The frank gathering: Connecting people on the frontline of social change

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The frank gathering: Connecting people on the frontline of social change

Join us for the 10th frank, the gathering for people who change the world, in Gainesville, Florida

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Date and time


The Hippodrome Theater 25 SE 2nd Place Gainesville, FL 32601

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Refund Policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 2 days 20 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

frank2023. February 14-17. Gainesville, Fla. and from where you are.

Welcome to frank, the foremost gathering for people who use strategic communications to drive social change. At frank, we divide our time among great talks by strategists, storytellers and scientists, informative skill sessions and casual opportunities to connect with other sophisticated communicators over coffee or cocktails IRL or on your computer.

Check out the latest updates on our website:


What is included in my registration?

For in-person participants, you'll receive:

  • Access to seating in the main theater for all talks
  • Tuesday: Welcome Rally featuring cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
  • Lunch Wednesday & Thursday
  • Dinner Wednesday and Thursday night
  • Activities Wednesday and Thursday night
  • Friday: Farewell after-party lunch
  • Coffee bucks and drink tickets
  • New friends and instant community
  • A good excuse to visit Florida in February
  • Access to all frank social sessions
  • Access to all recess and interactive sessions
  • Access to frank lounge
  • Discount at area hotels. Check on the frank website for links to hotel blocks.

For online participants, you'll receive:

  • An interactive video stream of all main theater programming for all frank talks
  • Activities specifically designed for participation from where you are
  • Access to recess and interactive sessions designed for your fellow online attendees
  • New friends and community
  • Not having to travel
  • A special box of frank gathering goodies mailed to your address of choice (if registered by Dec. 15, 2022)

When do I need to be there?

frank is about community. You'll want to be here from the moment we gather until our last goodbye. Shared experiences are amplified, creating a vulnerability that helps establish deep meaningful connections. The gathering launches mid-day Wednesday, Feb. 15, and we'll have a Welcome Rally for those who arrive in Gainesville on Tuesday, Feb. 14. We end with a goodbye party at 12:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 17. Make your travel plans accordingly!

Where do I book my hotel room?

Special room rates are available, starting at $179/night at three hotels in downtown and midtown Gainesville. Find the links at

This is my first frank. What do I need to know?

At frank you’ll connect to an instant community. We will have frank connectors on hand to help with your gathering questions, navigate the Recess sessions, expand your network and even recommend the best place to find chicken and waffles. We will even have a First Time frankster Facebook group so you can get connected before you arrive.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes! If you want to change or add any details and don't have a Eventbrite account, simply email us at

I registered, but my plans have changed. Can I get a refund?

We hate to see you go, but if you're really sure the following policies will apply:

  • Until Nov 1, 2022 order cancellations will be processed at full price.
  • You may also elect to convert an in-person registration to an online registration and we will refund the price difference between your original registration price and the online registration rates at the time of your request until Jan. 15, 2023.
  • If you would like to cancel between Nov. 2, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023 we will issue a 50 percent refund.
  • After Jan. 1, 2023, no refunds will be issued, but we will happily hold your ticket for a future frank gathering.

Worried about last-minute health status changes? We know times are weird and don't want anyone to travel if they are unwell. If you are planning on joining us in person and you find yourself unable to travel we will happily convert your registration to an online ticket and issue a coupon for the price differential for a future frank gathering.

How can I or my organization support frank? Do you have sponsorships?

We are hugely grateful to our supporters. They provide critical support that makes it possible to offer our participants a more affordable registration fee as well as supporting the work of the frank online community. Contact us at on how to sponsor an event.

How may I contact the organizers with other questions?

Pop us an e-mail at

Arriving early or staying after the gathering? Or what should you do while you have some time in town?

Funded in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County. Check out all the things Gainesville and Alachua County offer at Visit Gainesville!