Women’s Leadership Summit 2019

Women's Leadership Summit
February 4 and 5, 2019
Manhattan, Kansas

A new opportunity for women board of education members and women administrators in Kansas.

Co-Sponsored by KASB and USA Kansas

This two-day summit for women will inspire and energize you for greater impact in your role as a leader in Kansas Public Education.

Open to women administrators and board of education members (USA members and/or KASB members)

Our Keynote

Women and Leadership:  Beliefs, Biases and Blind Spots
Denise Mills, Founder and Chief Mindset Officer of The Leader Fuel Center, Kansas City

Effective leadership does not come from one single mold - men and women have been socially conditioned to lead differently.  In leadership, women fight the paradox of being authoritative, yet collaborative; demanding, yet caring; and ambitious, yet still be considered “nice”. To better understand these differences, Denise Mills, Chief Mindset Officer and Founding Partner of The LeaderFuel Center LLC, will help us take a closer look at our own beliefs about leadership, examine our unconscious biases about gender roles, and uncover blind spots that hold us back so that each of us can embrace our unique, authentic style of leadership and achieve bolder goals.

Learn more about our presenters and program by following the links in the left column!

Agenda

Monday Feb. 4, 2019

11:30 a.m. Registration

12 p.m. Welcome

Donna Zerr, Augusta High School Principal, USA Kansas Past President

Lunch

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Dayna Miller, Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Board of Education, KASB Past President

Keynote Speaker

“Belief, Biases and Blind Spots”
Denise Mills, Founder and Chief Mindset Officer of The Leader Fuel Center, Kansas City

1:45 p.m. Summit Sessions (Choose One)

“Balancing Family and Work: My Leadership Journey”
Jacque Feist, Dodge City High School Principal, Kansas Master Teacher, KASSP Principal of the Year

“Recognizing Personal Bias”
Dr. Gillian Chapman, Superintendent of Schools, Teton County School District #1, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2:45 p.m. Break

3:10 p.m. Summit Sessions (Choose One)

"Success by Intent: Achieving Bold Goals"
Denise Mills

“Mentoring Women for Leadership Roles” Panel Discussion

Leah Fliter, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education, KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist
Janel Johnson, Topeka USD 501 Board of Education
Pat Hudgins, Associate Director of Career and Employment Services, Kansas State University
Alicia Thompson, Wichita USD 259 Superintendent of Schools
Margaret Nightengale, Senior Vice-President/Chief Lending Office Grant County Bank,  Ulysses USD Board of Education (2009-2018)


Monday Evening Reception and Dinner

5:30 - 8 p.m.

Flint Hills Discovery Center (within walking distance of the hotel)

Enjoy delicious food in a unique setting while we network, share and discuss matters that matter to women in education leadership roles in Kansas!

Featured Speaker Sue Givens, El Dorado USD 490 Superintendent of Schools, 2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year and Past President Kansas School Superintendents’ Association


Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8 a.m. General Session

Featured Speaker Shannon Kimball, Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education, KASB President-Elect

8:35 a.m. Break

8:45 a.m. Summit Sessions (Choose One)

“Managing Conflict and the After Effects”
Renae Hickert, Liberal USD 480 Superintendent of Schools

“Succeeding in a Male Dominated Environment”
Katrina Lewison, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education, U.S. Army Major (retired)

9:45 a.m. Break

10:05 a.m. Summit Facilitated Discussions

A Culture of Support and Encouragement  |  Time devoted to facilitated discussions for Board of Education Members and for District Leaders and Administrators! Network with peers and establish connections to support and inspire you in your various roles and responsibilities.

Boards of Education Members
Lori Blake, Southeast of Saline USD 306 Board of Education, KASB President-Elect Designee

District and Building Leaders
Renae Hickert, Liberal USD 480 Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Alicia Thompson, Wichita USD 259 Superintendent of Schools

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. General Session and Lunch

Featured Speaker Dr. Evelyn Hill, “The Secret Power of Resilience"
Director of Community Engagement, Avenue of Life Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City USD 500, Board of Education 2009-2018
Author of "Women Under Construction" (2016) and "Ten Secret Powers of Successful Wise Women" (Fall 2018)

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

Registration

Feb. 4 and 5, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center
Manhattan, Kansas

CLICK HERE to register online.

