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Imagine what you could accomplish if you:

  • Pulled above process, politics and the stresses of your daily routine
  • Surrounded yourself with the best and brightest
  • Got access to best practices, technology, innovations, and resources

What could you do? At the Opportunity Collaboration, it is our goal to help you answer this question.

The entire purpose of the Opportunity Collaboration is to connect you with new people and new ideas. Come prepared to share best practices, illuminate partnership opportunities or reveal a current passion or innovative idea. Engage your fellow Delegates with your mission.


Who Should Attend?

Opportunity Collaboration works best for top-level executives and trustees from their respective organizations.  Applications are preferred from individuals with senior leadership positions and records of accomplishment.

Characteristics of Successful Delegates:

Multi-Dimensional Thinker – ability to problem-solve in a cross-disciplinary way.

Pragmatic Vision – doers, business people, implementers and managers in the service of visionary ideas.

Adaptive Leadership – challenges assumptions and can make mid-course organizational corrections.

Team Player – sharing the work, and the recognition.

Non-Ideological Activism – pragmatic, market-driven, evidenced-based problem-solving.

Ways to Engage When You’re There

Core Activity for All Delegates

The Colloquium for the Common Good is an essential aspect of the Opportunity Collaboration experience. In small groups, all Delegates participate in this core curriculum, creating a common experiential bond and shared set of learning.

The Colloquium is Opportunity Collaboration’s signature seminar on executive leadership, economic justice and the good society. The Colloquium addresses the principles that drive inequality and asks Delegates to think pragmatically about the nature of their leadership.

Conversations for Change are two-hour work sessions in which Delegates intensively describe missions, strategies and common challenges around a central question, policy issue or theme. Conversations for Change include a broad range of social impact actors: investors, grant-makers, for-profit social enterprises, non-profits, activists, policy influencers and more.

All participating Delegates are asked to contribute their specific institutional expertise, explain their mission or theory of social change and, most importantly, what problem they are confronting that attracted them to this Conversation session. Delegates are asked to investigate, brainstorm and imagine solutions within individual policy sectors, between sectors and across sectors. Institutional boundaries are set aside. Delegates act with generosity of spirit and a maximum amount of institutional cooperation. Lectures, powerpoints, static presentations, speechifying, organizational egos, pitches and filibusters are prohibited.

Conversations for Change are scheduled for two-hour time periods following lunch each day. Delegates enroll on a first-come, first-seated basis.

To Submit Your Conversation for Change Proposal:

Conversations for Change are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (jwilkins@opportunitycollaboration.net), as soon as possible. Current topics and Delegate-Catalysts are posted on the Agenda.

Capacity-Building Clinics are Delegate-inspired and organized professional development sessions in which Delegates intensively coach each other. Concrete, pragmatic skills for institutions and organizational leadership are taught. Topics include, but are not limited to: media relations; sales and marketing strategies; fund raising and investor-donor relations; evaluating organizational and programmatic effectiveness; financial planning; business plan writing; other topics proposed by Delegates.

Clinics are scheduled for two-hour time periods from 3 to 5pm every day. Delegates enroll on a first-come, first-seated basis.

To Submit Your Capacity-Building Clinic Proposal:

Capacity-Building Clinics are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (title and a three to four sentence description) to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (jwilkins@opportunitycollaboration.net), as soon as possible. Current topics and Delegate-Catalysts are posted on the Agenda.

Cluster-Forks are Delegate-led mealtime discussions on a relevant topic of interest. Focused discussions cover a wide range of policy, geographic, organizational, entrepreneurial and poverty-related themes. Delegates reveal specific challenges to scaling or improving their institutions. Delegates with resources (consultants, grant makers, investors, philanthropists, field experts and others) describe how they can help.

Cluster-Forks are scheduled for ninety minutes during lunch and dinner each day. Up to twelve people per conversation table are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific topics and Delegate-leaders are posted on the Agenda at the corresponding lunch or dinner time.

