Community Leaders Conference


Community Leaders Conference

April 29, 2015 | Grapevine, Texas


Each year community leaders from United Ways, local governments, NGOs, corporations and others from around the world come together for three days of learning, sharing, advocating and being inspired at the Community Leaders Conference. The Conference is an opportunity for leaders striving to create community change to exchange ideas and offer best practices. Each day of the event is catered to highlight the most pressing community concerns, and the tools to address them. We invite you to join us as we learn, collaborate and plan for a positive future.


The Community Leaders Conference will be held Wednesday, April 29 – Friday, May 1, 2015 in Grapevine, Texas. Located in the heart of Texas, Grapevine is a short drive from the culture and entertainment of Dallas and Fort Worth.


The Community Leaders Conference RFP submission process is now closed. We are no longer accepting proposals. Please click here for more information about the Request for Proposal criteria and learning session types.


The early registration cost per attendee for the Community Leaders Conference is $995 through April 5, 2015. After April 5, 2015, the registration fee will be $1095.

There is a $250 discount for United Way staff and volunteers at smaller United Ways (United Ways raising less than $1 million annually), United Way state associations and international members.

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United Way Staff Experience: Join us for a dive into the Enterprise-Wide strategy beginning Wednesday morning and running through the end of the week.

United Way Volunteer Experience: Join us mid-day Wednesday for two solid days of learning. We’ll start with the question of localizing the Enterprise-Wide Strategy for your community.

Community Leaders Experience: Join us a the Host Cities Event at AT&T Stadium, and stay for a learning experience that will highlight corporate and individual engagement to develop, resource, and execute community impact strategies in your community.

Please click here to view the pdf version of the Community Leaders Conference Attendee Experience.


We have reserved rooms for Conference attendees at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, just minutes from the DFW Airport. Located on Lake Grapevine, this beautiful resort features shopping, dining, recreation and Grapevine entertainment. Savor fine and casual dining venues. Visit unique shops. Pamper yourself at the award-winning day spa and fitness center, and feel the energy at Glass Cactus Nightclub. There are so many things to do in our Grapevine, TX, resort with acres of indoor gardens and winding waterways.

Attendees will receive all the resort amenities, with the convenience of the Community Leaders Conference located within the resort grounds. Please click here to book your room and to receive our special United Way discount rate.


Brian Gallagher, President & CEO of United Way Worldwide, became President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America in 2002 and then of United Way Worldwide in 2009. In 2002, he immediately took on the challenge of leading the transformation of the organization to focus on community impact. A career veteran of the United Way system, Gallagher believes that the true measure of success for United Way and other philanthropic organizations is bottom-line results: the lives that are changed and the communities that are shaped. This represents a dynamic shift from the United Way recognized for decades as the nation’s premier fund raiser and distributor. Gallagher has raised the bar on the accountability, governance and transparency standards adopted as a requirement of membership for all United Ways. Today United Way has nearly 1,800 local affiliates in 41 countries and territories raising $5.273 billion annually, with 10 million donors and 2.92 million volunteers.

Erin Gruwell, teacher and author of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them, will serve as closing keynote at the Community Leaders Conference. Gruwell will speak about the Freedom Writer Methodology and her inspiring stories with the Freedom Writers. Gruwell’s leadership and management approach is applicable in all contexts, and profoundly impacts professionals in all industries.

Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, drives the strategic direction for United Way in the U.S., working with leaders throughout the United Way network to drive community impact in the areas of education, income and health. Stewart also works to protect and enhance the organization’s brand and reputation. Prior to this appointment, Stewart was Executive Vice President, Community Impact Leadership and Learning at United Way Worldwide. Before joining United Way, Stewart was with Fannie Mae where she was Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving. Prior to that appointment, Stewart was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation.


The Community Leaders Conference will be hosted by two United Ways – United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and United Way of Tarrant County.

The Host City Event will take place at the famous AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The reception is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., and will feature hors d'oeuvres, buffet-style dinner and entertainment. Buses will begin departing the hotel to the Stadium at 5:45 p.m.


Flexible credits are a percentage of United Way membership investment that is set aside by United Way Worldwide to support and enable United Way staff and volunteers to access conferences and learning opportunities. Flex credits are available to United Way professionals and volunteers who belong to United Ways that are in full compliance with membership standards and current with dues payments.

Flex credits can be used for the following if they are associated with an approved United Way Worldwide learning opportunity:

  • Registration fees (volunteers qualify if a United Way staff person is attending the same learning opportunity or conference)
  • Some travel costs such as airfare, rental car, or mileage (only one form of travel reimbursement, rental car, mileage, or airfare is allowed with a maximum of $500 per trip)
  • Daily per diem – a combination of the hotel room rate, plus taxes and any meal not included during a learning opportunity

Please click here to access your United Way flexible credit balance. If you choose to use Flex Credits to pay for a conference, when you get to the payment screen while registering, choose “Flex Credits” from the drop-down payment box. You will need to enter your organization number in the box provided if you choose the flex credit payment option.


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