Lodging

PLEASE NOTE!

The hotel block with the special rate is full. (We apologize for this inconvenience!)

You may still make reservations using the link below (though the reduced rate is no longer available) or contact the hotel directly for reservations and current rates.

Hilton Garden Inn
410 S 3rd St, Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 532-9116

(http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/M/MANGIGI-KSASB-20190204/index.jhtml)


You may also wish to make reservations at these hotels within close proximity to the Summit hotel and the Flint Hills Discover Center. (Their rates may be more competitive.)

Holiday Inn Express
115 Blue Earth Place
Manhattan, Kansas 66502

785-320-7454

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/manhattan/mhkma/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-US-_-MHKMA


Fairfield Inn
300 Colorado Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
785-539-2400

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mhkfi-fairfield-inn-manhattan/


Candlewood Inn
210 Blue Earth Place
Manhattan, KS 66502
785-320-7995

https://www.ihg.com/candlewood/hotels/us/en/manhattan/mhkcw/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-CW-_-US-_-MHKCW

Women's Leadership Summit Outcomes

  • Gain personal and professional 
 growth ideas, motivation and inspiration.
  • Network with peers and establish connections to support and inspire you in your various roles and responsibilities.
  • Learn effective practices that enhance leadership skills 
 and mentor others through collaborative relationships.
  • Connect with women leaders in Kansas through bold conversations on critical topics.
  • Develop and expand your network to boost your circle of support and influence.
  • Identify hidden and not-so-hidden obstacles that sabotage your leadership potential.
  • Recognize personal and professional bias and how they influence your leadership decisions.
  • Improve strategies to manage conflict and increase collaboration.

Presenters and Program Participants

Summit Session: "Succeeding in a Male Dominated Environment”

Katrina Lewison, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education, U.S. Army Major (retired)

Katrina Lewison is Director of Professional Services at CivicPlus,  which develops technology for over 3,000 local governments including municipalities, counties, and municipal departments. A retired U.S. Army Major with service in Iraq and Korea, Katrina holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Psychology and Leadership from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and a Master of Science Degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St Louis. Katrina serves on the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education and in 2018 ran as the Lt. Governor candidate on the Svaty-Lewison gubernatorial ticket.

Summit Session: “Recognizing Personal Bias”

Dr. Gillian Chapman, Superintendent of Schools, Teton County School District #1, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Gillian has been superintendent of schools in Teton County since 2015. She holds degrees from bachelor’s degree in French from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, and a doctorate in administration and leadership from St. Louis University.

Prior to accepting the position in Jackson Hole, Gillian was affiliated with the Shawnee Mission School District, teaching middle school French and Spanish before moving into administration as middle school principal. In 2005 she became the associate superintendent for educational services in the Shawnee Mission Unified School District and was named associate superintendent for secondary administrative services in 2008.

Chapman is the mother of two daughters and has two stepsons with her husband, Dr. John Heim.

Summit Session: “Managing Conflict and the After Effects”

Renae Hickert, Liberal USD 480 Superintendent of Schools

Renae is a native southwestern Kansan and grew up in Moscow, Kansas. She is a graduate of Seward County Community College, Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma and holds a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University. She has served as superintendent of Liberal USD 480 since 2016.

She and her husband have two children and two spoiled but awesome dogs. She loves to read actual books--not books on a Kindle or a Nook – and has a special affinity for Diet Dr. Pepper.

Renae began her career as an elementary teacher in a small northwest Kansas town, Herndon. In 1990, she returned to southwest Kansas and taught in the Stanton County School system for thirteen years. She served as middle school principal in Stanton County Schools, then became principal of the alternative high school in Elkhart, Kansas. She then served as superintendent of the Hope and White City schools before joining the Liberal USD 480 districts in 2012 as assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent and now superintendent.

