United Way Community Leaders Conference

Take a look at what's on tap for our learning sessions at CLC!

ARE YOU IN? Make your plans now to join us May 10-12, 2017, when the best and brightest, the movers and the shakers, the innovators and the advocates, of the United Way network gather in Orlando, Florida, for the 2017 United Way Community Leaders Conference (CLC). This annual gathering is the prime opportunity to collaborate with your United Way colleagues from around the globe, sharing key learnings, discovering best practices, celebrating successes and forging new collaborative relationships. And a special addition for 2017: the International 2-1-1 Leadership Summit will be held immediately before CLC on May 9.

This year, we encourage volunteer leaders (Board members, Campaign Chairs, Alexis de Tocqueville Cabinet members and more) to join our staff leadership at CLC. We are working in partnership with our network to develop learning sessions designed specifically to engage volunteer leaders through lunch on Thursday, May 11. More information on all our learning sessions will be provided in the coming weeks. To deliver quality learning sessions which drive this network-wide strategy, we invited United Ways to submit proposals which demonstrate how they are executing toward our strategic plan. With more than 200 proposals submitted, we have closed the RFP submission page and are beginning outreach to proposal submitters.

United Way has been changing lives and building strong communities for more than 125 years and, to continue this mission for many more years, we need to collaborate on innovative ways to offer outstanding individual experiences, to reinvigorate relationships with our corporate partners, to expand our network of transformational giving, and to work together as one network with unparalleled reach around the globe.

Keep an eye on Breakfast with United Way and bookmark this page for the latest news and updates.


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May 10-12, 2017
Gaylord Palms Hotel
6000 W Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida 34746

Click here to make your hotel reservation within our block of rooms. Space is limited.



United Way Staff & Volunteers: Click here to register

United Way Partners & Guests: Click here to register.

EARLY REGISTRATION RATES are available until April 4, 2017.

  • CLC registration fee is $995
  • Volunteer registration (Board members, Campaign Chairs, etc) is $795; this includes all CLC activities through Thursday lunch
  • International 2-1-1 Leadership Summit is $325; this can be added on to your CLC registration at a discount

STANDARD REGISTRATION RATES are applicable after April 4, 2017.

  • CLC registration fee is $1095
  • Volunteer registration (Board members, Campaign Chairs, etc) is 895; this includes all CLC activities through Thursday lunch
  • International 2-1-1 Leadership Summit is $425; this can be added on to your CLC registration at a discount

Need to know how much you're spending in Colombian pesos or Canadian dollars? Check the XE currency converter for current rates.


Whether you're new to the United Way family or just haven't been to CLC before, wrapping your head around all that this powerful conference offers can seem overwhelming. Before you try to plan your time at CLC 2017, take a look at some of the sessions and information from last year's program in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Video from our CLC 2016 general sessions is available through our Digital Resource Center, along with collateral from many of the breakout sessions and presenters.

Remember that FLEX CREDITS can be used for CLC. To check your United Way flexible credit balance, you'll need to log into United Way Online first.


  • COMPLETED September 12 - Request for Proposal (RFP) Submission Opened
  • COMPLETED October 14 - Deadline to submit RFP
  • COMPLETED Late November - Session Acceptances Sent to Submitters
  • NOW OPEN! December 7 - Online Registration Opens (including a link to make your hotel reservations, discounts on car rental, local attractions and more!)
  • February/March - Learning Session Topics & Speakers Announced
  • April 4 - Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline
  • May 9 - International 2-1-1 Leadership Summit (separate registration required; more information will be available in January 2017)
  • May 10-12 - United Way Community Leaders Conference


The CLC program details (including session times, titles, descriptions and speakers) will be available in early 2017. For your planning purposes, here is the tentative schedule of programmed activities. Board members, Campaign Chairs and other volunteer leaders should plan to stay through lunch on Thursday, May 11.

Download the current schedule



LEARNING SESSIONS NOW AVAILABLE! Click here to view learning sessions.

Click here to view learning session types

Click here to access presenter resources

The RFP process closed in October and acceptances were sent in early December. Submitters received an email from 2017clc@unitedway.org with instructions on how to access the CLC Speaker Portal. If you have not received this email or have questions about the status of your proposal, please email us.


Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the closest airport, about a 25 minute ride from the hotel.

Discounts for Enterprise will be available.


We are grateful to the Heart of Florida United Way for their hospitality and support while we're in their neighborhood. They've helped us pull together some information that you may find useful in planning your visit. Most us us know that Orlando is home to world-class theme parks, but did you know there are also outstanding golf courses, a wide rage of shopping venues, outdoor adventure activities, lavish spas, exceptional dining options, and lively nightlife? Just a quick drive from the airport, Orlando is truly a destination with something for everyone in the family. Be sure to plan in advance for special reservations - Disney restaurants in particular book well in advance.

You think you know Orlando? Think again...

Our friends at Walt Disney World Resorts are offering discount package especially for our CLC attendees! Registrants will receive this link and special discount codes with their confirmation materials.


Don't miss out! These amazing United Ways are part of our FIRST 100 registered for CLC!
Be like them. Register now!

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SPECIAL THANKS to our CLC Committee Co-Chairs and their sub-committees working with us to deliver an engaging and impactful program.

Mary Ellen Garrett,
At-Large Board Member, U.S.A. Board of Trustee

Orvin Kimbrough,
CEO, United Way of St. Louis

Jorge A. Uribe,
Chair, Resource Development, United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees
Recruitment Sub-Committee
Mary Ellen Garrett, Chair
Ashley Blasewicz
Michelle Braun
Diana Castro
Vania Montecinos
Travis Staton
Content Sub-Committee
Orvin Kimbrough, Chair
Ann Austin
Tefere Gebre
Marcy Heemeyer
Joan Nelson
Anita Ruffin
Experience Sub-Committee
Jorge Uribe, Chair
Traci Blue
Anita Garrett
Bob Haight
Pete Manzo
Suzanne McCormick
Louise Powell McCarthy


United Way attendees may use flex credits to pay for registration, travel and per diem expenses within the following limitations. Only United Way staff may use flex credits, and will have an option to pay directly with flex credits during registration.

  • Registration: all registration fees are eligible
  • Travel: up to $500 per attendee
  • Per diem: $275 per day, up to 5 days, to cover hotel and meal expenses

Until processed 4-6 weeks after the event, all flex credit charges will appear as pending transactions on the organization’s flex credit account. After the event, a travel reimbursement form will be sent to eligible attendees, which must be submitted within 10 business days of receipt in order to request travel and per diem reimbursement.

If you have any questions about flexible credits, please contact learning.opportunities@unitedway.org.


Sponsorships are available for the United Way Community Leaders Conference, as well as other 2017 United Way conferences. Please contact us if you'd like more information on customized partnership plans or our standard packages. We still have a few prime opportunities available for the 2017 CLC! Preview the full prospectus here.









Email us at 2017CLC@unitedway.org.