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2020 Virtual Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Friday, October 30, 2020

“Nonprofits Navigating Change: Finding the New North.”

The 2020 Drury University Nonprofit Leadership Virtual Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 30. In anticipation of restrictions on large group gatherings due to COVID-19, this year’s conference will be a highly engaging virtual experience from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  

The impact of COVID-19 on our communities, particularly nonprofit organizations, has been staggering. We have designed this conference to provide focused support to the following audiences:

  • Track 1:
    Nonprofit leaders who seek innovative solutions to operational challenges
  • Track 2:
    Board members and directors who aspire to deepen their understanding of governance as well as their roles and responsibilities
  • Track 3:
    Development and fundraising leaders who must re-think their approach to financial growth and sustainability.

Call for Presentation Proposals - Now Open

We are expecting more than 200 participants in this half-day conference. 

We are interested in proposals which will serve the needs of the three distinct target audiences identified above, and that will help organizations address pressing issues related to diversity and inclusion as well as those that share solutions to challenges presented as a result of the pandemic. The sessions will be 40 minutes in length (approximately 25 minutes for the presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q & A). Sessions should provide a concrete take-away or tool for session participants.

Submit Your Proposal

Deadline for proposal submission is Monday, July 6, 2020.


2020 Presenting Sponsor

2020 Keynote Sponsor

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.


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