Annual Conference


MAY 7-9, 2024 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Sioux City/Convention Center in Sioux City, IA

Join us for the annual Heartland YMCA YPN Chapter 43 Leadership Conference May 7-9 in Sioux City, IA! Get ready to network with YMCA peers from Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota while you learn & grow as a Y professional, plus we’ll have a great time. Training opportunities are also available on May 7 as an add-on. Learn more about the conference and training opportunities by clicking the link below to view the conference packet.

Conference Brochure & Information Packet



Conference Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird (through March 31): $99
  • Late Registration (April 1-19): $125

Please register for the Heartland Alliance Conference through LCDC: 


►LODGING - All conference discount groups end April 6

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (Conference Hotel): Click here to book at the conference rate

  • 901 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101
  • (712) 202-2700



►SILENT AUCTION...We need your help!

We are looking for silent auction items for the Heartland Alliance Leadership Conference Auction, proceeds to benefit the YMCA of Seven Council Fires. The auction will be live during the conference with item winners & payments at the Thursday morning general session. All delegations/YMCAs are requested to provide at least one basket or notable item for the silent auction. Ideas include: themed baskets with local items, upscale Y gear, gift cards for experiences, unique items.

Please let us know what items or baskets you will be providing for the auction by April 25: Jodi:


The YMCA is full of professionals who daily exhibit excellent leadership qualities while focusing on the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. While everyone in our alliance is deserving of recognition, this year at the Heartland YMCA Alliance Leadership Conference members of the Advisory Council bestow honors on those who stand out in our profession. Nominations are open February 6-April 7. Your assistance is requested in helping to ensure that nominees are present at the awards event. Nominees will only be considered for an award if they are registered by April 7, 2023.

Click here to nominate an amazing peer, supervisor, or colleague for one of the 4 awards listed below!

Nominations will be accepted for the following awards:

Emerging Leader Award Program Achievement of the Year Legacy Award Professional Achievement
This award is given to an individual in the YMCA whose contributions over their short time have made a difference in their community. This person exhibits a hunger for professional growth and has shown the ability to successfully lead their department or staff team. To qualify, nominee needs to have been on the job more than 6 months and less than 2 years of continuous employment. The nominee must have shown the highest level of leadership in strengthening existing programs or in creating new programs as evidenced by his or her measurable achievements during the last year.  This person demonstrates a commitment to advancing the mission of the YMCA in the community they serve. To qualify, nominee needs to have been on the job more than 2 years. This award is presented for leadership worthy of emulation by peers; an example for others to follow; a role model for YMCA professionals. This person fulfills our promise to effect lasting personal and social change in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To qualify, nominee needs to have worked at the YMCA full-time for 10 or more years. To recognize a YMCA professional in business, membership, marketing, property management, financial development, human resources or technology who achieved notable professional excellence this past year.  The nominee must have shown the highest level of leadership in their particular field as evidenced by their measurable achievements during the last year.