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Women's Leadership Summit 2021

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The annual Women’s Leadership Summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Speakers and panelists will include state-level and local female leaders from across Kansas. The event features a wide range of presentations designed to help attendees make a greater impact as a leader in Kansas public education.

During this two-day event current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy lifestyles, self-confident communication, and communication strategies for the board and leadership teams. The summit is also a great opportunity for aspiring leaders, especially classroom teachers who desire to move into building and district leadership positions. Three special focus sessions will be held on the second day for board members, superintendents, and building/teacher leaders. 

Dr. Helen Fagan

Keynote Speaker Dr. Helen Fagan

Dr. Fagan is a Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion scholar. She is the CEO and Founder of Global Leadership Group, an Assistant Professor of Practice in Leadership Engagement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of Leadership Engagement at Rural Futures Institute, a university-wide institute at the University of Nebraska, and a qualified Executive Coach.

Helen has a Ph.D. in Human Sciences with an emphasis on Leadership. She studied International Economics and British Political Economy at Oxford University during the formation of the European Union. She is a Certified Diversity Trainer, a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Trainer and Executive Coach. This year will be the 5th year that Dr. Fagan has been invited to provide workshops for faculty, staff, and graduate students working at 6 US universities in Education City in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Fagan’s expertise in developing inclusive leaders, organizations, and communities has enabled her to speak in multiple nations and, at last, count 4 continents. Dr. Fagan’s passion is to develop inclusive leaders who create better tomorrows. 

Sarah Smarsh

Keynote Speaker Sarah Smarsh 

Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award Finalist, “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth” Sarah Smarsh, a Kansan who writes and speaks on socio-economic class, is the author of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, a 2018 nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize. Smarsh writes in Heartland about the crucial impact on Kansas public schools on her life and career path. She’s also the host of “The Homecomers” podcast.

Book Giveaway Annoucment. Two attendees during day to will recieve a free copy of Sarah Smarsh's book. One attendee ini person and one attendee virtually!

Virtual Summit

We are excited to offer attendees an option to enjoy our summit virtually! All event attendees will have access to the virtual events for an entire year! Register by clicking the button below

In Person Summit - SOLD OUT

We are at capacity for our in-person 2021 Women's Leadership Summit.

In-Person

Join 100 women across the state for an in-person Women's Leadership summit. During our two day summit, we will network, learn, and empower women from across the state. In March of 2021, we will announce the breakout session speakers. 

 

 

Agenda

Wednesday, April, 21

11 AM – Checkin will begin at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, KS

11:30 AM – Networking & Lunch will begin

12 PM – Keynote speaker Helen Fagan 

Afternoon – Breakout Session 1

Evening – Will include a happy hour and dinner

Thursday, April, 22

Morning – will include breakfast and breakout sessions 2 & 3

11:30 AM – Networking & Lunch will begin

11:30 AM – Keynote speaker Sarah Smarsh 

1 PM – End of Programming

 

Virtual

Join women across the state for an in-person Women's Leadership summit. During our two day summit, we have prepared a virtual networking event. This will allow you to learn from our keynote speakers either during our live sessions or when it best fits your schedule. Each virtual event will be recorded live and then posted on the webpage. In March of 2021, we will announce the breakout session speakers. 

Agenda

Wednesday, April, 21

11:50 AM – Our Live session will begin with a welcome from our Virtual Emcee

12 PM – Keynote speaker Helen Fagan 

3 PM – Breakout Session 1

Evening – Will include remarks from women across the state. 

Thursday, April, 22

Morning – will include a welcome from our virtual conference emcee!

9:15 AM – Breakout Session 2

10:30 AM – Breakout Session 3

11:30 AM – Keynote speaker Sarah Smarsh 

1 PM – End of Programming