Conference Overview

The Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) brings together leaders with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and communities worldwide, providing chapter leaders and ambassadors personalized training that develops the leadership skills needed to organize a Best Buddies chapter and share the Best Buddies mission.


As you participate in workshops, seminars, and evening events you will gain new knowledge and skills to improve your community by including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  You will have the opportunity to network with other leaders from your state and country. Staff and experienced student leaders are anxiously awaiting your arrival to learn, grow, and share with you. The skills you develop at BBLC will make an impact in your school and community this coming year.


BBLC brings together people from all over the world who share your passion and drive to include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in your communities.  You are sure to build life-long friendships with peers you meet at BBLC!



Information regarding the conference trainings – which will range from small group work, educational forums, roundtable discussions, and optional workshops – and evening events like the BBLC dance, movie screenings, concerts, bowling, karaoke and more will be available with a complete conference agenda in May.




  • Opening Ceremonies kick-off by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International

  • Speakers and performers with intellectual and developmental disabilities

  • Leadership development classes and roundtable sessions with global leaders

  • Educational panels comprised of professionals engaged in the disability rights community

  • Outstanding Chapter Awards

  • Making new friends from around the world

  • Connecting with experienced student leaders to share tools and techniques for success

  • Learning about the disabilities rights movement

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