Women’s Leadership Summit to feature Smarsh and Fagan

The Kansas Association of School Boards and United School AdministratorsKansas 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit will feature award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group 

The Summit, March 24-25, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, will offer female school board members and school administrators opportunities to learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy lifestyles, and self-confident communication. Speakers and panelists will include state-level and local female leaders from across Kansas. 

“We’re excited to build on the success of last year’s highly successful inaugural Summit,” said KASB Assistant Executive Director for Communications and Marketing Carol Pitts. “Attendees will enjoy meaningful general sessions and breakout sessions targeted to their unique leadership roles in Kansas public education.” 

Former Kansas Superintendent of the Year and current KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Sue Givens said the summit planning team carefully examined the feedback from 2019. “As a result, we’re offering even more opportunities for networking and collegiality, including a pre-dinner reception on the opening night,” Givens said.    

“KASB and USAKansas are delighted to have Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan as featured speakers at our 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit,” said KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter. “These two prominent women are outstanding additions to our conference programming.”  

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 on Kansas public schools 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.  

Registration for the KASB and USAKansas 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit will open in January. See additional information HERE.

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