Providing Young Leaders Today, With The Tools They Need To Change Tomorrow

2024 Young Leaders of America Leadership Conference

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Rob Zarrilli speaking

About Us

Each year, Young Leaders of America receives middle school and high school students from across the nation who have been selected by their teachers to attend our week-long leadership conference on Clearwater Beach. Parents bring their students to attend workshops, take part in teambuilding exercises, and listen to outstanding motivational speakers. Our students learn about reaching higher, as well as how to set and achieve their goals. Taking a hands-on approach with our activities, students will gain experience working with others in a constructive manner. We both work hard and play hard throughout the week, giving our students an alternate view of their leadership style. Our last session of the week is inclusive of our student’s parent/guardians, where we will showcase their accomplishments throughout the conference. We have been so blessed to have found the talent required to make each year very special to all students who participate in the program. We look forward to meeting all of our new students and providing them a life-changing experience!



Hampton Inn & Suites

635 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida, 33767

Conference Dates:

  •    June 24 28

Our Speakers

Benjamin Glossop
Professional MMA fighter

A professional MMA fighter and kickboxer, a television host, and a motivational speaker. He is the owner of Pursuit of Fitness and the Head Coach of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA at UFC GYM Clearwater. He is also a former firefighter of 7 years.

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Rob Zarrilli
Motivational Speaker

A man of passion and integrity, is more than just a motivational speaker. While his entertaining, inspiring, content-driven lectures bring classrooms and audiences to their feet, it’s Rob’s caring personality and personal guidance that garners him the endearing title of friend and mentor.

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Kimberly Trotto
Middle School Teacher

Kim Trotto has been a teacher for 20 years, working with middle school students for 16 years and emphasis with gifted students for 12 years. She is proud to have led her video journalism students to numerous Educational Media Awards.

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Dr. Sheri B Predmore Ed D
ESE Coordinator & ESE Team Chair

Dr. Sheri B. Predmore is a Florida Native that has spent her life’s work educating students with and without disabilities and leading educators through the modeling of effective teaching practices. She has impacted students and educators at the local, state, and national levels over the course of 24 years.

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Karen Smith

Karen is a dedicated, goal-driven professional with over 20 years of leadership experience and teacher/manager development. Having been a teacher, turnaround principal, national leadership consultant, and Chief Academic Officer in turnaround schools, and is currently an Associate at CT3 where she coaches and develops leaders. Karen is particularly skilled at leading and supporting others in changing culture and increasing outcomes that will yield dramatic results for children.

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James Devriendt
Public Speaker

James DeVriendt is the consummate professional. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management with a focus on Leadership and is pursuing an advanced degree in Healthcare Administration through the University of Michigan. Never one to rest on his base, James continues developing his knowledge and skillsets to not only help himself improve, but to help those around him. He has made a career out of developing others, knowing the fundamentals of true success depend on how well those around him perform.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire our youth to go above and beyond, and to follow their dreams to become the future leaders of America.

Our vision is to provide our students the tools to recognize their leadership potential no matter what circumstances they face in life. This vision will be put into action by using powerful motivational speakers, leadership training, team building exercises, and goal-setting workshops. This hands-on approach will create an amazing leadership experience that will impact students for the rest of their lives.

  • Life Skills Discussions
  • Mentoring Seminars
  • Stories in wisdom & experience
  • Goal-setting workshops
  • Team building exercises
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Leadership training
  • Hands-on Approach


When Jayden Sutliff was an 8th grader at Safety Harbor Middle School, he was selected to attend a leadership conference in Washington D.C. He had a great time and was able to see several of the monuments and memorials there and was able to listen to a speaker talk about leadership. When the conference was finished, he was asked by his parents to reflect on his experience. He told them that while he had a good time, there was something missing. He explained to them that he would have liked to have had the opportunity to listen to more speakers discuss leadership, motivation, and things that would benefit him now as well as later in life. It would also be an improvement to have more of a hands-on experience with performance-based activities. He talked to his parents for the rest of the trip home and finally asked them if they would help him to create the type of experience that he wished he would have had. His vision was to impact other young people like him and to make a difference in other students. His vision  remains the same today as we have met and have had a life-changing impact on several students who have attended our program each year.