BLF 2017

Speakers’ Portal

Welcome to the BoardSource Leadership Forum Speakers’ Portal.

This portal is intended for speakers who have submitted proposals through our call for sessions and have been selected to speak at our conference. Our call for sessions is officially closed; we are no longer accepting proposals, and our speaker selections have been made.

Please refer back to this portal for important forms, information, and updates regarding presenting at BLF. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Younger at

Presenter Deadlines

May 31 Presenter Agreement &  Photo Release Form

August 1 | Register for Conference

September 8 | Submit Session Materials (Presentation & Handouts)

All items are due by 5:00pm ET on the date indicated above.

Conference Theme

BLF LogoIgniting Leadership for Power, Purpose, and Impact embodies our commitment to nonprofit leaders’ role as standard-bearers for their organizations. We believe that together, board members and chief executives can develop nonprofit organizations that are not only healthy and viable, but are also innovative, adaptive, and relentless in their focus on core purpose. This holds true whether leaders are advocating for the issues that affect their missions, exploring the benefits associated with intentional partnerships and collaborations, or sharpening their understanding of the relationship between overall strategy, effectiveness, and impact.

BLF 2017 is the opportunity for us to come together as a community to support, empower, and inspire one another, and to ensure that every social sector organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good. We invite you to join us in that vision.

Conference Details


October 18 | 6:30pm PST


October 20 | 8:00pm PST


Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 6th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

All speakers are responsible for their own travel to and accommodations in Seattle. The closest airport is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Conference Registration

All speakers are required to register for the conference. BoardSource will provide one complimentary registration per session. Please send the name of the registrant to receive a complimentary registration to by August 1, 2017.

If you do not meet this deadline, BoardSource cannot guarantee the complimentary registration.

Steps for Speaker Registration:

  1. Visit the BLF event page.
  2. Click “Register” (in the upper right-hand corner)
  3. You will be prompted to log into your account. If you do not have a BoardSource account, you will need to create one.
  4. After logging in or creating your account, you will be sent to the registration page.
    • Update your contact information (e.g., name and title) if necessary.
    • Fill in your ADA and dietary requirements, if any.
  1. Click “Add to Cart”
  2. Click “Check-Out” and finalize your registration.

Single Complimentary Speaker Registration:

BoardSource provides one complimentary registration per session. Submissions for the complimentary speaker registrations were due August 1. Please contact Natalie Younger if you have any questions. Speakers must be registered to attend the full conference.

Promotion Guide for Speakers

BoardSource has developed this kit to help you share your participation with your network.


Session Materials

Session materials are due no later than 5:00 pm EST on September 8, 2017. All speakers must submit session presentations and handouts or the session may be cancelled. Please use the PowerPoint template provided by BoardSource for your presentation.

BoardSource will provide PDFs of the presentation to all conference participants via the conference website and app. BoardSource will put all presentations and handouts on the conference website and app.

Please use the BoardSource BLF PowerPoint template for your session presentation(s), which can be downloaded below.

Download PowerPoint Presentation Template  Upload Session Materials