Summit Session: “Balancing Family and Work: My Leadership Journey”

Jacque Feist, Dodge City High School Principal, Kansas Master Teacher, KASSP Principal of the Year

(bio approved) Jacque has served as principal of Dodge City High School since 2000. She has been with Dodge City Public Schools since 1987 as a coach, social studies instructor, assistant and associate principal, and now principal.

She has an associate degree from Barton County Community College, a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University, and a master's degree from Fort Hays State University. Her certifications include 5-12 Comprehensive Social Studies, PreK-12 Building Leadership and 5-12 Administration.

Jacque’s awards include KASSP - MetLife (Kansas Association for Secondary School Principals) High School Principal of the Year; Kansas Master Teacher and the KASSP Region VI Principal of the Year. She was named SW KMEA Outstanding Administrator and has received the USA-Kansas Outstanding Service Award, the KSHSAA Governors Award and most recently the 2018 Dan and Cheryl Yunk Award for Excellence in Educational Administration.

Leadership roles includes president of United School Administrators of Kansas and current board of directors member; president of the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals and current member of the executive board. She has been state coordinator for the National Association of Secondary School Principals since 2009. Additional leadership roles have included North Central Accreditation State Committee, Kansas Volunteer Commission, Special Olympics Board of Directors and the Kansas State High School Activities Association Board of Directors.

She is currently an advisory committee member for the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute, and has served on the steering committee for the Kansas Educational Leadership Commission. She is affiliated Kansas Association of Secondary School Principal, National Association of Secondary School Principals, United School Administrators of Kansas, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key National Honor Society.

Boards of Education Members Facilitated Discussions

Lori Blake, Southeast of Saline USD 306 Board of Education, KASB President-Elect Designee

Lori is in her tenth year on the board of education for Southeast of Salina USD 306, currently serving as vice-president. She has also served three terms as president of the board. Lori is the KASB Region 5 vice-president and a member of the KASB Board of Directors, and is a 2012 graduate of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow. She was elected president-elect designee for KASB in December 2018. She will become president-elect July 1, 2019 and serve as president of KASB beginning July 1, 2020.

Lori and her husband own a service station in their local community and are active in church and community service initiatives while raising their three children. When not engaged with family in day-to-day activities, Lori enjoy singing in the choir at church, running, reading and supporting all things Southeast of Saline.

She is a graduate of Bethany College with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in business. Lori’s career centers on human services, working in human resources, public education and disability supports systems.

In March 2015, she was hired as the Executive Director for Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, a non-profit in Salina, Kansas. The focus of the organization is on partnerships across the community and state to improve children’s lives and to strengthen families through education, advocacy and support. Programs are provided to schools to teach sexual abuse and bullying prevention, in homes to teach parents skills to raise resilient kids and to the courts to advocate for kids who are victims of abuse or who have made poor choices and are facing consequences.

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Welcome and Introductions

Donna Zerr, Augusta High School Principal, USA Kansas Past President

Donna became principal of Augusta High School in 2010. This school year marks her thirty-first year in education. She began as a teacher and coach at Midway-Denton School District in Denton, Kansas. She taught at Robinson Middle School in Hiawatha, Kansas, then served as a school counselor at Everest Middle School in Everst, Kansas and later at Riverton Schools in Riverton, Kansas. After completing her administration certification, Donna became assistant principal and then principal at Pittsburg, Kansas High School before taking the position in Augusta.

She is a graduate of Grinnell High School in Grinnell, Kansas, Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Donna holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, a master of science degree in school counseling, an education specialist degree in higher education and building and district administration certification.

Introduction of Keynote Presentation

Dayna Miller, Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Board of Education, KASB Past President

Dayna was first elected to the Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Board of Education in 2003, and is currently president of the board. She is the immediate past president of KASB, a 2010 graduate of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow and a graduate of Leavenworth County Leadership.

She and her husband, Christopher, have a son (21) and a daughter (23) who both graduated from BLHS. She works with her parents and brother at the family steel business, S&S Alloy Steel, Inc., in Tonganoxie, KS.

