dress code

Science tells us first impressions are hard to shake; people quickly (and for good or bad) form their opinion of you in seconds based upon your appearance, demeanor, body language, neatness of dress and non-verbal mannerisms.  Often, dress can influence your attitudes and behaviors, setting a tone for you and those around you.  


Our dress code is intended to establish this conference as being serious about developing leaders who understand influence, workplace expectations and respect general rules of professionalism - including attire. If you are not comfortable with the intention of this request, do what makes you most comfortable.

The Lead365 National Conference encourages business attire and reminds you:  Business attire doesn’t have to be painful and you don’t need to go out and buy a new wardrobe (sorry). Be neat and comfortable.  Flat shoes are fine and make it easier to put your toes in the pool! In short, business attire includes sandals or closed shoes (not flip flops or sneakers), dress pants (not jeans), skirt, dress and so on.  Suits are fine, but not required.

Many schools will wear their organization shirts one day to show their school spirit.


things to pack


A Bag or backpack. SWAG is given away at every conference, or you might want to venture out, so a smaller carrying bag is helpful.

Tablet. We want to see you tweeting, posting, and blogging about Lead365 National Conference. They are also great for taking notes and photos during the conference!

Pens & Pencils. You never know when you’re going to need to write down notes or a great quote!

Notepad. What good are pens and paper alone? Pens and paper go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Business/Contact Card. After you meet someone you want to stay in touch with, a business card with your contact information is handy. Don’t forget to follow up!

Credit Card/Cash. If you want to buy a presenter's book or run to the hotel store and get a snack, having a credit card or some cash is useful.  There is an ATM at the hotel. It’s also always great to pick up mementos for everyone who didn’t attend!

Water Bottle. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Hydration is key to keeping up your energy!

Phone and Computer Charger. Don’t let those devices die!

Elevator Pitch. The undeniably great thing about our conference is that you get to meet the speakers and practitioners first hand! Have a 30 second elevator pitch to introduce yourself when asked. You never know who you are going to meet.

Sweater. The hotel will be air conditioned and the temperature outside drops at night; so don’t get chilly!


nice to have

  • A Backup Battery. We all know that undeniably horrific feeling when your phone is on the verge of dying. What do we say to a dead battery? Not today.

  • Snacks. It’s always hard to concentrate when you’re hungry, especially if you get hangry. The hotel does have a convenient store to purchase snacks, but you can bring your own too!  There is also a grocery store on the street across from the hotel. 

  • Warm Weather Clothing.
    The average high temperature for this time of year is 78.5 F, the average low temperature is 57.5 F

  • Rain Jacket/Umbrella. This is still hurricane season in Florida, so be prepared for rain!

  • Anything else you need to make your experience in Florida comfortable and enjoyable