Community Leaders Conference


United Way’s inaugural Community Leaders Conference, presented in partnership with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, will be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 8am to 5pm. Through powerful presentations and thoughtful conversations, participants will explore the essence of leadership and what it means to be a community leader. We’ll take a deeper look at some of the challenges we face with respect to education, financial stability and healthy lifestyles, and work to foster collaborative partnerships to help improve the quality of life in our community. Together, UNITED, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a brighter future!



We are very pleased to annouce our 2017 keynote speaker — Charlie Batch. Mr. Batch is a former NFL quarterback turned tech entrepreneur, media personality/color analyst, community advocate and professional speaker. He takes his motivational messages about teamwork and entrepreneurialism to corporate and nonprofit audiences across the country. 

Take a sneak peak at his speech, "Expect Your Best" — You're not good enough. You're not smart enough. Greatness doesn't live here. As a child and throughout his adult life, those were just a few of the negative messages and dream-crushing lies that Charlie Batch heard as he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler. But in critical moments throughout his life, Charlie refused to buy into those lies. Instead, he expected the best from himself and those around him, and as a result, he enjoyed a successful 15-year career in the NFL, became a respected leader among players and within his community, and formed a foundation that continues to inspire finacially challended communites to expect their best. In this emotional, funny and poignant presentation, Charlie shares his personal successes and failures both on and off the field, and provides three key strategies that anyone can use to expect their best and realize success in their professional and personal lives.




Early Bird (May 1st - July 17th) — $35
After July 17th — $50



8-8:30am: Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45am: Grand Entry & Welcome — Frank Cloutier, Chief, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
8:45-10:15am: Opening Session: Part I — Dr. Donald G. DiPaolo
10:15-10:30am: Snack/Coffee Break
10:30am-Noon: Opening Session: Part II
12:15-1:45pm: Keynote Luncheon — Charlie Batch
2-3pm: Breakout Sessions
2-3pm: CEO Roundtable — Mary Kramer
3-3:15pm: Networking Break
3:15-4:15pm: Panel Discussions (Education, Economic Development, Health)
4:30-5pm: Closing Session — Ginna Holmes








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