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LEAD Sports Summit


Leadership, Empowerment & Athletic Development

2019 Summit registration is now open.

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LEAD Sports Summit


Leadership, Empowerment & Athletic Development

2019 Summit registration is now open.

 
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Leadership, Empowerment & Athletic Development

The LEAD Sports Summit is a yearly summit that connects young female swimmers with Olympic Champions and Specialists throughout a 4 day all-inclusive event.

The 2019 Summit will be held in Atlanta, GA, August 30 - September 2. 

Check out photos from the 2018 summit here.

Sign up for our Newsletter to learn more about the 2019 Summit!  

 
 

Meet The 2018 LEAD Team

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Missy Franklin

5x Olympic gold medalist

2012, 2016

World record holder

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Katie Meili

Olympic gold medalist, 2016

Law Student at Georgetown University

World Championships silver medalist

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Dr. Megan Cannon

Sports Psychologist

Member of the American Psychological Association

ESPN Featured Sports Psychology Expert

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Elizabeth Beisel

3x Olympian

2008, 2012, 2016

2016 Olympic Team Captain

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Christen Shefchunas

Confidence Coach

Former Division 1 NCAA Coach

Author, Naked Confidence

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Lia Neal

2x Olympian

2012, 2016

2017 NCAA Championship Team Captain, Stanford

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Kara Lynn Joyce

3x Olympian

2004, 2008, 2012

LEAD Summit Founder

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Jennifer Brunelli

Registered Dietitian

7x All American swimmer

Sports Dietitian for NFL Carolina Panthers

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Toni Armstrong, M.S.

Leadership Expert

Master of Experiential Education

Former age group and college swim coach

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About LEAD


Leadership, Empowerment, & Athletic Development

About LEAD


Leadership, Empowerment, & Athletic Development

Mission

Our mission at LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment and Athletic Development) is to change the lives of young female athletes by teaching, empowering, and cultivating an environment for leadership and confidence through our yearly summit.

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 athletes to Olympic Champions. We align with mentors and community leaders  from diverse backgrounds in order to connect with and relate to every girl that attends LEAD.

See more from our 2017 Summit with this piece from The Olympic Channel. 


 

History

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.

 

 

My daughter found value in hearing stories that go beyond success and winning gold. She felt touched to learn that it is not an easy journey for even Olympians. That there are ups and downs and you have to continue to believe in yourself. This is where all of the discussions about confidence really tied together nicely with the stories. My daughter also took a lot away from the nutrition discussion. I think it is good for girls to hear from an expert and not their Mom/Dad. Overall, this was an amazing experience for my daughter and we are so appreciative of the opportunity!
— LEAD 2017 Parent
What stood out the most were the personal stories and struggles of the speakers that showed that my daughter’s anxieties and fears of the sport were not just unique to her. It seems to have given her more confidence in herself to know that even Olympians have some of the same thoughts that she does. What a fantastic thing to see your daughter realize!
— LEAD 2017 Parent
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FAQ


FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions & Details on the Summit

 

What can I expect my daughter to learn from LEAD?

Attendees at the LEAD Sports Summit will learn from a versatile group of Women Leaders. Topics such as Leadership (what it means to be a leader, how to lead a team etc), Nutrition, Mental Health, Perseverance, Overcoming Plateaus, and much more. Upon check-in to the Summit, each girl will receive a LEAD workbook with prompted pages for notes to help follow along with each presentation.

What have previous attendees said abut LEAD?

"My daughter came away finally understanding that Olympians are just humans with the same fears, desires, etc., as the rest of us. She loved getting to know all of the mentors on such a personal level. The Leadership Session and paddle boarding were her highlights."

"My daughter is still processing / sharing stories from the weekend. There have been so many positive ones, particularly about Missy's struggles. The personal stories of things not being as magical as they appear on a swim swam video are helpful in reminding them that everyone struggles along the way, everyone has hardship in and out of the pool. Overall, it was a very positive experience and she is hopeful that she can attend again next year."

"My daughter found value in hearing stories that go beyond success and winning gold. She felt touched to learn that it is not an easy journey for even olympians. That there are ups and downs and you have to continue to believe in yourself. This is where all of the discussions about confidence really tied together nicely with the stories. My daughter also took a lot away from the nutrition discussion. I think it is good for girls to hear from an expert and not their Mom/Dad. Overall, this was an amazing experience for my daughter and we are so appreciative of the opportunity!"

Will meals be provided?

