General Sessions & Special Events


Besides the wealth of undergraduate and professional tracks offered throughout the event, the Lead365 Conference also hosts conference-wide talks, receptions, and networking events.


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General Session & Special Event Highlights

October 31 - November 2, 2019


Opening Session: The Expectations of Leadership & Round One - Lead365Talks

MC: The rather humorous James Robilotta

What does it mean to “explore, engage and evolve?”  You will feel the unique energy of Lead365 while being introduced to the powerful conference theme, justification for a competency driven curriculum and meet your faculty in residence ( a national treasure house of practitioners, researchers and professional speakers called “The Faculty”) who remain ALL 3 DAYS!  

More about this opening session will be added in the weeks ahead.



Grab a Bag Dinner - Day 1

As you arrive and get settled we want to make sure you are fed! Dinner bags with sandwiches, fruit, beverage and a cookie will be provided upon your arrival. You can bring them back to your room, eat poolside, find a new friend and eat in the sunshine near the registration area or wherever you’d like! We know this is a fancy hotel and consequently, buying your own meals can be expensive - that’s why we provide 5 meals for you!!!

Banquet Lunch - Day 2

On the second day of the conference, you are treated to a sit down banquet lunch to refuel. Over lunch learn quick tips on business etiquette while meeting new friends and networking. Given this year’s schedule, lunch will be served inside.


“The Lead365Talks are genius!”
— First Time Professional Staff Member - Nov 2017


In a creative presentation format broken into two sessions, The 2019 Lead365Talks represent content-rich condensed speeches focused on a particular leadership lesson. While also an opportunity to offer a “snap shot” of who they are as a speaker, based upon attendee feedback, the speakers will be sharing a significant leadership message.   

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Leadership After Dark by the Awesome Melissa Ruiz

Leadership After Dark:  As the sun goes down, the dynamic Melissa Ruiz facilitates an opportunity to engage in a variety of personal networking and team building activities to push you beyond the limits you believe you currently possess. Be ready. Be Prepared. It's Leadership After Dark!

If these kinds of facilitated group experiences aren’t your thing, why not participate in another option…

Calming Conversations Poolside

Big ice-breaking activities aren’t for everyone. Whether an introvert or just not “feeling it” an option to the big group networking session is an opportunity to gather poolside in less structured environment.


What’s the connection between learning leadership and your ability to get the job you want?  How can mastering specific leadership competencies facilitate your productivity in the workplace?  National experts offer 7 programs specifically geared towards enhancing your success in the workplace and new professional. Found in the same time slots with the more typical style workshop, these sessions are more experiential.

Student Workshop Showcase 

Do you or your organization have a valuable competency lesson to share? Contact to submit a proposal!

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Relationship Building Bag Lunch - Day 3

Not a fan of keynote speakers over lunch while you are trying to relax? Neither are we!  The conference on Day 3 offers a one hour breaks for casual conversations, movement, sunshine (or not) and the opportunity to meet people or take a “mental break.”  Some seating around the conference area is provided, however, you are welcome to find a comfortable place to converse or just “chill.”

Engaging Conversations

What a shame it would be to not maximize on the talents and interests of like minded individuals.  Engaging Conversations are facilitated conversations by The Faculty based upon your desirable interest of exploration.  Select whichever topic appeals to you and go to that designated room listed on your schedule.  Small group discussions can be as intimate or general as you desire. 

Topical areas are listed below. Which topic intrigues you? More will be added. 2019 Facilitators will be announced at a later time. Stay tuned!

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Creating Non-Profits & Foundations

Acting Like a Professional

Introverted Leadership

Tweaking Current Programs - Professionals Only

Social Justice


Universal Studio's City Walk 

You're in Orlando... time to have some fun!  As a courtesy, transportation is provided to University Studio's City Walk right down the road - 4 miles away - or you can "Uber" it.  The shuttle runs continuously starting at 7:00 PM from the transportation dock at the hotel to a designated drop off/pick up location.  The last bus departs City Walk at 11:00 PM.  Conference attendees are responsible for your own transportation and the shuttle bus is provided only as a courtesy.


Lead365Student Talk

Looking for video submissions! Contact if you want to compete to give a ten minute speech in front of the entire conference!

Closing Session - More Details to Come!

Based on attendee feedback, the closing event will be a keynote by an individual or organization succeeding at serving the greater social good. The 2019 speaker will be announced soon.

A Think Back video highlights the previous three days of transformation and good times.  The Lead365 National Award (with a $500 cash prize) is presented to an outstanding professional or undergraduate.  Sponsors are thanked (of course) and a Good Bye video from The Faculty closes out the program.  Distribution of Certificates of Completion (suitable for framing) and an appropriate send off concludes what promises to have been an amazing growth and learning experience for undergraduates, graduate students, leadership educators and new professionals.