2014 Community Leaders Conference


2014 Community Leaders Conference

May 13, 2014 | National Harbor, Maryland


From education to mobilizing resources, the CLC learning sessions have something for everybody. View and download the official Program Guide to start planning your time in D.C. Also be sure to put the Program Guide in the palm of your hand with the United Way Conference Connection mobile app that is available to download from your app store.


The United Way Community Leaders Conference gives us a great opportunity to coalesce as a network with our staff, board members, volunteers and each other for three days of learning, sharing, advocating and being inspired. Held at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, just outside Washington, DC, we have great content lined up that is sure to help you make the jump from strategy to execution and to make the case for United Way to ensure that others join in driving community change. We invite you to join us as we learn, collaborate and plan for a positive future.
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The registration fee is $995 through April 21, 2014. After this date, the registration fee will be $1095. There is a $300 discount for Small City United Ways (United Ways raising less than $1million annually) and international members.
For Small City and International United Ways there is a $300 discount off of this price.
If you do not wish to attend the entire CLC, other registration options are available through registration.
If you are a member of United Way, please click here to register.
If you are not a member of United Way, please click here to register.


Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way Worldwide
Brian Gallagher 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.

Dan Heath, change management expert and author of Decisive: How to Make Better Choices and Work and in Life returns to United Way! One of our highest rated speakers ever—and a strong supporter of United Way-- will join us to help us grapple with making choices. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?

Wes Moore, Author, The Other Wes Moore. Our closing keynote speaker, Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. At the Community Leaders Conference, Wes will have just launched his second book (title not released yet) and his first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Wes’ message about the "Heroes Among Us" will remind us that when we lend a hand to one, we improve the condition for all.


Transformational Learning Experience | Tuesday, May 13
Following in the footsteps of major companies such as Starbucks and Pepsi, companies who have used this process, we are excited to be unveiling an amazing learning experience at the CLC. Through a unique methodology that combines visualization, storytelling, easy to understand data and small group conversation, this process makes complex business issues simple so that people can take action. This process will connect strategy to people – to create results that will ultimately improve community outcomes. Curious about the experience? Check out Root, Inc. for more.

Advocating on Capitol Hill (Hill Day) | Wednesday, May 14
The Community Leader’s Conference location in the Washington DC-area provides an excellent opportunity for you to leverage your time for impact on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, May 14th, we’ll be doing just that. Over one-thousand strong, United Way Leaders from all over the country will storm Capitol Hill to advocate in partnership for key network priorities.

Happenings for Smaller United Ways
A reception for attendees representing Small City United Ways (United Ways raising less than $1million annually) will be held the evening of Tuesday, May 13 from 6-7 p.m. In addition, a number of learning sessions have been chosen that are targeted to, and led by, small and mid-size United Ways. You can also view or share this quick CLC Highlights for Smaller United Way Memo for a comprehensive look at all of the event highlights for this important group.


On Tuesday, May 13, we will host a Board and CEO Summit for** United Way CEOs and Board members**. When the Board and CEO work interdependently and collaboratively, they have the potential to generate extraordinary goals, plans, and ultimately, results. It is a partnership that drives high-performance and results for the organization and the community. This partnership is founded on the strong governance practices and elevated by the commitment of CEOs and Boards to shared community goals. Delivering results goes beyond just collaboration – it is about gathering and sharing data, communicating with stakeholders, measuring progress and holding people accountable for results.

United Way Board Leadership is a powerful, driving force of around 40,000 people from around the world, with enormous influence and potential to affect change on critical Education, Income and Health issues in communities. Board Leadership is our tremendous resource that must be nurtured, proactively engaged and provided with opportunities to unleash its full potential, enabling the United Way network to drive a culture of performance and results in communities worldwide, starting with your United Way.

Be one of the first United Ways to take advantage of the High-Performing Boards Initiative by joining a worldwide panel of United Way Board and CEO leaders that will take you through their transformation journey and share how you too can effectively engage and develop your Board.

Session Objectives: Participants will… 1) Learn from United Way network leaders – Boards and CEOs - about the transformation and the journeys they have taken in their organization and the result/impact this has had in their communities.
2) Be intrigued and inspired to envision the possibilities and how to lead your United Way through transformation for enhanced performance and results.
3) Understand the critical importance of the strategic partnership between the CEO and the Board to create and sustain moments that will drive your United Way to success. 4) Be equipped with resources, ideas and leader connections to initiate discussion or enhance the transformational journey in your United Ways.


For a full listing of learning sessions and descriptions,click here. The categories for learning opportunities are:
Learning Labs – 75 minutes in length designed for a in depth presentation on a particular subject.
Spotlight sessions – based off the popular TED.com speaker presentations, these are 12-15 minutes in length. Presenters use innovative and engaging strategies to stimulate ideas on a particular aspect of their story.
Café Roundtables – a set of three 15-minute discussions hosted at a table top and do not include the use of computers or electronics. Multiple roundtable discussions go on at the same time in the room, and at the end of the fifteen minutes, participants get up and move to the next discussion table that they are interested in.
Digital Assets – presentations, white papers or helpful resources that convey a best practice or tool that helps the network advance its mission. These will be hosted and shared online and promoted prior to and following the conference.

For more information, see the list of all sessions.


Featured Session: "Technology and the Future of Collective Action" What fundamental and practical strategies can media and technology at a global scale offer in our work as leaders of community change? Bill O’Dowd, Chairman and CEO of Dolphin Entertainment and co-founder of “Club Connect,” will join Santiago Siri, Argentine entrepreneur and author and a founder of “The Net Party,” to lead a dynamic session on the future of nonprofits and collective action. They will explore changing paradigms of power, people and technology; on-the-ground impacts of social and political trends affecting ours and similar movements to improve people’s lives; the role of media and the internet and their impact on democracy and children’s education; generational shifts of attention and attitude; and fundamental and practical implications and strategies for community collective action. Don’t miss this special session – register today.

