2023 National Conference

The Association of Leadership Programs is thrilled to partner with Leadership Knoxville to bring the 2023 ALP National Conference to beautiful Eastern Tennessee! The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains! 

In Knoxville, they pride themselves on their unique mix of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and cultural attractions. In other words, it's a-nature-loving-adventure-seeking-artsy-kinda-town. We can't wait to welcome you! The 2023 National Conference will be held July 24 - 27. 

Below you will find a conference schedule, information on pre-conference excursions and learning sessions, workshop details, hotel booking details, and more.

See you soon in Rocky Top, Tennessee! 


  • Registration is open! Register before June 30 to join us in Knoxville, TN!
  • The hotel block still has space available - see booking details below.

Hotel Information

The conference host hotel is the Marriott Knoxville Downtown

The Marriott Knoxville Downtown is conveniently located just steps away from the Knoxville Convention Center, where the ALP National Conference will take place. The Marriott Knoxville Downtown is located at 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.

A special group rate of $176/night will be made available to ALP National Conference Attendees. 

Rooms must be booked by June 15, 2023, to receive the group rate. If the room block sells out before June 15, availability is on a first-come, first-served basis with the hotel should there be cancelations. Registering via the online link will help ensure ALP meets its room block obligation.

As of May 18, 2023, the room block is 90% full. If you have trouble booking, please email events@alpleaders.org. Rooms are currently available, and an error message does not indicate a full room block but is likely an adjustment needed on our internal end for your reservation to process.

Registration Costs

Register for the conference early and take advantage of the Early Bird discount rate. 
Register two or more attendees from your organization and receive an additional discount only during the Early Bird registration period.

Registration TypeRegistration PeriodALP Member RateNon-Members
Early BirdMarch 1 - April 30$574$774
Early Bird 2+*March 1 - April 30$524Exclusive Member Discount
General RegistrationMay 1 -  June 30$624$824
One Day RateMay 1 - June  30$275



*Discount for 2+ registrants. Must be current members representing the same leadership program.
If your organization needs to defer payment until July 1, 2023 for FY budget reasons, please contact events@alpleaders.org


Schedule of Events

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Monday, July 24

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM             Excursions/ Pre-Conference Workshops
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM               Attendee Orientation
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM               Welcome Reception (off-site) 

Tuesday, July 25

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM             Optional Morning Wellbeing Activity
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM             Buffet Breakfast Available
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM             Ambassadors Meeting
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM           Opening Session
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM         Workshops - Click for Session Details
12:00 PM                              Membership Luncheon
2:00 - 3:00 PM                     Workshops - Click for Session Details
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM              Workshops - Click for Session Details
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM              Networking Happy Hour
6:00 PM                                Dinner on Your Own - Sign ups for group reservations will be available

Wednesday, July 26

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM               Optional Morning Wellbeing Activity 
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM               Buffet Breakfast Available
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM               Affinity Group Networking
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM          Workshops - Click for Session Details
12:00 PM                               Luncheon Keynote
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM               Workshops - Click for Session Details 
3:30 PM  - 5:00 PM              Workshops - Click for Session Details
5:00 PM                                 Dinner on Your Own -
Sign ups for group reservations will be available

Thursday, July 27

8:00 AM                                 Closing Breakfast
9:00 AM                                 Final Session(s) - Details To Be Announced
11:00 AM                               Conference Concludes

Travel Information

Airports near Knoxville
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is the closest airport to Knoxville, Tennessee, and is located just 12 miles from downtown Knoxville. McGhee Tyson Airport boasts 120 daily flights from more than 20 nonstop destinations. Airlines that currently operate at TYS include Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines. Click here to learn more about McGhee Tyson Airport.

Downtown Knoxville Transportation
Knoxville is proud to offer FREE trolley service downtown and to the nearby University of Tennessee campus. Trolleys run until 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and offer late-night service on weekends. A stop is conveniently located near the ALP National Conference Hotel and the Convention Center. 

Driving to Knoxville
Nestled in beautiful East Tennessee, Knoxville is located within an 8-hour drive for a number of ALP members. Want to avoid airport hassle? Consider a road trip! 

  • Atlanta, GA - 3 hours
  • Baltimore, MD - 8 hours
  • Birmingham, AL - 4 hours
  • Charleston, SC - 6 hours
  • Columbus, OH - 5.5 hours
  • Indianapolis, IN - 5.5 hours
  • Memphis, TN - 6 hours
  • Richmond, VA - 6.5 hours
  • St. Louis, MO - 7 hours


Interested in sponsorship opportunities? View sponsorship levels and benefit information here. Contact Sarah Alice Keiser, Director of Events, for more details. 

Leadership Program Assistance Fund

20% of all 2023 National Conference Sponsorship revenue will be placed in the newly formed ALP Leadership Program Assistance Fund. Programs that are unable to cover the total cost of conference registration are able to apply for registration fee assistance.

A maximum benefit of 75% of the registration fee may be available to each eligible registrant and is limited to one individual per organization.

Learn more and apply to be considered for assistance.