Women’s Leadership Summit 2021

2021 Women's Leadership Summit

Co-Sponsored by KASB and USA Kansas
Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22, 2021, Manhattan, Kansas

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

Keynote and Featured Presentations

  • Identifying Cultural Bias and Raising Awareness as a Leader
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Women Leaders
  • Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

2021 Featured Speakers

Dr. Helen Fagan

Dr. 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.

Sarah Smarsh

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 of Kansas public schools on her life and career path. She’s also the host of “The Homecomers” podcast.

Registration for the Women's Leadership Summit will open in January 2021

Wednesday Evening Reception and Dinner

Reception 5:30 p.m.

  • The reception 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

Dinner and Remarks 6:30 p.m.

  • Chief Justice Marla Luckert
  • Melissa Rooker, Kansas Children's Cabinet

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.

Highlights from the 2019 Women's Leadership Summit

Co-Sponsored by KASB and USA Kansas
Feb. 4 and 5, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center
Manhattan, Kansas

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

CLICK HERE to read the 2019 Summit Program

Women's Leadership Summit

  • 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.

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

Keynote
Denise Mills, Founder and Chief Mindset Officer, The Leader Fuel Center, Kansas City
"Beliefs, Biases and Blind Spots"

Featured Speakers
Donna Zerr, USA Kansas Past President
Augusta High School Principal, Augusta USD 402

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

Shannon Kimball
Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education

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

Monday, February 4, 2019 Reception and Dinner

Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan, Kansas 5:30 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Welcome and Remarks
6:30 – 8 p.m. Dinner and Conversation

Master of Ceremonies
Sue Givens
El Dorado USD 490 Superintendent of Schools
2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year

Remarks

The Honorable Laura Kelly
Governor of the State of Kansas

The Honorable Usha Reddi
Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Manhattan, Kansas

2019 Summit Sessions

“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

"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

“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)

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 - Facilitators

  • Lori Blake, Southeast of Saline USD 306 Board of Education, KASB President-Elect Designee
  • Margaret Nightengale, Senior Vice-President/Chief Lending Office Grant County Bank,  Ulysses USD Board of Education

District and Building Leaders - Facilitators

  • Renae Hickert, Liberal USD 480 Superintendent of Schools
  • Dr. Alicia Thompson, Wichita USD 259 Superintendent of Schools