COMMUNITY LEADERS CONFERENCE
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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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 thecommunities 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.
Transformative 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.
CEO AND BOARD SUMMIT
On Tuesday, May 13, we will host a CEO Summit for United Way CEOs and Board members. We know that there are three times as many board members as staff in our network. Mobilizing this critical mass of leaders is essential to driving community change. Bring your Board Chair and Board members to this intensive learning experience to maximize on their talents and passion to drive your community outcomes.
MONDAY, MAY 12th * Welcome Networking Reception - 5:30-7:00pm
TUESDAY, MAY 13th
* Opening General Session. Keynote Speaker: Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way Worldwide - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
* Transformative Learning Experience - 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
* General Session and Awards featuring keynote: Dan Heath - 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
*Learning Sessions 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
*CEO and Board Summit 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
*Learning Sessions 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14th
* General Session: Keynote TBD - 9:30 -11:00 a.m.
* Hill Day: Capitol Hill Visits 11:30 - 5:00 p.m.
* Host City Event (evening)
THURSDAY, MAY 15th
* Learning Sessions - 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
* Closing General Session. Keynote: Wes Moore - 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
NETWORKING AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Welcome Reception: Monday, May 12th, from 5 -7 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: New and improved! We will be launching our new and improved mobile app to enhance your conference experience and increase your ability to network before arriving in DC.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
WASHINGTON AND NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND
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.
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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.
REQUEST FOR LEARNING PROPOSALS
Thank you for submitting your proposals. The RFP process is now closed. Proposals are currently being scored and submitters should have a response in early 2014.
The categories for learning opportunities are:
• Long format sessions – 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 18 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.
Due to several large conference experiences, including a day on Capitol Hill, there will be fewer slots for learning sessions than in years past. We will once again be accepting digital assets to be shared online, but submitters should note that the RFP for all content is much more specific in its queries about audience and learning objectives. We thank everyone for participating in this process and helping to highlight the research, strategies, and best and promising practices that they wish to share with the network.
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.
If you wish to exhibit at the CLC, please contact Rebecca Caldwell at United Way Worldwide at 703.836.7112. United Way would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Exhibitors can register for the conference here.
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:
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