The University of Georgia 2022 Community Leadership Conference will focus on developing leaders with the skills to respond to changes affecting the state.
The virtual conference will take place on March 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of UGA Public Service and Outreach, the theme for this year’s conference is “Leading Forward.”
“Whether it is demographic or economic changes or the continuing effects of the pandemic, new challenges and opportunities will present themselves,” said Matt Bishop, Fanning Institute director. “To respond to those, leaders must understand the changes that are taking place and develop knowledge and skills to see beyond the present and lead into the future.”
Keynote speaker Taylor Hafley, an applied demographer at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, will lead off the conference with a presentation on the 2020 Census figures and the population trends they show in Georgia.
“This information can provide context for leaders as they plan for the future in their communities and organizations,” said Hafley.
Following Hafley’s presentation, breakout sessions at the conference will explore areas such as intergenerational leadership, inclusive leadership, adaptive leadership and emerging trends in leadership development. The conference will also include virtual networking opportunities.
“This year’s sessions cover topics at the forefront of leadership development and will help demonstrate how communities can incorporate these ideas into their programs to prepare leaders for the present and the future,” Bishop said.
Now in its seventh year, the conference brings together individuals from communities and organizations to share ideas and insights for strengthening communities, organizations and individuals through leadership development. In addition, the Fanning Institute will also present its annual Innovations in Community Leadership Award.
Last year’s conference, also held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, drew a record number of 450 registrants.
“The Community Leadership Conference provides valuable information and networking opportunities,” said Tommie Beth Willis, president and CEO of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce. “I have been able to reach out to professionals I met through the conference and utilize them as resources and for guidance as we worked through new challenges at our Chamber and in Colquitt County. I am truly thankful for the professional and personal friends through attending the conference.”
Registration for this year’s conference is $39.