2021 Leadership Conference: Lead Bravely. Act Boldly.

Lorraine Faithful

  • 2021 Leadership Conference
    October 13, 2021
    8:30 am - 1:00 pm EST

NLC Nonprofit Leadership Conference | October 13, 2021

During the past year, nonprofit leaders have risen to the challenges of our time — adjusting, reimagining and leading courageously to strengthen our communities. Now, it’s time to celebrate and chart how we’ll continue moving forward together.

Please join the Nonprofit Leadership Center on October 13, 2021, for our 11th Annual Leadership Conference, presented by Bank of America. This highly anticipated event returns in its dynamic virtual platform with new features and surprises, allowing you to participate from anywhere in the world. The 2021 conference theme is Lead Bravely. Act Boldly. — exactly what we as nonprofit leaders must do to meet the growing needs of our communities and make the impact we exist to achieve.


Conference host Bill Fries, CEO of Hiregy, is back as your master of ceremonies to guide you through this must-attend virtual experience. 

Welcome and opening session

Opening keynote

Breakout sessions

Activities and special surprises 

Closing keynote

Virtual networking 

In the coming weeks, we’ll reveal the impressive line-up of speakers, breakout sessions and activities, all focused on how nonprofit leaders can think differently, challenge the status quo, drive innovation, and lead for the future. You’ll walk away with ideas, tools, and strategies that you and your team can immediately implement across the most critical topics facing our sector and society.


Dr. Shirley Davis

Dr. Shirley Davis is a seasoned HR and diversity and inclusion global thought leader, senior executive, certified leadership coach, and former chief diversity and inclusion officer for several Fortune 100 companies. Dr. Davis is the author of the best-selling books, Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life” and The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You’re Over-Performing and Undervalued. She has been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, USA Today, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Washington Post, and Inclusion Magazine.

As president and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, Inc., a woman and minority-owned C-Corporation headquartered in Tampa Bay, she works with leaders to create more inclusive and high-performing workplaces where all talent can thrive.


Jon AcuffJon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including his most recent Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, Finish: Give yourself the gift of done. Published in more than a dozen languages, his work is both critically acclaimed and adored by readers. After reading Do Over, marketing legend Seth Godin wrote in his endorsement, “This is the best career book ever written. I’m not even sure what book comes in second.” When he’s not writing, Acuff can be found speaking as one of INC’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to companies like FedEx, Nissan, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Nokia and Comedy Central. For more than 20 years he’s also helped some of the biggest brands tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples and the Dave Ramsey Team. His fresh perspective on life has given him the opportunity to write for Reader’s Digest, Fast Company, The Harvard Business Review and Time Magazine and appear on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.  


There has never been a more important or necessary time for nonprofits to lead bravely and act boldly. Join hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders and teams from across the country to move our sector and missions forward. Find ticket options and register at the bottom of this page.

$150 for individual tickets ($175 after June 30)

$1,500 for nonprofit teams of 15

$2,500 for for-profit teams of 15


NLC’s Leadership Conference would not be possible without the generous support of passionate partners who believe in the importance and impact of our nonprofit community. We’d like to extend a special thank-you to our presenting sponsor Bank of America.


If you’d like to reach and connect with hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, we offer many strategic partnership opportunities. Please contact Tess Plotkin for more information.


Note: You do not need to purchase tickets below if you are a sponsor or you have registered a team. We will follow up with you to collect your attendees’ information.


Note: If you are sponsoring or purchasing a team ticket bundle, please use the above form instead of purchasing individual tickets.


Tickets Price Qty
$150 Early Bird Individual (1 seat)show details + $150.00 (USD)   Expired
$175 Individual (1 seat)show details + $175.00 (USD)  


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