NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Being the change that changes everything starts with us: The problem-solvers, the change-makers, the status-quo shakers, the eternal optimists, the social activists — nonprofit professionals and leaders.

Us as a collective. Us as individuals.

Join hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders at the 2024 Nonprofit Leadership Conference on October 8 in downtown Tampa. Together, we will learn, lead, and lift up our communities to transform pressing challenges into positive change.

It starts with us. It starts with you.

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Get ready for world-class speakers, inspiring breakout sessions, engaging networking and a few surprises — all focused on being the change we wish to see. You’ll walk away with ideas, tools and strategies you and your nonprofit can immediately implement.

8-9 a.m.
Check In, Light Breakfast, Networking, Exhibit Hall

9:059:20 a.m.
Welcome & Conference Opening

9:25-10:25 a.m.
Morning Session: Growing Sustainable Nonprofits: Strengthening Funder/Nonprofit Partnerships

10:30-11 a.m. 
Networking Break & Exhibit Hall

11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m. 
Breakout Sessions

12:10-12:40 p.m.
Lunch

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Keynote Presentation: Shabnam Mogharabi
 
1:50-2:30 p.m. 
Closing, Book Signing & Continued Networking

Keynote Speaker

Image of Shabnam Mogharabi, a woman with dark brown hair wearing a black jacket and blue top smiling into the camera

Shabnam Mogharabi is an entertainment entrepreneur, author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in media and storytelling. She is a lifelong student of positive psychology and an expert on how to create socially impactful and entertaining content.

Shabnam believes embracing the power of joy is an act of rebellion, and in her insightful, interactive session, she will share practical tips about what it takes to truly bring more joy into your life, both personally and professionally.

Meet

Shabnam

Watch as Shabnam Mogharabi shares more about her keynote talk and personally invites you to join her at the 2024 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

MORNING SESSION

Photo of Stephanie Gularte, a white woman with blond hair wearing a pink blouse and white jacket

Workplace well-being is a leadership imperative. But when leaders are overworked and overwhelmed, there is little energy left for personal wellness — making it difficult to model this value to our teams. 

During this powerful wellbeing conversation that kicks off the first day of the conference, Stephanie Gularte, MFA, CPC, CPT, ELI-MP, nonprofit CEO and certified wellness coach, will show you how to Manage Your Energy to Lead with Impact & Resilience. She’ll invite you to look inward and discover powerful tools to cultivate and manage your personal energy resources. These tools will empower you to navigate an ever-changing nonprofit landscape while prioritizing your own wellness.

Breakout Sessions: SELECT ONE TO ATTEND

Headshot of Meriel Martinez, a Puerto Rican woman with short, greyish-black hair wearing a white T-shirt

Make Your Workplace a Community of Belonging

Nestor Ortiz, a Black man with black hair and a black beard wearing glasses, a white shirt and brown tie and vest against a peach background

How to Involve the Community in Solving Its Own Problems

Increase Employee Engagement Across Generations

Missy McNabb, a white woman with short brown hair, glasses and wearing a black jacket with blue blouse

If Onboarding is So Critical, Why Don’t We Do It Well?

Photo of Mandy Cloninger, a white woman with curly blond hair wearing a navy blue suit jacket, smiling into the camera

10 Trends Fueling Thriving Nonprofits

Headshot of Abby Mackness, a white woman with short, reddish-brown hair, wearing glasses, a white jacket and floral scarff

Panel: Engaging Nonprofit Funders for Lasting Change

Leading from Any Seat to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges

Emily Ghosh Harris, a woman of color with dark brown hair wearing a white top and smiling into the camera

Aligning Your Personal & Nonprofit Brands for Impact

Your Conference EMCEE

Patrick Arthur Jackson, a Black man smiling joyfully while wearing a red button-down shirt

Patrick Arthur Jackson is a dynamic creative, producer, director, actor, and teaching artist deeply committed to connection through storytelling. A Morehouse College drama graduate, he honed his skills at the British American Drama Academy and the Florida Studio Theatre Acting Apprentice Program.

As a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Certificate in Leadership and Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship, Patrick serves as the manager of education, outreach and program design at The Woodson African American Museum of Florida. Additionally, he is the Florida Fellow for South Arts and the National Leaders of Color Fellowship Program. A versatile artist, Patrick has showcased his talents across Southeast arts organizations, including directing acts of faith at American Stage and earning recognition as a 2023 Emerging Artist with Creative Pinellas.

Off-stage, Patrick hosts The Black Hand Side Podcast, celebrating black culture, connection and conversation. In addition to serving on the ministerial staff at Today’s Church Tampa Bay, he further engages with the community through The Black Arts Leader Alliance, The Black Excellence Collective, Actor’s Equity Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

REcharge with

Patrick

See why conference emcee Patrick Arthur Jackson says every nonprofit professional needs to be at this year’s conference.

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Cancellations and Substitutions 

Conference registrations are non-refundable, but substitutions are welcome until 5 p.m. Eastern on October 1, 2024. To substitute a registered guest, please contact us at info@nlctb.org or 813 287-8779. Please include the original guest’s name and the substitute guest’s name, title, organization and email address in your message.

Individual Early Bird Ticket

Deadline: July 31, 2024

$215 $175

87 available out of 100

This ticket provides access to the full in-person conference at Tampa Marriott Water Street (which includes a keynote speaker, an additional speaker experience, breakfast snacks and coffee, seated lunch, networking opportunities, and free parking in Fort Brooke or Pam Iorio garage) AND access to 5 engaging breakout sessions.

For Profit Table
+ 10 conference scholarships

Deadline: September 27, 2024

$4,500

2 available out of 2

Benefits include: 10 tickets to the conference + 10 scholarship tickets for nonprofits who otherwise would not have the ability to attend the event, name on website and day of event signage, company literature included in the swag bag, and NLC Leadership Giving Circle recognition.

For Profit Table

Deadline: September 27, 2024

$2,750

8 available out of 8

Benefits include: 10 tickets to the conference, name on website and day of event signage, company literature included in the swag bag, and NLC Leadership Giving Circle recognition.

Nonprofit Table

Deadline: September 27, 2024

$1,600

35 available out of 40

Benefits include: 10 tickets to the conference, name on website and day of event signage, company literature included in the swag bag, and NLC Leadership Giving Circle recognition.

Exhibitor + Key Partner

Deadline: September 27, 2024

$1,750

7 available out of 8

Benefits include: 12-month membership in our Key Partner program, including logo recognition on the website, 2 tickets to the conference, company literature included in the swag bag, and an exhibitor table.

Exhibitor

Deadline: September 27, 2024

$850

6 available out of 7

Benefits include: 2 tickets to the conference, company literature included in the swag bag, and an exhibitor table.

Register now to join hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders at the 2024 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

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sponsor the event

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 our team at lcsponsor@nlctb.org or call 813 287-8779 for more information.

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. 
Jacquelyn,
Nonprofit Executive Director

Co-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.

Lunch Sponsor

Stage Sponsor

The Visot Family

Stage Sponsor

The Visot Family

Technology & Innovation Sponsor(s)

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Networking Sponsor

Notebook Sponsor

Year of Training Sponsor(s)

Breakout Sponsor(s)

Breakout Sponsors

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Year of Training Sponsors

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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.

CFRE Continuing Education Points

Full, live participation in the 2024 Nonprofit Leadership Conference: It Starts With Us is applicable for 4.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.  Click here for a conference specific continuing education point tracker from CFRE.

 

Manage Your Energy to Lead with Impact & Resilience

Workplace well-being is a leadership imperative. But when leaders are overworked and overwhelmed, there is little energy left for personal wellness — making it difficult to model this value to our teams. For professionals who consistently serve others, understanding our physical and emotional energy is critical to achieve greater impact and enhanced fulfillment. 

In this wellbeing conversation, you’ll be invited to look inward and discover powerful tools to cultivate and manage your personal energy resources. These tools will empower you to navigate an ever-changing nonprofit landscape while prioritizing your own wellness.

Stephanie Gularte, MFA, CPC, CPT , ELI-MP, is an experienced nonprofit CEO who is passionate about the integration of leadership, well-being and team-building to inspire leaders and nonprofits to thrive. With programs that integrate workplace well-being practices, energy-management techniques, functional workplace well-being approaches, and action-centered strategic planning, Stephanie offers a dimensional approach to transform the way nonprofit leaders live, work and engage in the world.

Make Your Workplace a Community of Belonging

Research shows the importance of feeling embraced and supported within our communities. Yet, the workplace can be a space where some feel relegated to the margins. How can we create workplaces that are true communities of belonging? In this session, you’ll learn what it takes to build welcoming professional environments and explore what individuals and nonprofit organizations can do to create a genuine sense of belonging for all.

Meriel Martínez is the program director at the Nonprofit Leadership Center. She focuses on training and development in diversity, equity and inclusion and manages the organization’s small-group leadership programs.

How to Involve the Community in Identifying and Solving Its Own Problems

To achieve lasting community change, nonprofits and the public must start viewing constituents as creators of community change — not recipients of community services. During this engaging session, you’ll work in large and small groups to discuss challenges and solutions to empowering communities to impact their own positive trajectory and how your nonprofit and its stakeholders can contribute to successful outcomes. You’ll walk away understanding how to build a plan for community change that begins with the community at the center.

