We have reached capacity for our LEAD January 2024 Winter Conference and registration is now closed. We are unable to add any new groups OR additional students and advisers to existing groups who have registered at this time.

There are still available spaces for our LEAD November 2023 Fall Conference taking place November 10 – 12, 2023. We encourage and welcome your registration to that event!

Thank you! Please reach out with questions to [email protected].

Nov. 10 – 12, 2023
Jan. 26 – 28, 2024
Hyatt Regency
Arlington, Virginia
All 6 – 12th grade student leaders and their advisers
For LEAD Fall, early bird rates and registration close on October 27.
We have reached capacity for our LEAD Winter and registration is closed.
NHS, NJHS, & NatStuCo Members: Early Bird = $255/person. Regular Rate = $365/person.
Non-members: Early Bird = $285/person. Regular Rate = $415/person.

Whether your school’s student leadership is flourishing, emerging, or somewhere in­between, LEAD is for you!

As the premier national conference for student leaders and the educators who support them, LEAD provides opportunities for peer learning, expertise-sharing, and networking with some of the most incredible student leaders across the globe. You’ll walk away with the resources, skills, and inspiration to make an even greater impact in your school, community, and beyond.

This year’s LEAD conference brings a specific focus on:

Building Connections

Expanding Leadership Skills

Leading through Service

Amplifying Student Voice

Keynote Speakers

Timothy Alexander

Timothy Alexander, a former high school football star from Birmingham, Alabama, overcame paralysis from a 2006 accident to make history at UAB by becoming the first paraplegic on a football scholarship. His inspiring journey includes raising $40 million for the #FreeUAB movement, earning a Master’s, and becoming a renowned keynote speaker and Emmy® recipient.

Tony Weaver, Jr., is an award-winning writer, educator, and influencer who founded Weird Enough Productions to empower students through graphic novels. He is the creator of The UnCommons and an upcoming memoir, Weirdo, while using his TikTok platform to combat negative media narratives and uplift youth in the nerd community.

Sarah Wells, a 400m hurdler, earned a reputation for overcoming challenges and achieving the impossible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had sidelined her for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, She coaches people through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on a message of resilience.

Speaking at LEAD November only.

countdown to lead fall 2023

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