Join the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children on May 1, 2020 for our Spring Leadership Institute, Leadership in Early Childhood Education – Putting It All Together. Early childhood expert Gigi Schweikert will take us down the sometimes frustrating, yet always rewarding road of early childhood education. Gigi’s practical ideas and realistic perspective on working with young children will have you laughing and learning how to put it all together to be a more effective educational leader.


Date: Friday, May 1, 2020

Location: Hilton Garden Inn - Des Moines/Urbandale | 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131

Time: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm (tentative)

Registration information will be available in March.

Keynote Speaker: Gigi Schweikert

“Inspirational, encouraging and real,” that’s what audiences and readers across the country have to say about Gigi Schweikert, an internationally known expert on early childhood education, parenting and work life issues.

Known for her humor and practical messages, Gigi is a popular keynote speaker for education conferences, corporations, women’s events, and parenting seminars. Gigi is the best-selling author of over a dozen books including the popular Winning Ways for Early Childhood Professionals book series and Prime Times: A Handbook for Excellence in Infant and Toddlers Programs.

During her twenty-five years of experience, Gigi directed the United Nations Early Childhood Program in New York City and developed the Johnson & Johnson System of Family Centers. Gigi is President & COO of Lightbridge Academy and consults to Fortune 100 clients. Gigi also hosted the television show, “Today’s Family.”

When Gigi’s not at a speaking engagement or in front of the computer writing, she’s behind the wheel of a mini-van carting around her four kids. As a busy mom, Gigi admits that she’s served orange soda to her family for breakfast trying to pass it off as orange juice. Gigi lives in New Jersey with her husband, four children, three dogs, many chickens, and one turtle.

Teaching educators and parents to help every child succeed is Gigi’s life passion. Contact Gigi at www.gigischweikert.com


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