United Way Western Regional Conference - United Ways of California

Join United Way leaders at the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference to be held at the M Resort Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nevada from August 6-9, 2024.

The United Way Western Regional Conference is designed to provide valuable learning and networking opportunities for United Way leaders. Participants can expect engaging sessions covering a spectrum of topics including organizational development, fundraising, equity, community impact, resource development, marketing, 211 and more. We extend a warm welcome to all United Way board members, executives, staff members, volunteers, and partners across the country.


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Standard Registration
$ 675.00
The M Resort Spa & Casino

Click here to book your hotel room(s) at the M Resort Spa Casino. Please make sure to register for the conference in addition to booking your hotel room(s), and note that hotel room availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

We are glad to share that complimentary shuttle service is available to and from the M Resort and Harry Reid International Airport, approximately 20 minutes away. Click here to book a shuttle reservation but note reservations are subject to availability and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Should any issues arise with your shuttle reservation, please call the M Resort bell desk at (702) 797-1000. Lyft and Uber services are also available.

Hampton Inn and Residence Inn

In case rooms are sold out at the M Resort, we have also negotiated hotel blocks nearby with Hampton Inn and Residence Inn, just a few minutes away from the M Resort.

We are excited to welcome the following keynote speakers who will headline the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference. Click on their respective profile photos to learn more about them.

Angela Williams
President & CEO
United Way Worldwide

Dr. Shirley Davis
President & CEO
SDS Global Enterprises

Troy Cook
Change is Inevitable Growth is Optional: Learnings from Navigating Adversity

We are most thankful to our co-chairs who will help shape the vision of the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference.

Kelly O’Lague
President & CEO
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (Portland, OR)

Mari-Pérez Dowling
President & CEO
United Way of Central Eastern California

Dona Ponepinto
President & CEO
United Way of Pierce County (WA)

Rodney Prunty
President & CEO
United Way of North Central New Mexico

The following is our current schedule for the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference, and is subject to change. Click here for more detailed information about our learning sessions.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Pre-Conference Session: Onboard United Way! An Overview of All Things United Way for New(ish) Staff & Those Interested in What is New in the Network1:00 pm2:15 pmMarche 1
Pre-Conference Session: Fundraising & Revenue Diversification 1012:30 pm3:45 pmMarche 1
Welcome Reception hosted by Nevada United Ways. Speakers: Sandra Douglass Morgan, Team President of the Las Vegas Raiders and Tony Sanchez, Nevada Energy5:00 pm7:00 pmM VUE Room
Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Buffet Breakfast8:15 am9:00 amMilan Ballroom
Welcome Remarks by Conference Co-chairs9:00 am9:15 amMilan Ballroom
United We Thrive Plenary Session9:15 am10:30 amMilan Ballroom
Morning Break10:30 am10:45 am
The Missing Middle: How mid-level giving can serve as a key link.10:45 am12:00 pmMarche 1
Reintroduce Yourself: United Way Brand10:45 am12:00 pmMarche 2
AI is for Everyone: Big and Small Local United Ways10:45 am12:00 pmMarche 3
Leveraging 211 as a Business Strategy10:45 am12:00 pmModena 1
Discovering Local United Way Resources through United Way NEXT10:45 am12:00 pmModena 2
AmeriCorps Unites: Exploring National Service Contracts as a Bridge Builder for Your Community10:45 am12:00 pmModena 3
Buffet Lunch12:00 pm1:00 pmMilan Ballroom
Plenary Conversation: Celebrating and Retaining our United Way Talent1:00 pm2:15 pmMilan Ballroom
Afternoon Break2:15 pm2:30 pm
Guaranteed Income is Guaranteed Success!2:30 pm3:45 pmMarche 1
United Way Equitable Community Impact 1012:30 pm3:45 pmMarche 2
Women United: From Start-Up to Standout – Enhancing Your Affinity Group2:30 pm3:45 pmMarche 3
But Isn’t That Cheating? How to use ChatGPT in the Grant Lifecycle2:30 pm3:45 pmModena 1
Implementing and Evaluating DEI Strategies2:30 pm3:45 pmModena 2
Financial Resilience in the Face of Disaster: Insights and Strategies from the United Way Network2:30 pm3:45 pmModena 3
Afternoon Break3:45 pm4:15 pm
Live Musical Performance: Mari Pérez-Dowling4:15 pm5:00 pmMilan Ballroom
Film screening: Uncharitable5:30 pm7:00 pmMilan Ballroom
Thursday, August 8, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Buffet Breakfast8:15 am9:00 amMilan Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shirley Davis9:00 am10:00 amMilan Ballroom
Panel Conversation: Furthering the United Way Equity Framework10:00 am11:15 amMilan Ballroom
Morning Break11:15 am11:30 am
An Uncharitable Conversation – A Movement Begins11:30 am12:45 pmMarche 1
Making the Most of Donor Data: Leveraging What You Know About Donors to Grow Support for Your United Way11:30 am12:45 pmMarche 2
How Did We Get Here? Addressing Backlash and Equity Fatigue in DEI Work11:30 am12:45 pmMarche 3
Worth a Thousand Words: Strategies and Tools for Visualizing Community Impact Data11:30 am12:45 pmModena 1
Revenue Diversification & Growth…A Case Study Continues11:30 am12:45 pmModena 2
Developing partnerships and aligning with business models to home grow a community information exchange11:30 am12:45 pmModena 3
Plated Lunch12:45 pm1:45 pmMilan Ballroom
Keynote Address: Angela Williams1:45 pm3:00 pmMilan Ballroom
Trivia Scavenger Hunt3:00 pm3:30 pmMilan Ballroom
Afternoon Break3:30 pm3:45 pm
CEO Roundtable with Angela Williams (CEOs and United Way Worldwide leadership only)3:45 pm5:00 pmMarche 1
Driving Equity Results in Rural Communities3:45 pm5:00 pmMarche 2
United for Books: High Impact Literacy Programming3:45 pm5:00 pmMarche 3
Micro Campaigns: Building Lifelong Connections Beyond the Workplace3:45 pm5:00 pmModena 1
United in Success: The Powerful Partnership Between Sage Intacct and United Way3:45 pm5:00 pmModena 2
Using a Shared United Way Platform to Recruit and Engage Volunteers and Assist Clients3:45 pm5:00 pmModena 3
Friday, August 9, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Continental Breakfast8:15 am9:00 amMilan Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Troy Cook9:00 am10:00 amMilan Ballroom
Troy Cook Book Signing10:00 am10:45 amMilan Ballroom
Mobilize community partners to drive economic mobility for working families10:30 am11:45 amMarche 1
Decolonizing our Minds and Embodying Belonging: DEI at the center of all that we do10:30 am11:45 amMarche 2
Public Policy: A Tool for Revenue Development and Diversification10:30 am11:45 amMarche 3
Uniting Historically Disinvested Students on the Way Toward Thriving Careers: Community, Corporate, and School Collaboration to Uplift Career Pathways10:30 am11:45 amModena 1
Equity-Driven Impact Agendas: Engaging Communities for Positive Change10:30 am11:45 amModena 2
Telling Stories: A Collaborative Creative Workshop for United Way Marketing Professionals10:30 am11:45 amModena 3
Final Remarks, Weekend Getaway Package and Raffle Prizes12:00 pm12:30 pmMilan Ballroom

