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LeaderLife Conference

Practical help, real encouragement, and meaningful connections for homeschool leaders.

2020 LeaderLife – March 13 & 14 – Williamsburg

You can have a thriving homeschool community where families participate, leaders step up, and you have more time to spend with your family.
Won’t you join us in Williamsburg?

No Need to Reinvent the Wheel.

1. Come to LeaderLife

Connect with homeschool support group and co-op leaders like you from across the Commonwealth.

2. Learn the Secrets

Discover simple, put-into-action today tips to build your team and engage your community.

3. Thrive as a Leader

Watch your group thrive as you take back your life and spend more time with your own family.

Eliminate the Guesswork.

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Why LeaderLife Works

Relevant & Practical

Real-life examples and experiences from leaders you can trust provide skills you can apply right away to problems you face.

Life-Changing & Dynamic

Make connections and forge relationships that will forever change your leadership, your group, and your life!

Fun & Interactive

Who doesn't want to have fun? Gifts, activities, round-table discussions and leader panels bring each session to life!

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Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning, best-selling authors of Raising Real Men, No Longer Little and Love, Honor, and Virtue. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (four grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.

As support group leaders on the state and local level for over 15 years, Hal & Melanie understand the importance of supporting leaders in the challenges they face and excel at giving  leaders practical help and real encouragement.

Practical Help–Real Encouragement

Don’t wait until you are so burnt out that you quit cold turkey and your support group dies, as leaders we know have done. Learn what to look for in potential leaders, how to recruit them, and how to disciple them to take over and keep the ministry going for your children’s generation.

Our support groups are changing around us and we must figure out how to minister to the new generation of homeschoolers! Find out how to understand the differences in the next generation–both those coming out of institutional schools and homeschool grads–and reach out to them in a way they can hear with what they need!

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Candice Dugger is an author, speaker, and anti-bullying warrior. She formerly led several financial mortgage teams and served on multiple boards of directors for charity foundations. She spearheads the Bullied Broken Redeemed campaign, an anti-bulling movement addressing how parents can help their children heal constructively. Candice’s proven practical approaches to bullying have helped parents, teachers, and students throughout the United States. Candice is also passionate about consulting with families and helping them rethink their children’s education.

Darren Jones 2020


A homeschool graduate, Darren Jones received his J.D. from Oak Brook College of Law. He first went to work for HSLDA as a legal assistant. As a litigation attorney, Darren assists Jim Mason in preparing cases and defending members who are experiencing legal difficulty. He also works with homeschool support groups, assisting them with legal issues. Darren and his wife, Sara, have four children whom they homeschool as a team.

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Yvonne Bunn is an experienced homeschool mom of five “now-adulting” children and 15 grandchildren. She loves helping parents understand that home education can be a viable option and sharing what parents REALLY need to know to successfully begin homeschooling. She has a way of turning overwhelming amounts of information into a simple step-by-step plan. As HEAV’s director of homeschool support and government affairs, Yvonne is devoted to helping parents clearly understand the choices they have when they venture into the world of parent-controlled education, including how to comply with the law, meet the requirements for year-end evidence of progress, choose curricula. Years of experience advocating for homeschoolers at the Virginia Department of Education, as well as her work in the General Assembly to advance homeschool laws and protect the rights of parents, have kept Yvonne on the cutting edge of the most up-to-date homeschool information and educational trends.

Anne Miller 2020



Anne Miller has served on the HEAV board for 29 years and is currently president (23 years) and executive director (7 years); she also directed HEAV’s publications and marketing for 21 years. Anne serves on the advisory council for the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership, has a heart to encourage others in their leadership journeys, and shares from her many mistakes and hard-won knowledge. Anne and her husband, Jeff, decided to homeschool in 1980, and 7 of their 8 always-homeschooled children are now married and have all grown to walk with the Lord. Among them are entrepreneurs, NASA rocket scientists, teachers, business owners, builders, and engineers. Anne and Jeff are living the HGTV dream, remodeling two houses in Williamsburg and enjoying their 14 grandchildren.

Registration Deadline is March 9!

$ 119 member
  • $139/Non-Member
  • Includes Dinner on Friday
  • Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday
  • SO much more!


Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center – Williamsburg

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$ 99/Night

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Two most-requested segments are back! Round-Table Topics and Leader Panels have refreshing talking points and relevant topics chosen by our leaders.

Registration includes all conference materials: your leader notebook, a buffet dinner on Friday, continental breakfast, and plated luncheon on Saturday.

Each year, we hear how this conference has changed leaders’ lives and made THE difference in their leadership style, in their groups, and in their own families. Leaders sacrifice so much and we want to support you. We’re in this together. Come find your community. Come find your tribe.

Your Registration Includes:

  • Dynamic workshops
  • Breakout session
  • All conference materials
  • Dinner on Friday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday
  • Yummy snacks


Conference registration closes March 9.

Cancellation policy: Refunds will be made to the issuing card and will incur a $20 cancellation fee. Cancellations may be made until February 13. After this date, no refunds will be given, but you may transfer your registration to another person.



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Leader & Group Introductions
Session 1 – Developing the Next Generation of Leadership
Panel breakout sessions
HSLDA Hot Topics and Q&A – Darren Jones
BJU presentation
Dinner and Fellowship


Registration & Continental Breakfast
Welcome, Prayer, & Legislative Update
“Bullied, Broken, Redeemed” presentation
Session 2 – Understanding and Reaching Across Generations
Panel breakout session
Panel with Hal, Melanie, & Darren
Session 3 –  Finding the Balance Between Helping Homeschoolers and Being a Homeschooler
Round-Table Topics
Wrap Up, Giveaways & Closing remarks

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A huge thank you to our conference sponsors!