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Who should attend the Ignite & Inspire Leadership Conference?

The Ignite & Inspire Leadership Conference is an annual event created in partnership with industry executives, tailored for leaders at various stages of their careers. With a commitment to fostering growth, impact, and brand building, the conference provides a dynamic platform for individuals across diverse industries to share best practices, network, and engage in forward-thinking discussions.

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Conference Theme

Human-centered leadership in the age of AI

You've heard about ChatGPT and the massive industry changes expected due to AI. How do you keep the personal connection? How will you leverage technology and human potential to fulfill your organization's mission? These questions inspired this year's conference theme to help you navigate these new leadership challenges. The conference aims to ignite the conversation through a community of leaders and inspire forward thinking. This is your opportunity to network, learn, and engage.

Conference registration

General Admissions

  • Networking Event
  • CEU x1
  • Keynote
  • Speaker Session x6
  • Panel Discussion x1
  • Breakfast x2
  • Lunch x1
  • Dinner x1
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Optional Add-on

Guest Pass

  • Networking Event
  • Breakfast x2
  • Lunch x1
  • Dinner x1
  • guests cannot attend sessions

Conference schedule

All times listed are based in the Eastern Time Zone.

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04:00 PM - 05:30 PM:
Check-in
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM:
Poster / Networking Reception
07:10 PM - 08:00 PM:
Welcome Reception / Keynote introductory

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM:
Breakfast
08:30 AM - 08:45 AM:
Remarks and Overview of the Day
08:45 AM - 09:45 AM:
Keynote Speaker
09:45 AM - 10:00 AM:
Break
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM:
Keynote Roundtable
10:50 AM - 11:10 AM:
Break / Refreshments
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM:
Breakout Session I
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM:
Lunch
01:00 PM - 01:10 PM:
Break
01:10 PM - 02:00 PM:
Breakout Session II
02:00 PM - 02:10 PM:
Break
02:10 PM - 03:00 PM:
Breakout Session III
03:00 PM - 03:20 PM:
Break / Refreshments
03:20 PM - 04:10 PM:
Breakout Session IV
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM:
Dinner / Entertainment

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM:
Breakfast
08:30 AM - 09:20 AM:
Breakout Session V
09:20 AM - 09:30 AM:
Break
09:30 AM - 10:20 AM:
Breakout Session VI
10:20 AM - 10:30 AM:
Break
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM:
Panel Discussion Featuring Keynote Speaker
11:20 AM - 12:00 PM:
Wrap Up

Conference speakers

Keynote Speaker Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert J. Marks II
Speaker: Celeste Cuffie
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Hurtienne
Speaker: Darcy Paape
Speaker: Dr. Jenny Kehl
Speaker: Dr. Elisabeth E. Bennett
Speaker: Jeff Clark

Hotel information

The 2024 Ignite & Inspire Leadership Conference will be held at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. There is a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate with the Grand Hotel. Guests wishing to stay pre/post-conference for leisure are welcome, but rates and dates are based on hotel availability.

Address: 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757

Phone: 1-906-847-3331

Please do not reserve a hotel room before you have secured a conference registration. Use the "Make Reservation" button below for your discounted room rate.

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What are CEUs?

The continuing education unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized means to document participation in organized non-credit continuing education. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in organized continuing education under qualified instruction. The CEU provides a vehicle for employers, professional groups, and licensing agencies to account for participation in non-credit seminars, workshops, and courses. By attending the Ignite & Inspire Leadership Conference, you will have earned one CEU! For those interested, details will be shared during the wrap up on Friday.

Contact us

Do you have questions about the Ignite & Inspire Leadership Conference? Please email (tammy.ellison@cuw.edu) or call (262-243-2258).

If you have any interest in sponsoring the conference, please email (amber.gray@cuaa.edu).