Leadership Conference Event Guide

The Nonprofit Leadership Center looks forward to welcoming you at the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Whether you’re participating in the full two-day experience or will be with us exclusively online, this frequently asked questions guide contains everything you need to know to prepare and plan for a successful event experience.


When is the conference?

The 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference is hosted by the Nonprofit Leadership Center and presented by Bank of America. This year, the conference takes place over two days in a hybrid format:

Day 1 

Thursday, October 19, 2023

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern 

Hilton Tampa Downtown, Second Floor

211 North Tampa Street

Tampa, Florida, 33602

Registration begins at 8 a.m. along with light breakfast items, networking and an exhibit hall. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Please allow yourself plenty of time to park, register, eat and network before the program begins at 9 a.m.

Day 2 

Friday, October 20, 2023

9 a.m. to noon Eastern

Virtual (live) from anywhere you live and work – participants will receive access to all content for 60 days after the event.

Review your ticket information carefully to see if you will be participating in both days of the conference or just the second day virtually.

Where is this year’s conference located?

The 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference takes place in a hybrid format this year, with Day 1 (October 19, 2023) at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, located at 211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602. 

Day 2 (October 20, 2023) will be virtual, taking place live online from anywhere you live and work.

Participants with either a full-access or virtual day ticket will receive login information via email before the event with a unique link to register that’s just for you. We recommend joining the virtual experience from a desktop or laptop computer to ensure the best experience.

What time should I arrive?

On October 19, 2023, registration and networking begin at 8 a.m. Eastern for full-access ticket holders. Coffee, tea and light breakfast items will also be available starting at that time, courtesy of the Visot family. Although the conference program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Eastern, we strongly recommend arriving early to give yourself plenty of time to park and enjoy networking and breakfast time.

For the virtual portion of the conference on October 20, the program also begins at 9 a.m. Eastern. We recommend logging in about 10 minutes before the event starts to ensure you don’t have any technical difficulties and to give yourself time to connect with our support staff if you run into any issues so you don’t miss a minute of the content.

What should I wear?

The in-person 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 the ballroom.

For our virtual sessions on Day Two, please wear whatever you are most comfortable in to view the event from your home, office or other location of your choice. 

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 for those attending in person on October 19 — You will meet and network with many peers and potential partners.

  • All in-person 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.

Additionally, we will be using an app called Poll Everywhere throughout the two-day event to stimulate participant engagement. Please download the app in advance so you can participate in interactive questions, polls and more! It is available in the App Store for your smartphone or for desktop here: https://www.polleverywhere.com/mobile

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

In-person networking and registration on October 19 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until the conference starts at 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!

Nonprofit CEOs and executive directors will also have a networking space available throughout the conference located in the Palma Ceia room. It is located off of Exhibit Hall A to the right as you enter the main conference area.

Is the conference eligible for CFRE continuing education credit?

Yes, full, live participation in the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference: Together We Will is applicable for 4.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. Live participation includes two in-person, one-hour sessions on Day 1 (October 19) and two virtual 1.25-hour sessions on Day 2 (October 20). If you watch the recorded breakout sessions, you are eligible for up to an additional 7.5 points. Click here for a conference specific continuing education point tracker from CFRE.


Where can I park on October 19 for Day One of the conference?

The Nonprofit Leadership Center is delighted to cover the cost of parking for guests who park in the Fort Brooke Garage, which is directly across from the Tampa Hilton Downtown. The public entrance is located on Whiting Street. Parking in this garage is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking vouchers will also cover the cost of parking at the Pam Iorio Garage, located on the corner of Channelside Drive and Florida Avenue. Payment for all other parking options will be your responsibility.

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

  • Enter the Fort Brooke Garage through the public access entrance on Whiting Street. Click here to download a map of downtown that marks the Hilton Tampa Downtown and the Fort Brooke Garage.

  • The Fort Brooke Garage is connected to the Hilton via a Skybridge on the third floor in the northwest corner of the garage, nearest the north elevator bank. This will make entering the building once you park a seamless experience.

  • When you check into the conference, please remember to take your parking chaser ticket with you. This is what you will use to pay for your parking when you exit the garage.

  • We highly recommend arriving early (check-in begins at 8 a.m.) and/or carpooling with friends or colleagues. There may be other events taking place in downtown Tampa, and those event-goers will also be utilizing this garage. Please remember, parking in this garage is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking in any lot other than Fort Brooke or Pam Iorio will be your financial responsibility.

  • If your office or home is along the route of TECO’s free trolley, you might consider that option (the trolley runs every 15 minutes beginning at 7 a.m.). Click here for trolley details.


What’s for lunch?

