Boardsource Leadership Forum 2015

New Orleans

Leading together for the public good

November 9 - 10, 2015
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

About the Conference

BLF attendees

The BoardSource Leadership Forum (BLF) is the nation’s largest biennial convening of nonprofit board leaders. We gather more than 800 board members, chief executives, staff, and nonprofit professionals for two days to discuss the newest thinking and best practices in nonprofit governance. Through plenary sessions, workshops, discussions, presentations, and networking events, our participants learn how to guide their organizations toward greater impact and mission fulfillment. To learn more about this year’s conference, listen to our BLF Orientation Webinar.



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Who Should Attend

Nonprofit board members, chief executives, staff, funders, corporate social responsibility leaders, researchers, and consultants committed to building effective nonprofit boards, and, in turn, strengthening nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.

To see the full list of attendees at BLF 2015, check out our registrant list.

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BoardSource has opportunities for qualified individuals to contribute to the operation of BLF while benefiting from its content. Learn more here.

Keynote Speakers

James Carville

James Carville

American Political Consultant and Commentator

Mary Matalin

Mary Matalin

American Political Consultant and Commentator

Art Taylor

Art Taylor

President and CEO, BBB Wise Giving Alliance

kevin washington

Kevin Washington

President and CEO, YMCA of the USA

Host Committee

  • Ivye Allen
    President & CEO, Foundation for the Mid-South
  • Sarah Berthelot
    President & CEO, Louisiana Association of United Ways
  • Philip T. Hackney
    Assistant Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Paula Hickman
    Executive Director, Community Foundation of North Louisiana
  • Keith Liederman
    CEO, Kingsley House
  • Makiyah Moody
    Governance Initiatives Director, Louisiana Association of Charter Schools
  • Kelly Pepper
    President & CEO, Louisiana Association of Nonprofits
  • Joann Ricci
    Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness, Greater New Orleans Foundation
  • Angela F. Williams
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administration Office, YMCA of the USA

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