The conference is the vehicle utilized to create and empower this diverse collegiate leadership group, who attend predominantly white colleges and universities. NBSLDC is an intensive interactive three-day leadership experience. Held annually in January, this conference provides the participants with an opportunity to increase their effectiveness as leaders. The conference provides participants with information, exercises, and activities about leadership styles, practices, and theories. The conference provides an arena for the observation, critical thinking, discussion, and group interaction, while affording participants avenues for networking and interacting with national and international leaders. Business organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies are also invited to meet with these selected leaders.