two girls jumping
group of ambassadors


Seminar Dates: June 10-13, 2021
Location: Dakota State University

HOBY South Dakota is in the planning phase for the 2021 Leadership Seminar.

Currently we are optimistically planning for an in-person 2021 seminar. The safety and well-being of our ambassadors and volunteers are our top priority. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and transition to a virtual format if needed.

* As we all venture through this unsettling period of history, HOBY South Dakota has made the decision to shift the 2020 HOBY South Dakota Seminar to an exclusively virtual event. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. 


Since its inception in 1958, HOBY has carried out its mission “to seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores, and to encourage and prepare the next generation of civic and corporate leadership for America’s future.” 

During the seminar there will be panels on topics including entrepreneurship, diversity, education, volunteerism, and the media. Each panel will have 3-5 speakers who are leaders and experts in that particular topic. They will speak for 5 minutes each. The remaining time will be for ambassadors to ask questions, discuss the subject with peers and form opinions about the information presented.

A key component of the South Dakota Leadership Seminar is practicing leadership skills. Leadership Labs take place throughout the weekend and include a variety of hands-on and fun activities.

For many years, the South Dakota Leadership Seminar has been promoting community service as part of our program. Every year we attempt to do an off-site, hands-on service project in the local community hosting our seminar.

Two volunteers saluting
three volunteers smiling

The event will also include social opportunities. All the hard work, learning, and participation in thoughtful discussions would not be complete without activities dedicated solely to fun! 

Every ambassador is provided a T-shirt that they will be required to wear during the seminar. Ambassadors should bring a sweater or sweatshirt for meeting rooms as they may be cold. Clothing should be consistent with what would be appropriate for any school function. For the off-site Service Learning Project, ambassadors will want to wear clothes they won’t mind getting dirty. Lastly, Ambassadors should bring “Sunday’s Best” clothes for the closing ceremonies on Sunday.

HOBY pays for virtually everything at the seminar. The only expenses you may incur are for souvenirs from the “HOBY Store.” The store will be open during the seminar to purchase mementos and souvenirs from your HOBY experience.