2020 Virtual Nonprofit Leadership Conference

In anticipation of restrictions on large group gatherings due to COVID-19, this year's conference will be a half-day, highly interactive virtual event.

2020 has been a lesson in navigating change. The impact of COVID-19 on our communities, particularly nonprofit organizations, has been staggering.We are also experiencing a powerful call for individuals and organizations to demonstrate a commitment to racial equity.

The 2020 conference is designed for three audiences:

  • TRACK 1: Executive Directors seeking inspiring examples of crisis response and innovative approaches to racial equity
  • TRACK 2: Board members and leaders seeking a deeper understanding of their roles in advancing a nonprofit’s mission
  • TRACK 3: Development leaders and teams seeking proven tools and strategies for sustainable fundraising.

Conference Schedule and Speakers

Save your spot and enjoy the following conference benefits:

  • Access to downloadable tools and resources that can help your organization chart a new course
  • Interactive sessions (polls and Q/A) with session speakers from across the U.S.
  • Access to video recordings of all conference sessions following the event.
  • A post-conference action plan to propel your organization forward.

Early Bird Registration through Sept. 25.

Regular Registration
through Oct. 29.


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Keynote Speaker

Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, Mo.

Presentation: “Staying Connected While Standing Apart”

As Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, Missouri, Cora Scott is responsible for communications for Missouri’s third largest city, acting as chief spokesperson and overseeing communication strategy and media relations for the local government, its various service lines and its outreach initiatives and events.

Since joining the City of Springfield in 2012, Cora has been instrumental in transforming the Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement to adapt to emerging opportunities, changing technology and best practices. In addition to serving as a trusted counselor to appointed and elected leadership on strategic communications and issues management, she also leads proactive communications an operational strategy for high-profile community events and initiatives, such as the 50th Anniversary “I Have a Dream Speech” March and Rally; the Impacting Poverty Commission and its Call to Action Report; the City’s Zone Blitz Initiative; the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival; Give 5, a “Civic Matchmaking Program”; Prosper Springfield, an initiative to increase decrease poverty and increase educational attainment; and most recently is co-leading a multi-departmental joint communications center during the 2020 pandemic.

This presentation aims to help nonprofits effectively communicate during crises, while adapting policies and operations, keeping donors close despite social distancing, and ultimately courageously serving the community during difficult times.

Conference platform -- Crowdcast. Fisher Studios, Crowdcast Specialist, will provide professional support to speakers and attendees throughout the event.

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The Drury Nonprofit Leadership Conference is hosted by the Drury University Leadership Collaborative, formerly the Center for Nonprofit Leadership.