National Leadership Conference

Reset, Renew, and Recharge Beyond Measure at the 2021 National Leadership Conference

FCCLA is pleased to announce that the 2021 National Leadership Conference will be held as a hybrid event June 27-July 2 both in Nashville, TN and on the FCCLA virtual platform. The in-person version of NLC will have limited capacity and all attendees will be required to follow all safety protocols set by the organization, hotel, city, and health agencies.

All affiliated members and advisers are invited to attend either in-person as space permits or attend virtually to reset, renew, and recharge for a successful 2021-2022 school year and celebrate this year’s success. The focus of the 2021 National Leadership Conference will be professional development for FCS educators and leadership and career exploration for youth attendees.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to go “Beyond Measure” with FCCLA at the 2021 National Leadership Conference!

  • Call for Presenters

    FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference will be a hybrid conference this year with virtual and in-person options available. The in-person conference will be held June 27-July 2, 2021 in Nashville, TN. The virtual conference will be available June 27 – August 2021. Workshops and breakout sessions provide our attendees with successful practices, tips, and informative sessions on FCCLA National Programs and career pathways that are relevant and trending with Family and Consumer Sciences education. We would love for you to share your knowledge, best practices, and resources on the various topics relevant for advisers and youth today.

    The National Leadership Conference sessions will include but not be limited to:

    • Competitive Events Project Show and Share
    • National Programs Presentations and Hands-on Demonstrations
    • Career Pathways Presentations and Hands-on Demonstrations
    • FCS Integration in the Classroom
    • Say Yes to FCS
    • Youth Leadership Training
    • Diversity, Access, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Virtual Classroom Resources
    • Advocacy/ Community Service
    • FCS National Standards

    The Call for Presenters will close on Friday, March 12, 2021. Email notification of accepted proposals will go out on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    • Presentations should not exceed 30 minutes including Q & A.
    • Hands-on workshops should not exceed 60 minutes including Q&A. * Multiple proposals may be submitted. * Emphasis will be placed on interactive, hands-on presentations, and innovative ideas relative to FCS education.
    • You must specify if your proposal is for the virtual platform (recorded session) or the in-person conference.

    Please use the NLC Presentation Proposal Questions to gather all of the information you will need to prepare to submit your proposal(s).  This form is NOT to be used to submit your proposal.

    Please use the NLC Presentation Application to submit your presentation proposal(s).

    Thank you for your willingness to share! We look forward to hearing from you!

    Questions? Please call 703-476-4900 or email if you have any questions regarding the National Leadership Conference or the Call for Presenters process.

  • Leadership Training

    Youth career preparation, exploration, and leadership training will be presented by FCCLA leaders and industry experts. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore career track options, network with industry mentors, and meet with FCCLA leaders from around the country working to lead and serve “Beyond Measure.” Workshops and sessions will be on the virtual platform for those who are unable to attend in-person.

  • Professional Development

    FCCLA is pleased to announce that LEAD FCS is working with FCCLA to assist in planning and facilitating professional development training for FCS educators. Training topics will include FCS pathway presentations, show and share Competitive Events and program sessions, networking to grow FCS and support for FCS programs, and work is in progress to offer non-degree seeking graduate credit for those seeking these credits.

  • National Competitive Events 2021

    Nearly all of the 2021 NLC Competitive Events will be held virtually prior to the start of the National Leadership Conference. FCCLA is exploring hosting the Baking and Pastry and Culinary Arts STAR Events in-person and will announce the result of this plan for these two events by April 1, 2021. All other STAR Events and the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl National Championship will be held virtually. The national top three placements in each STAR Event and level, STAR Event scholarship recipients, and the top FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl teams will be announced throughout the 2021 NLC General Sessions. All General Sessions will be aired live on the virtual platform.

    Note: STAR Event and FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl competitors must register for the National Leadership Conference and for their event. STAR Event participants must be qualified by their state adviser. Once a state adviser qualifies their participants for National STAR Events, the qualified event will be visible as an item that can be added to the student’s registration. FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl teams will be qualified in the FCCLA Portal by the national office.

  • National Officer Elections 2021

    The 2021 National Officer Elections will be held in-person at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. Any National Officer Candidate who is not permitted or unable to attend in-person will be accommodated through a hybrid election process.

  • Tours and Special Events

    Due to the impact of COVID, FCCLA will not be hosting a gala and/or organized tours in Nashville. A list of tour options will be made available for groups to plan on their own to explore the exciting educational tour opportunities in Nashville.

  • Registration & Rates

    Registration & Housing will open April 1, 2021

    During the registration process, participants must indicate if they will be attending in-person or virtually. The in-person conference has a limited capacity based on available conference and lodging facilities and the COVID regulations. FCCLA will monitor the capacity limits and adjust accordingly.

    Note: The registration rate is the same for in-person and virtual. Both in-person and virtual registration includes access to the virtual platform.

    • NLC Registration: $150 per person before May 27, 2021
    • NLC Late Registration: $175 per person May 28, 2021 – July 2, 2021
    • STAR Event Registration: $45 per person due April 30, 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted. All virtual STAR Event project documents and URLs will be due at this time.
  • Lodging Rates

    All in-person attendees will be required to lodge in the National FCCLA contracted hotel block.

    Omni Nashville Hotel

    • $229.00 per room per night (1-4 occupancy) plus applicable tax*
    •  *Current tax rate= 15.25%plus a one-time $2.50 county tax fee, *subject to change

    A link to book lodging will be sent to attendees who register for the in-person meeting. Attendees will need to use this link to book a room that qualifies for admittance into the in-person sessions. More information will be posted on the National website leading up to registration opening on April 1, 2021.


We appreciate your patience and support as we work through these processes to provide an opportunity for choice and participation for all members. Please direct questions as follows:

Conference Questions:

Phone: 703-476-4900

Competitive Event Questions:
Phone: 703-476-4900

Elections, Youth Sessions, Adviser Professional Development Sessions:
Phone: 703-476-4900

Future National Leadership Conferences

  • June 29 - July 3, 2022 • San Diego, CA
  • July 2-6, 2023 • Denver, CO
  • June 29 - July 3, 2024 • Seattle, WA

NASSP Approval

NASSP sealThe National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the FCCLA 2021 National Leadership Conference on the National Advisory List of Contests & Activities for 2020-2021.

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