. We’d like to extend a special thank-you to our presenting sponsor, Bank of America, our lead conference sponsor since 2011. 

Thank you to our 2022 Leadership Conference Sponsors

Who should I contact if I have questions or need more information?

Contact the Nonprofit Leadership Center team at info@nlctb.org or 813-287-8779.

What is the Nonprofit Leadership Center?

The Nonprofit Leadership Center develops and connects nonprofit leaders to strengthen organizations and our communities. As a nonprofit organization that exists to support other nonprofits, we offer professional development classes, certificate programs, an annual conference and customized learning experiences for nonprofit leaders at all experience levels. Learn more about us and how we can help you and your nonprofit at nlctb.org, and sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter to receive the latest nonprofit news and events.