New Presidents Forum


The United Way New Presidents Forum, January 10-12, 2017, is an annual event organized for all new United Way executives. It is part of the onboarding process to welcome and engage new United Way CEOs and Executive Directors in United Way’s priorities, and provide an overview on our strategic direction. This forum is an opportunity to network, gain a better understanding of the United Way business model and to learn how to execute on it. CEOs will spend the time meeting United Way Worldwide leaders, learning from prominent network leaders and sharing best practices.

United Way leaders will learn about the latest resources and opportunities available to them. They will learn how to lead their organization in the new strategic direction and how to achieve the greatest possible impact in the community.

CEOs will gain a better understanding of United Way’s network priorities and business model. They will learn how to execute on the business model, leverage best practices and access the latest resources as well as their peer network. Additionally, CEOs will learn about key leadership competencies required for success in the United Way organization.

After the forum, all new Presidents, CEOs and Executive Directors will understand:

  • United Way’s strategic direction
  • How to execute on the United Way Business Model, with a focus on Community Impact, Resource Development and Marketing
  • Elements of leadership needed to drive and change results: Board resources available

The United Way New Presidents Forum is open to all new United Way CEOs hired in 2016 – and those in 2015 that were unable to attend 2016 forum. CEOs are welcome to invite their Board Members to join as well, although no special arrangements will be made in terms of the content – as the target audience is the CEOs.


Click here to view the Program-at-a-Glance.


  • 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: VISIT TO CAPITOL HILL
  • 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.: LUNCH
  • 1:00 - 5:15 p.m.: LEARNING SESSIONS


  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: LEARNING SESSIONS
  • 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: LUNCH
  • 1:15 - 5:15 p.m.: LEARNING SESSIONS
  • 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: WELCOME DINNER


  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: LEARNING SESSIONS
  • 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.: LUNCH
  • 12:45 - 3:00 p.m.: LEARNING SESSIONS

NOTE: Plan to schedule arrivals for Monday, January 9 and departures for Thursday, January 12 after 3:00 p.m. ET.


As new CEOs, your 2016 flex credits may be used towards the forum.

The registration fee for the United Way New Presidents Forum is:

Metro 1-4: $595.00 before December 16, 2016 OR $695.00 after December 16, 2016

Metro 5-11: $395.00 before December 16, 2016 OR $495.00 after December 16, 2016

State Organizations: $395.00 before December 16, 2016 OR $495.00 after December 16, 2016

International Network: $395.00 before December 16, 2016 OR $495.00 after December 16, 2016

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The United Way New Presidents Forum will be held at United Way Worldwide’s Mary M. Gates Learning Center located at 701 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Click here to view a list of local restaurants.


Tuesday, January 10 will kick-off with a half day trip to Capitol Hill. Attendees will have the chance to speak with their community's Representative and talk about the local issues affecting their region. This is a unique opportunity to lend your voice and advocate with your local Representative on your community's most pressing concerns. Click here for Capitol Hill Day resources.



Anna Murphy has been with United Way of Southwest Michigan for 18 years, becoming President in 2005. Prior to her role as President she was Vice President of Operations, beginning her career with United Way as Director of First Call for Help. Click here to read Anna's full biography.

Jerome Ferson is the President & CEO of the United Way of Olmsted County, located in Rochester, Minnesota. He previously served as the publisher of the Ledger Media Group in Lakeland, Florida. Click here to read Jerome's full biography.


Click here to read testimonials from United Way Presidents & CEOs who have attended previous forums.


A room block has been reserved at the Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria at a special UWW rate for the forum. Click here to book your hotel room.

The room rate is $139.00 plus taxes per night and includes complimentary parking, internet and a hot breakfast.

Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria:
801 N. St. Asaph Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314



Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport, only 3.9 miles (one metro stop) away from United Way Worldwide. The Sheraton Suites in Old Town Alexandria and other listed hotels provide shuttle to and from the airport.


Washington, DC’s historic Union Station is ideal for Amtrak riders. Upon arrival, you can either take the subway to United Way Worldwide or procure ground transportation (Taxi, Uber, etc.).

DC's historic Union Station has ground transportation service through Greyhound, Megabus, BOLT and more popular services.


As new CEOs, your 2016 flex credits may be used towards the forum if you complete this request form

Flex credits are available to use for the United Way New Presidents Forum for the following items:

  • 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 this event, 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.

All travel reimbursement from flex credits is submitted and processed after the event is over. Each registrant will receive an online travel reimbursement form within 5 business days of the program completion. Once this form is sent, it must be completed within 10 business days, after which further reimbursements cannot be processed. You do not need to keep your receipts to fill out this form, though we do encourage you to keep them for your records.

Learn more about UWW's flexible credit policy. If you have any questions about flexible credits, please contact


Contribute to the discussion and receive up-to-date event materials by visiting United Way Online.


For questions, please email the Talent Management Department at