National Leadership Conference

The National Leadership Conference will be held May 10-14, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. This conference is known as the ultimate event for Business Professionals of America members.

2024 NLC Theme Video

Registration guide for NLC | Please find some details below as well:

In the registration guide:

  • Registration policies | step by step | Pg. 5-7 
  • Transportation options | Pg. 10-13
  • Schedule | Pg. 32-36
  • Hotel pricing | Pg. 8
  • Tour information | Pg.27-31
  • Cancelling or substitutions for previously registered attendees | Pg. 7 (bottom right)
  • What to do for schedule conflicts | Pg. 17
  • Technology needed and equipment need | Pg.18
  • LIVE STREAM LINK :  The opening session and awards sessions will be
    streamed live at 
  • FAQs | Pg. 22-23
  • Most questions can be answered by going through the guide. Please review it with detail.

Our Ohio Association was assigned to the Hilton in Chicago (address below). It is required that attendees of the National Leadership Conference stay a minimum of four (4) nights within a BPA-approved hotel guestroom block. Although the official stay dates for NLC 2024 is Friday, May 10 to Tuesday, May 14, any pre - or post-conference nights reserved within a BPA guestroom block can be counted towards the room night minimum. Note that pre- and post-conference nights are limited and subject to availability.

Available minimum stay dates include:
• Wednesday, May 8 to Sunday, May 12
(very limited availability)
• Thursday, May 9 to Monday, May 13
(limited availability)
• Friday, May 10 to Tuesday, May 14 (official stay)
• Saturday, May 11 to Wednesday, May 15
(extremely limited availability)

Attendees who do not adhere to this policy will result in disqualification from conference
attendance and/or be subject to pay the cost of room and tax for each night the minimum is not met. Participants are required to stay at an official conference hotel. The hotel reservation deadline is March 29. Non-compliance is cause for disqualification. Participants confirming a reservation with BPA but failing to arrive to fulfill the reservation without proper cancellation will be responsible for all no-show fees. BPA reserves the right to collect
fees from schools directly if a no-show fee results in a direct expense to BPA. BPA room rates are not guaranteed after this date. Housing payments must be made directly with the hotel. For help with hotel reservations, email

Hilton Chicago

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Estimated Cost for NLC 2024:

Registration $125
Travel $550
Hotel (4 nights quad occupancy) $340
Meals (5 days) $250
Tours $150
Miscellaneous $140
Per Attendee Estimate $1,555

Registration fees:                                                                                                                                              Conference registration is open from February 28
to March 29. Student members and advisors are
required to stay at official conference hotels, and those
reservations must be made in the conference registration

Full participants have access to all conference events and activities and receive a souvenir pin and gift. Late registration (after March 29) is $145 and must be completed on-site in Chicago.

Students are not permitted to attend the conference without an advisor or chaperone. Students may travel with a designated advisor other than their own only with written notice to BPA.Email alternative chaperone: assignments to Jonathan Smith at

Required supervision ratios vary by division.
Middle Level: 1 advisor/chaperone to 7 students
Secondary: 1 advisor/chaperone to 10 students
Postsecondary: 1 advisor/chaperone to 15 students

State and chapter advisors can register family, friends, and chaperones who have access to all conference events and activities but do not receive the souvenir pin or gift. Note: There is no fee for children age five years or younger, and they should not be registered via the conference registration system. However, tickets for optional tours are required for children under five, and they must be purchased under the advisor’s or chaperone’s name. Advisors may not register themselves or students as guests or chaperones. Late registration (after March 29) is $115 and must be completed on-site in Chicago.

Alumni not serving as a chapter advisor, chaperone, or guest can receive complimentary registration by participating in the conference volunteer program. Alumni can participate in conference events and activities but do not receive the souvenir pin or gift.

Advisors may purchase awards session wristbands for unregistered guests. Purchases must be made at the Finance Desk before Monday, May 13 at 12 p.m. CT

• Eligible refund requests received on or before
Friday, April 26, 2024, will receive a 75% refund (paid after the conference). No refund requests will be accepted after that date.
• Refunds will not be given for an optional or last minute change on the part of the attendee or for delayed travel.
• Refunds are not available for pre-purchased merchandise such as t-shirts.
• Tour refunds will be made in full in the event it is canceled by BPA. Refunds will not be made due to inclement weather.
• Refund requests must be submitted via the conference registration system at https://

Travel Discounts: Please look at page 10-12 in the registration guide for car or truck rental, ground transportation and, arrival transportation. 

Below is a list of airports around Chicago and their
distances from the conference site.
Airport Distance to Hotels
O’Hare International (ORD)
18 miles (40-75 minutes)
Chicago Midway (MDW)
11 miles (25-60 minutes)
Airline Discounts:
Delta Air Lines
Discount of 2–10% based on the fare class. Travel must
occur between May 2 and May 21. Valid for O’Hare
International Airport and Chicago Midway International
ONLINE: Visit and enter your flight details. Select the “Advanced Search” drop down and enter NM3N4 in the Meeting Code box.
PHONE: Call (800) 328-1111 and provide meeting code NM3N4. There is no service fee (available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. ET).

United Airlines
Discount of 2–10% based on the fare class. Travel must
occur between May 4 and May 19. Valid only for O’Hare
International Airport.
ONLINE: Visit and enter your flight details. Select Advanced Search link. Enter ZPHA274550 in the “Promotions and certificates” field located under the “Upgrades, certificates, and promotion codes” drop down. “Special offer” will display on discounted flight options.
• PHONE: Call (800) 426-1122 and refer to Z code ZPHA274550 (available Monday to Friday,
7 a.m.–9 p.m. CT and Saturday to Sunday, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. CT). Booking fees are waived

Future NLC Dates:

  • Chicago, IL – May 10-14, 2024
  • Orlando, FL – May 7-11, 2025
  • Nashville, TN – May 6-10, 2026