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Voluntary Bar Leaders Annual Conference

Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference logo 2024

July 12-13, 2024

Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Circle
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Join more than 150 voluntary bar leaders from small to large size bars for two full days of educational sessions and networking opportunities all designed to help develop skillful and informed bar leaders.

For travel plans, please note the conference will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 12 and end at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

Hotel Information

The venue for the conference is the beautiful Jimmy Buffett inspired Margaritaville Resort Orlando, located minutes from amusement parks and Orlando/Kissimmee area attractions. Rooms are available for a discounted $199/night, plus taxes and a $20 resort fee. Hotel rates are extended three days before and three days after for those who want to add some leisure time to their travel plans. Guests may use the link provided to book within the block with the $199 group rate.

The resort fee includes unlimited local and toll-free calls, bottled water, complimentary Wi-Fi, access to Business Center, shuttle service around the Resort (Cottages, The Promenade at Sunset Walk, and Island H2O Live), daily and nightly entertainment, 24-hour access to the Fins Up state-of-the-art fitness center, lobby concierge services, poolside activities, and daily self overnight parking.

The cut off date for booking with this discounted rate is June 19, 2024.

Daily Schedule

The committee is hard at work putting together one of our best conferences ever. This outline will be updated until a final schedule is posted in the Spring.

Friday, July 12

9:00 -9:25 a.m. Opening Session
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Rochelle Gapere/ Basket Giveaway
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. BREAK/NETWORKING
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Listening Session with 2024-2025 President Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr. and President-Elect Sia Baker-Barnes.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. GROUP LUNCH/ Basket Giveaway
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. BREAK/NETWORKING
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Breakout Session I (2-3 Tracks)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Breakout Session II (2-3 Tracks)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Breakout Session III (2-3 Tracks)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Grande Reception/Exhibits

Saturday, July 13

8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. NETWORKING GROUPS/TOPICS
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. General Session
10:00 – 10:30 BREAK/NETWORKING
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Breakout Session IV (2-3 Tracks)
11:00 – NOON Closing Session/Basket Giveaway
NOON Adjourn

Featured Speakers

Rochelle Gapere, Keynote Speaker

Rochelle Gapere portrait

Rochelle Gapere

Rochelle Gapere is an attorney, happiness coach and entrepreneur. Known for bringing her charismatic personality and sheer joy for living to every experience and individual she encounters, Gapere has mastered the art of living life fully and passionately. The release of her Amazon bestselling book, One Happy Thought at a Time: 30 Days to a Happier You, cements her lifelong practice of adding more happiness to this world by empowering others with science-based tools and techniques that help them lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Gapere believes in living a life that is engaging at every level and uses practical techniques to teach audiences her unique approach to living a happy life.

Gapere describes herself as an “attorney by trade and happiness coach by heart.” She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Tennessee State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005. In 2018, she earned a Positive Psychology Specialization Certification through the University of Pennsylvania. She is the 2019 recipient of The Florida Bar YLD Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award. Gapere was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Female Empowerment Speakers in the world by Engage LLC.

2024- 2025 Florida Bar President Roland Sanchez-Medina President-Elect Sia Baker-Barnes

When it comes to collaboration, the two officers leading The Florida Bar in 2024- 2025 – President Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr. and President-Elect Sia Baker-Barnes – have a genuine interest in the success of Florida’s voluntary bars. Both have served as president of voluntary bars in the past and continue to be active in them. They are fully aware the voluntary bars are on the front lines in dealing with members of The Florida Bar and want to continue to work together to enhance the relationship. Therefore, they will be devoting time during this year’s conference to a dedicated listening session with bar leaders and responding to your questions or concerns. They also want to hear about your programs/initiatives and what The Florida Bar can do to enhance those efforts. This dynamic duo is turning its attention to you to create an environment of sharing knowledge and experience for a more collaborative relationship between the “Big Bar” and the resources it can provide to strengthen your local, state or specialty bar programs. This special listening session is scheduled for Friday, July 12 at 11 a.m.

Roland Sanchez-Medina
Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr.
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Sia Baker-Barnes


Florida Bar Registration Scholarships

New for 2024!

The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee is sponsoring up to 10 scholarships to cover registration to the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. The scholarship, which is different from the YLD Scholarship, is open to voluntary bar officers or board members, regardless of age.

Young Lawyers Division Scholarships

As many as 10 registration scholarships are being offered by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for aspiring young lawyers who want to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. Scholarships cover the registration fee. The deadline to submit an application is May 1; scholarships will be awarded by May 15.

YLD members interested in being considered for a scholarship in the amount of the conference registration fee should complete the scholarship application and submit no later than May 1, 2024. Scholarships will be awarded by May 15, 2024.