Experience The Leader in Me Symposium
Join educators at the all-new 2016–2017 Leader in Me Symposium.
Together, we are transforming paradigms in education by empowering
elementary and middle-school students to model 21st-century leadership
skills in order to achieve their full potential.
The Leader in Me Symposium is the most influential and
inspiring event series for educators in North America. This year we have
increased the Symposium series to 30 events in order to accommodate and
inspire more than 9,000 educators. New enhancements have been made to
the featured sessions, school tours, and networking experience. In
addition, participants can now attend either the full two-day or a
condensed one- day version of Symposium.
At The Leader in Me 2-Day Symposium, you will:
Keynote Speaker: Lisa Fenn
An Edward R. Murrow and six-time Emmy Award-winning feature producer
with ESPN for 13 years, Lisa Fenn reported on major league sports
interviewing every big name in the game before meeting two inspiring
young boys in 2009 that changed her life – and theirs – forever.
Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton were two disabled, impoverished high
school wrestlers when she met them in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Leroy, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, was often found
on the back of the legally blind and homeless Dartanyon. Together, they
helped each other through school — Dartanyon carrying Leroy up the
stairs as there was no elevator and Leroy reading the print on
Dartanyon’s assignments. Dartanyon’s and Leroy’s cheerful and
unparalleled friendship added a bit of light to the dark and dreary
halls of the poor, inner-city public school they attended.
A native raised on the “other side” of Cleveland, Lisa submerged herself
in a world of struggle and poverty that she had been protected from her
whole life. Over the course of five months, she became an integral
part of the boys’ lives — tagging along to their classes, practices and
team bus rides. Leroy and Dartanyon graciously accepted Lisa, and
Lisa’s role in their lives grew from reporter to mother. The initial
story, “Carry On,” aired in 2009 to a tremendous response and the
support of thousands of viewers offering their help. Following a 2013
piece detailing how much their lives have changed in the ensuing years,
USA Today and Sports Illustrated called “Carry On” the “best story ESPN
had ever aired.”
In 2009, Leroy became the first person in his family to graduate from
High School and in 2013 he became the first person in his family to
graduate from college — receiving a degree in Video Game Design from
Collins College in Arizona.
Dartanyon’s life-changing offer came from the United States Olympic
Committee in 2010; he was invited to learn the Paralympic sport of judo
at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He trained
relentlessly and catapulted past athletes who had been training their
whole lives to secure a spot in the on the Paralympic team at the 2012
London games. He secured the bronze medal.
A sought-after presenter, Fenn speaks with warmth and candor about her
experiences with Leroy, Dartanyon, poverty and transracial adoption in
addition to her Christian faith and its relevancy in both her media
career and daily life. A graduate of Cornell University, she continues
to produce sports stories and write about the redemptive power of love.
Lisa has since moved from Cleveland and now resides in Boston with her
husband and two young children.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - Wednesday, November 16, 2016 8:00 AM - 4:00 PMCentral Time
Owensboro Convention Center501 West 2nd StreetOwensboro, Kentucky 42301USA
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