NATIONAL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2022

Overcoming Challenge with Courage
April 27-29, 2022

 

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Leadership Connections 2022

Our virtual conference not only offers you content during the live three-day conference but all keynote and break-out sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees for 12-months after the conference ends. Plan to set aside the days of the conference to engage with others, attend live sessions, and connect with sponsors. After the conference, you may view the sessions you were unable to attend, so you won’t miss any of the valuable sessions!

We are thrilled to have you join us for our 21st annual conference. The vision of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership to empower leaders and advance the field to promote excellence in early childhood education is embedded in Leadership Connections. We strive to be an important catalyst for change as we implement initiatives that strengthen the leadership capacity of early childhood educators. The conference provides you with opportunities to attend workshop sessions relevant to your complex role, network with professionals who relate to your trials and triumphs, and be inspired by powerful specialists in our field.

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FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Amy Leneker
Leadership Consultant and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator

Amy Leneker is a Leadership Consultant and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Amy was born and raised in the Midwest where she learned to work hard, tell the truth, and be kind. Although Amy left Ohio long ago, those Midwestern values are still very much a part of who she is and how she works. As a Certified trainer, she has trained thousands of leaders and practitioners from all over the world. Amy and her husband have two wonderful kiddos and make their home in the Pacific Northwest.


PUBLIC POLICY SPEAKER:
Albert Wat
Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success

Albert Wat is a Senior Policy Director at the Alliance for Early Success, where he supports the organization’s strategy and goals for early education, including increasing access to high-quality pre-k and child care, improving the early learning workforce, and enhancing alignment with K-12 policies. Before joining the Alliance, Albert was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where he helped governors’ staff and advisors improve their early care and education policies, from early childhood through third grade. Before NGA, Albert was the Research Manager at Pre-K Now, an advocacy campaign at the Pew Center on the States, where he authored a number of policy reports, managed research activities for the initiative, and provided analysis and information about the latest pre-k and early education research and policy developments to Pre-K Now staff and its network of state partners. Albert has served on two National Academies committees: Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation and Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity. He also serves on the board of the Council for Professional Recognition.

Albert has worked with schools, school reform nonprofits, and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, southeastern Michigan, and Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University and a master’s in education policy from George Washington University.


VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARDEE | LEADERSHIP COLLOQUIUM SPEAKER:
Valora Washington
CEO & President, The CAYL Institute

Dr. Valora Washington is an internationally recognized authority in early childhood education. She is known for conceptualizing, leading, and executing significant change initiatives impacting policy, programs, and practice in higher education, philanthropy, and national nonprofits as well as in local, state, and federal government programs.

During her decade tenure as CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, Dr. Washington advanced and professionalized the field of early childhood education with her leadership of the largest credentialing program for early educators in the United States, the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Accomplishments included 25% increase in applications, 42% increases in renewals, and 107% decline in appeals. New initiatives include the establishment of 6 national conferences; The CDA Gold Standard Certification for training institutions; international programs in China, Egypt, UAE, and Panama; on-line application processes (which grew from 0 to almost 90%); new Essentials text and workbook; cyber sales; review-observe-reflect verification visit system; white paper series; high school CDA programs; renewal amnesty programs; outreach and assessments in up to 23 languages; and alumni group.

Dr. Washington is considered a pioneer in early education, having been named as a Legacy Leader by the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), for having shaped the early childhood education field, having a unique perspective on the history and context of today’s policy initiatives, and for developing strategies to address the issues that impact child outcomes.

Certified as an Association Executive and as a Credentialing Specialist, Dr. Washington co-founded Voices for Michigan’s Children, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and the CAYL Institute (a leadership development program for practitioners).

She was named one of “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine, chosen as one of “Ten Outstanding Young Women of America” from among 62,000 nominations, and in 2018, named by Exchange magazine as Doyens (the most respected or prominent person in a field). Dr. Washington has authored over 50 publications including Children of 2010 and Children of 2020. She has also co-authored Ready or Not: Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices – 12 Years Later; The New Early Childhood Professional; and Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional.


CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Dorri McWhorter
President & CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Dorri McWhorter became President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago in August 2021. Prior to joining the YMCA, Dorri served for 8 years as the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago transforming the organization from a traditional social service organization to 21st Century social enterprise. Increasing impact and organizational sustainability, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s operating budget grew from $10.5 million in 2013 to a $38 million operating budget for FY 2022. The organization has been an active contributor to many critical initiatives across the region, and under Dorri’s leadership, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago expanded its service footprint to 10 new locations, completed seven mergers and acquisitions, implemented paid family leave and developed a retirement plan to include retirement options for thousands of childcare providers and small business owners. Dorri led the effort to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and recognized by Good City Chicago receiving its Innovative Leader Award. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame.

Fee Schedule and Pricing Information

PRE-CONFERENCE DATE & FEES:

April 26, 2022 (Tuesday)

9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. CT
2 Half-day sessions
6 hours of content & 75 minutes of breaks
$130 | Pre-conference fee

 

CONFERENCE DATE & FEES:

April 27, 2022 – April 29, 2022
(Wednesday through Friday)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT

$275 | Full-Conference – Lowest Rate (through February 28, 2022)
$300 | Full-Conference –Discount Rate (March 1, 2021- March 31, 2022)
$325 | Full-Conference (April 1, 2022 -April 29, 2022)
$260 | Two-Day Registration (any two of the three days)
$130 | Single-Day Registration (any one of the three days)

 

REGISTRATIONS INCLUDES:

Four (4) Live General Sessions
Forty (40) Live Break-out Sessions
Recordings of all session for 12-months (recordings only available for days included in your registration)
Access to Sponsors and Exhibitors
Networking with other professionals

 

GROUP DISCOUNT

Groups of 10 or more full-conference registrations receive a $50 discount per registration.

 

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Note: Schedule subject to change
TUESDAY (Pre-conference) | April 26, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. | 6+ hours of content / 60 minutes of breaks
Morning Session | 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CT
OPTION ONE:
Title: Supercharge Your Professional Learning Experiences!
Presenter: Susan MacDonald | Professional Speaker, Coach, and Author | Inspiring New Perspectives
OPTION TWO:
Title:  Why I Behave the Way I Do (and How It Affects Others)
Presenter: Mecca Johnson | Founder and President | My Joy Speaks
Afternoon Session | 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CT
OPTION ONE:
Title: Pushing Past Conflicts with Adults
Presenter: Angela Searcy, EdD | Adjunct Faculty, Author and Educational Consultant | Erikson Institute and Simple Solutions Educational Services
OPTION TWO:
Title:  Pedagogical Leadership Through an Anti-bias Lens
Presenter: Allen Rosales | Senior Program Advisor | Carole Robertson Center for Learning
WEDNESDAY | April 27, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Networking/Discussion Groups
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Opening General Session | Keynote address by Amy Leneker
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Break
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions | 8 options
1:15 p.m. –   1:45 p.m. | Break
1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.   | Concurrent Sessions | 8 options
3:15 p.m. –   3:30 p.m. | Break
3:30 p.m. –   4:30 p.m. | Networking Options
THURSDAY | April 29, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Networking/Discussion Groups
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Public Policy Forum | General Session | Featuring Albert Wat
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Break
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions | 8 options
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Break
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.   | Concurrent Sessions | 8 options
3:15 p.m. –   3:30 p.m. | Break
3:30 p.m. –   4:30 p.m. | Networking Options
FRIDAY | April 30, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Networking/Discussion Groups
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Leadership Colloquium | Valora Washington, Visionary Leadership Award Recipient
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Break
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions | 6 options
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Break
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Closing General Session | Keynote address by Dorri McWhorter

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