Welcome to the 2019–20 LEAD Conferences!

What are LEAD Conferences?

Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development to students and advisers of the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, and National Student Council.

At LEAD, students and advisers sharpen their leadership skills to improve their school culture and community while networking with their peers from around the country.

The dates for the 2019–20 LEAD Conferences are:

November 15–17, 2019
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Washington, D.C.
January 31–February 2, 2020
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Washington, D.C.
February 28–March 1, 2020
Hyatt O’Hare
Chicago, IL

Please wait to make any air/ground travel arrangements until after your registration is confirmed for a LEAD Conference.

Registration Information

Register now for LEAD DC Fall!

For more information, please see the Registration page.




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Keynote Speakers

The LEAD Conferences feature outstanding keynote speakers who each provide a different perspective on leadership—all with the same positive energy—that you can apply to your chapter or council to make it better than ever.

Speakers for the 2019–20 conferences will be announced soon. See below for information about the speakers from the 2018–19 conferences.

Shaun Derik

Shaun Derik

2018–19 Friday Keynote Speaker

For more than 10 years, Shaun has dedicated his life to helping people from all walks of life reconnect with their passion and go after their dreams. Through a blend of music and comedy, he encourages attendees to take massive steps toward their lifelong goals.

Kate Garnes

Kate Garnes

2018–19 Saturday Keynote Speaker

Kate devotes her life to helping young people take control of their lives by changing the way they speak to and about themselves. With experience working with ages and demographics from elementary ballerinas to corporate executives, she demonstrates how positive speech can change the world.

John Norlin

John Norlin

2018–19 Sunday Keynote Speaker

During his time as a student and now as a professional, John has committed his time to helping people and organizations care about the well-being of others. John has worked with groups and individuals on the topics of building influence, strengthening relationships, and improving culture and character development.

Middle level and high school advisers and student leaders also have a wealth of experience, amazing activity and project ideas, and effective strategies they use to help their chapters and councils be more successful. We invite you to share that wealth as a workshop presenter! Deepen your conference engagement while contributing to the richness of the program—learn more about presenting your own workshop.