The Summit

The 2018 Lead Sports Summit will take place in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Aug 31 - Sept 3 .
Over the course of the 4 day Summit, swimmers will attend various sessions with a variety of expert mentors/Olympic Champions, participate in team building activities, and learn about their strengths as individuals that will help them navigate their teenage years and achieve more as students, athletes, and leaders. Topics of focus include: Nutrition, Confidence, Leadership, Perseverance, Sports Psychology/Mental Health, as well as panel discussions and age-specific breakout groups. Each day of the Summit also includes fitness & fun.

Date: Friday Aug. 31 - Monday Sept 3 (Labor Day Weekend)
Time: Friday kickoff begins at 5p. Monday wrap up is at 12p
Location: Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
Cost: $1,399
All inclusive: 4 days, 3 nights, meals, presentations, gifts, ground transportation, activities etc. 

Airport pick-up on Friday 8/31 and drop-off 9/03 will be provided. Please arrange for flights arriving to the Atlanta Airport at 3p or earlier on Friday 8/31 and departing the Atlanta Airport at 3p or later on Monday 9/03.


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2018 Lead Marketing Deck


Class of 2017 LEAD Sports Summit


THE 2018 team

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Katie Meili

Olympic gold medalist


Law Student at Georgetown University


Lia Neal

2x Olympian

2012, 2016

2017 NCAA Championship Team Captain, Stanford

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Elizabeth Beisel

3x Olympian 

2008, 2012, 2016

2016 Olympic Team Captain


Christen Shefchunas

Confidence Coach

Former Division 1 NCAA Coach

Author, Naked Confidence


Missy Franklin

5x Olympic gold medalist

2012, 2016

World Record holder


Jennifer Brunelli, RD

Registered Dietitian 

7x All American Swimmer

Sports Dietitian for NFL Carolina Panthers


Kara Lynn Joyce

3x Olympian

2004, 2008, 2012

LEAD Summit Founder

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Dr. Megan Cannon

Sports Psychologist 

Member of the American Psychological Association

ESPN Featured Sports Psychology Expert 

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Toni Armstrong, MS

Leadership Expert

Masters in Experiential Education

Former age group and college swim coach

About the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

Located on the Georgia Tech campus in Technology Square – the heart of Midtown Atlanta’s thriving neighborhood, the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center provides the ultimate place to relax. The Georgia Tech campus shares venues from the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.


GA Tech Hotel and Conference Center
800 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

2018 Itinerary 

(subject to change)

Friday 8/31

2:00pm - 5:00pm - Check in to GA Tech Hotel & visit LEAD Gifting Suite

5:15pm - 5:45pm - Welcome Address by Kara Lynn Joyce

5:45pm - 6:30pm - Dinner

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Opening Keynote by Elizabeth Beisel with on-stage Q&A

7:30pm - 8:00pm - Team Building Activities

Saturday 9/01

7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast

8:30am - 9:00am - Team Building Activities

10:00am - 12:00pm - Swim Clinic with Olympic Mentors

12:15pm - 1:15pm - Lunch

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Leadership Talk by Toni Armstrong, MS

3:30pm - 4:15pm - Leadership Panel, moderated by Toni Armstrong

4:15pm - 5:15pm - Breakout Sessions & Leadership Activities

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Dinner 

7:00pm - 8:30pm - Nutrition Seminar with Jenn Brunelli, RD

Sunday 9/02

6:30am - 7:30am - Athletic Development activity 

7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast

9:30am - 10:30am - Sports Psychology Seminar with Dr. Megan Cannon

10:30am - 11:30am - Sports Psychology Panel, moderated by Dr. Megan Cannon

11:30am - 12:30pm - Lunch

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Confidence Seminar with Christen Shefchunas and Katie Meili

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Sessions & Confidence Activities

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Leadership Activity

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Dinner with Special Guest (to be announced) 

7:00pm - 8:30pm - Activity

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

Monday 9/03

7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast

8:30am - 9:45am - Closing Keynote by Missy Franklin

9:45am - 10:30am - LEAD Mentor/Speaker Q&A Panel, moderated by Christen Shefchunas

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

11:30am - 12:00pm - Check out of hotel and transportation to airport