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Summer Leadership Institute

Summer Leadership Institute

(Re)Imagine the Power of You: Inspiring Experienced and Emerging Leaders
Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55431


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We invite you to share your insights and knowledge as a presenter at our Summer Leadership Institute on Thursday, July 20, 2017. We are seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice, and cognizant of the issues of diversity and inclusion.

What are the benefits of presenting?
  • Presenter honorarium
  • Opportunity to present at a well-known event with leaders in the field of early childhood and afterschool
  • Enhance your credibility and stature in the field
  • Contribute to your community's expertise
  • Challenge yourself in a new way

Submitting proposals is easy! Simply complete the online proposal form here.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m.

What is the Summer Leadership Institute?

The Summer Leadership Institute is a full day of engaging professional development designed specifically for early childhood and school-age care professionals that currently hold a leadership position (director, program supervisor, manager, assistant director) and those that aspire to a leadership position (teachers, site coordinators and other professionals), to examine and deepen their knowledge, skills and abilities in topics relevant to leadership.

What is this year's theme?

This year's theme is (Re)Imagine the Power of You - Inspiring Experienced and Emerging Leaders. The average person spends over 100,000 hours of their life working, so it's important to have passion or purpose in the work we do. Whether you are currently in a leadership position or desire to be in one, imagining or reimagining your power is central to achieving more. This institute is designed to re-inspire those that need it, to help leaders find inspiration and to support the skills needed to inspire others.

Topics of interest include:

We are looking for topics that will support leaders, mentors, trainers, coaches and consultants in their work with others, as well as supporting their own self-care.

  • Leadership/Leadership Skills
  • Mentoring/Mentorship
  • Self-Care (Health & Wellness)
  • Training, Coaching & Consulting

There is one 1 hour session and two 1.5 hour sessions to choose from.

Participants appreciate sessions with practical tips and applications that can be implemented right away, and those that are interactive.

Schedule at a Glance

7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session 1
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Visit Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Welcome & Keynote
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch, Networking, Visit Exhibitors
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Session 2
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Snack & Visit Exhibitors
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Session 3

Who should submit a proposal?

We are committed to creating a diverse, safe and welcoming space for participants to learn and share. We want to make sure we receive session proposals from the widest audience possible, including from you! All workshop proposals are welcome and will be considered. We will give special attention to those that incorporate the theme of the event.

Important Dates:

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, May 5, 2017.

Accepted conference sessions will be notified by Monday, May 15, 2017.

Submit a Session Proposal Today!


For questions or more information please contact Kristen Wheeler Highland at 651-789-3587 or

Learn more about the 2016 Summer Leadership Institute here.

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