Registration open for 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Summit in March

By Carol Pitts

Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25.

For more information and to register, go here.

The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and
Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Also speaking will be the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and Melissa Rooker, executive director Kansas Children’s Cabinet.

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.

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. Three special focus sessions will
be held the second day for board members, superintendents and building/teacher leaders.

The reception Tuesday evening will feature Miss Kansas Annika Wooton. She will create a painting during the reception to be auctioned off that evening. Proceeds will benefit the Janet K. McEntarfer Memorial Scholarship in Education and Community Service, Miss Kansas Foundation.

Smarsh, a Kansan who writes and speaks on socioeconomic 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 Kansas public schools had on her life and career path. She’s also the host of “The Homecomers” podcast.

Fagan is a nationally known leadership, diversity and inclusion scholar. In addition to her work with the Global Leadership Group, she is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Leadership Engagement at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and Director of Leadership Engagement at the Rural Futures Institute, a university-wide institute at the University of Nebraska; and a qualified Executive Coach.

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