LEAD Winter was a virtual conference on February 26–27, 2021, that brought together and inspired students and advisers from all over the world to make a difference in their schools and communities.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the event!
If you registered for LEAD Winter, you can access the on-demand session recordings until May 26, 2021. Revisit your favorite sessions and explore workshops you may have missed! To access the event content, log in to the event platform using the email address, first name, and last name that you used during registration. Your login information is intended for your unique use and cannot be shared.
A link to the event platform was sent to all registered attendees via email. If your school blocks external emails to school accounts, advisers may want to whitelist [email protected] with your IT department. If you cannot locate the email or need help accessing the virtual conference platform, contact us at [email protected] or 800-253-7746, option 8.
And don’t forget to share your feedback by completing the LEAD Winter evaluation, which was also emailed to all registrants! After completing the evaluation, you will receive an official LEAD Winter certificate showing your participation in 4.5 hours of program curriculum during the conference.
LEAD Winter Schedule
Times in the below schedule are subject to change.
The “Meet the Pros” sessions on Friday and workshop breakout sessions on Saturday will each feature multiple options for students and advisers to select from. If your group chooses to tune in to the conference from the same location, we recommend using individual devices so that each person can attend a specific session. See below for options.
Reminder: Every attendee must use their own email address to register. The adviser email address may not be used for all attendees.
|Friday, February 26, 2021|
|7:00–7:15 p.m. (ET)||Friday Opening General Session|
|7:20–7:40 p.m. (ET)||Meet the Pros Session #1|
|7:45–8:05 p.m. (ET)||Meet the Pros Session #2|
|8:10–9:15 p.m. (ET)||Friday Keynote Session, featuring Alex Sheen|
“Meet the Pros” Session #1 options:
- Student Leadership Challenge, with presenter Dr. Felix Yerace
- 3 Habits of Intentional Leadership, with presenter Dan Irvin
- Vision Boards, with presenter Sara Nilles
- ADVISERS: Doing it Big in a Small School (Advisers Only), with presenter Charlotte Ihme
- Intergenerational Projects, with presenter Jeff Sherrill
“Meet the Pros” Session #2 options:
- Positivity & Advocacy, with presenters Mitch Howard and Luca Workman
- Yes! Let’s Talk About It. Race, Equity, and Critical Conversations, with presenter James Layman
- Building Schools with UNICEF Using Recycled Plastic!, with presenter Eri Okuma
- Being the Backbone!!, with presenters Sofia Spradling and Matthew Daub
- Leadership with Like Skills Students, with presenter Kaylie Kustron
- You Are Not Your Circumstance, with presenter Elizabeth Fellinger
- Event Planning and Execution, with presenters Emily Kulkarni and Vani Kurup
- From Dreams to Documents: Writing your Way to Success, with presenter Grace Scheve
|Saturday, February 27, 2021|
|12:30–12:50 p.m. (ET)||Saturday Opening General Session|
|12:55–1:25 p.m. (ET)||Workshop Breakout Session #1|
|1:35–2:05 p.m. (ET)||Workshop Breakout Session #2|
|2:10–2:40 p.m. (ET)||Workshop Breakout Session #3|
|2:45–3:45 p.m. (ET)||Saturday Keynote Closing Session, featuring Adora Svitak|
Workshop Breakout Session #1 options:
- Servant Leadership: Passion, Communication, Dedication to Excellence, with presenter Ashley Wilson
- Authentic Positive Student Leadership: The Three G’s, with presenter Tom Cody
- Financial Leadership, with presenter Ayisat Abilogun
- Be The BEST YOU, with presenter Mike Sullivan
- Small Consistent Actions, with presenter Sam Demma
- Avoiding the 3 Most Fatal Driving Behaviors, with presenter Joe Fitzgerald
- How to Maximize your Time During the Summer, with presenter Kiran Berger
- Creatively Serving during COVID-19, with presenter Eureka NHS Chapter
- ADVISERS: School Culture Redesigned (Advisers Only), with presenter Phil Boyte
