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Announcing the 2020 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Light blue rectangle that says Lead Courageously and the date of the conference: October 13, 2020

Drum roll please … (cue energetic finger tapping on our desks and a quick toss of confetti). Registration is 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 the 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.)

The Details

When is the conference?
Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Where is the conference?
To ensure the safety of all participants, their families, organizations and communities, we’re pleased to host the 2020 Leadership Conference virtually this year, from the comfort of your home or office.

Who should attend?
The NLC Leadership Conference is the premier event for anyone who works for a nonprofit, wants to work for a nonprofit, serves as a nonprofit board leader or partners with nonprofits. Join hundreds of 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.

What is the conference theme?
This year’s conference theme is LEAD COURAGEOUSLY. 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.

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.

How can I register?
Registration has closed for this event.


And the Keynote Speaker Is …

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

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.

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, you’re in for a real treat.

Conference Breakout Speakers

How many breakout sessions are there at this year’s conference?
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend two live breakout sessions, choosing from three different options during each breakout period. Participants will get access to all six breakout session recordings after the event to take advantage of the four other sessions you don’t participate in live. See all the breakout sessions and speakers.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Nonprofit 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.

How can I learn more about sponsorship opportunities?
For more information about sponsorship opportunities at the Nonprofit Leadership Center, contact us at

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