The Board of Directors passed a motion, as presented by the NLC Task Force, to host an online National Leadership Conference in 2021. This event will include opening sessions, keynote and featured speakers, workshops, networking and social events, officer campaigns, elections, competitive events, regional rallies and recognition sessions (FBLA), national officer announcements, and Awards of Excellence sessions.

Please note that this was an informed decision supported by an abundance of information with careful consideration to the following points: the state of California is closed to events for the foreseeable future; reports of 39 states not allowing student travel for the duration of the academic year; members and advisers seeking to plan ahead; the increase of COVID-19 spread and the unknown widespread availability of the vaccines; ample time needed to plan an improved online experience; and equity, equality, and access.

As next steps, the NLC Task Force and National Center staff gathered input directly from members and advisers in order to meet all the needs and turn this event into the most beneficial experience for all. We fully intend to enhance and improve this virtual event beyond what we were able to do for the 2020 NLE and look forward to working together to make it an outstanding opportunity for all.