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Our mission at LEAD is to change the lives of young female swimmers by teaching, empowering, and cultivating an environment for leadership through our yearly summits and regional seminars.

LEAD mentors strive to help attendees realize their goals and develop their strengths as students, athletes, daughters, and leaders.

Attendees learn from a variety of accomplished women, from Division 3 college swimmers to Olympic Champions. We align with mentors and swimming community leaders  from diverse backgrounds in order to connect with and relate to every girl that attends LEAD.



The LEAD Sports Summit was founded in 2017 by 3-Time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce. Since retiring from competitive swimming in 2012, Kara has pursued a career in coaching, speaking and mentorship.  Kara is sought out nationally to emcee, moderate and speak about Women in Sports and Women's Leadership. A common theme and passion throughout her athletic career and professional journey has been the mentorship and empowerment of young women.

According to a study by the US Department of Justice, young adults with a mentor are 130% more likely to hold leadership positions. 

Kara was inspired to create the LEAD Sports Summit to develop an environment for young female athletes to connect with strong female mentors.