Attendees will receive a seated lunch that includes a salad with herb-roasted chicken breast (gluten-free and dairy-free), mixed field greens, shaved fennel, orange supremes, tomatoes and toasted pepitas with a blood orange and citrus honey vinaigrette dressing.

What if I have a dietary restriction? 

For those who require a vegan entrée and completed the vegan meal request form by October 12, we will offer a mixed field greens salad with portobello mushrooms that is gluten- and dairy-free. It includes mixed field greens, shaved fennel, orange supremes, tomatoes and toasted pepitas with a blood orange and citrus honey vinaigrette dressing.

When you check in at the conference, please confirm with the registration volunteer that you have selected a vegan meal. You will receive a vegan meal ticket to provide to your lunch server.


How do I log into the event?

Each guest received an email with their unique virtual breakout access link on October 12. They will receive another on October 19 and 20 as reminders. Click the red virtual access button at the bottom of the email you receive to automatically log in and pick your favorite sessions ahead of time.

Please be sure you have added info@nlctb.org to your contact list, and check your spam folder if you do not see your conference information.

How do I access my chosen breakout sessions once I log in? 

Once you click your unique access link in your email, navigate to the breakout session you would like to participate in.

Click on the speaker photo to enter the speaker’s virtual breakout space, from which you will be able to access the presentation area, the Q&A area, and handouts. (See  screenshot below)

Once you have entered the speaker’s virtual breakout space, access the presentation and handouts by clicking the session title. (See  screenshot below)

At the end of the presentation, click the orange BACK button in the upper left corner of the speaker page, then re-enter the speaker’s virtual  breakout space and access the Q&A by clicking “ASK THE PRESENTER.”

To get back to the main agenda page to get access to other breakouts, click the orange BACK button in the upper left corner of the speaker page.

What if I have problems logging into the virtual sessions on October 20 or experience any technical challenges?

If you experience any technical difficulties accessing the virtual sessions, please contact our conference production support team at 877-665-4630.

The best web browser to view the virtual sessions is Google Chrome. The only browser that is not recommended is Safari.

Can I participate in the event from my phone?

For optimal viewing and Q&A participation, we recommend logging into the virtual conference experience from a desktop or laptop computer.

How do I choose which breakout sessions to attend on Day Two? 

The second day of the conference begins on October 20 at 9 a.m. Eastern and offers participants the opportunity to attend two of eight available virtual breakout sessions live at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with a brief break between sessions.

Click the red virtual access button in the email you receive from us before the conference to access the virtual event and pick your favorite sessions ahead of time.

You can choose from the below sessions in each breakout block. You will also receive access to ALL eight breakout session recordings for 60 days after the conference, along with a guide for engaging your staff and colleagues with the content for team-building and continuous learning.

SCHEDULE: OCT. 20, 2023

9-10:15 a.m. 

  • Leading from Any Seat to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges
  • Understanding Your Changing Workforce: How to Increase Employee Engagement Across Generations
  • Make Your Workplace a Community of Belonging
  • Panel: Driving Social Impact: Engaging Nonprofit Funders for Lasting Change

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30-11:45 a.m. 

  • If Onboarding Is So Critical, Why Don’t We Do It Well
  • How to Involve the Community in Identifying and Solving its Own Problems
  • 10 Trends Fueling Thriving Nonprofits
  • Aligning Personal Brand & Organizational Brand for Social Impact

We recommend logging in via your unique access link in advance to plan your day.


What are the social media hashtags and 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 hashtag #TogetherWeWill. We love to reshare and elevate your posts!

Will you be taking professional photos during the event?

Yes. The Nonprofit Leadership Center will take professional photos and video footage throughout the event. All conference attendees understand that the Nonprofit Leadership Center may include all photos and footage from the event on social media, its website and other digital communications. That means you may appear in photos and videos taken during the event.


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. 

Presenting Sponsor

Technology & Innovation Sponsor

Reimagined Experiences logo, green, orange and blue

Lunch Sponsor

Networking Sponsor

Notebook Sponsor

Stage Sponsor

Hiregy logo in black with red sub-text: connecting exceptional people

Light Breakfast Sponsor

The Visot Family

Mug Sponsor

Warren Averett logo, a blue and grey logo with a large W and the words CPAs and Advisors underneath

Opening Video Sponsor

Breakout Sponsors

Catalyst Consulting Services logo (green and grey)

Year of Training Sponsors

Vistra Communications Logo


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

If you have questions about the conference, want to join the waitlist for in-person tickets or have feedback to share, please contact the Nonprofit Leadership Center team at info@nlctb.org or 813-287-8779.

If you need technical support during the virtual portion of the conference on October 20, please contact our conference production support team at 877-665-4630.

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 of all experience levels. Learn more about us and how we can help you and your nonprofit at nlctb.org.