HOBY’s flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar, is designed to empower high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community. The students attending our three day seminar participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders from our state, and explore their personal leadership skills, while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in the community. During the seminar, they will learn how to lead on three levels – individual, group and societal. They will be able to participate in team building activities and community service and learn how to set their own achievable goals. Every spring, nearly 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country are chosen to represent their high school in HOBY State Leadership Seminars. Students will have a life-changing experience and develop leadership skills which will serve them long into the future!

Registration for the 2018 Massachusetts HOBY Seminar is now CLOSED!

Our 2018 MA HOBY Seminar will be held June 15 - 17, 2018 at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. We have 233 students registered to attend our seminar. We are looking forward to meeting all of them. The program is set and we are excited to hearing our motivating speakers and working with representatives from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital We have an action packed interactive program!!


The Seminar Planning Committee for the 2017/2018 program year has been formed. The members of the committee have committed to a major task required for the success of the seminar. They will also be participating in several sub-committees focused on specific goals for the seminar or in support of the seminar. Additional staff members will participate in sub-committees and make major contributions through their work. This structure will allow more opportunities to the staff and alumni to participate in the planning and preparation process! Our dedicated volunteers have already been hard at work planning for the seminar! Members of the Seminar Planning Committee are:

  • Ravi Patel - Leadership Seminar Chair
  • Gail Elmore - Corporate Board President
  • Andres Tejeda - Director of Technology
  • Sarah Bakun - Director of Operations
  • Christine Elmore - Director of Programming
  • Brian Deegan - Director of Facilitators
  • Grant MacElhiney - Director of Junior Staff
  • Emily Russell - Director of Retail and Banks Fundraising
  • Sara Pedersen - Director of In Kind Donations
  • Bobby Arruda/Ian Pimental - Director of Sales
  • Trisha Pal - Director of Recruitment
  • Tori Landry - Director of Communications
  • Nicole Carli - Director of Special Projects
  • Nishant Joshi - Alumni Liaison

We are proud of our volunteers who are so willing to help! We appreciate your efforts and your outstanding contributions!


You can order a DVD of the 2017 MA HOBY Seminar. Send a check for $25 made payable to MA HOBY to 13 Barbara Jean Street, Grafton, MA 01519. Include your name and mailing address clearly printed. A 2017 seminar DVD will then be sent to you within a week or less.