Engaged leadership has many expressions and when fully sparked can sensitively and effectively move people and organizations through transition, conflict, uncertainty, and growth. At the 2024 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, we aspire to reveal, study, and generate new more equitable forms of engaged leadership that consider personal and global trauma, nonhierarchical approaches, generational differences, and external impacts — leadership that invigorates systems change in the sector by engaging people “at home” and beyond.

At this year's gathering, we are particularly invested in bringing the theme of engaged leadership to life through content and conversation that elevates leadership pathways, executive leadership support, board engagement, volunteerism, and impact assessment.

Attendees will examine paths toward personal, organizational, and sector change through the multi-faceted lens of engaged leadership while building each other up as a community of interconnected nonprofit leaders across the career and generation spectrum. We will define ways to speak up for our missions and ourselves while centering the communities of which we are a part and whom we serve.

Attendees will include around 400 nonprofit leaders — emergent to middle to executive, philanthropy professionals, community and civic leaders, students, and Leadership Institute alumni from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. If you attend the conference, you will be able to:

  • Find and share inspiration and guidance among peer experts for engaging with myriad areas of leadership
  • Have direct access to the latest leadership research (and researchers!) and discuss ways to incorporate academic findings into on-the-ground practice and strategy
  • Bolster foundational knowledge of nonprofit administration and operations as part of honing your advancement pathway and leadership capacity
  • Identify the inequities in leadership models and map ways to disrupt and dismantle them while imagining fresh alternatives

Note about COVID protocols

While COVID-19 remains with us despite the formal end to the national health emergency, we have reached a period in the pandemic where we possess more tools and resources than ever before to better protect ourselves and our communities. 

MCN is no longer requiring masking at events; however, as we gather we recognize that our members, friends, and colleagues are coming from different personal circumstances. Therefore, we ask all event attendees to help us create a supportive environment for anyone wearing a mask, and we encourage all to feel free to wear a mask if needed to protect the health of the community, themselves, or the health of loved ones. MCN is also lifting its proof of vaccination/negative COVID-19 test requirement; however, if you feel ill or have a known recent exposure to the COVID-19 virus, please stay home.

2024 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St., Minneapolis

Register Today!

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Sponsored by:

Humphrey School logo

Success Computer Consulting

Doran Leadership Partners logo

Might Consulting logo

Mutual of America logo

Conference Planning Committee

  • Nicole DeBoer, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

  • Rodrigo Escobar, HACER

  • Courtney Gerber, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

  • Kate King, Feline Rescue and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities

  • Aleana Kruger, Trans Northland 

  • Aviva Meyerhoff, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council

  • Nonoko Sato, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

  • Marcia Ratliff, Engage Winona

  • Jamie Schumacher, Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Twin Cities

  • Shahrin Upoma, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota