United Way Community Leaders Conference

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Mark your calendars now for 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. 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 CEO 2-1-1 Summit will be held immediately before CLC.

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. To deliver quality learning sessions which drive this network-wide strategy, we invite United Ways to submit proposals which demonstrate how they are executing toward our strategic plan. The RFP process includes information about how proposals will be evaluated and specific elements which will be central to determining how your proposed session serves our overall conference plan.

Registration opens in December 2016. Keep an eye on Breakfast with United Way and bookmark this page for the latest news and updates.


  • COMPLETED September 12 - Request for Proposal (RFP) Submission Opened
  • COMPLETED October 14 - Deadline to submit RFP
  • Late November - Session Acceptances Sent to Submitters
  • December - 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
  • Mid-April - Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline
  • May 9 - CEO 2-1-1 Summit (separate registration required; more information will be available in January 2017)
  • May 10-12 - United Way Community Leaders Conference


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.

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 Trustees
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

We are grateful to the Heart of Florida United Way for their hospitality and support while we're in their neighborhood.

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.

QUESTIONS? Email us at 2017CLC@unitedway.org.