Community Leadership Conference

Creating a culture of strong, action-oriented leadership inspires positive change in communities. Each year, the Community Leadership Conference brings those individuals at the forefront of developing that culture in their communities together to share best practices and learn about recent trends and innovations that they can take back to their communities and organizations to re-energize leadership programs.

CLC 2020: Together.Serve.Transform

Feb. 4 – 5, 2020
UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, Athens, Georgia

The theme for the 2020 conference is “Together. Serve. Transform.” Each of us as individuals has skills, knowledge and talents from which we can draw to help address today’s leadership challenges. But when we pool our talents and skills Together, we can use our collective leadership to collaborate and Serve the needs of Georgia’s communities and thus Transform how communities commit to developing leaders of all ages, in every community, from all walks of life. The 2020 Community Leadership Conference will provide content and experiences that illuminate and illustrate this year’s theme.  We will create learning experiences for attendees where newly acquired knowledge and skills can be applied in their own communities and programs.

We invite you to partner with us to bring quality community leadership content to our conference attendees by proposing your presentation for the 2020 CLC.

Click here for the 2020 CLC RFP form (in fillable pdf format).

Register for the 2020 CLC here


Innovations in Community Leadership Award

The Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation received the 2019 Innovations in Community Leadership Award at the CLC on Mar. 1, 2019 (Photo: Shannah Montgomery/UGA Public Service and Outreach)

In 2017, the Fanning Institute established the Innovations in Community Leadership Award to recognize individuals or programs who have moved beyond traditional community leadership programming through innovative practices, partnerships, and activities that better serve participants and their communities. When selecting the award recipient, several criteria, including need, creativity, implementation, and impact, are taken into account. Granting this award showcases these innovations and the dedicated leaders who strive to make their communities stronger.

Each year, the Fanning Institute presents the Innovations in Community Leadership Award during the Community Leadership Conference.

Previous Innovations in Community Leadership Award Winners

2019 – Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation in Statesboro, Lynda B. Williamson Foundation Women’s Leadership Academy

2018 – Middle Georgia Regional Commission/Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions program

2017 – Roy Reeves