Thank you to all of you who attended and presented at the 2022 Midwest Leadership Summit! Have a restful summer and we’ll see you next year!


Featuring Cornelius Minor and Principal Baruti Kafele

JUNE 6TH & 7TH | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Conference Center at Hamilton County ESC, Cincinnati, Ohio

Sponsored by Hamilton County ESC and Butler County ESC!


Featured Speakers

Cornelius Minor: What are we Missing? Why We Keep Walking Even Though We Know How To Fly

We know more now than we have ever known. About teaching. About communities. About literacy. About what puts kids on the path to success. And about all the different kinds of successes that can coexist. Why is it, then, that in many schools, these things continue to elude us? We are a profession that knows how to fly. Yet, many of us remain bound to the act of walking. We are so powerful. And creative. And connected. We can be more than yesterday’s orthodoxy. We can be bigger than today’s problems. We have tomorrow’s vision.

Principal Baruti Kafele: Is My School, Team, Department, Division, or District Better Because I Lead It?

In this empowering workshop or keynote address, Principal Kafele takes school, team, department, division and district leaders on an in depth, self-reflective, highly interactive journey that will force participants to view with a critical eye who they are as leaders within their given leadership capacities which will include the intentionality behind all aspects of their work. Principal Kafele will challenge school, team, department, division and district leaders to look deeply within themselves for greater meaning and understanding of their own personal value and worth to the staff and students that they lead. As one workshop attendee stated, “Principal Kafele, your questions have shaken the very foundation upon which my leadership stands!” This workshop is certain to take participants to higher levels of leadership effectiveness.

Previous Speakers


  • Elena Aguilar keynote and live chat with Janet Baird
  • Mike Kleba keynote and live chat with Dr. Ryan O’Hara


  • Jimmy Casas – Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence
  • Katie Novak – Inside the Box


  • Katie Martin – Teaching and Leading in a Changing World
  • George Couros – Leading Innovative Teaching and Learning


  • Mike Rutherford – The Artisan Leader… Recognizing and Developing Excellent Instruction
  • Pedro Noguera – Educational Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student


  • Todd Whitaker – What Great Leaders Do Differently
  • Eric Sheninger – Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times


  • Eric Jensen – Get an Amazing “Trifecta” of the 3 Most Powerful Tools Any Change Agent Could Possibly Want or Have!
  • Anthony Muhammad – The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level


  • Dr. Mike Schmoker – Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning
  • Dr. Gail Latta and Dr. Leo Bradley – Leading Change
  • Eric Thomas – Leadership and Change

The Midwest Leadership Summit is co-sponsored by

Butler County ESC and Hamilton County ESC.

Strengthen your leadership team and learn strategies to make positive changes in the culture and achievement of your organization!

The safety and well-being of our employees, partners, and guests is our top priority. We strive to provide a healthy environment that is inclusive for all. Please understand that health-related protocols may be in effect at the time of an event. We will continually assess the ever-changing impact of any health-related concern (such as COVID-19) and may adjust our policies accordingly.

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