Lead_Sept1st (42 of 142).jpg
Lead_Aug30th (73 of 115).jpg
Lead_Sept1st (42 of 142).jpg

2020 LEAD Summit

September 4-7, 2020
Labor Day Weekend


2020 LEAD Summit

September 4-7, 2020
Labor Day Weekend

2020 LEAD Sports Summit

The 4th annual Lead Sports Summit will take place in Denver, CO over Labor Day Weekend, featuring several female Olympic champions and specialists in Nutrition, Confidence, Leadership, Mental Health, Safe Sport, and more! Girls will have the opportunity to listen to keynotes and seminars from the best in our sport, learn from experts and specialists, and participate in experiential learning and team building activities - all while interacting with mentors and developing new friendships with girls from all over the country (and the world!).

Date: Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7 (Labor Day Weekend)
Time: Check Back soon!
Location: Check Back soon!
Summit Cost: Check Back soon!
All inclusive: 4 days, 3 nights, meals, presentations, gifts, ground transportation, activities, and more!

Airport PICKUP/Drop OFF: Check Back soon!

2019 Summit Photos
Frequently Asked Questions

Class of 2019

Class of 2019

Class of 2018

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

LEAD 2020: Denver, CO


The full 2020 Summit Itinerary will be announced at a later date. Please use the 2019 Itinerary as a reference. We look forward to sharing our new, exciting speakers, activities, and experiences with you this year!

2019 Itinerary 


Swimmers should arrive at the airport by 3:00 pm. 

12:00 pm Registration/Gifting Suite open

5:00 pm Welcome: Kara Lynn Joyce

5:35 pm Fireside chat: Maya Dirado and Elizabeth Beisel

6:00 pm Buffet Dinner

7:00 pm Opening Keynote: Mckenzie Coan  

7:40 pm Icebreakers and Team Building Activities

9:00 pm Room checks


8:00 am Breakfast

10:00 am Swim Clinic/Dryland @McAuley Aquatic Center

12:30 pm Lunch

3:00 pm Confidence Keynote: Christen Shefchunas

4:15 pm Athlete Keynote: Maya Dirado

5:00 pm Breakout Sessions

14 & Under: Confidence // 15 & Over: Sports Psych // 15 & Over: College Recruiting

6:15 pm Dinner

7:15 pm Breakouts Sessions

14 & Under: Sports Psych // 14 & Under: Leadership

15 & Over: Team Building // 15 & Over: Confidence

9:00 pm Room checks


7:00 am Grab and Go breakfast 

8:00 am Yoga/Meditation @ Piedmont Park

8:50 am Breakfast at field

9:15 am Leadership Style Activity: Toni Armstrong

11:45 am  Sports Psychology Keynote: Megan Cannon

12:45 pm Lunch

2:45 pm Athlete Keynote: Elizabeth Beisel

3:45 pm Breakout Sessions

Balancing School and Swimming // Nutrition // Mindfulness

5:00 pmNutrition Keynote: Alicia Glass

6:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm LEAD Scavenger Hunt/Leadership Styles and Summit Reflection

9:00 pm Room checks 


11:00 am Coaches & Parents Welcome: Kara Lynn Joyce

11:15 am Madisyn Cox keynote

12:00 pm Coaches Track Lunch

1:15 pm Athlete Panel and Q&A (Kara Lynn Joyce, Elizabeth Beisel, Madisyn Cox, McKenzie Coan, Maya Dirado, Missy Franklin)

2:30 pm Coffee 

2:45 pm Breakout Sessions

PARENTS: College Prep

COACHES: Sport Psychology

3:45 pm Confidence Keynote: Christen Shefchunas and Natalie Hinds

5:00 pm Nutrition Keynote: Alicia Glass

6:15 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Parent Social (all parents) 


Swimmers should arrange travel for 3pm or later. 

7:30 am Breakfast

8:45 am Closing Keynote: Missy Franklin

9:45 am Panel and Q&A (Moderated by Kara with Maya Dirado, Elizabeth Beisel, Missy Franklin, Eva Fabian, Natalie Hinds, Toni Armstrong, Megan Cannon, Christen Shefchunas)

10:30 am Photos and autographs 

12:00 pm Summit concludes

Lead_Aug30th (73 of 115).jpg

Parent & Coaches Tracks

Parent & Coaches Tracks

I am thrilled to launch the LEAD Parent Track alongside our annual LEAD Summit. Our mission at LEAD is to empower girls and the role models who support them. Our goal is to help LEAD girls become successful as possible, and providing parents with an educational element only strengthens our commitment to our mission.
— Kara Lynn Joyce, Founder

Leadership is a team effort.

In order to give our LEAD girls the most well-rounded leadership knowledge and opportunities, the LEAD team recognized that home is an important place for leadership cultivation. The LEAD Parent Track and LEAD Coaches Track are our exclusive programs of keynotes and seminars for parents and coaches on Confidence and Nutrition, as well as breakout sessions on College Recruiting, Sports Psychology and more. These sessions are led by our Olympian speakers and expert mentors with the help of our Team Leaders. 2020 schedule details will be released in the spring.

Date: Check Back Soon!
Location: Check Back Soon!
Parent Track Cost: Check Back Soon!

I LOVED the Parent Track. So valuable to hear a piece of what our daughters heard. I think LEAD will “last” a lot longer in our house with us both having been a part of it.
— LEAD 2019 Parent

The LEAD Sports Summit is the first 4-day all-inclusive leadership and empowerment summit for teenage female swimmers. Throughout the weekend, LEAD Mentors and Speakers work with participants during group talks, team-building activities, workshops, and small-group, age-specific breakout sessions.  Three-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce founded LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, and Athletic Development) as an opportunity for girls to learn leadership skills from strong, accomplished female mentors. LEAD is open to all female swimmers, ages 13-18.