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Chief Storyteller & Nonprofit Leader to Emcee 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Ernest Hooper, a Black man wearing a blue suit jacket and speaking at the NLC podium
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What is the secret to nonprofit success? According to Ernest Hooper, renowned storyteller and nonprofit leader in Tampa Bay, it’s collaboration and shared knowledge. As the Nonprofit Leadership Center prepares to bring nearly 1,000 leaders together for two days of collaboration and knowledge sharing, we are thrilled to announce that Ernest will be the emcee of our 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference: Together We Will on October 19 and 20.

“As nonprofits continue to emerge from a challenging few years, the Nonprofit Leadership Conference is like a charging station for the nonprofit sector. The event capitalizes on the joy of human connection and channels that electric energy into provocative presentations and conversations. Every participant walks away with renewed promise."

The Nonprofit Leadership Conference, presented by Bank of America, is an annual learning experience for nonprofit professionals and community leaders to learn, problem-solve, and network to strengthen the nonprofit sector and our communities. The 2023 event will take place over two days in a hybrid format. It will offer an in-person experience on Day 1 (October 19) at the Hilton Tampa Downtown and virtual sessions on Day 2 (October 20) to increase access to content that meets leaders where they are. Tickets are available for both days or just the virtual option. 

"The theme for this year’s conference is Together We Will. In a time where what divides us often gets more attention than what unites us, attendees will come together as one sector and one community that shares the same passion for strengthening our communities. Ernest embodies collaboration and community, and I can’t think of a better leader to facilitate and guide us through this powerful event."

Equal parts motivation, conversation and education, nonprofit professionals and leaders will experience engaging speakers and sessions, powerful networking opportunities and other surprises. Highlights of the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference include:

“I love the theme, Together We Will, and am thrilled to play a role in infusing it alongside those who share this collaborative spirit. When we collectively root our work in information and intention, we erase the boundaries that limit our impact. This conference can ignite that drive. Together, we will come away with more unity, more strength and more will."

After a nearly 30-year career with the Tampa Bay Times, Ernest Hooper now serves as the senior vice president of communications for United Way Suncoast. In his role here, he’s the chief storyteller for the organization’s impactful work, using his journalistic experience as a veteran columnist to promote early learning, youth services and financial stability to adults and families across a five-county region. Ernest also writes a column for St. Pete Life Magazine and co-leads The Poynter Institute’s Write Field program for middle and high school boys. He’s married to his University of Florida sweetheart and is a dad to three children.

Learn More & Register

Register now to join Ernest Hooper and hundreds of nonprofit and community leaders at the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Individual tickets and team tables are available.

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