72nd Annual Leadership Training Conference

What Is LTC?

Leadership Training Conference, or LTC, is an annual gathering of Key Clubbers from all over New York to celebrate a successful service year and the beginning of a new one. This year’s Leadership Training Conference will be held March 27 – March 29, 2020 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.

Be part of a three-day, two-night leadership experience. Participate in workshops, network with other Key Club members, elect district-wide officers, and enjoy a high spirited, fun-filled weekend.


Priority Deadline: February 21, 2020 
Final Registration Deadline: March 2, 2020
Payment Deadline: March 13, 2020


The Desmond Hotel voted the best hotel in the Captial region. The Desmond has been providing superb accommodations, outstanding service and a unique guest experience for over 40 years.


Key Club Member Quad Room: $300* 
Advisor/Chaperone Double Room: $335*
Advisor/Chaperone Single Room: $650* 
*Per Attendee

LTC Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Melissa Ruiz

Melissa Ruiz

Melissa Ruiz, MSW began her career in higher education in Conferences and Events, before transitioning into Residence Life and then Student Life and Academic Advising. She jokingly says there isn’t a job in Student Affairs she hasn’t done yet. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, along with a certification in Gerontology and was a John A. Hartford Foundation Fellow.

Before college, Melissa was a competitive dancer, trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop. At the ripe age of 16, she went on tour with some of the country’s greatest dancers and choreographers through Dance America. Melissa’s talent also took her to the Miss New Jersey stage, where she placed first runner-up. Through her time in pageants, she combined her love of dance and advocacy for older adults by performing at nursing homes, coordinating fundraisers and educating people about Alzheimer’s Disease. After her grandmother was diagnosed, Melissa made it her goal to spread awareness and raise funds for the treatment and ultimate cure of the disease.

Melissa is part of a facilitation team at Swift Kick that has been named the #1 APCA leadership program 5 years and has already worked with over 650 schools and corporations in almost every state and worldwide. She also co-authored the best-selling book “First Year Student to First Year Success.”

2020 Leadership Training Conference

Join us as we celebrate another service year with outstanding keynote speakers, workshops, networking events, officer elections, and tons of social opportunities! Check out a past LTC to learn more about the conference. 


A. When registering online, you must register the advisor/chaperone first. After you register a participant, please click “Add Another Person” until all of your participants are entered. “Please make sure to choose the correct category for each registrant (ie: Key Club Member or Advisor). This will ensure that you are billed correctly. Please also register your students in gender order, this helps with rooming.
A. The conference costs $300.00 per Key Club Member, and $335 per Key Club Advisor or Chaperone (single rooms available for $650). This includes all conference costs.
A. Yes. The priority/guaranteed registration deadline is February 21, 2020. The final deadline for registration is March 2, 2020. All payment must be sent in immediately after completing the registration form or no later than March 13, 2020.
A. An administrative fee will be added on ($3.95 per person) to the total cost at the end of the registration form. All costs are as advertised.
A. Yes, all registration for the Leadership Training Conference must be completed online. The process is quick and easy!
A. Yes, we do need all students’ individual information. This will only be used for distributing important information before the conference and to administer a survey after the conference is over.
A. To make changes, you can log back onto the site and change information. When substituting attendees for other students, please only substitute a student for another student of the same gender.You can also email with any requested changes to your attendees or information. We will process the change and respond to you in a timely manner. Any refunds due to cancelation will be subject to the LTC refund policy outlined in the terms and conditions.
A. All students from the same club will be roomed in the same room and as close to one another as possible. The hotel will also place students near their listed faculty advisor/chaperone. If you wish to submit a rooming list, please email it to Please also register your students in gender order, this helps with rooming.
A. Once you submit the online registration, you will receive a confirmation page. Please print this page out and mail it to the listed address along with payment. No registration or rooming will be confirmed until payment is received.
A. Yes, students must also bring copies of their Medical Release Form and Delegate Registration Form with them to the conference.
A. Those interested in being considered for awards should research available awards and criteria in the Awards Booklet, which will be updated on the Website.
A. On your confirmation page, and in your confirmation email, you will see a link for “Invoice”. Contact if you have any problems finding this document. The LTC Website will include a W-9 if your school requires one for payment.
A. All questions can be directed to All questions will be answered in a timely manner.

Conference Registration begins on November 2019!




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Hours Available: M-F: 8am – 7pm