Announcing the 2020 NLC Leadership Conference

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Drum roll please … (cue energetic finger tapping on our desks and a quick toss of confetti). Registration is now open for NLC’s 2020 Leadership Conference, presented by Bank of America. We have an impressive line-up of speakers, breakouts and surprises prepared for you as we celebrate our 10th anniversary of this unprecedented gathering of nonprofit leaders.

Today, we’re sharing all the important conference information and unveiling this year’s conference theme and keynote speaker. (Excited is an understatement.)

If you only have 30 seconds, watch this video. Otherwise, continue reading for all the juicy details.

The Details

When is the conference?
The 2020 NLC Leadership Conference is on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Save the date for the 2020 NLC Leadership Conference

Where is the conference?
We’re pleased to host the 2020 Leadership Conference at a new venue this year — the Tampa Marriott Water Street — a beautifully redesigned waterfront hotel that’s just steps away from the Tampa Riverwalk (with plenty of parking).

Tampa Marriott Water Street
505 Water St. | Tampa, FL

Who should attend?
The NLC Leadership Conference is the premier event in Tampa Bay for anyone who works for a nonprofit, wants to work for a nonprofit, serves as a nonprofit board leader or partners with nonprofits. Join 700 nonprofit and business leaders to learn from and connect with each other as we work to strengthen our skills, our organizations and our communities.

If you’re on the fence or not sure what to expect, check out the highlights from last year’s conference.

How can I register?
Register on our Website here. Register by April 1, 2020, to take advantage of early-bird pricing. There are ticket options for individuals as well as nonprofit and for-profit table pricing.

This conference will sell out, so be sure to secure your spot now!

Register for the NLC 2020 Leadership Conference Now

What does my conference ticket include?
Your ticket includes parking, your choice of two breakout sessions, lunch, dessert, a presentation from our keynote speaker and a FREE copy of his newest book (keep reading to see who it is and the book you’ll receive).

How can I learn more about sponsorship opportunities?
Thank you for your interest in supporting this year’s conference. Find all 2020 Leadership Conference sponsorship opportunities here. For more information, contact Jess Dvoracsek.


Now that we’ve gotten all the details and fine print out of the way, it’s time for the exciting announcements.

2020 Leadership Conference Theme Revealed

Our sector and society are experiencing unprecedented change and uncertainty. Donor needs and expectations have evolved. Technology is advancing at lightspeed. Corporate partners want to see a return on investment for every dollar they contribute. Fundraising is a completely new ballgame. And the communications channels to reach today’s supporters are more crowded than ever before. Strategies that worked in the past will not work in the future if we want to advance our collective missions and acquire and inspire the next generation of donors. The status quo simply won’t stand. That’s why this year’s conference theme is LEAD COURAGEOUSLY.

Lead Courageously at NLC's 2020 Leadership Conference

Thinking differently and acting boldly requires courageous leadership — the kind of leadership that will define the best nonprofit leaders in our region and across the nation. Leading courageously is about adapting to our changing environment and resource constraints, moving from knowing to doing and growing from good to great. It means modeling the change we want to see in the world — from creating healthy workplace cultures, championing diversity, equity and inclusion and articulating our impact in terms of outcomes, not just outputs. Change and growth take courage. The 10th anniversary NLC Leadership Conference will tackle how to be and become courageous nonprofit leaders, facilitated by leading experts and change agents. Stay tuned for a full list of speakers and breakout sessions we’ll be announcing soon!

Are you ready to lead courageously? Secure your spot now.

READ NEXT: 4 Essential Skills to be a Courageous Leader in 2020

And the Keynote Speaker Is …

We’re thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2020 NLC Leadership Conference is Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of six books, including “The Book of Awesome” (gratitude), “The Happiness Equation” (happiness) and “You Are Awesome” (resilience).

Neil Pasricha

Neil 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. 

In 2008, Neil’s world unraveled after a sudden divorce and death of a close friend. These events inspired him to start a blog called 1,000 Awesome Things where he documented one small pleasure — like finding unexpected money in your coat pocket — every single day for 1,000 straight days. While writing his blog, Pasricha was working as director of leadership development at Walmart, where he spent a decade after graduating from Harvard with his MBA.

Neil Pasricha speaking

Years later, Neil got remarried and learned from his wife that she was pregnant. Neil began writing a letter to his unborn son. The result was 300 pages that became his book “The Happiness Equation,” sharing nine secrets to find true happiness.

Today, Neil shares his wisdom with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, speaking everywhere from Fortune 100 companies and Ivy League schools to royal families. His first TED Talk — “The 3 A’s of Awesome” — ranked as one of the 10 most inspiring of all time.

Yes, Tampa Bay … you’re in for a real treat.

And if that’s not amazing enough, Neil is giving a FREE copy of his most recent book “You Are Awesome” to everyone who attends this year’s conference. Run, don’t walk, to register now.

You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Thank You to Our Sponsors

NLC’s Leadership Conference would not be possible without the generous support of our passionate partners 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 supporter every year since the conference began in 2011.

We can’t wait to introduce you to all the conference sponsors in the coming weeks.


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