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10 Reasons to Attend the 10th Anniversary Leadership Conference on October 13

It’s almost time! On October 13, 2020, nonprofit and business leaders from across the nation will come together virtually to explore how to lead courageously through some of the greatest challenges of our time at the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s 2020 Leadership Conference.

Watch the sneak peek that the conference speakers put together for you:

Now that you’re totally inspired, here are 10 additional reasons you can’t miss the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s 10th Anniversary Leadership Conference: Lead Courageously.

10. You can participate from anywhere.

With the 2020 Leadership Conference livestreamed virtually this year, you can participate from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re logging in from your office, the desk in your guest room, your kitchen table or living room sofa, you’ll be transported to a digital destination full of inspiration, motivation and collaboration. It also means you can trade in business attire for yoga pants (or no pants at all). We won’t judge.

9. This will not be another Zoom call.

If you’re like us, the world of webinars and Zoom meetings has us craving something new. That’s why this year’s virtual Leadership Conference is breaking the traditional mold and will be like nothing you’ve experienced yet. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will be alongside a live musical performance, meditation moment and other fun surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat. See the full agenda here.

8. You’ll receive expert advice on happiness and awesomeness, two things we could all use more of right now.

Neil Pasricha, keynote speaker at NLC's 2020 Leadership Conference

This year’s keynote speaker, Neil Pasricha, is a positive psychology researcher who focuses on the relationship between happiness and leadership in business and is touted as one of the world’s leading authorities on intentional living. He is a New York Times bestselling author of six books, including “The Book of Awesome,” “The Happiness Equation” and “You Are Awesome.” He got famous after documenting 1,000 awesome things for 1,000 consecutive days. After leading through (read: surviving) 2020, you deserve to focus on all things happy and awesome right now.

7. It’s BYOC

With no hotel ballroom to gather in this year, you can Bring Your Own Coffee (BYOC). Also, you’re free from any chance of being faced with dry rolls, overcooked chicken or the temptation to devour a larger than life slice of cake that’s waiting for you before you even eat your salad. You’re welcome.

6. Breakout sessions: You won’t want to choose just one (and you don’t have to).

This year’s breakout sessions may be our best line-up yet, all focused on different aspects of courageous leadership. Traditionally, attendees have the chance to attend two breakout sessions and are unable to participate in the other outstanding content or may have to choose their second choice if the room fills up. With this year’s virtual format, attendees get to join two sessions of their choice live and receive access to ALL the sessions following the conference. That means you can enjoy the workshops you don’t attend live and get quadruple the value.

5. You’ll still have time to get your work done.

We know how busy you are and that it can be hard to take time away for professional development and networking. Because this year’s event is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you’ll still have half of your day to answer emails, attend meetings and cross critical items off your to-do list.

4. It’s a meaningful reward for your staff and team.

Let’s face it; 2020 has been a hard year for everyone. Everyone is exhausted. The conference is the perfect jolt of positive energy and motivation to reward yourself and your colleagues for all you’ve been through this year and get what you need to keep going. Nonprofit and for-profit team tickets are available as a way for you to attend as a group.

3. Get social without a mask.

We might be virtual, but that doesn’t make this year’s event any less social. Attendees will enjoy meaningful opportunities to network with other nonprofit leaders and corporate partners through their screens in our networking and exhibitor lounges. With specified time periods to move in and out of networking spaces, you’ll have time to connect and build relationships with peers and professionals. Both the networking and exhibitor lounges will remain open following the event for extra social time. No masks required!


Who doesn’t like free goodies? Event participants will receive a virtual swag bag with free offers, coupon codes and other items from amazing businesses and organizations. You’ll have to wait until event day to claim your prizes.

1. You’ll be ready to lead courageously.

Courageous leadership has never been more important. With our entire conference focused on helping nonprofit leaders lead more courageously, you’ll nurture the seed of courage inside you and walk away ready to think differently and act boldly to strengthen your organization and our communities.

Lead Courageously at NLC's 2020 Leadership Conference

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