Leadership Connections National Conference

Connect with others like you. Leadership Connections™ National Conference, the premier national conference for decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education, brings together key stakeholders interested in early childhood leadership, including early childhood administrators, family child care providers, trainers, coaches, technical assistance specialists, consultants, college instructors, researchers, and policymakers. Come hear stimulating keynote speakers, take part in a public policy forum, attend skill-building sessions, and network with other leaders in the field.

The conference has been held annually since 2001.

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Sponsor Leadership Connections 2020

Many wonderful conferences exist, but Leadership Connections is the only national conference with a singular focus on the needs of early childhood administrators. If your target audience is decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education, this is the conference they attend. Contact Mike Abel to see how we can partner in 2020.

Exhibit or advertise in 2020

Showcase your product or service at Leadership Connections, the national conference for leaders in early childhood education. Booths, tables, and digital ads are all available for the 2019 conference. Connect one-on-one with decision-makers in the Marketplace (exhibit hall). Or, reach attendees digitally through ads in the conference app or digital program book. Contact Mike Abel to get started.

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2019 Featured Experts

Myra Jones-Taylor

Opening Keynote Speaker

Libby Doggett

Visionary Leadership Awardee

Susan MacDonald

Pre-Conference Speaker

Walter Gilliam

Pre-Conference Speaker

Aisha Ray

Public Policy Forum Panelist

Cynthia Tate

Public Policy Forum Panelist

Ashley Nazarak

Public Policy Forum Panelist

Teri Talan

Public Policy Forum Panelist

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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