Annual LEAD Conference to be held in Nashville

Early registration for the annual youth leadership conference ends June 15.

“Angus: Live and Loud” is the theme for the 2010 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Conference, set for Aug. 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn., and designed for members age 14-21.

Angus juniors will attend leadership workshops presented by the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board and hear from past Oklahoma state FFA president and motivational speaker Rhett Laubach.

Diane Johnson of Details by Design will present sessions on public speaking and business etiquette, and attendees will participate in team-building, workshops and an overview about Tennessee agriculture.

Other highlights of the conference will include tours of Tennessee Angus operations Deer Valley Farm and Robert Elliott & Sons Angus.

While in Nashville, participants can also look forward to sightseeing at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, Ryman Auditorium and Nashville Shores.

“We’re looking forward to another great LEAD event this year,” says Robin Ruff, director of junior activities. “Past flooding in parts of Nashville has not affected our facility nor event plans, and we’re excited to visit a city so deeply rooted in agriculture and country music.”

Conference space is limited, and early registration is encouraged by the June 15 deadline. The early registration fee for NJAA members is $200.

After June 15, registration will be $225 and accepted based upon space availability. Registration for adults, state advisors and chaperones is $250; no early registration deadline applies.

Registration is available online at For more information, contact the junior activities department at 816-383-5100.

LEAD is funded in part by the Angus Foundation and is a program of the NJAA, which provides programs for nearly 7,000 members across the nation.

2010 LEAD Conference Tentative Schedule

Nashville, Tennessee

“Angus: Live and Loud”

Thursday, August 5

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Ice Breakers

5:30 p.m. Welcome by Ashlyn Carter

5:45 p.m. Retiring Thoughts, Andrew Rogen

6:00 p.m. Speaker – Diane Johnson

6:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Overview of Tennessee Agriculture

8:00 p.m. Retiring Thoughts, Ashlyn Carter

8:15 p.m. Team Building Activities

9:00 p.m. NJAA Board Skit

11:30 p.m. In Room Curfew

Friday, August 6

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Speaker – Diane Johnson

9:15 a.m. Load buses for tours

9:30 a.m. Country Music Hall of Fame – Tour

10:30 a.m. State Pictures - Music City Walk of Fame

11:00 a.m. Free time in Music Row

1:30 p.m. Ryman Auditorium – Tour

2:30 p.m. Depart for Deer Valley Farm

3:30 p.m. Deer Valley Farm – Tour and Dinner

7:30 p.m. Retiring Thoughts, Robert Myers

9:30 p.m. Depart for Nashville

12:00 midnight In Room Curfew

Saturday, August 7

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:15 a.m. Retiring Thoughts, Lindsay Waugh

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Junior Board Workshops - Breakout Rooms

11:30 a.m. Depart for Robert Elliott & Sons

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Tours

4:00 p.m. Depart for Hotel

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Change for Evening Activities

6:00 p.m. Depart for Nashville Shores

6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Nashville Shores – Dinner & Dance on the beach

10:30 p.m. Future Outlook

12:00 midnight In Room Curfew

Sunday, August 8

7:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Devotional

8:45 a.m. Retiring Thoughts, Chris Cassady

9:00 a.m. Speaker – Rhett Laubach

10:00 a.m. Retiring Thoughts, Kirbe Schnoor

10:15 a.m. Wrap-up – Ashlyn Carter