Wow, there are a LOT of acronyms in my author title for this article. For clarification, my name is Melissa, and I am the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers nominee for the Leadership Initiative for Language Learning, an annual cohort of emerging educational leaders in world language learning organized by ACTFL. (I think I can let that acronym stand without explanation.) As the CT COLT nominee for LILL, I attended a fabulous 3 day virtual conference in June 2021 to explore topics about world language instruction, leadership, and my own capacity to lead change. The theme for the conference was “Leading in Full Color,” (a great read – highly suggest it!) and I was able to connect and brainstorm with fellow emerging leaders from all across the country.