Florida Democratic Party


Leadership Blue 2019

To book your hotel room, please call (407) 934-7639.
Note: Our group block has sold out so rooms are no longer available at the discounted group rate.

Leadership Blue 2019 Conference and Gala

Leadership Blue 2019 convenes over 2,000 grassroots activists, elected officials, and major donors. The weekend is packed with trainings, meetings, and a highly anticipated Gala.

The conference and trainings are free and open to all Democrats. Sessions cover a range of important topics such as campaign best practices, field operations, and more. The gala dinner is $190 per person if you purchase your tickets before April 15th, and $270 if you purchase your tickets after April 15th. With such a broad and talented field of Democratic candidates for the Presidential nomination, this year’s Leadership Blue program is sure to be one of the most exciting in years!

This year’s event will be held at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, FL from Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 9th. You can purchase your Gala tickets here. Please email [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!


Parking for Leadership Blue guests is complimentary at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort on Friday, Sunday, and Saturday until 4pm. Beginning at 4pm on Saturday evening, guests arriving for the Leadership Blue Gala will be directed to Epcot parking following the guidelines below. Epcot parking will be $25 per vehicle, cash only.

200 Epcot Center Dr
Orlando, FL 32821

Instructions for Saturday evening remote Epcot parking:

  • When approaching the Epcot Toll Plaza, please stay to the far left and identify your party as being with the Leadership Blue Gala
  • Follow the lighted VMS signage for Leadership Blue Parking
  • Parking attendants will direct you to the proper location to collect parking funds $25 per vehicle CASH ONLY
  • Parking attendants will direct you to your parking spot
  • You will be directed to board the next available bus to the Yacht Club Convention Center


Tentative Weekend Schedule

Subject to change.

Friday, June 7

3:00pm-3:50pm Budget & Finance Committee Meeting Saybrook
4:00pm-4:50pm Judicial Council Meeting Saybrook
4:00pm-4:50pm Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting Cape Cod BC
4:00pm-4:50pm Rules Committee Meeting Cape Cod A
5:00pm-5:50pm Campaign Committee Meeting Saybrook
5:00pm-6:20pm Legislative Liaison Committee Forum
Join the committee for a recap of the 2019 session, led by Senator Victor Torres, as well as
a discussion about planning a legislative agenda, contacting legislators and the most effective way to make that happen.
Cape Cod BC
5:00pm-5:50pm Clubs and Caucuses Committee Meeting Cape Cod A
6:30pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception hosted by Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services Nikki Fried Newport Ballroom B
6:30pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception Honoring the Orange County Legislative Delegation
Hosted by: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings & Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Newport Ballroom C
6:30pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception hosted by Mayor Andrew Gillum Newport Ballroom A
8:00pm-9:00pm Dessert Reception hosted by Florida Crystals and Florida State Council of Machinists Cape Cod BC

