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2024 Women's Leadership Summit

Save the Date March 6 and 7 2024
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Registration is officially open for the 2024 Annual Women's Leadership Summit (WLS) on March 6-7 in Wichita!

Join us at WLS for:

  • Keynote speakers that will leave you inspired,

  • Networking opportunities to connect with remarkable female leaders and

  • Presentations tailored to empower and support your leadership development.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or at the beginning of your leadership journey, you don’t want to miss this chance to develop your leadership skills and build relationships with other female educational leaders.

Space is limited. Secure your spot today!


Book your hotel today for the Women’s Leadership Summit at the Drury Inn in Wichita.

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Woman Wearing a Wide Brimmed Hat. Text: Opening Keynote Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown is an energy mastery expert and bestselling author who helps you get charged up even during change and stress. She spent 15-years in corporate leadership roles and today continues her work with companies around the world as a keynote speaker. She has appeared in media like Live with Kelly, Forbes, Working Mother, Psychology Today, and more. She lives in Minneapolis and loves hiking, anything on, in, or near water, and hanging with her dog and daughter. Learn more at:

Carla Tantillo Philibert has literally written the book on collective wellbeing. She is the author of Cooling Down Your Classroom (2012) among other works. Carla has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, is a certified yoga teacher and is a founding teacher and curriculum director of a high school in Chicago. She has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels, is the co-creator of Hip-Hop Yoga, and is a highly sought after professional development provider and keynote speaker. As the founder of Mindful Practices, Carla is considered a thought-leader in the area of collective wellbeing and has worked with leaders in the field such as CASEL, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kripalu, and the United Nations. Carla and her husband Rob reside in Chicago, IL with their 2 children.


Woman Smiling at the camera: Closing Keynote Carla Tantillo Philibert

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

10:00 a.m. - Registration Opens/Visit Vendors

11:30a.m.-12:00p.m. - Lunch and Welcome

12:00-1:15 p.m. - Opening Keynote - Kristen Brown

1:30-2:30 p.m. - Breakout Session 1

  • Self Care - Tonya Merrigan
  • Your Picture of Leadership - Melissa Veatch
  • Building Your Network of Women Leaders - Lacy Warren
  • The Glass Ceiling - Heather Renk
  • Agent of Change - Suzann Bouray
  • Building Student Leadership Capacity Through Community Partnerships - Kelley Capper                           

2:30-2:45 p.m. - Break/Visit Vendors

2:45-3:45 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

  • Transform Your Health & Leadership Potential - Ascendra Donald
  • Leveling the Playing Field for Female Leaders - Loren Hatfield
  • Communication is Key - Terri Glass
  • Our Time to Shine - Women at all Levels - Pam Lewis
  • Leading with Resilience & Crisis Management - Krystal Young
  • Veteran Educator Retirement Workshop - Angela Ford

3:45-4:30 p.m. - Visit Vendors

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Happy Hour and Networking

Thursday, March 7, 2024

8:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Hotel Common Area

9:00-9:50 a.m. - Breakout Session 3

  • Holding the Line: How to Make and Keep Boundaries - Emily Riner
  • Campfire Stories - Glamping Style - Amber Wheeler
  • Career Aspirations of Women - Superintendent or Not? - Carrie Mugridge
  • Career Quest Builds Workforce Pipeline for Reno Co - Lynette McClean
  • Lead Like a Duck - Terri Moses
  • Leveraging School Climate for Engagement & Growth - Christina Mann, Susan Schiffelbein

10:00-10:50 a.m. - Breakout Session 4

  • Strong Women: It's Up to All of Us - Rae Niles
  • Empowering Women to Serve on Appointed Boards & Commissions - Beth Felski
  • Art & Science of Leading in Interesting Times - Brenda Edleston
  • Big Girl Job: 1st Female Superintendent Made Meaningful Change - Raquel Greer
  • Girl Talk: Real Conversations about Women in Leadership - Faith Flory
  • Don't Stress! Dress Your Best (for less) - Kristin Magette and Ashley Razak

11:00-11:50 a.m. - Breakout Session 5 (Job-Alike Sessions)

12:00 p.m. - Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote - Carla Tantillo Philibert

1:30-1:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks and Prize Drawings