To Submit Your Cluster-Fork Proposal:

Sixty-four Cluster-Fork tables are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal (title & 3-4 sentence description, including 2 guiding discussion questions) to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (jwilkins@opportunitycollaboration.net), as soon as possible. Current topics and Delegate-Catalysts are posted on the Agenda.

Delegate Mailboxes

In the Communications Center, each Delegate has an individual mailbox. Delegates are encouraged to make active use of mailboxes for conveying messages and setting up private and group meetings, etc. Check the Communications Center daily for schedule changes, useful information and personal messages. Please do not use mailboxes to distribute organizational literature; instead, materials should be left in the Literature Library (see How To Showcase Your Mission below) located in the lobby of the theater at the entrance to the Conference Center.

Delegate Directory

Delegates are provided an onsite Lookbook with Delegate photos, and a post-event Delegate Directory containing full contact information to facilitate communications and follow-up on connections made during the Opportunity Collaboration.

Opportunity Collaboration’s global network of leaders dedicated to solving poverty is over 1700 Delegates strong. Don’t wait to increase your impact – start working together now!

Connection Concierge Service: Confirmed 2018 and prior Delegates may request introductions to each other at any time that is mutually productive. Search the 2018 Delegate Roster for potential allies, and email CEO Topher Wilkins (twilkins@opportunitycollaboration.net) with your reason for requesting a personal introduction. Introductions are always made with Delegate’s advance permission.

Regional Receptions: Throughout the year, Delegates host private regional receptions for fellow Delegates and their colleagues to further exchange ideas and resources and introduce new high-impact leaders to our network. Email CEO Topher Wilkins (twilkins@opportunitycollaboration.net) if you’d like to host an Opportunity Collaboration reception in your city.

Social Media: Join the continued discussion, give feedback, provide help, or just keep networking. You are invited to visit our Facebook page and participate any way (and as often) as you like.

Host a session

You can propose a Conversations for Change, Cluster-Fork and/or Capacity-Building Clinic session. Agenda roles are awarded to Delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Delegates should submit a proposal to the Opportunity Collaboration COO, Jorian Wilkins (jwilkins@opportunitycollaboration.net), as soon as possible.

Submit a video for in-room news channel (Collaboration Network News)

Collaboration Network News (CNN) is the Opportunity Collaboration’s two on-site television channels. Both channels broadcast 24/7 via into each Delegate’s Leadership Village room during the Opportunity Collaboration, as well as in the theatre in the evenings. All Delegates are encouraged to include at least one video clip for each CNN channel. One CNN broadcasts a video montage of 2-5 minute educational videos introducing the unique work Opportunity Collaboration Delegates and their organizations are accomplishing to combat poverty. The second CNN channel features longer (up to 2 hour) documentary-style films by or about Delegates and their organizations, showcasing their work in richer detail.

To Submit Your Films: on or before March 31, 2018, Delegates should ideally send a H.264(.MOV) via a Drop Box link to COO Jorian Wilkins (jwilkins@opportunitycollaboration.net) to ensure that we receive the best quality video. We can also accept YouTube links, Vimeo links, etc.  For snail mail, addresses packages to Jorian Wilkins at U.S. Postal Service Address: P.O. Box 757, Santa Cruz, California 95061, USA. FedEx / UPS / DHL Delivery Address: 850 Front Street #757, Santa Cruz, California 95061, USA.

Distribute printed materials via our literature library

Tables for Delegate organizational displays and literature are available everyday in the lobby of the theater, at the entrance to the Conference Center. Delegates are encouraged to bring modest amounts of materials for distribution. Based on prior years experience, 25 copies of handouts are usually sufficient, as these materials are mainly for fellow Delegates to peruse on-site during the event.

Guidelines for Success

Don’t hold back. The best sessions and captivating private conversations will be about what is important to you and your work.

• As an agent of social change, what are your most significant institutional goals and challenges?

• What is your organization’s theory of change and how do you measure results?

• What is your current strategy or business plan for financial sustainability and/or accountable impact?