Nestor Ortiz is the president and CEO of 16 Point Compass Consulting. Nestor has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 30 years in a variety of leadership roles. With a focus on historically marginalized communities and the organizations serving them, Nestor has spent 18 of those years serving as an organizational and community consultant, assisting local and national nonprofits, government agencies and educational institutions in creating, developing, and implementing their own quality community-based initiatives and internal institutional practices and programs. Nestor continues to be socially active, supporting local, statewide, and national campaigns that actively support the success of all our marginalized communities.

Understanding Your Changing Workforce: How to Increase Employee Engagement Across Generations

For the first time in our nation’s history, America has seven living generations — with five generations in the workplace. People are living and working longer than in previous generations, and new technology allows for younger workers to assume more responsibility at a faster rate. During this session, you’ll learn the distinctive perspectives, motivations and expectations of each generation to improve communication, collaboration and engagement at your nonprofit.

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.

If Onboarding is So Critical, Why Don’t We Do It Well?

Although finding the right talent is more challenging than ever today, many new employees have less-than-successful onboarding experiences once hired. During this session, you will explore how to create an effective onboarding process for new hires, managers, and your entire organization. Participate in an interactive activity to share your insights and learn from fellow attendees. You’ll receive an Onboarding Process Template you can immediately use at your organization.

Missy McNabb, J.D., is the founder and CEO of Sandpiper Solutions, LLC, a professional services firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership and organizational development, facilitation, and learning and development consulting. She has more than 35 years of experience in designing and implementing internal coaching programs and conducting leadership and executive coaching for groups and individuals.

10 Trends Fueling Thriving Nonprofits

Changing  demographics, decreasing donors and economic concerns are just a few of the challenges impacting nonprofits right now. With nearly a third of all nonprofits at risk of survival, join us to learn the 10 research-backed trends necessary for your nonprofit to thrive and how to integrate them into your organization’s strategy.

Mandelyn (Mandy) Cloninger, CFRE, is a nonprofit leader, charismatic spokesperson and a results-driven executive. With 20 years of experience raising hundreds of millions of dollars, Mandy has cultivated transformational relationships with diverse constituencies. She has built capacity, scale, and scope in higher education, health care, and community-based nonprofits.

Driving Social Impact: Engaging Nonprofit Funders for Lasting Change

During this panel discussion, we will explore the critical role of nonprofit funders in driving social impact and creating lasting change. We will delve into strategies and best practices for engaging funders who prioritize social impact at the center of their philanthropic efforts. The panel will feature experts from the nonprofit sector, philanthropic organizations and impact investors who will share their insights and experiences.

Meet the Panelists

  • Josh Dunn, Vice President of Investments and Partnership Strategies, United Way Suncoast
  • Demmeri Gallon, Community Relations Manager, Bank of America Tampa Bay
  • Brittney Frazier, Grants Officer & Strategic Initiative Manager, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Moderated by Abby Mackness, M.S., J.D., CEO of Mackness and Poore Consulting, LLC, who has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit grant and for-profit proposal preparation and program management 

Leading from Any Seat to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges

Our world and workplace are in a constant state of change. To thrive in the future, every nonprofit employee needs critical skills to navigate leadership transitions, manager changes and challenges that don’t even exist yet. During this highly interactive conversation, you’ll dig deep to discover how to focus on your personal and professional readiness, career goals and growth mindset to unearth answers to tomorrow’s challenges. 

John Loblack, Ed. D., is an accomplished and change-oriented human development expert who draws upon his diverse background, training and experiences to encourage, motivate and inspire nonprofit leaders to drastically increase their individual and organizational value. As a graduate from the school of “Hard Knocks,” John learned to appreciate the value of hard work and perseverance.

Aligning Your Personal & Organizational Brand for Greater Impact

Building an iconic brand that changes the world for the better requires intentionality, consistency, creativity and courage. During this breakout session, you will deepen your relationship with the unique frequency of your brand while harnessing powerful practices to support you in bringing the highest vision of your brand to life. We will explore social media, messaging and other creative engagement strategies to elevate your brand’s authentic voice, grow your community and create positive impact.

Emily Ghosh Harris, MBA, is an entrepreneur, podcast host and speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Soul Media, a company focused on elevating conscious companies and entrepreneurs through intuitive marketing, brand strategy, public relations and communications consulting. Soul Media supports clients across arts and entertainment, health and wellness, environmental and nonprofit arenas.