We are honored to welcome the following sponsors who make the United Way Western Regional Conference possible:

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

WiFi Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Exhibitor Sponsors

In-Kind Contributor

Who is organizing the United Way Western Regional Conference?

The United Way Western Regional is being organized by United Ways of California and United Ways of the Pacific Northwest, the two United Way state associations in the West Coast. We have formed a national planning committee with United Way leaders and partners to help shape the vision of the conference. If you are interested in joining our planning committee, please contact events@unitedwaysca.org.

How was Las Vegas selected for the United Way Western Regional?

United Ways of California, in consultation with United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and our past conference co-chairs, conducted extensive market research in metropolitan areas throughout the West Coast to identify affordable event venues and convenient transportation options to and from a nearby airport. Some general goals are to identify room rates less than $200/night, locate an adequate event venue that is less than 20 minutes away from a major metropolitan airport, and mitigate the number of airline layovers for United Ways and partners traveling throughout the country. After receiving quotes from various venues, we concluded the M Resort Hotel Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nevada was the most ideal option to host the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference. Our past relationship with the M Resort, including their excellent customer service, and their ability to accommodate all of our conference needs were also determining factors.

What is the cancellation policy?

All registrations for the United Way Western Regional Conference are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend the conference, you may send another representative from your organization in your stead so long as the request is submitted by Friday, July 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST. No replacement requests will be honored after that deadline. For further questions regarding your registration or cancellation request, please contact events@unitedwaysca.org or call 877.355.8922 x2.

Are United Way flex credits available?

In November 2023, United Way Worldwide announced that the United Way flex credit program will expire on December 31, 2023, and be replaced with a network investment in enriched and relevant curriculum that is accessible and affordable to all United Ways across the network. This means that current outstanding flex credit balances will no longer be eligible to be redeemed by United Way Worldwide for regional conferences or other United Way supported events.

United Ways of California deeply understands what the loss of flex credits means to our network, but thanks to a grant by United Way Worldwide, we are fortunate to offer a scholarship program that offers significant registration discounts to local United Ways who wish to participate in the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference. Please find information about the scholarship program below our registration section.

How often is the United Way Western Regional Conference?

The United Way Western Regional Conference takes place every two years, and we do our utmost not to schedule it the same year as a national United Way Conference.

What is the attire for the United Way Western Regional?

The attire for the conference is business casual. United Way branded attire is strongly encouraged!

For additional inquires about the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference, please contact events@unitedwaysca.org.

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