Being the change that changes everything takes more than one of us.

More than some of us.

More than a lot of us.

It takes all of us. Only together is the future we wish to see possible.

Come together with nonprofit and business leaders at the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference on October 19 in downtown Tampa and/or virtually on October 20, presented by Bank of America. Together as one sector and one community that shares the same passion, purpose and potential, we will unleash the power of collaboration and innovation to strengthen our organizations and communities.

You belong here, because you are essential to build the future we want to see.

Together we will.


Get ready for two dynamic days of world-class speakers, inspiring breakout sessions, engaging networking and a few surprises — all focused on unleashing the power of “we.” You’ll walk away with ideas, tools and strategies you and your team can immediately implement.

DAY 1: OCT. 19, 2023

In person at the Hilton Tampa Downtown

8-9 a.m.
Check in, Light Breakfast, Networking, Exhibit Hall
9:059:30 a.m.
Welcome & Conference Opening
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Morning Ballroom Session
10:30-11:15 a.m. 
Networking Break & Exhibit Hall
11:20-11:50 a.m. 
11:50-12:55 p.m. 
Shola Richards Keynote Presentation: The Courage to Go Together: Three Questions to Change How You Work, Live and Lead
12:55-1:30 p.m. 
Day 1 Closing, Book Signing & Continued Networking
DAY 2: OCT. 20, 2023


9-10:15 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions
10:15-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11:45 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions
Conference participants will have access to all breakout session recordings for 60 days after the conference. More details on all breakout sessions will be shared soon.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote speaker Shola Richards, a Black man wearing a grey suit speaking to a crowd

Shola Richards is a global expert on workplace happiness and engagement. He is the CEO and founder of Go Together Global™ and the best-selling author of “Making Work Work” and “Go Together.” His articles and extremely popular “Go Together Movement” email series have been read in more than 160 countries, and his work has been featured on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Forbes, Black Enterprise, and numerous other outlets worldwide.


As a speaker, Shola shares his transformative message with organizations, companies and industries of all sizes. He has brought his expert recommendations to the TEDx stage and even to Capitol Hill where he has shared how to bring more civility to Congress.


Shola is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self-professed “kindness extremist” who will not rest until bullying and incivility are extinct from the American workplace.

Breakout Sessions

Finding & Retaining Talent in a Changing Hiring Landscape

Social Capital: Building Your Network & Net Worth

The Spiral of Consciousness: Leading Intentionally

Prioritizing Yourself in a Nonstop World

Leading Change Through the Power of Reflection


Register now to join hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders at the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Individual tickets and team tables are available.

Registration will open in April for the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Sign up for our email list to be the first to hear when event registration is live.

Become a sponsor

The Nonprofit Leadership Conference would not be possible without the generous support of passionate partners who believe in the importance and impact of our nonprofit community. If you’d like to reach and connect with hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, we offer many strategic partnership opportunities.

Thank you seems inadequate for what I experienced at the Nonprofit Leadership Conference. It was absolutely life-changing. Every year, I think this is the best one yet and then each year is even better than the previous one. 
Nonprofit Executive Director

Thank you to our presenting sponsor

The Nonprofit Leadership Conference would not be possible without the generous support of passionate sponsors 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, our lead conference sponsor since 2011.

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

Nonprofit CEO Breakout Sponsor

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Become a sponsor

The Nonprofit Leadership Conference would not be possible without the generous support of passionate partners who believe in the importance and impact of our nonprofit community. If you’d like to reach and connect with hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, we offer many strategic partnership opportunities. Please contact us for more information.

THE COURAGE TO GO TOGETHER™ Three Questions to Change How You Work, Live and Lead

In his highly-inspiring keynote at the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, Shola Richardson will introduce the transformative concept of Ubuntu (pronounced, “oo-BOON-too”) which translates to “I am, because we are.”

The Ubuntu philosophy, along with three powerful questions, will provide you with actionable strategies to transform your work culture, amplify team civility, and inspire yourself and others to consistently bring your best to your work. 

You will leave with:

  • Three key questions to ask yourself to increase the likelihood of a civil, engaged and productive work culture
  • The answers to the most common objections to beginning the important (and challenging) work of positively transforming your work culture
  • The self-awareness to become mindful of how your words, actions and behaviors affect others

One of the most pressing challenges facing leaders today is attracting and retaining top talent. Known as the “Great Resignation” or “Great Reshuffle,” the workforce’s shifting expectations since the pandemic require organizations to re-evaluate their culture to inspire employee engagement and loyalty — and ultimately deliver their mission more effectively.