• What emerging and promising opportunities to reduce poverty do you see in the marketplace?

• What types of partners or expertise do you require or seek to achieve your objectives(s)?

• How are you currently realizing new opportunities for global connections and new alliances?

• Do you have a collaborative or hybrid social change model that other Delegates can replicate or join in partnership?

To continue productive conversations after the Opportunity Collaboration, all Delegates receive a complete Delegate Roster with full contact information. You don’t need to exchange or carry business cards.

We are a diverse group of change-makers with different racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, class, sexual, and gender backgrounds and orientations coming together to do what we can to make this world a better place for all.

We acknowledge working in a world with numerous divisions, and can’t pretend that all who come to this gathering are perceived as equal in social status in the world as it presently exists.

Absolutely all are welcome here.  But by welcoming all we don’t in any way wish to disavow or diminish the very real differences each of us embodies.

Like the potent, self-aware people we aim to be we intentionally foreground those differences. We name them clearly in order to recognize the very real historical power differentials that have resulted from those differences.

Our aim is not to hide, repress, or deny those differences, but to go through them to realize our personal and collective aims.

~ by OC 2016 Delegate Frederick Marx of Warrior Films

Ask every Delegate: What is your mission? How can I help you advance it?

Be Yourself. Be Authentic. Be Evocative.

Share your passion with personal stories – the highs and the lows of your work. Make it personal. Make it real.

Be tangible. Provide other Delegates with the information needed to consider collaborating with you. If you were considering partnering or backing your organization, what would you want to know about it?

Honor the opinions of other Delegates by respecting the Opportunity Collaboration’s non-partisanship, confidentiality and informality.

Every Delegate shares your commitment to economic justice. All are seasoned veterans and distinguished leaders in the anti-poverty movement. Delegates appreciate comments and presentations that are demanding, challenging and sophisticated.

• Avoid generalities. Employ concrete examples, explain business models and provide clear theories of social change.

• Keep it simple and straightforward. Avoid jargon.

• Don’t talk about “me” and what you have achieved. It’s a given that all Opportunity Collaboration delegates are accomplished people.

• Don’t hesitate to discuss failures. Some of the best learning comes from what doesn’t work.

Some of us have money, some do not.  We meet at an all-inclusive resort in order to help minimize those class differences.  But some of us are donors and some of us seek donations. That’s real too.

Class, race, gender, etc. privileges all exist.  Some have more privileges, some less, but we most of us embody some combination of both.

We aim to acknowledge all our power differentials with each other up front so that each of us can refine her/his awareness and work with them, not in spite of them.

We also acknowledge how privileged all of us are simply to be able to attend this gathering.

So let us be the change we seek to make in the world.  Let us be leaders not only in our work outside Opportunity Collaboration, but in our work collaboratively as well.

Let us each bring our full awareness and most skillful means to acknowledging our differences and working with them during our time together, for our own benefit and for the benefit of all.

~ by OC 2016 Delegate Frederick Marx of Warrior Films

Whether you have money or want money, a few tips about framing intelligent conversations:

• Be candid. Funders can’t fund everything that is worthy and no anti-poverty program is the panacea. Save yourself and everyone else time by stating your agenda and focus.

• Failure never fails. Put forth what is working, what has failed and what you’ve learned. Your candor will be appreciated, and you will win converts to your cause.

• Keep it short. Be concise and get to the point. Don’t preach.

Your fellow Delegates, especially funders, are thought leaders and much more than the sum of their bank accounts. Avoid performing wallet biopsies on other Delegates. It disrespects the spirit of the Opportunity Collaboration to monetize every conversation.

All sessions are conversational discussions, not lectures, formal presentations or panels. Powerpoint and other electronic aids are not available.

• Introductions should be the first order of business.

• Start with a question, rather than your own presentation to stimulate participation

• Be concrete rather than theoretical.

• Follow the conversation; don’t force it to go in a predetermined direction

• Don’t step on other speakers.

