National Leadership Conference

National Leadership Conference

DENVER, CO - Feb. 22-25, 2024

Harness your leadership skills and make new friends at the National Leadership Conference. Improve your personal and professional leadership skills through the interactive presentations and fun activities! 


The conference is open to all ESA members who are interested in learning communication and leadership skills within ESA and anywhere else you consider yourself a leader. Join us for interactive presentations, games, and skill building with ESA members from across the country.

Note: We will continue to make every effort to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. Please note that we currently do not have plans to require proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend the conference, but appreciate your understanding should requirements necessarily change. Any changes will be communicated to participants prior to the event week.

Tentative Agenda
  • Feb. 22 Thursday
    • Registration, 2 - 5pm
    • Welcome Event, 7 - 9pm
  • Feb. 23 Friday  
    • Program, lunch, and activities, 9am - 4pm  
    • Party hosted by Incoming IC President, Lynda Edwards, 5:00 pm
  • Feb. 24 Saturday
    • Program, lunch, and activities, 9am - 4pm 
    • Farewell dinner and fun, 6pm - 9pm
  • Feb. 25 Sunday - Travel home
Conference Workshops and Sessions:
  • '24-'25 Reveal | Incoming President’s Theme and Focus Reveal
  • Engagement Panel | Q&A with some ESA super stars about how to increase engagement
  • Storytelling with Photography| Learn how to capture the best pictures to help tell your ESA story
  • Tech Talk | Tips, tricks, and useful tech tools to help you have a successful year
  • Membership | Kiss Your Comfort Zone Goodbye – Become Your NEXT BestSelves
  • Incoming State Presidents | A special track dedicated to preparing you for taking office in 2024
  • Updates from ESA entities (St. Jude, ESA Foundation, Hope for Heroes)
  • ...and much more! 
Additional Changes based on previous attendee feedback:
  • Color wars is back again! Come prepared to meet your new team and bond over small team challenges throughout the weekend.
  • All attendees are invited to join the event Facebook group (join information provided in your registration confirmation email). The group will be a place to virtually meet other attendees, share ideas, and hear more updates on the event.
  • We have added two Happy Hour events, one specifically for incoming presidents to spend additional time together outside of meetings and socialize and one for non-incoming presidents to meet other attendees and share ideas.
  • Seating for some sessions will be designated for incoming presidents to sit together to foster collaboration.
  • The Thursday night mixer event will be optional, meaning attendees who may need to arrive late won’t miss any content. The official meetings will begin Friday morning, and all incoming IC President information will now be presented on Friday.
Hotel Information

A room block at the Doubletree by Hilton DIA Hotel will be available for attendees to make their own reservations. The cost is $121 per night plus tax. Attendees can room with whomever they want and with however many people they want (for example, if your state has three members attending, there is now the option for all three to share a room).

If you do not have a roommate coming to the event and would like one there will be an option on the registration form for ESA Headquarters to match you with a roommate. Once the match is made each member will receive the other’s contact information and be able to independently manage your lodging bill with the hotel.

Alternative lodging is allowed, but members are responsible for transportation to and from the conference hotel.

Reservations for the event will be made by the individual attendee directly by online reservation link or by calling the Hotel at 303-574-1300. Attendees should identify themselves by the Group code “Epsilon Sigma Alpha” to receive the group room rate.