Dayna holds a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Her community service and leadership experience includes the district’s bond committees, serving on the Glenwood Ridge PTO, on the Middle School Booster Club and on the High School Booster Club. She has also been an active volunteer with the school’s Youth Friend Program and continues to be a supporter of the BLHS BandAides.

Summit Session “Mentoring Women for Leadership Roles”
Panel Discussion

Janel Johnson, Topeka USD 501 Board of Education

Janel Johnson is a lifelong Topeka resident and a graduate of the Topeka Public Schools (TPS). In her educational quest, Janel went on to pursue higher education at Washburn University attaining a Bachelor of Computer Information Sciences degree.

As a Systems Software Analyst within the Office of Information Technology Services, Janel has established a successful career specializing in analyzing, designing and implementing information systems for the State of Kansas. In addition to her full-time employment, Janel has served on the Topeka Public School Board of Education for the past twelve years and has dedicated her time and talents to the well-being of the students and staff of Topeka Public schools.
In her most gratifying and rewarding role, Janel is the mother of two delightful young adults. Ms. Johnson considers her service to this community at large an honor and privilege. Serving the amazing children and families of the city of Topeka as a member the TPS Board of Education has been one of the brightest highlights in her exciting career in public service. Her vision is community that creates a foundation of care that rightfully lifts those who are not seen and not heard across all social and economic barriers to achieve and reach their fullest potential.

Leah Fliter, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education, KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

Leah Fliter is a Kansas native who joined KASB in 2016 after 10 years of public policy and communications work on behalf of production agriculture. Prior to her advocacy career, Leah was the education reporter for The Manhattan Mercury in Manhattan, Kansas. She is serving her second term on the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education.

Dr. Alicia Thompson, Wichita USD 259 Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Alicia Thompson’s responsibilities as superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools formally began on July 1, 2017. Being a native of Wichita, KS, she is no stranger to Wichita Public Schools or the community. Beginning her educational journey at Carter Elementary School, Alicia went on to attend Chisholm Trail Elementary, Brooks Middle School, and graduated from Heights High School.

She has been honored with the Wichita Business Journal’s Leadership in Diversity Award, the Martin Luther King Education Award from the Urban League of Kansas, and the NAACP Education Award, to name a few. Alicia and her husband have two children – a daughter who graduated from Northeast Magnet, and a daughter who is a student in the Wichita Public Schools.

She obtained her post-secondary education from Langston University, Newman University and received her doctorate of educational leadership from Wichita State University. Her 25-year career in Kansas’ largest school district began as a teacher at Ingalls Elementary, now Spaght Magnet Elementary. She transitioned into a building leader and then a district-level administrator prior to her appointment as Wichita’s superintendent in spring 2017.

Alicia's community activities have included service on boards of directors for Goodwill Industries, American Red Cross, Real Men Real Heroes, Leadership Wichita and Exploration Place. In her role as superintendent, she serves the Wichita Chamber Board of Directors, United Way of the Plains Board of Directors, The Greater Wichita Partnership and Business Education Alliance. She also serves on the WSU School of Education Leadership Advisory Board, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Inc.

Margaret Nightengale, Senior Vice-President/Chief Lending Office Grant County Bank,  Ulysses USD 244 Board of Education (2009-2018)

Margaret has been employed by Grant County Bank since 1996 in various roles including Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor, Cashier, Commercial Loan Officer and now as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.  Her primary roles at GCB are to oversee her own loan portfolio - mixed of commercial and agriculture credits and set policy and procedures for the overall management of the bank’s lending portfolio and operations.  She directly supervises three commercial loan officers, the support staff for the commercial loan department and the document imaging staff for the entire bank.

Margaret is active in her local community by serving on the Ulysses USD 214 Board of Education for the past nine years.  During her entire tenure on the school board, Margaret has been a member of the board’s negotiation team.  She is a past graduate of the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program and also served on the KASB Board of Directors as Region 10 Vice President for two terms.

