Our mission at LEAD is to change the lives of young female athletes by teaching, empowering, and cultivating an environment for leadership. LEAD mentors strive to help attendees realize their goals and develop their strengths as students, athletes, and leaders.


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 create an environment for young female athletes to connect with strong female mentors.

The LEAD team of mentors are all the very best within the sport of swimming in each of their respected fields.

LEAD Mentors


Kara Lynn Joyce

3-Time Olympian

2004, 2008, 2012

LEAD Summit Founder


Jennifer Brunelli

Sports RDpro Founder

Professional Nutritionist

Former US National Team


Christen Shefchunas

Professional Confidence Coach

Naked Confidence Author

Former Division I Coach

Missy Franklin


5-time Olympic Gold Medalist 

Relentless Spirit Author

Laureus Sport Ambassador


Elizabeth Beisel


3-Time Olympian

2008, 2012, 2016

2016 Team USA Captain