LEAD Summit Update, 5/16

Summit Updates & San Antonio Appearance

Last week, we announced Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as our Special Guest Mentor, and we hope you are just as excited as we are! Over 40 girls from across the country have already signed up for the first ever LEAD SportsSummit - more than half of the 70 available spaces. With the all-star lineup of speakers and mentors, our attendees are in for a fun and impactful weekend! 

From June 23-25, LEAD Founder Kara Lynn Joyce will be attending the George Block Invitational in San Antonio, Texas to talk to parents and swimmers about the LEAD experience and other exciting LEAD events that we will be able to share with you soon. Stay tuned for more information!

Speaker Spotlight

Jennifer Brunelli is a former National Team and NCAA All-American swimmer from the University of South Carolina. She is currently the dietician for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and works with several other sports teams and athletes of all levels. Her passion has always been empowering young female swimmers to take control of their nutrition in order to fuel their bodies best for swimming and for life. 

Working with Jenn, attendees will learn how to fuel pre- and post-workout, individualized fluid intake to promote lower injury risk, and meal frequency and changing your body through diet and macronutrients. Jenn's combined background in swimming and nutrition makes her a perfect fit for our LEAD squad!

Leadership Corner


Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important stories on girls and women who inspire us.

LEAD Summit Update, 5/9

Special Guest Speaker Announcement

The LEAD Sports Summit is extremely excited to announce that our Special Guest Speaker and Mentor is...


Missy Franklin!


Missy has inspired thousands of young girls and women around the world since her performance in the London 2012 Olympics where she earned 4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal. We are so honored for Missy to join the LEADteam and empower the girls participating in the event. 

I could not be more excited to be a part of the first ever LEAD Summit. I am so proud of everything this summit stands for and am honored to be a part of something so special.
— Missy Franklin, LEAD Special Guest and Mentor

Speaker Spotlight

Missy Franklin is a 2-time Olympian (2012, 2016) and 5-time Olympic gold medalist. She is the current world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke. Missy co-starred in the inspiring documentary film Touch the Wall with LEAD founder Kara Lynn Joyce as they trained for the 2012 Olympic Trials. She is also the author of Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion, along with her parents. 

As LEAD's Special Guest Speaker and Mentor, Missy will talk with participants about her journey in swimming and life, as well as her demeanor both in times of success and in failure.

Leadership Corner


Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important stories on girls and women who inspire us.

LEAD Summit Update, 5/3

Girls from NY to Hawaii Register for LEAD

Over the past two weeks, teenage girls all over the country from New York to Hawaii have signed up for the LEAD Summit this September. LEAD is the first summit designed specifically for teenage girls, giving them access to the top female leaders in our sport. Each girl will come away from LEAD with the experience of being empowered by other girls and women.

There is something truly special about women helping other women.
— LEAD Founder Kara Lynn Joyce speaking at Starbucks Headquarters

Special Guest Announcement Coming Soon!

In six days, we will announce our Special Keynote Speaker and Mentor for LEAD - we cannot wait! She represented Team USA with both LEAD founder Kara Lynn Joyce and LEAD Mentor Elizabeth Beisel... Stay tuned for the official reveal!

Speaker Spotlight

Christen Shefchunas is an author, professional confidence coach, and former Division I swim coach. She has worked with numerous athletes and Olympians, helping them find their confidence from within.

As a LEAD Summit mentor, Christen will work with participants on handling fear and pressure, teaching them about the truth of mental toughness, and helping them to create a life where confidence can thrive. 


Leadership Corner


Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important stories on girls and women who inspire us.


Thank you for being part of the LEAD Community!
We hope to see you in September! 

The LEAD Team

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Welcome to the LEAD Community!

Over the next few months, we will be sharing more about the first-ever LEAD Sports Summit taking place September 2-4, 2017 in Austin, Texas. 

As a part of the LEAD community, you will receive exclusive content from our all-star team of speakers and be the first to know about all of the exciting updates we have planned, including an e-book from LEAD Founder Kara Lynn Joyce and the announcement of our special guest speaker. 

Speaker Spotlight

Elizabeth Beisel is a 3-time Olympian and 2016 Olympic Team Captain. At the 2016 Golden Goggle Awards, Elizabeth won the inaugural Leadership Award, voted on by her peers. She qualified for her first Olympic Team at 15 years old and has been able to successfully navigate her career from a rookie to a team leader and captain.

As part of the LEAD Summit, Elizabeth will join Kara Lynn Joyce in sessions focused on leadership skills and team building exercises. She will kick off the event with a special keynote speech at the participants' welcome dinner. 


Leadership Corner

Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important articles and other stories on girls and women who inspire us.


Thank you again for joining the LEAD Community! We look forward to providing inspirational and empowering content, and we can't wait to see you in September! 

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