Collaboration is not just a matter of playing nicely with others. It is an element of structural reform which can reduce organizational dysfunction. Institutional silos (such as entrepreneurs vs. nonprofits, governments vs. foundations, funders vs. grantees) block pragmatic problem-solving. Pack your ideas and solutions, but leave your institutional baggage (and your ego) behind.
The Opportunity Collaboration forms an extraordinary community of life-time allies and personal friendships. Leave even one day early (yes, we know, the home office can’t live without you, but neither can we) and you will miss the final moments when handshakes and hugs form the foundation for future collaboration.
All the paid and pro bono staff members are, like you, full Delegates of the Opportunity Collaboration. There is no hierarchy, and no levels of membership. Everyone you meet is committed to social & economic justice for all Americans and is attending the Opportunity Collaboration to learn and share.
Collaborate yourself! Drink water and get some rest; you are in the tropics. You are not expected to attend every seminar, every round table and every stimulating program. Take a nap, take a walk, take care of yourself.  Have fun!

Fee and Travel Information

1. Prior to November 30, 2017 = $3450.00 | $2500.00   Early-Bird Registration

2. December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018 = $3950.00 | $2,950.00   Standard Registration

3. March 1, 2018 to April 15, 2018 = $4950.00  | $2,950.00   Registration, subject to availability

The Delegate all-inclusive registration fee includes ALL on-site costs, including 5 nights lodging, 3 meals per day, airport transportation to & from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), internet, leadership colloquium, policy discussions, Delegate-led seminars, all networking programs, and recreational facilities. The only other expense is airfare.

The $2500.00 ($2950.00 after November 30th) Suite-Sharing Delegate fee includes full Delegate standing. Each suite has two separate bedrooms (one with a king bed, one with two twins) and share a common bathroom. Delegates can request a specific suite-mate, or Opportunity Collaboration staff will pair together single Delegates electing to enroll at the suite-sharing rate.
Lodging for extended stays before or after the pre-paid 5 nights is $295.00 per night (up to two people per room, including meals). An additional $100 per night will be charged for each child in the room. As with all other hotel arrangements, book your extended stay with the Opportunity Collaboration Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

After January 1, 2018, a $750.00 cancellation fee is applied for Delegate cancellations.  No cash refunds are allowed after February 28, 2018.  If a Delegate cancels between March 1 & April 15, 2018, the Delegate’s fee balance remaining (after the $750.00 cancellation fee) can be credited towards the 2019 Collaboration: to use the credit, the Delegate must register for the 2019 Collaboration prior to December 31, 2018; the credit will otherwise expire at the end of 2018.  Delegate cancellations which occur after April 15, 2018 do not receive a credit towards the 2019 Collaboration.  To cancel, contact the Opportunity Collaboration Registrar Tracie Hudgins.
Opportunity Collaboration is a mission-driven social enterprise. Opportunity Collaboration exists to further the work of leaders ending poverty, in the United States and globally, and heavily invests in Fellowships. Because Delegates make the Opportunity Collaboration financially sustainable without subsidies from outside sources, Delegates are the only stakeholders. The network serves one purpose alone: increasing social justice and economic opportunity – no sponsors, no paid promotions, and no gimmicks.

Palm Beach International Airport Only (Airport Code:  PBI)

Submit Flight Itinerary. Important Note: Flight information must be submitted in advance to reserve complimentary airport shuttle service. Delegates must finalize and submit an air travel itinerary on or before April 15th. Send your itinerary information as soon as you book your flight to: Tracie Hudgins.

Delegates flying into airports other than Palm Beach International and arranging their own transportation or arriving by car can navigate to the Sandpiper Bay Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Opportunity Collaboration is family friendly and welcomes family members and significant others to accompany Delegates.

