LEAD will take place on Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023 and Friday, Jan. 26 to Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. A tentative Itinerary will be released in early September 2023.

You can view the January 2023 LEAD Conference agenda here.


The registration fee covers all programming; as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday (day 2) and breakfast on Sunday (day 3).

Yes! However, we encourage you to bring different students to each conference as they’ll feature the same keynote speakers and many of the same concurrent sessions.

There is no limit on the number of students you may bring. However, we require one adviser for every 12 students.

No, you do not have to be a member to attend.

The chapter or council adviser is responsible for the registration for the LEAD Conference. For every twelve students there needs to be an adviser, school leader, or parent/chaperone. To receive the member rate all adults who will accompany the students must be attached to the school membership.

Additional advisers, administrators, and parents/chaperones who will be attending the conference with your group will need to be added to the school record by the primary adviser. The primary adviser for your student program (NatStuCo, NHS, or NJHS) can do this online. He/She can visit their respective program website, NatStuCo.org, nhs.us, or njhs.us; Select create an account and you as the adviser can add additional adults; you must know their email address along with their full name. Select yes for additional advisers, or school administrators and select no when adding parents/chaperones. If they are already attached to your account, they do not need to be added.

Students cannot register themselves for LEAD. All registrations must be coordinated through the chapter or council’s adviser.

When you start your registration for a group, you receive a confirmation email with a group number. With this number, you can log back into your registration and choose “Returning Group Login” or “Returning Adviser Login” to continue your session. You must have your group confirmation number. FYI: You Must COMPLETE an adviser registration to be able to return to add students

You may email us at [email protected] or call 800-253-7746, option 8.

No. All registration must be done online prior to the conference.

No. Registration is only available online.

A confirmation email will be sent to the adviser’s email address immediately upon registration. You will also receive additional details via email prior to the conference with detailed instructions.

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please reach out to Customer Care immediately at [email protected] or 800-253-7746, option 8. You must be able to receive communications from NASSP.

Hotel Information

Each school is responsible for booking its own hotel accommodations.

Making hotel reservations does NOT guarantee your attendance at LEAD – you must have a confirmed registration.

Any additional questions not covered here? Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call 800-253-7746, option 8.

Transportation Information

The hotel is 1.6 miles from the airport. You can take an Uber, Lyft, Cab etc. with your group, or you can jump on the metro at the airport, and it is a quick ride to the hotel.

You can call the hotel to arrange a shuttle for your group’s arrival. You may need to wait a bit if it is out on other runs. Here is the number: 202/737-1234……. ask for shuttle pick up from DCA.

Just an FYI – Uber is the quickest way, but the shuttle is free.

Conference Dress Attire

School attire is appropriate. This includes casual pants, jeans, sweatshirts, and T-shirts.

The following clothing is not considered appropriate and students wearing such apparel will be asked to change by their adviser or conference administrators:
  • Tight or revealing clothing—any clothing that reveals midriffs, cleavage, shoulders, backs, or torsos. These may include but are not limited to spaghetti straps; strapless tops or dresses; tops with low-cut necklines; tank tops, muscle T-shirts; low-waist slacks/skirts; and mini-skirts/dresses.
  • Cut-out, frayed, or ripped jeans
  • Clothing designed to be transparent, mesh, or sheer when worn alone
  • Shorts
  • Clothing that is suggestive, obscene, or promotes illegal substances—such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, profanity, sexual pictures, or an inference to these items
  • Pajamas/Sleepwear
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