During this interactive session, you will learn how to use culture as your differentiator to attract and retain top talent and why investing in your culture leads to high performance.

Cheryl Brown, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is passionate about helping organizations relentlessly pursue organizational excellence. With more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies to improve cultures, Cheryl is an expert in culture transformation, strategic planning, operational effectiveness, innovation, talent acquisition, diversity, equity, and inclusion, organizational development, performance management, succession planning, and board governance. As an award-winning leader, her P.R.A.I.S.E. Culture™ and P.R.A.I.S.E. Strategy™ frameworks align culture with strategy to achieve measurable results. Cheryl currently serves as chief human resources officer at Credit Union West and has held similar C-suite roles at Publix Employees Federal Credit Union and USF Federal Credit Union. She is a Nonprofit Leadership Center board member.

In today’s ever-changing landscape, leaders are under increasing pressure to demonstrate innovation and impact. For nonprofits, the key may be in thinking and acting like an entrepreneur.

Like every entrepreneur, nonprofit leaders need three kinds of capital: financial, human, and social. While financial and human capital are essential for success, social capital — the connections and shared values that exist between people and enable cooperation — is the key ingredient for long-term growth and impact.

During this session, you will learn how to think more like an entrepreneur as you explore the principles of social capital and the four ways to build it.

Gary T. Hartfield, MBA, is the founder, president and CEO of six residential group homes throughout Florida and an adult day training center, delivering personalized and therapeutic health care services for the elderly and developmentally disabled. Gary is also the founder and CEO of Serenity Village Insurance & Consulting in Tampa, a full-service operation specializing in commercial risk to support individuals and business owners. Gary is the author of “Stand,” and he was recognized by Onyx Magazine’s “Black Men Honors ‘Florida’s Most Impactful and Influential Men.’”

As leaders look toward the future, they face critical choices about organizational culture and sustainability. With the growing need for workplaces to acknowledge and value differences and ensure inclusivity is the norm, not a strategic initiative, leaders must consciously question and seek to broaden their reality. And yet, most thinking happens in the subconscious mind, including how we approach people, problem-solve and make decisions. These involuntary patterns influence our perspectives and behaviors, with no thought to the why.

During this thought-provoking session, you’ll examine a process to take the necessary steps to become a more intentional leader and choose to be the change we wish to see.

Margarita Sarmiento is an award-winning international trainer and speaker, certified leadership coach and author. Three major career shifts due to reorganizations and layoffs gave rise to her more than 30 years of management and training experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Through her company ITK Consultants, Margarita designs and delivers customized programs in leadership, organizational and team development, communication, and DEI to influence positive change and improve results.

Nonprofit professionals face a high risk of burning out. To effectively care for others, we must first care for ourselves, but that’s often easier than it sounds.

Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting your well-being, pursuing happiness and being equipped to respond to stress with a positive mindset, so difficult periods don’t become long-term imbalances. In this interactive session, you’ll design a personal roadmap for self-care that can be modeled at all levels of your organization, develop strategies to shift organizational culture to one that prioritizes learning over performance, and identify ways funders can support the mental health and well-being of your nonprofit team(s).

Kristen Lessig-Schenerlein, ACC, CPQC, CTAA, RYT200, is the owner of Koi Coaching & Consulting where she helps nonprofit and small business leaders do the inner work necessary to link their power with their passion. Kristen blends her more than 16 years of experience as a nonprofit founder and executive director with yoga training and Positive Intelligence to help leaders improve their mental fitness and live a life in alignment with their values. She is a Certified Positive Intelligence Coach and Certified Virtual Facilitator will begin her master’s in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

Reflection is a powerful tool for learning and leadership, yet it’s often a leader’s least-protected resource. More and more, leaders feel pressured to deprioritize time for reflection to respond to increasing organizational demands. These urgent challenges often require innovative solutions — solutions that can surely be accessed through consistent, intentional, reflective thinking.

During this session, you will renew your understanding of reflection as a driving force of your leadership, learn a simple framework to leverage reflection as a tool for innovative thinking, and practice two reflective strategies to strengthen your personal and leadership adaptability.

Rebecca J. Watson, M.Ed., is a master facilitator and leadership development strategist with a passion for empowering emerging and established leaders. She currently serves as CEO of Limitless Leader Inc., a leadership development consulting firm. For more than 17 years, she has made significant contributions to leadership capacity-building initiatives in Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Tennessee. She also supports school improvement efforts as a national education consultant and previously served as a principal with Chicago Public Schools.