The $450.00 Traveling Companion all-inclusive registration fee includes 5 nights lodging (standard hotel double occupancy), three meals per day, airport shuttle and gratuities. Airfare and other personal expenses not included. To bring a Traveling Companion, the primary Delegate must be registered for a private room. Delegates should register their Traveling Companion early, because the Traveling Companion fee will increase when the Collaboration is sold out. Register here or to add your Traveling Companion to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

Non-Delegate Traveling Companions may attend all networking receptions and events, all recreational programs and all evening activities. However, the Colloquium for the Common Good, Conversations for Change and Capacity-Building Clinics are reserved for full Delegates only. Companions who wish to participate in these programs should register as full Delegates ($2500.00, standard hotel double occupancy until Dec. 31st). See Delegate Suite-Sharing.

While Delegates are in the daily Colloquium, Conversations for Change and Capacity-Building Clinic sessions, Traveling Companions may at their own expense use the spa services or arrange offsite excursions ranging from golf, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins to cultural explorations. Spa and excursion appointments can be made upon arrival; fees vary by activity.

Children: 17 Years or Younger

An all-inclusive $350.00 registration fee is required for children 17 years of age or younger and includes all lodging, meals, airport shuttles and gratuities. Eighteen years of age and older are considered adult traveling companions. To bring a traveling companion or child, the primary Delegate must be registered for a private room. Register here or to make changes to your existing registration, contact Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

Family accommodations are equipped with strollers, cribs, baby bathtubs, bottle warmers and sanitizers, white noise players and changing areas. Family-friendly dining, beach and pool areas are designated for Delegates with children. For families with younger children, high chairs, booster seats and baby food are available.

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver at all times during the Opportunity Collaboration. A supervised recreational program for 4-13 year olds is availalbe from 9am to 5pm. OC TEENS: Launch Generation encourages older students to design their own social enterprise projects, conduct Delegate interviews, and produce culminating media. For children under 4, childcare at the onsite nursery is available on a fee basis.

Opportunity Collaboration makes all arrangements for hotel accommodations. The leadership campus has 300 guest rooms. For extended stays or special requirements, contact the Opportunity Collaboration Registrar Tracie Hudgins.

Room Features & Cuisine. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, safes, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, mini-bar, television and standard North American electrical outlets. Complimentary internet service is available. A high-speed package is available for an additional fee. The leadership village serves three healthy buffets daily. All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, beer & well-drinks are included in the all-inclusive Delegate fee.

Health, Fitness & Safety. The leadership campus is an enclave restricted to Delegates and hotel staff. Water is safe to drink. The all-inclusive Delegate fee includes complimentary use of all health and wellness facilities, including the gymnasium, tennis courts, kayaking, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and sailing equipment, yoga and trapeze instruction, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, golf range, mini-golf and more.

Attire. The Collaboration atmosphere is relaxed, unhurried, informal and conducive to quiet conversation and dialogue. For daytime sessions and meals, Delegates should consider shorts, t-shirts and sandals suitable to tropical weather. For evenings, dressy resort attire is appropriate.

Weather. Florida in May is tropical, balmy and hot with temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees F. Expect some humidity and light afternoon rain showers.

Special Items to Pack. Sunglasses, sun block, mosquito repellent and a hat are desirable. Comfortable shoes are advised. For sports, bring swimsuits, suitable sportswear and gear. For evening jam sessions, bring your musical instruments.

Emergency Contact Information. The Collaboration’s leadership village is rented from the Club Méditerranée corporation. Please remember to contact Opportunity Collaboration for all hotel arrangements.

Site Emergency Phone: (772) 398-5100


Site Address: Sandpiper Bay Club Med, 4500 SE Pine Valley St, Port St Lucie, FL 34952

2018 Registration

Enroll Now!

$3,950 Private Room

$2,950 Suite Share

Prices increase after Feb. 28, 2018

All-inclusive of 5 nights lodging & meals, full agenda, all leadership programs & activities, pre- & post-event networking services, airport transportation, onsite internet access, recreation facilities, and gratuities. Airfare is not included.

Community Fellowships:

  • Need financial support to join us? Fellowships are now available.
  • Preference is given to candidates from under-represented regions, communities, and issue areas.
  • Awards are made on a rolling basis, with priority given to candidates recommended by confirmed 2018 OC:US Delegates.