Yes, all meals will be provided at the Summit including: welcome dinner Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, breakfast Monday, and a grab-and-go lunch Monday. Snacks will also be provided throughout the weekend. If your daughter should need any additional meals, hotel room service is available and will require a credit card on file.

What time is check-in for local attendees driving to Atlanta?

Check-in will begin at 2p for participants driving to the Lead Sports Summit.

How will my daughter get from the airport to the hotel?

Our LEAD staff will meet each girl at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport baggage claim upon their arrival and transport them to the hotel for check in on Friday, 8/30. We ask that you plan to have flights arrive before 3pm. Ground transportation for departing flights on Monday 9/2 will also be provided and we ask that you arrange for flights to depart at 3pm or later.

What is the cost of the Summit?

The Summit is all-inclusive and the cost is $1,399.

Will there be security at LEAD?

Yes, in addition to our chaperones, LEAD will have professional security on hand throughout the weekend to ensure the safety of all of our attendees.

Who will my daughter room with?

As the event draws near, we will send out forms to include a roommate request if applicable. We cannot guarantee all roommate requests will be honored but each girl will be with other attendees her age.

Will my daughter have interaction with the speakers?

Yes, breakout sessions will take place throughout the weekend with our speakers and attendees. Our speakers will also participate in activities and games along with the attendees. 

Who should attend LEAD Sports Summit?

LEAD is open to teenage girls ages 13-18 (at the time of the Summit) who are swimmers at any level.

What does the LEAD Summit weekend look like?

Below is the 2018 schedule. The 2019 Summit will have a similar feel with keynotes, breakouts, a swim clinic, as well as the addition of new topics and speakers.


2018 Itinerary 

Friday 8/31

2:00pm - 5:00pm   Check-In and Gifting Suite

5:15pm - 6:30pm   Welcome Address by Kara Lynn Joyce and Dinner

6:30pm - 7:30pm   Opening Keynote with Elizabeth Beisel, presented by Speedo

7:30pm - 8:30pm   Team Building Activities, Housekeeping, and What to Expect

8:30pm - 9:00pm  Back to rooms; Room Checks @ 9:00 pm

Saturday 9/01

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast

10:00am - 12:00pm Swim clinic at McAuley Aquatic Center

12:30pm - 1:00pm Walk back to hotel with your Team Leader

12:45pm - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm - 2:45pm Rest and Relaxation

3:00pm - 4:30pm Nutrition Seminar with Jennifer Brunelli, RD

4:30pm - 5:00pm Snacks and refreshments

5:00pm - 6:15pm Sports Psychology Seminar with Dr. Megan Cannon

6:15pm - 7:15pm Dinner (Hotel restaurant)

7:15 - 8:15 pm Breakout sessions

  • 14 & Under Sports Psychology Breakout

  • 14 & Under Confidence Breakout

  • 15 & Over Storytelling Breakout

  • 15 & Over College Recruiting Breakout

Sunday 9/02

7:15am - 7:30am Grab-and-go breakfast and board charter bus

8:00am - 8:45am Morning Yoga in Piedmont Park

8:45am - 9:30 pm Breakfast

9:30am - 10:00am Leadership Style Activity and Team Building with Toni Armstrong and Caroline Kosciusko

10:00am - 10:30am Bus back to hotel

11:00am - 12:30pm Leadership Seminar, Panel, and Q&A with Toni Armstrong

  • Panelists: Elizabeth Beisel, Lia Neal, Kristen Vredeveld, Hali Flickinger

12:30pm - 3:00pm Lunch

3:00pm - 4:00pm Confidence Keynote with Christen Shefchunas and Katie Meili

4:00pm - 5:30pm Breakout sessions

  • 14 & Under Storytelling Breakout

  • 14 & Under Leadership Breakout

  • 15 & Over Sports Psych Breakout

  • 15 & Over Confidence Breakout

6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner

7:00pm - 8:30pm LEAD Movie Night

7:00pm - 9:00pm LEAD Parent Social

9:00pm - 9:30pm Back to rooms; Room Checks @ 9:30 pm

Monday 9/03

7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast (Ballroom)

8:30am - 9:30am Closing Keynote with Missy Franklin, in partnership with Coca-Cola

9:45am - 10:30am Calling All Leaders Panel Discussion presented by adidas Women, moderated by Christen Shefchunas

  • Panelists: Elizabeth Beisel, Kara Lynn Joyce, Chi Pham, Kristen Vredeveld, Jenn Brunelli

10:30am - 11:30am Photos and autographs

11:30am - 12:00pm Check out and depart for airport

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