Best Buddies Leadership Conference Registration

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Please complete this form to register for Best Buddies Leadership Conference in your region.  

Additional information about Best Buddies Leadership Conference will be sent to you in the next few weeks after registering.  If you have any questions, please contact your Best Buddies staff contact.

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Arizona

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Location: Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in California

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Location: Back Bay Conference Center
Irvine, CA

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Northern California

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022
Location: The Plex
800 Embedded Way, San Jose, CA 95138 

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Fresno, California

Date: Friday, July 8, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: Justin Garza High School  
4100 N Grantland Ave.
Fresno, CA  93723

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Southern California

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Location: Back Bay Conference Center
Irvine, CA

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Colorado

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm MT
Location: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Florida


Available to High School and College Chapter Presidents only.

Dates: Thursday, July 14, 2022 - Saturday, July 16, 2022

Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST
Location: Area sessions held in Broward, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida.

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Area Delegation Break Out Sessions (Sessions held in Broward, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa)
Attendees are expected to provide their own transportation to these training sessions. Lunch, snacks, and water will be provided. Please bring a water bottle, notebook, and writing utensils.

Friday, July 15, 2022 (note: due to venue capacity, the overnight experience is limited to 130 guests)
Location: Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Bus Departure
Students attending the statewide training and overnight conference experience at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) will board their bus to leave for Fort Lauderdale. Boarding and Departure time varies by office. 

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Statewide Group Sessions
Students will participate in roundtable discussions, meeting fellow chapter leaders across the state, sharing best practices, and planning for the upcoming school year.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Travel to MODS & Group Photo Op
Students will board buses and travel to the Museum of Discovery and Science for the overnight camp experience. The group will stop at Esplanade Park for a group photo.

6:30 PM - 12:00 AM Museum of Discovery and Science Overnight Camp Experience
The Museum of Discovery and Science overnight camp experience includes exclusive access to two floors of immersive exhibits, flight simulators and live animal encounters before rolling out your sleeping bag for a unique night at the Museum.  Includes "Night at the Ocean" themed activities (including live animal encounters), and pizza or sandwich platters for dinner.

Saturday, July 16, 2022
12:00 AM - 7:00 AM Lights Out
Students will roll out their sleeping bags for an overnight camping experience. Lights out by midnight and back up by 7:00 AM.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Pack Up & Departure
Lights will be back up by 7:00 AM to roll up sleeping bags, grab breakfast, and head home. Buses will leave by 8:30 AM to head back home. Anticipated arrival times will vary depending on area.

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Georgia

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm ET
Location: TBD

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Hawaii

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022

Time: 10am-3pm (conference), 3:30-5:30pm (additional/optional engagement)

Location: Mililani Consolidated Theaters
95-1249 Meheula Parkway, Suite 173, Mililani, HI 96789

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Illinois

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Location: Lincoln-Way West High School
21701 Gougar Rd, New Lenox, IL 60451

Arrival/Check-in 8:15-8:45 
Closing Ceremonies end at 7pm

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana

Date: Monday, July 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038

Lunch will be provided.

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Iowa

Date: Monday, July 11, 2022
Location: Adventureland Resort
Altoona, Iowa

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Kentucky

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm
Location: Trager Family Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in New England

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Location: Boston College High School
Boston, MA

Available for chapter leaders from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Maryland

Date: Monday, July 18, 2022
Location: Pearlstone Center
5425 Mt. Gilead Rd. Reisterstown, MD 21136

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Minnesota

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022
Location: TBD

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Missouri

Date: Friday, July 22, 2022
Location: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Saint Louis
1300 Strassner Dr, Brentwood, MO 63144 

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Nevada

Date: TBD
Location: TBD

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in New Jersey

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Location: The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in New Mexico

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Location: Explora! Science Center & Children's Museum
1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in North Carolina

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET
Location: North Tower Community Space
Charlotte, NC

Sponsored by Lincoln Derr

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in New York

Date: Monday, July 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Armory Venue on the Russel Sage Campus
130 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in New York

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Sinatra Room
15 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in New York

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Location: Al Sigl Center
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Ohio

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Location: Upper Arlington High School
1619 Zollinger Road Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Pennsylvania & Delaware

Available to High School and College Chapter Leaders only.
Date: Friday, July 15, 2022
Location: PHMC Space in Philadelphia, 1500 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 
& the Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

9:30 AM- 1:30PM Leadership Conference sessions such as Speakers, World Café, and Presentations will be held at PHMC for High School & College Chapter Leaders. Attendees will be provided lunch, snacks, and water. Please bring a notebook and writing utensils with you.

2:00 PM – 5:00PM As a group we will explore the Franklin Institute! 

PA Ambassadors: Please visit https://forms.bestbuddies.org/4903690?eventId=a184P00001F1eD5 for your Leadership Conference event experience!

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Pennsylvania

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Location: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Lecture Hall
7370 Baker St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Tennessee

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Location: Junior League of Memphis Community Resource Center

3475 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Tennessee

Date: Monday, July 11, 2022
Location: Audi Nashville

1576 Mallory Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Texas

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Location: Region 13 Educational Service Center
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin TX, 78723

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Texas

Date: Friday, July 15, 2022
Location: Rice University - Biosciences Research Center
6500 Main St. Houston, TX 77030

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Texas

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022
Location: Collin College - Plano Campus
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX 75074

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Virginia & DC

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Location: Kenmore Middle School
200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA

Registration & Breakfast: 8:30-9:15am

Closing Ceremonies end at 5:00pm

Dinner and Scavenger Hunt/Social Activity (off-site) 5:00-7:00pm

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Washington

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm PT
Location: TechCity Bowling
13033 NE 70th Place, Kirkland, WA 98033

Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Wisconsin

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Location: Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments provided.  Free admission and parking is included.

Best Buddies Leadership Conference for Expansion (Virtual)

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Time: 1PM-3 PM ET/12PM-2 PM CT/11AM-1PM MT/10AM-12PM PT
Location: Online (Zoom)

Best Buddies Leadership Conference for International Programs (Virtual)

Date: TBD
Location: Online



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