United Way Community Leaders Conference

CLC 2017: United We All Win



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.

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.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

DON'T FORGET! If you have free time while in Orlando and want to visit the Walt Disney Parks, please go to https://www.mydisneygroup.com/uwclc2017 for special rates.


Our friends at FamilyWize look forward to seeing you in Orlando!


Big things at CLC for Small Cities!

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CLC is an outstanding opportunity to engage your Board members and other volunteer leadership in our work and to inspire them by stories of impact around the world. Take a look at what's on the schedule for our volunteer leaders here.


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

Kissimmee, Florida 34746

STANDARD REGISTRATION RATES are applicable after Friday, April 21, 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 has reached capacity! You can request to be added to the wait list during the CLC registration process.

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!)
  • CHECK THEM OUT! February/March - Learning Session Topics & Speakers Announced
  • COMPLETED 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



Download the current schedule



  • Welcome Reception: Tuesday, May 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • Networking Breaks: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday between general & learning sessions

  • Networking Receptions: Wednesday, May 10 (evening) PLEASE NOTE: The majority of receptions are invite-only, but some are open to all CLC attendees.

Below are receptions open to all attendees:

  1. Inclusion Council Mixer/Reception: 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Miami 3
  2. Women United Reception: 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Sanibel SPACE IS LIMITED: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  • Host City Event: Thursday, May 11 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Epcot


Rita Clifton CBE has been called 'The doyenne of branding' by Campaign magazine, 'Brand guru' by the Financial Times, and the Daily Telegraph described her as 'The Brand Leading the Brands'. She is one of the world’s leading experts on brands and branding, and is a speaker, facilitator, writer, business leader and portfolio director. She has worked with many of the world’s leading companies on their brand strategy, as well as start-ups and ambitious businesses in just about every sector. Rita speaks around the world on how and why brands are the most important assets any organization has, in any sector, and why branding needs to be the central organizing principle for any organization to generate sustainable value. She also speaks on subjects as diverse as innovation, personal branding, branding in the digital age, communicating sustainability, and women on boards – as well as how to become one of the world’s most valuable brands. Click here to read full bio.
Cleveland Browns Linebacker, Demario Davis teamed up with United Way of the Capital Area to help make a difference in the lives of middle school students near his hometown in Jackson, Mississippi. His Devoted Dreamers Academy holds summer camps for 5th-8th graders to improve their skills in reading, financial literacy, character development, business and physical fitness. During the 2017 offseason, Davis joined the United Way Worldwide team as part of an externship program led by the NFL Players Association. He played an integral role in helping United Way finetune its player engagement strategy and open doors with key partners. Davis is a leader on and off the field of play and he’s on a mission to use the power and platform he has as an NFL player for good. Demario was drafted by the New York Jets in the 3rd Round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He signed with Cleveland during the 2016 offseason. He attended Arkansas State, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. He and his wife Tamela have one son and two daughters.
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 1,800 local affiliates in 41 countries and territories raising $5.2 billion annually, with 9.6 million donors and 2.2 million volunteers. Follow Brian on Twitter.
Mel Robbins is a powerful motivational speaker who is trusted by global brands to design and deliver multi-media, interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and business growth. Her TEDx Talk on "How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over" has over 3 million views, and her book on the brain and productivity, Stop Saying You’re Fine, is a business bestseller that has been translated into four languages. She started her career as a criminal defense attorney and went on to launch and sell a retail and internet technology company. Mel has led multi-year coaching programs at: Johnson & Johnson, AG Edwards, Bear Stearns and Partners Healthcare. The media has tapped Mel to host award-winning shows for FOX, A&E, Cox Media Group and now CNN. Mel is currently one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers; her articles on human behavior drive tens of millions of page views for CNN.com. Mel has an extensive television résumé as an expert on human behavior and motivation for Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News. She was named America's Outstanding News Talkshow Host at the 2014 Gracie Awards.
Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between March 2013 and August 2014 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa and from August 2014 to end of 2015 she served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. Click here to read full bio.


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

POSTER SESSION LOCATIONS AT THE CLC Click here to view the map.

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.


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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. Attendees 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.

For additional information, please see the Flexible Credit Policy.


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.