The 2018 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker is….

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications News, Stories


The wait is over! We have MAJOR news about the 2018 Leadership Conference to share!

Team NLC has been busily planning and locking in details of the 8th annual Leadership Conference since late 2017.

If you attend our classes and custom training events, you’ve already learned that the event is on May 17th and that we’re returning to the Tampa Convention Center.

But we can guarantee you did not know what’s coming next….

First, let’s talk about the theme of this year’s Conference.

What’s in a Name?

As NLC’s flagship event, the Leadership Conference has high expectations to meet. First, Leadership Conference has to be universal.

Each year we insist that this event speak not only to our nonprofit leaders and their organizational needs, but we also program this event to be resonate with anyone in the workforce–including the for-profit professionals who support the nonprofit sector as volunteers, board members, and donors.

From our six breakouts to our keynote, the topics presented must address the personal and professional development needs of ALL professionals, whether they work in the nonprofit sector or healthcare or education or finance.

Leadership Conference must also be transformational.

The speakers we invite, the content they present, the knowledge and skills they teach must bring about some fundamental change or growth in our guests. That’s why we work with each of our six breakout speakers to design Action Plans for attendees to work on at Leadership Conference and being applying as soon as the keynote concludes.

So with these two parameters in mind, we met with a speaker selection committee and a planning committee to brainstorm universal, transformational topics. As we narrowed the field, we tested options with trusted friends and NLC stakeholders.

We find this process of collaboration and testing to be invaluable and rely on it heavily. And it didn’t fail us; in fact it generated the very powerful and timely 2018 Leadership Conference theme:

AGILITY: Meta-skills for a Changing Workforce

(Stay tuned for the debut of a much snazzier treatment of the theme; we’re working with some creative folks to make it as eye-catching as it is fun to say.)

In addition to our theme, this year’s creative process generated a tagline that we think is also pretty nifty. It help describes what our attendees can expect to get out of the 2018 Leadership Conference: tomorrow’s skills for today.

This will be the touchstone we return to as we begin recruiting speakers for the six breakout sessions. Each will focus on one meta-skill, that is one super-skill that you can apply to many different situations in life–even those you’ve never faced before–to be successful.

So you might expect session on topics such as Emotional Intelligence, Life Balance, Self Care, Transparency, Inclusion, Accountability–to name just a few options. We have started programming these, but you’ll just have to wait for another blog post to learn more. We’re not telling. Yet.

Are you still reading? Yay! Thanks. Yes, this post is long, but #worthit!


Okay, so here comes the BIG REVEAL!

Because this is where you’ll learn the name, background, and topic of the 2018 Leadership Conference keynote speaker.

Drum roll, please. (Drum roll. Not eye roll.)

After culling suggested speaker’s lists and watching countless TED Talks, we took a short list (very short–just 2) candidates to our speaker selection committee. They were both strong candidates with compelling messages and something unique to offer, so there was debate.

In the end, however, our speaker selection committee recommended–and we were thrilled to accept–organizational psychologist, researcher, and best-selling author Dr. Tasha Eurich as the 2018 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker.

Tasha is a self-awareness expert; she has studied the link between knowing oneself and success. As she explained to use in a call we made before presenting her to the selection committee:


“Self-awareness is the meta-skill of the 21st century—people who
know who they are and how they’re seen are more successful, more confident, build better relationships, and are more respected and effective leaders than those who don’t.

There’s just one problem: most people don’t see themselves quite as clearly as they could.”



But the good news is that self-awareness is a surprisingly developable skill–and now the focus of the 2018 Leadership Conference Keynote, where our guests will discover the surprising myths, unseen roadblocks, and scientifically proven path to self-awareness.

Exciting, right? Universal? Youbetcha. Transformational? Surely!

We sincerely hope you will be among the very first to register when we start selling tickets; expect that to happen in the next week or so. If you just can’t wait that long, you can absolutely take advantage of our sponsorship options to secure seats–or a table before the general public. You can learn more by downloading our table and sponsorship info: 2018 LC Sponsorship Opportunites AND Form_1.22.18

We’ll be back soon with additional exciting details about Leadership Conference (Breakout topics! Breakout speakers! Networking Opportunities!), so stay tuned.

In the meantime, we would like to say THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: