Leadership Connections™

Refocusing Our Vision
April 28 – April 30, 2021

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is pleased to announce, “We Are Going Virtual!”

We have been working diligently to plan a fully virtual Leadership Connections National Conference for you in 2021. Our three-day conference will deliver the quality experience you have come to expect from the McCormick Center, but from your home or workplace. Conference attendees will learn from and connect with a diverse group of leaders in our field on a variety of topics. We are excited to explore new and innovative ways to connect with you—and to connect you with each other!

Alex Kotlowitz

A national bestseller, There Are No Children Here was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century. It has received many awards, including the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Carl Sandburg Award, and a Christopher Award. In 1993, it was made into a television movie starring Oprah Winfrey. It continues to be taught at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

In his latest, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, which Wes Moore calls “revelatory and brilliant,” Kotlowitz returns a generation later to some of Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhoods to offer a spellbinding collection of intimate profiles of people and communities touched by gun violence. Kotlowitz previously examined the stubborn persistence of urban violence in his Emmy Award-winning documentary The Interrupters—a collaboration with Hoop Dreams director Steve James. It was praised by The New York Times’ A.O. Scott for its ability to “open up” the topic of urban violence and not limit the story to “the comforting clarity of easy conclusions.”

Kotlowitz’s work has regularly appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life

(notably, the Peabody Award-winning “Harper High School” double episode). His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and Granta.

For more information on Alex Kotlowitz, please visit alexkotlowitz.com.

Partner with Leadership Connections 2021

Are you interested in partnering with us as a sponsor or exhibitor? View opportunities and download our Partner Kit. Contact Marleen Barrett to get started.

Present for Leadership Connections 2021

Do you want to be a presenter? Our Request for Presenter Proposals is open and we are accepting proposals through November 17, 2020.

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Visionary Leadership Awardees

Learn from visionaries in our field. Each year, an exceptional pioneer in the early childhood education field receives the Visionary Leadership Award at Leadership Connections National Conference. Past awardees include:

  • Wanda Newell
  • Roger and Bonnie Neugebauer
  • Anne Mitchell
  • Gwen Morgan
  • Ed Greene
  • Sharon Lynn Kagan
  • Lilian Katz
  • Louis Derman-Sparks
  • Ronald Lally
  • Sue Bredekamp
  • Joan Lombardi
  • Marcy Whitebook
  • Linda Smith
  • Barbara Bowman
  • Libby Doggett

College Credit Available

College credit through National Louis University (NLU) is available for Leadership Connections National Conference at an additional cost. Scholarships and financial aid may be available to help you cover the cost.

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