Margaret is an active member of Rotary, serving as president of her local club in 2013-2014.  She is a graduate of Leadership Grant County, the Colorado Graduate School of Banking and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. She is a member of the Ulysses First Methodist Church, serving as a youth sponsor for the past nine years, chair of the Administrative Council and past chair of the Fi-nance Committee.   Margaret also volunteers her time to assist with the local club volleyball as the club director and the local coordinator for the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

She and her husband Tom have two children.

Pat Hudgins, Associate Director of Career Cemter, Kansas State University

Pat Hudgins is the associate director of the KSU Career Center, serving as the liaison to the college of education. She works closely with future educators assisting with potential employment opportunities. Her employment at Kansas State University spans more than 28 years.

She earned her masters of science in education from Kansas State University and bachelor of arts in media and mass communication from the University of Cincinnati.

Pat was a member of the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education from 2013 to 2018, serving one year as vice-president. While on the board of education, she served on several committees, councils and community boards. Most recently she was on the search committee for the RCPD Director and the search for two new directors for the KSU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs. She serves on the steering committee of Region Reimagined (formerly called The Greater Manhattan Project) with the Manhattan Chamber, and is a member of American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and AAUW.

Pat is a KSU student-athlete mentor, a Leadership Manhattan graduate and a past board president for Flint Hills Volunteer Center. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and was a recent KSU lecturer for the series, What Matters Most to Me.

Hudgins takes pride in being known as a problem-solver, an advocate in the community and investor in future generations. She enjoys helping people prepare to move forward in civic responsibilities while encouraging them to “make their world bigger.” She is the mother of three and helps her husband who serves two churches that he pastors

Women's Leadership Summit
February 4 and 5, 2019
Manhattan, Kansas

Keynote Speaker

Denise Mills
Co Founder and Chief Mindset Office
Leader Fuel Now, Kansas City, Missouri

Denise Mills, is Founder and Chief Mindset Officer of The Leader Fuel Center. Her company facilitates executive Women’s round tables, manages Lean In Circles, customizes leadership development programs, and consults to over 60 internal women’s networks nationwide.  Her most recent project is working with the Committee of 200 to strategically move the needle in advancing women in business in Fortune 100 companies.  Internationally, Denise facilitates leadership programs for The US State Department to women who hold the highest ranking political title or position in their country.

Key clients include Toyota, DuPont International, PNC Bank, and Amazon.  She also facilitates an Emerging Leaders program for over 125 women in the Kansas City area.

Denise’s title of Chief Mindset Officer fits her well. She respectfully challenges individual perspectives while working with leadership teams, coaching, facilitating Strategy Sessions, Board Meetings, Leadership Development programs, and Executive and Small Business Round Tables. Participants are challenged to think about how and why they think the way they do which affects their outcomes. Her philosophy of “we contribute to what we complain about” holds each of us accountable for the solution, setting it up for success by keeping it simple and practical. Denise’s intuitive nature, candid approach and unique team-building activities combined with simple and effective tools create a powerful result.

Denise attributes her success to her network and she always has a story of a recent adventure or celebrity encounter, including Martine Rothblatt (Founder of Sirius XM), working with Pete Carroll on a gang intervention project and hanging out backstage with Jimmy Buffet and the Dave Matthews band.

Denise truly lives the philosophy of “Mindset Matters - Change your thinking and you will change your life.”

Featured Speaker

Shannon Kimball
Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education
President-Elect, Kansas Association of School Boards

Shannon Kimball a board of education in USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools Board.  This is her eighth year on the board.  During her years of school board service, she has twice served as board vice president, and twice as board president.  She has also served on her district’s facilities, boundary, and policy committees, as a liaison to the Lawrence Schools Foundation, the City’s Public Incentive Review Committee, and to numerous site councils across the district.  Before her election to the board in 2011, she was a member of the Lawrence Public Schools Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force.  Shannon has also been actively involved in leadership in the Kansas Association of School Boards for several years.  In December 2017, she was selected by the KASB delegate assembly to serve as the Association’s president-elect beginning July 1, 2018.  In July of this year she will begin her term as president of the association.