- MIDDLE LEVEL: Tips on How to Cut Stress (Middle Level Only), with presenter Anthony Rogers
Workshop Breakout Session #2 Options:
- Work2BeWell: Strategies to Help with Stress and More!, with presenters Kiana Hamada, Leina McLaughlin, and Lily Surber
- Learning in the community: Service projects, mindset, and leadership, with presenter Madison Mizon
- The Impact of Words and the Psychology of Leadership, with presenters Mariya Meleganich and Ying Lin Zhao
- Why Mindset Matters, with presenter Kayla Muh
- The Waves of Leadership: Making an Impact, with presenter Angelina Betie Dulay
- Tik Tok Beat the Clock, with presenters Cassidy Feuerstein and Elaina Espinal
- ADVISERS: NHS/NJHS Adviser networking and discussion (Advisers Only), with presenter Elancia Felder
- ADVISERS: NatStuCo Adviser networking and discussion (Advisers Only), with presenter Jeff Sherrill
- Cougars, Cuddles, and Cans: How to Make a Difference During a Pandemic, with presenter Franklin High School NHS Officers
- LOCAL activations for GLOBAL impact with UNICEF, with presenters Eri Okuma and Emiliana Lopez
- Collective Goal-Setting, Student Empowerment, and Fostering a Culture of Trust & Respect among Students and Adults, with presenters Dan Beck, Brooke Tarcson, and RJ Shontz
Workshop Breakout Session #2 Options:
- Accept University: School Culture Revitalization through the lens of Social & Emotional Well-Being, with presenter Jamie Brown
- Connect Through Gratitude: The Rewarding Experience of Supporting Your Community, with presenter Hannah Khor
- Putting Ideas into Action, with presenters Emma Gingerich and Allison Velie
- ADVISERS: Mindfulness and Mindset: Impact and Significance (Advisers Only), with presenter Ticada Guyton
- What it is and how we get more of it!, with presenter Dr. Felix Yerace
- It Starts with You: Improving Sustainability in Your Community, with presenter Steffek Rainey
- NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee: Speak Up and Show Up, with presenters Carmelli Leal, Dean Brendle, and Ramya Subramaniam
- Fundraising During a Pandemic, with presenter Kyle Gordon
- MIDDLE LEVEL: Middle Level Mindfulness: Ten Tips on How to Reduce Stress (Middle Level Only), with presenter Anthony Rogers
LEAD Winter Keynote Speakers
LEAD Winter, Friday KeynoteAlex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex and his organization send “promise cards” to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Alex is someone who truly honors commitment. He once walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. In just two years, because I said I would has sent over 12.3 million promise cards to over 153 different countries. The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world. Alex is a five time TedxTalk speaker and his charitable work has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR, The Los Angeles Times and many other programs.
LEAD Winter, Saturday KeynoteAdora is a writer, speaker, and advocate for causes including feminism, youth empowerment, and literacy. She began advocating for youth voice at a young age, speaking at education conferences about why we need to give students greater autonomy in their schooling. In 2010, she delivered the speech “What Adults Can Learn from Kids” at TED. The speech has received more than 6 million views on TED.com alone, and been translated into more than 58 different languages. Between 2010-2013 she organized a team of students to produce a TEDx event for youth, TEDxRedmond. In 2014 Pacific Standard Magazine called Adora one of the “30 Top Thinkers Under 30” and “an activist for feminism, liberal politics, and youth-oriented causes…pretty far up the road to becoming intellectual royalty.” Over the past few years, she has spoken to tens of thousands of people around the world, including 20,000 youth in Seattle at the social good event WE Day and student leaders from over a dozen countries at the Hugh O’Brien (HOBY) Youth Leadership Congress in Chicago. Since graduating from UC Berkeley, she has been working in non-profit communications. In February 2020, Quarto published her book Speak Up! Speeches by young people to empower and inspire.