In 1996, Bill O'Dowd founded Dolphin Entertainment, one of the world’s leading entertainment companies specializing in children’s and young adult live-action programming. In 2013, United Way Worldwide and Dolphin Digital Media launched “Club Connect,” a multi-faceted membership web platform designed to promote literacy and philanthropy among the nation’s children. Mr. O’Dowd graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, has received a master’s degree in modern European History from Creighton University, and was named 1st-Team Academic All-American by USA Today while an undergraduate at Creighton.

Santiago Siri is an entrepreneur and author and the Founder of Partido de la Red (@PartidodelaRed, The Net Party), a political party that aims to widen the broadband of democracy and lower the costs of political activism through the use of social media. In the past founded Popego, a pioneering big data and social media research lab acquired by boo-box in 2011. As an advocate of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, created The Whuffie Bank, a non-profit to re-think the future of money in 2009. Was part of a pioneering generation developing videogames in Argentina, founding the Argentine Game Developers Association and part of game studio Three Melons (acquired by Disney in 2010). Elected as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Contributes in radio and television evangelizing about the virtues of technology.


View the full Program at a Glance HERE. A brief outline of the conference is available in the Community Leaders Conference "Save the Date."

* Welcome Networking Reception - 5:30 - 6:30pm

* Opening General Session, Keynote Speaker: Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way Worldwide - 8:45am - 11:45 a.m.
* Transformative Learning Experience
* Brian Gallagher and Dan Heath Conversation
* General Session and Awards featuring Keynote Speaker: Dan Heath - 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
* Learning Sessions - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
* Board and CEO Summit - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
* Learning Sessions - 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
* Dinner on own

* General Session: Keynote TBD - 9:30 -11:00 a.m.
* Hill Day: Capitol Hill Visits - 11:30 - 5:30 p.m.
* Host City Event - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

* Learning Sessions - 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
* Closing General Session, Keynote: Wes Moore - 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.


Welcome Reception: Monday, May 12th, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Join us at this reception and bring your first timers to kick off the networking early.

Connection Café: Your one-stop shop for everything CLC. Access to the Digital Resource Center, information on everything from breakout locations to advice on the best way to design a learning curriculum for your team, snacks, coffee and open spaces are available here.

United Way Conference Connection: The mobile app we created just for the CLC is now live. Download it for free to your iPhone, iPad, or Android.

Once installed, you’ll have instant access to awesome features, like:

• The full event schedule • Contact info of other attendees • Social sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn • Detailed info about speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors • Notifications of important updates, special offers, and more

Ready to get started? Click http://crowd.cc/2014clc from your device. If you use Apple or Android, you can also search for the app in the iTunes store or Play store.


We have a room block at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center so that everyone can make the most of out of being all under one roof. Rooms will be $249 + taxes per night. You can book your hotel through the registration link above.

Just minutes outside of Washington, DC, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers visitors to the Capital region everything they are looking for in a vacation, weekend getaway, business trip or just a night out. Discover our first-class destination with fun for everyone, including fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. And for late-night excitement, an express elevator speeds you to the two-story rooftop Pose Ultra Lounge. Whether you are coming to the Washington DC area for business or pleasure—or even a combination of both—Gaylord National is the perfect place to stay in order to enjoy the region's rich cultural and business destinations. Located in National Harbor, Maryland in Prince George's County, Gaylord National offers its guests convenient access to Washington, DC with an hourly shuttle service, water taxi to Old Town Alexandria, and shuttle service to Ronald Reagan National Airport.


A full listing of FAQ's for the Community Leaders Conference (CLC) has been developed, describing the full experience including speakers, the RFP process and much more. Access it here, and feel free to share with your colleagues in the network and beyond.


Come early or stay late to enjoy the D.C. area. Washington, D.C. and its surrounding areas are full of fun, historical and FREE activities. Check out this collection of free and nearly free activities to take advantage of while you're here.


We will be doing our best to keep this website updated, but if you have questions, you can always reach us at 2014clc@unitedway.org.
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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

Click here to access your United Way flexible credit report. 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.


On Thursday, November 7, United Way Worldwide's Learning and Conferencing team held a webinar on submitting an RFP for the conference. CLICK HERE to view the archived webinar. You can view the slide presentation from the webinar here.


Below you’ll find Successful Presenting Resource Guides for each of our session types – Café Roundtables, Learning Labs and Spotlight Sessions. All speakers should download, fill out and turn in the Consent Form and attend the Speaker Webinar being held Tuesday, March 18, at 1:00 p.m. ET. (Call in #: 866-228-8789, Conference Code 3357491797.)
Learning Lab presenters should also view the “20 Ideas for Learning Lab Engagement” designed to help you make the most of this longer-format session.
Successful Presenting for Café Roundtables
Successful Presenting for Learning Labs
Successful Presenting for Spotlight Sessions
Consent Form


United Way would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the Community Leaders Conference.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities at the CLC, please contact Rebecca Caldwell at United Way Worldwide at 703.836.7112.
Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsor:
Social Solutions


If you wish to exhibit at the CLC, please contact Rebecca Caldwell at United Way Worldwide at 703.836.7112. Please visit these exhibitors at their booths throughout the Community Leaders Conference:

Access International

Bowman Systems

Cascade Digital Solutions

Community Force

Community Landscape


Community TechKnowledge

Fiducia Solutions

Galaxy Digital

Give Corps

Andar 360

Kits for Kidz

Mutual of America

OneEach Technologies


Social Solutions


Staples Promotional Products

Stratus Live