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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Community Leaders Conference

The Community Leaders Conference (CLC) is only two weeks away, April 29-May 1 in Grapevine, Texas. Not sure what’s planned for the conference? Check out CLC highlights here – early registration ends Monday, April 13!

1. Widen Your Network: The CLC will bring over 1,500 corporate, nonprofit and volunteer representatives of countries from nearly every continent to Grapevine, Texas. Participants will offer their experience and ideas to accelerate impact in the 1,800 communities and 41 countries we serve. Each day of the conference will offer multiple networking opportunities, including a Welcome Reception, Networking Luncheon and Host City Event at AT&T Stadium. All networking activities are located in the Program Guide.

2. Lend Your Voice at the Community Innovations Hackathon: Everyone can benefit from collaboration. Offered for the first time at CLC, teams will develop innovative ideas, in a fast-paced setting, to integrate their education, income and health initiatives to address community aging populations and to improve childhood success rates. This two-day, 90-minute Community Innovations Hackathon is open to all CLC attendees.

3. Dynamic General and Featured Session Speakers: Discover how your leadership abilities can inspire change, innovation and growth with CLC General Session speaker, Frans Johansson, Author & CEO of The Medici Group. Learn how author and founder of the Freedom Writer’s Foundation, Erin Gruwell, inspired 150 low-income students to use the power of education to write a book, graduate from high school and attend college. Hear from Featured Session speakers, Professor Allen Grossman of Harvard Business School and Deborah Bayle, President & CEO of United Way of Salt Lake, as they present on the importance of a high-functioning education system and the role the business community can play to improve public education.

4. Celebrate Outstanding Community Impact Work: Join us in recognizing three United Ways across the globe are addressing major community challenges to improve the lives of those in their region. The awards will highlight promising and effective practices from communities who are applying a range of solutions to community challenges in the categories of: Program Solutions, Impact Initiatives and Community Solutions. Join awardees after the ceremony for a panel discussion on their progress, challenges and successes.

5. Gain A New Perspective: Everyone learns in different ways. The CLC offers multiple learning session types – from 90-minute Learning Labs to Innovation Poster Sessions – to share best practices, challenge assumptions and to ask questions related to our work. Learning Sessions will cover the spectrum of topics of most relevance to United Way staff and our partners. All learning session topics are available in the app by searching “United Way Conference Connection” and in the Program Guide.