National Leadership Academy

Strengthen Your Skills as a Leader

Business Professionals of America is pleased to announce the addition of a new National Leadership Academy partner for this year’s conference.

With a laser-focus on continuous improvement and collaboration, we will engage in exciting leadership instruction and activities with our new partner: ULEAD. Under the guidance and leadership of our lead strategist and founder Brigette Bethea, participants will become more self-aware, collaborative and think deeply about how leadership skills can impact the world around them.

The opportunities and experiences you gain through Business Professionals of America set you apart from your peers. Whether you are interested in serving as a national officer and helping the many members of our organization or looking for ways to strengthen your skills and make a difference – this is your time to shine.

Learn how you can strengthen your skills as a leader through participation in the National Leadership Academy at NLC.

A Note from the Founder

Dear BPA Friends,

I am beyond excited to spend a few days with you in sunny California! We will spend time learning about some of my favorite topics, leadership and character development! We will become more self-aware, collaborative, and think deeply about how our leadership skills can impact the world around us. I hope this experience is not like your normal conference and that we can work together to learn from each other in new and exciting ways. Come ready to learn and have some fun! Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team if you have questions. See you in May!

Brigette M. Bethea Lead Strategist

Session Highlights


Middle Level Session: Thursday, May 2 (4:00 – 8:00 pm)
*This session does not require pre-registration. All Middle Level students are encouraged to attend.

Secondary/Post-secondary Sessions: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)
*Pre-registration is required and students must commit to attend both days.

Topic / Session Messages
Authenticity and Personal Branding

Participants will engage in an activity where they will identify key elements of their personal brand, what they want their brand to be and what steps they plan to take to get there!

What Would You Do?

Participants will learn key concepts and skills about decisions making and ethics. Groups will analyze ethical dilemmas and discuss how the scenarios could have been handled differently.

The Art and Science of Collaboration

This activity will reinforce effective communication and teamwork. Participants will be given a task where collaboration is key! Throughout the activity different variables will be added to shake things up.

How We Spend Our Time Matters

Self-awareness will serve as the foundation for our sessions and where the majority of our time will be spent. ULEAD will provide brief instruction during each session then participants will do an activity tied to key concepts followed by a reflection where they will explore ways to put learning into action!

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