Saturday, June 8

9:00am–9:50am Voter Registration Training
Learn the ins and outs of voter registration, including the laws that guide the process, the structure of an effective program, and how it helps win elections.
Asbury AB
9:00am-9:50am Path to Power Commission Presentation Asbury C
9:00am–9:50am Muslim Caucus Cape Cod BC
9:00am–9:50am Senior Caucus Cape Cod A
10:00am–10:50am Using VAN to Recruit More Active Volunteers!
Best practices for recruiting volunteers, keeping them organized in VAN, and analyzing when to ask them to get more involved. We will walk through how to use Mobilize, and how best to track volunteer activities in My Campaign.
Asbury AB
10:00am–10:50am Progressive Caucus
Asbury C
10:00am–11:50am Rules Committee Forum Cape Cod BC
10:00am–10:50am Veterans Caucus Cape Cod A
11:00am–11:50am Voter Protection Training
Learn what voter protection is and why it is so important. Listen to the FDP's Director of Voter Protection outline the voter protection plan for the 2020 elections and discuss how you can play an important role in the battles ahead.
Asbury AB
11:00am–11:50am LGBTA Caucus Asbury C
11:00am-11:50am Personal Stories Training
Learn how to turn your personal experiences into a narrative that builds a meaningful relationship between you, your staff, your volunteers, and the voters.
11:00am–11:50am Jewish Caucus Cape Cod A
12:00pm-12:50pm People Over Profits Asbury AB
1:00pm-1:50pm Environmental Caucus Asbury C
1:00pm-1:50pm DCCA Cape Cod BC
1:00pm-1:50pm Caribbean Caucus Cape Cod A
1:30pm–2:20pm Planned Parenthood Training
This session will provide insight into the current state of abortion access and the long-term impacts of health care and constitutional rights. In addition, we will discuss strategic messaging to fight back against the opposition’s rhetoric and every attempt to restrict access to abortion care.
Asbury A
 1:30pm-1:55pm  Municipal Victory Program
This session will provide an overview of the future of this new and exciting program and how we plan to build a strong bench of local candidates across the state of Florida.
Asbury B
2:00pm-2:50pm Labor Caucus Asbury B
2:00pm-2:50pm State Attorney Round Table
Join Democratic State Attorneys and Public Defenders
at a round table discussion of justice issues in FL.
Cape Cod BC
2:00pm-2:50pm Hispanic Caucus Asbury C
2:00pm-3:50pm Small County Coalition Cape Cod A
2:30pm-3:20pm Cyber Security Training
In this training session, you will discover the importance of cybersecurity in campaigns and everyday systems. The objective is to understand cyber-attacks and the techniques used to take control of an unsecured system. This training also presents the defensive measures users can take to prevent attacks and provides an overview of the malicious software types used in computer networks.
Asbury A
2:30pm–7:30pm Ticket Pick Up Hampton
3:00pm–3:50pm Black Caucus Asbury C
3:00pm–3:50pm Concepts for Digital Media Success
How intentional is your digital program? Discover the methods that will help you build your grassroots Democratic brand, grab attention, nurture engagement, and get followers to take meaningful action.
Cape Cod BC
3:00pm–3:50pm Disability Caucus Saybrook
3:30pm-4:20pm Blue Victory Training Asbury A
3:30pm-4:20pm Hispanic Media Training
Do you want to learn more about Hispanic media? Whether you're thinking of running for office, speaking on behalf of your favorite candidate or talking about a topic of your interest, this training is for you. Join our Hispanic Comms Director and learn strategies for communicating your message effectively to Hispanic communities.
Asbury B
4:00pm-4:50pm Women's Caucus Asbury C
4:00pm-4:50pm Incentive Grant Briefing
Have you been waiting patiently for the rules and rules of the road for the new FDP incentive grant program?  Then this is a session for you!  Join us to get an understanding of the rules for receiving incentive grants and how incentive grants will be distributed to county parties for voter registration activities in 2019.
Cape Cod BC
4:00pm-4:50pm Haitian Caucus Saybrook
4:30pm-5:20pm Field Tactics
Learn how to implement an effective field program that allows you to leverage your resources to engage with as many voters as possible for maximum impact.
Asbury A
4:30pm-5:20pm Countering Right-Wing Media Training
How did 'alternative facts' become a media reality? How do conspiracy theories from the right-wing fever swamps make it onto TV? Learn how the right-wing hacks the news and what we can do to fight back with former Media Matters researcher and Alex Morash, the statewide press secretary of the Florida Democratic Party. 
Asbury B
5:00pm-6:00pm Chair's Welcome Reception Grand Harbor Lobby
7:00pm–9:00pm Leadership Blue Gala Grand Harbor Ballroom
9:15pm-10:15pm Dessert Reception hosted by Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services Nikki Fried Chair's Welcome Reception & Asbury Rotunda

Sunday, June 9

9:30am-10:20am Tallahassee Days Primer
Learn about the legislative process and how to prepare to come to Tallahassee for an FDP organized "Tally Days". Learn how to set a legislative agenda, set meetings with legislators and meeting prep!
9:30am-10:20am Cyber Security Office Hours Hampton
9:30am-10:20am MVP Office Hours Hampton
9:30am-10:20am Volunteer Recruitment & Retention
Learn how to build a volunteer base using modern tools, and how to keep them coming back.
Salon VII
10:30am-11:20am How to Host a Fundraiser Training
Planning and hosting successful fundraising events can be challenging, so come learn some useful tips to make your next event a success! This training will walk you through how to plan a successful political fundraising event including how to build for the event, how to price your tickets, how to create invitations, how to get money through the door, and more.
10:30am-11:20am Digital Office Hours Hampton
10:30am-11:20am Communications Office Hours Hampton
10:30am-11:20am Compliance Training Salon V
10:30am-11:20am Field Strategy
Learn the rationale behind modern field programs: why we target the voters we do in the ways we do, and how field programs can have big impacts in the margins of close elections.
Salon VII
11:00am–2:00pm State Committee Registration Registration Desks
12:00pm–1:45pm State Central Committee Meeting Grand Harbor Ballroom
2:00pm-4:00pm State Executive Committee Meeting Grand Harbor Ballroom