Positioned for Progress Annual Conference

​In 2012, statewide nonprofit and government agencies joined together to establish Positioned for Progress, an annual conference to serve as a catalyst to build the ability of the sector to engage in economic and social policy and large-scale social change in Mississippi. Representing a broad cross-section of Mississippi’s mission-based sector, these agencies recognized that the sector, as a whole, faces common needs and issues in resource development, community engagement, leadership and management, volunteerism and community service, and provision of services to individuals and communities.

For the first time in Mississippi, a diverse gathering of nonprofit board and staff members, community volunteers, philanthropists, corporate leaders and governmental officials was convened in a common environment to network with each other, discuss efforts toward economic improvement and social change, and focus the sector on the economic impact of its work.

Our goal is to align the work of the nonprofit sector with the strategies of the corporate sector and governmental programs to maximize the economic well-being of all Mississippians. Through this conference, we seek to create a true collaborative effort to build the levels of civic engagement necessary to produce significant economic impact. 

We are Mississippians committed to the improvement of our state, our people and our communities.


For the fifth consecutive year, nonprofit, government and businesses leaders will convene in Jackson, Mississippi to focus on building capacity, improving collective impact and exploring collaborative opportunities.

On November 3-4, 2016, hundreds of professionals from the nonprofit, government, philanthropic and cultural arenas will convene at the Jackson Convention Complex for an inspiring two-day event. Conference participants will exchange innovative strategies and ideas, share insightful new solutions and explore opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.

The 2016 Positioned for Progress Conference is an opportunity for you to gain valuable new insights and network with professionals and practitioners from across the state.

Early bird registration will open in mid-April. For more information, visit the official conference website at: