TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Community Development Foundation (CDF) hosted its annual leadership conference Thursday at The Orchard.
This was the foundation's first in-person event since the pandemic began last year.
Zell Long, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi, was excited the CDF could host its IGNITE Leadership Conference. She looks forward to the conference every year.
“The end result is that you leave inspired and ready to go on and make a difference; so I love it,” Long said.
The CDF usually hosts the event in January.
Since many people have been vaccinated, it was safer to have the conference Thursday, Managing Director of Corporate Operations Carol Ann Padgett said.
CDF employees distributed masks Thursday and enforced social distancing.
“I think everyone is just so happy to see each other,” Padgett said. “Keep their distance and keep their masks on, but they’re to be here today.”
Both women said they are looking forward to next year’s conference.