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

Conference only: $150
RSD Post-Conference only: $400
Conference and RSD Post-Conference: $500

The Fanning Institute is also offering single-day registration options for both days of the conference. Email or call 706-583-8284 for more information.

Registration Deadline: February 3, 2020

Register for the 2020 CLC and/or RSD Post-Conference event here

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.

Click here for a list of 2020 CLC sessions

Click here for the CLC 2020 schedule of sessions

CLC Post-Conference event: Reflective Structured Dialogue Training
Feb. 6 – 7, 2020
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Athens, Georgia

Sometimes, transforming communities involves difficult conversations and Reflective Structured Dialogue, or RSD, is a proven method for bringing people together and giving everyone a voice, creating the atmosphere to move forward. During this two-day training following the CLC, Fanning faculty Raye Rawls will explain the theory behind RSD and how it can be used in communities, as well as train participants to use RSD to convene and facilitate difficult conversations in their communities and organizations and participants.

Learn more about RSD here

Hotel Information: Conference registrants can make hotel reservations at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel. Click here for their website.

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