CWR Conference 2023


CWR strikes out for the Gateway City this year: the 2023 CWR conference will be held in St. Louis this October! We look forward to seeing you at what will be CWR’s 29th annual conference. The theme of this fall’s gathering by the banks of the Mississippi River is “Flowing into Our Future.” The annual conference is a unique professional education and networking opportunity tailored specifically to meet the needs of professionals who work on behalf of women religious. Join us:

October 10-13
Marriott St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63101

Author, speaker, and podcaster Maryanne Dersch will deliver the conference keynote address, “Courageous Communication.” Maryanne is a leader in the nonprofit sector, having spent 30 years helping organizations communicate more authentically and effectively. From those experiences, she authored Courageous Communication: How Codependence is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About it.

The host hotel for this year’s conference is the Marriott St. Louis Grand, which is located in the heart of downtown. We can’t wait to see you in St. Louis!

Photo: Gateway Arch

The full conference schedule, including workshop options and “evening in” can be found here.

Photo: Stacy Spitler/Jade Meyer

Registration is now open! Save by registering by July 31:

One Day$125$125

Photo: Stacy Spitler/Jade Meyer

Ventla is once again the official mobile app provider for CWR Conference 2023. The app will be available for download soon!

With a prime downtown location near the St. Louis Zoo, City Museum, Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village, and the Gateway Arch, the Marriott St. Louis Grand is a National Historic Landmark. Room reservations can be made online at the conference group rate of $189 per night using the Marriott’s dedicated CWR reservations page.

Photo: Marriott St. Louis Grand


  • Conference kicks off with the Welcome Reception Presented by Ascension on Tuesday evening, October 10.
  • On Wednesday night, enjoy an “evening in”: A Sweet Night of Comedy Featuring Rob Durham. Join us for a night of laughs (and dessert!) on the top floor of the Marriott St. Louis Grand.
  • Thursday, attendees have a free evening to sample the dining, cultural and entertainment options on offer in St. Louis.

Photo: Marriott St. Louis Grand

Maryanne Dersch is a leader in the nonprofit sector, having spent 30 years working in the helping organizations communicate more authentically and effectively. She is a consultant, coach, teacher, strategist and presenter, all wrapped up in one dynamic personality. Insightful and honest, Maryanne has the keen ability to identify the challenges we face in our organizations (and ourselves) while helping us to recognize and share our unique value to better connect with our audiences. MORE

Photo: Maryanne Dersch