National Leadership & Skills Conference
Virtual Event • Month of June 2021
The National Leadership and Skills Conference pits competitors against the best of the best from all across the country and encourages students to reach their highest potential. Learn more about how SkillsUSA plans to host an exciting and engaging virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Championships will be held virtually throughout the month of June
SkillsUSA executive director Chelle Travis is joined by Sam Bottum — SkillsUSA board president and Chief Marketing Officer for Snap-on Incorporated — for an important announcement on the status of SkillsUSA's 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships. For more information on the event, including a full transcript of this video, visit nlsc.skillsusa.org.
SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference will be held virtually in 2021, with localized hands-on elements for select competitions. Along with all of our competitive events, the conference will also include delegate sessions, national officer elections and many opportunities for leadership development, professional development and member chapter/chapter recognition.
NLSC Tentative Schedule
This Schedule is subject to amendment at any time.
June 1: National Officer Candidate Applications Due (by 6 p.m.)
June 4: National Officer Candidate Official Notification to Candidate
June 8: National Officer Candidate Orientation and Written Exam (2 p.m.)
June 9: National Officer Candidate Written Exam Results Released
June 14 – 18: SkillsUSA Championships
(some events will occur prior to this week and some after but the majority will be held week of June 14)
June 14: Advisor of the Year Interviews (9 a.m. – noon)
June 15: Models of Excellence Personal Interviews (10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
June 15: National Officer C/PS Candidate Interviews
June 16: Models of Excellence Workplace Interviews (10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
June 16: National Officer High School Candidate Interviews
June 17: Models of Excellence Technical Interviews (10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
June 17 – 24: National Officer Candidate Online Campaigning
June 19 – 21: Leverage and Engage
June 22: Delegate Kick-Off and Training Session (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
June 22: Delegate Social Activity (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
June 22 – 24: Advisor Professional Development Training
June 23: Delegate Meet the Candidates (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
June 23: Delegate Business Session (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
June 24: Awards and Recognition Session (3:30 p.m.)
2021-2022 National Officer Announcement and Installation
Advisor of the Year
Honorary Life Award
Models of Excellence
Outstanding Educator Award
NLSC Pin Design Challenge
Presidential Volunteer Service Award
SkillsUSA Championships including Leadership, Occupationally Related and Skill Competitions
NLSC T-shirt Design Challenge
June 28: Leverage
July 5: Leverage
July 12: Leverage
Frequently asked questions
Will the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference be held in-
person as originally scheduled? If not, what format will it take?
Why was the decision made to hold a virtual conference?
In a survey conducted in October, 23 state associations revealed that imposed travel restrictions in their states would prevent them from attending the national conference. With the increase of COVID cases nationwide, more states have since been added to that list.
Numerous additional states have redirected travel funds to other needed budget shortfalls during this pandemic. This redirection of funds also directly affects the ability for states to travel, even where travel restrictions are not in place.
Why was this decision made so early?
Will the SkillsUSA Championships still be happening? If so, how?
Is this going to be just another Zoom conference?
No, this event will NOT be just another Zoom conference. (We’ve all had our fill of those.) We will be working with a company (as yet unnamed) specializing in virtual events to create a unique, exciting, user-friendly and option-rich environment for all our members. In fact, the virtual format we’re working on may provide even MORE opportunities to make connections with future employers, mentors and friends. This will be an EVENT, an event members, partners and more will want to be a part of and will be proud to have participated in. More information will be coming soon.