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Summer Leadership Institute Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
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Creating Connections, Cultivating Leaders
Thursday, July 26, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Diamondhead Education Center
200 West Burnsville Parkway, Suite 100
Burnsville, MN 55337

We invite you to share your insights and knowledge as a presenter at our Summer Leadership Institute on Thursday, July 26, 2018. 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 11, 2018 by 5:00 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 afterschool professionals that currently hold a leadership position, those that aspire to a leadership position, and those that support leaders and leadership (coaches, trainers and consultants) 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 Creating Connections, Cultivating Leaders. The research is now clear: leaders grow over time, and leadership can be thoughtfully and intentionally nurtured. This matters because leaders matter. Whether you are currently a leader, aspire to be a leader, or support the development of leaders, this is the event for you. This institute is designed to create and support connections and skills needed to cultivate our own leadership and that of 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

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

Schedule at a Glance

7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m.      Registration & Breakfast

8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.      Welcome & Keynote

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    Networking & Shopping

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Session A

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Lunch, Networking & Shopping

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Session B

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.      Snack, Networking & Shopping

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Session C


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 11, 2018.

Accepted conference sessions will be notified by Friday, May 25, 2018.

Submit a session proposal today!



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

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