Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be rescheduling our Spring Leadership Institute to Saturday, November 21, 2020. Additional information will be provided in the coming months. Thank you for the important work you are doing every day. 

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Registration for the 2020 Spring Leadership Institute, Leadership in Early Childhood Education – Putting It All Together, is now open! Join Iowa AEYC on Saturday, November 21 as we spend the day with early childhood expert Gigi Schweikert. Learn how to become a better leader, discover creative ways to positively impact the families you work with, and leave feeling energized about your commitment to working with young children and their families.

Contact Anne Geiger, 515-331-8000 ext. 122 or anne@iowaaeyc.org with any questions. Click here to register today!


Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020

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

Time: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm | Registration begins at 8:30 am


$99    Non-Member
$94    AEYC Entry and Family Level Members
$89    AEYC Standard Level Member
$84    AEYC Premium Level Member

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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

Session Information

Winning Ways for Partnering with Families

Why do we do all this for parents? Why did they have kids anyway? Don’t we work here to educate and care for children, not their parents? Our lives would be much easier if children didn’t come with parents. Sound familiar? Sure, but in today’s world, we’re realizing that if we really want to impact children, we have to have a positive impact on their families, too. In this humorous and practical workshop, you will learn about creative ways to partner with families. This is for anyone who gets a little crazy sometimes from demanding and questioning parents.

“Who Made Me Boss?” Tips for Supervisors

Are you wondering, “How did I get here? Why am I the supervisor?” If you’re like most of us, you entered this profession to work with children, not necessarily adults. And here you are, a supervisor, responsible for making sure others do what they are supposed to do, making sure others get to work on time, and making sure others work well with children. Hey, that was my job, working with children. Supervising other adults can be the hardest part of an educator’s job. Learn how to become a better leader in this fun and motivating session and discover tips to inspire your staff to be the best they can be.

The Power of One Positive Person

Have you ever thought about the incredible power you have to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you? The positive choices you make each day, the ways in which you help others, and even your smile can change the course of a day, and in some situations, the course of a life. This informational and humorous session will renew your spirit and affirm your commitment to working with young children and their families. One positive person does make a difference. Is that positive person you? It can be.

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