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NILA 2019 Information

The 2019 National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA) will be held July 31 – August 4 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

The goal of this four-day leadership development conference is to equip SHPE’s regional and chapter leaders with the skills and knowledge for success. Every participant will leave with practical, easy-to-apply leadership strategies. We encourage two leaders from each SHPE chapter to attend this important annual meeting.

HOUSING: SHPE will book your housing with your confirmed registration. You will be assigned to a room with a roommate that we will try to select from your region. Confirmations will be sent the week before NILA with all of the last minute information.
11111 N 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 866-7500
AIRPORT: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
TRANSPORTATION: It takes approximately 15 minutes from the airport to the hotel. We recommend Lyft or Uber for transport, which costs approximately $20-$25.
  • Regional Leaders: Arrive on Wednesday by 1pm MST
  • Students: Arrive on Wednesday by 3pm MST
  • Professionals/Advisors: Arrive on Thursday by 3pm MST
Registration opens mid-May through SHPE Connect so please make sure your membership and e-board information is up-to-date.
  • STUDENTS: $425 (up to $200 reimbursement)
  • PROFESSIONALS: $475 (up to $150 reimbursement)
  • ADVISORS: $475 (up to $150 reimbursement)
Again this year we are providing a travel stipend to help you with costs to attend.
To receive your travel stipend, book your own transportation to Phoenix and keep your receipts. If you will be driving, we will reimburse at the IRS Standard Rate. A submission portal will be available for you to submit all of your information, deadline to submit is July 21, 2019. Your travel stipend will be distributed at registration.
If the member attending is sponsored by their university and/or employer, they are not eligible for travel stipend.
WEATHER: Yes, Phoenix in the summer is hot, but the old axiom is that “it’s a dry heat,” and there’s truth to that. The Sonoran Desert’s super-low humidity means 90°F temperatures (32°C) feel quite nice, and the arid climate causes perspiration to evaporate quickly, keeping you cooler and drier. Average temperature to expect outdoors is 104°F during the day and 81°F at night. A/C will be blasting indoors, so be sure to bring a jacket or sweater.  More Phoenix travel information.
DRESS CODE: Please plan on business casual for Wednesday through Friday; a suit or other appropriate business attire on Saturday; and cocktail attire for the commencement dinner on Saturday night. Please also bring appropriate golf attire for Saturday morning (ex. shorts or khakis, short sleeve shirt with a collar).
SHPE will launch the 2019 NILA website very soon. In the meantime, if you have questions, please reach out to


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