World Leadership Congress

The 2016 Oregon delegation at the World Leadership Congress.
The 2016 Oregon delegation at the World Leadership Congress.

Unlike any other leadership program in the nation, HOBY’s annual international leadership conference, the World Leadership Congress, is a dynamic leadership opportunity for high school students, advancing student’s knowledge and understanding of leadership in our global society.

Similar to Oregon’s State Leadership Seminar, the World Leadership Congress challenges Ambassador’s current leadership paradigms, exploring leadership through sociological lenses and interactive sessions. By the end of the conference, Ambassadors will not only have the skills necessary to analyze the world with sharped skills, but be encouraged to activity create change with their fellow HOBY alumni.

More About the World Leadership Congress


HOBY’s World Leadership Congress is designed to allow students to discover their own personal leadership potential while becoming responsible and responsive global citizens.

Participating students have the opportunity to engage with thought-leaders in a wide variety of fields. They also participate in hands-on leadership learning and activities in addition to service opportunities throughout the week. After the week long program, students leave inspired and motivated to articulate and accomplish their goals as well as make positive changes in their local and global community.

The 2017 WLC will be held July 22-29 at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, USA. There is an optional Post-WLC Tour of Chicago available to students who wish to stay on and see the sights of Chicago at the conclusion of the program. The dates for the tour are July 29 to July 31, 2017.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the WLC on its National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2016-2017.

HOBY strives to provide the WLC leadership development opportunity to as many students as possible. For information about becoming a sponsor of HOBY’s WLC, please call HOBY’s International Department at 818-851-3980.

– See more at:

2015 WLC Eligibility – U.S. Students

All U.S. high school sophomore students who are scheduled to attend one of HOBY’s leadership development seminars in spring 2017 are eligible to register for the 2017 World Leadership Congress (WLC). If a student would like to register for the WLC prior to attending a state leadership development seminar they may do so, bearing in mind that space is not secure until all of the following requirements have been confirmed and conditions have been met:

  • Availability of space, as allocated to each seminar.  The first 420 students who have paid the full program fee of $1,825 and meet the other requirements will be accepted.
  • Receipt of the $1,825 program fee and completed required online registration by June 30, 2017 or before the 420 person capacity is met, whichever is sooner.
  • Completion of a 2017 HOBY leadership development seminar. *

* To attend a U.S. state leadership development seminar, each sophomore must be selected by his/her high school based on demonstrated leadership potential

– See more at: