Student Leadership Summit - Business Professionals of America - September 26-29 Washington, DC

Business Professionals of America invites secondary and postsecondary student members to participate in the second annual Student Leadership Summit. This multi-day event of engaging, interactive sessions will equip student leaders with knowledge and skills to help launch their leadership skills to new heights and strengthen BPA.

The event is designed for state, regional, and chapter officers along with other aspiring BPA student leaders. Sessions will be held at the Le Meridien Arlington in Washington, D.C., September 26-29, 2024.

Sessions will include personal leadership skills, team development, goal setting, strategic communication, fundraising, advocacy, etiquette training, and other valuable leadership strategies to support success.

While the summit is designed for students, there will also be numerous professional development opportunities available for advisors. Throughout the three days, advisors will have the chance to learn best practices, share experiences with peers, and gain insights into the latest trends in leadership education, ensuring they are well-equipped to guide and inspire their students.

Registration Opens: Monday, July 1, 8 a.m. Eastern Time

Registration Closes: Friday, August 30, 5 p.m. Eastern Time

The registration fee for attendees, including student members, advisors, chaperones, and guests is $175 per person and includes: 

  • student leadership training sessions and workshops
  • advisor sessions and workshops 
  • exclusive BPA gift for SLS attendees
  • SmarTrip 1-Day Unlimited Pass for use on D.C. Metro system
  • luncheon with etiquette training 

Available Add-ons 

  • Upgrade to a SmarTrip 3-Day Unlimited Pass for $20. The pass(es) will be mailed to the advisor/chaperone for use on the D.C. Metro system immediately upon arrival.
  • Capitol Hill tour on Friday, September 27. Tours are complimentary and will be arranged by BPA.
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, September 28. Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery along with the Executive Council and pay respects to our fallen soldiers and veterans. An optional donation for the purchase of the wreath is appreciated, but attending the event and the cemetery is complimentary.

Students who want to attend should contact their chapter, region, or state advisor to complete the registration process. Students are not permitted to attend the SLS without an approved chaperone (chapter/region/state advisor, state officer coordinator, or parent/guardian). The minimum supervision ratios vary by division (secondary is 1 chaperone to 10 students; postsecondary is 1 chaperone to 15 students).

The registration system will generate a separate invoice for conference registration and hotel reservations (if reserved through BPA). Checks can be mailed to BPA, or you can use the secure online payment link on the invoice. If you need assistance with registration, contact Jonathan Smith, BPA’s director of strategic programs and experiences, at

Visit and select the "Conferences" tab to locate the 2024 Student Leadership Summit registration site. Space is limited to the first 150 registrants.

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