Circles USA’s national community of practice will convene at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL, from October 16-19, 2023. Together we’ll share best practices, showcase innovations, and foster inspiration. 

The conference begins with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 16, and ends at noon on Thursday, October 19. More than 150 people are expected to attend, including Circles chapter staff and volunteers, individuals overcoming poverty, funders, policy makers, and national partners. 

The conference will highlight Circles USA’s local, statewide, and national efforts to end poverty. Breakout sessions will include a variety of topics, such as: 

  • Understanding the Intersection of Poverty and Mental Health
  • Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Circles
  • Supporting Spanish-Speaking Circles
  • Hosting a Cliff Effect Symposium in your Community
  • Leadership Pathways for Circles Leaders
  • Self-Care and Mental Health for Circles Staff and Champions
  • Cultural Competencies and Unconscious Bias
  • Empathy Tools for Systemic Change
  • Emerging Trends in Philanthropy

Additional offerings include attending a weekly meeting on Tuesday night with the local Circles chapter, optional lunch on Thursday after the conference, and the Cost of Poverty Experiment (COPE) poverty simulation Thursday afternoon facilitated by Poverty Solutions Group.  

Conference Registration

Discounted Hotels:

1. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Orlando-Ocoee East
7474 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32818
$117+ tax. Includes breakfast and free parking.
CALL 407-290-2710 to reserve your room using “Circles USA room block October 16-19.”

2. Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Ocoee
10971 West Colonial Dr. Ocoee, FL, 34761
$159+ tax. Includes breakfast and free parking. Use this link to book your room

Conference Location:  

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: 407.876.4991
Fax: 407.876.6495

Conference Registration

New to Circles? If you’d like to attend a portion of the CUSA 2023 Leadership Conference, we have a special Inquiry Track just for you. Learn more here

Contact: For questions, please contact CUSA Membership Coordinator Gena Atcher at