Born and raised on a farm near Atwood, Kansas, Shannon earned her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Kansas, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.  After clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit for two years, Shannon began working with public schools, first as an attorney in private practice with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, and then as an education specialist at the Georgia Department of Education.  Her work covered a broad spectrum of legal and policy issues affecting public education, including curriculum, budgets, facilities, school governance, parental involvement, and implementation of state and Federal requirements related to school finance, special education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB), good governance practices, and issues surrounding equity and adequacy in school finance.

Shannon and her husband, Jason, a hospitalist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and co-owner of Sunflower Telemedicine, L.L.C., have three children—Ian (13), Logan (11), and Hannah (6).

Don't miss out on this new opportunity sponsored by KASB and USA Kansas!

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Featured Speaker

Sue Givens
El Dorado USD Superintendent of Schools
2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year
Past President Kansas School Superintendent Association

Sue Givens is currently Superintendent of Schools in El Dorado - USD 490. A proud product of Kansas public education, Givens earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emporia State and Wichita State Universities, respectively. Formerly assistant superintendent in Pratt – USD 382, she has also served as a middle and elementary school principal in the Pratt, Garden Plain and Stafford Public Schools; as Consulting Teacher for Instructional Computing in Topeka – USD 501; and as an elementary and middle school math and computer teacher in Pratt, Stafford, Topeka, and Burlington. Her teaching career included coaching at middle and high school levels in tennis, volleyball, track, basketball and cheerleading.

Sue has served in professional organization leadership as president of the Kansas School Superintendents Association, president and secretary-treasurer of the Kansas Association of Middle School Principals, president of the United School Administrators of Kansas, and as chair of the Kansas Learning First Alliance. Professional recognitions include being named a Kansas Master Teacher, Keys for Networking Principal of the Year, USA-Kansas Distinguished Service Award recipient, Leadership Kansas Class of 2013, Ingram’s “50 Kansans You Should Know”, the 2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year, and 2017 Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni.

Sue is currently active in community organizations as a board member of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, El Dorado Inc., and El Dorado Salvation Army Advisory, as a member of the El Dorado Chamber e-Community Review Board, El Dorado Inc. Ad Hoc Housing Committee, and is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the El Dorado Rotary Club. She also serves on the board of directors for the Kansas Masonic Literacy Council. For over 25 years, she has served as a volunteer, Board Member, and Producer of the Miss Kansas Pageant, the official state franchise for the Miss America Pageant. Sue and husband, Bruce, a special education administrator and Kansas Senator, have been married for 41 years and have one daughter Megan, who resides in El Dorado along with her husband and their two daughters.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Evelyn Marie Hill
Director of Community Engagement, Avenue of Life
Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas USD 500 Board of Education 2009-2018

Dr. Hill is currently Director of Community Engagement at Avenue of Life a community development organization whose focus is on empowering poor families to become financially self- sufficient.  Dr. Hill has worked strategically with Avenue of Life, KCK School District, and other agencies in the Kansas Community Leadership Enterprise (KCLE) collaborative to decrease the number of homeless kids in the school district.   The original number of 1400 homeless kids has been decreased by over 50 percent.

She is the author of two books: Women Under Construction (2016) and  Ten Secret Powers of Successful Wise Women (Fall 2018)

Dr. Hill is very passionate about empowering women and children through education. Dr. Evelyn Hill has served on the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education from July of 2009 through January of 2018.  During her tenure on the Board of Education, she was the President from July 2014 through July 2017.  She values education and believes every child has the right to receive a quality education.  She embraces the fact that we are lifetime learners.

Dr. Hill believes we need to prepare this generation of students for the global workforce, which is very different from the workforce of yesterday.  This new generation of learners must be prepared to excel in the technical fields of the new laptop, smartphone and iPad learning tools and beyond. Technology is changing rapidly, therefore, education strategies of academic success must change rapidly.  Technology should not eliminate the soft skills that include positive people skills of verbal conversations.