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KWEL CEO Network

The KWEL CEO Network is the official and exclusive group of Kentucky's female superintendents. It provides exclusive support and encouragement to women leading Kentucky's p-12 public school districts today.

Benefits include:
  1. Full access to the Professional Network designed for the larger KWEL group of 250+ members
  2. Quarterly networking gatherings planned for superintendents
  3. Targeted webinars and trainings
  4. Private online community at

Tentative Summit Schedule

Wednesday, January 24

9:30 a.m.
Check-in, Casual Conversation, and Kentucky Proud Start to Your Day - Willow Room, 3rd Floor, West Tower

10:00 a.m.
Welcome, Plan for the Day & Connection

10:15 a.m.
In Conversation: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges
Speaker - Rep. Samara Heavrin
18th District State Representative for the Commonwealth of Kentucky was elected in November 2019 in a special election. When sworn into office, she became the youngest female ever elected to the Kentucky State House of Representatives. 

10:35 a.m.
What's Next? Sustaining the Profession 

10:45 a.m.
Navigating Contract Negotiation & Renegotiation
Speaker - Attorney Maree Sneed
Sneed is recognized in the education industry as a lawyer who helps school districts, independent schools, educational institutions, and educational companies solve their most complex problems. For three decades, clients have sought Ms. Sneed’s advice as a result of her experience working in the education system, her legal acumen, public policy work, and her ability to make connections between education and legal arenas.

11:35 a.m.
Comfort Break & Transition to Burbon Barrel Loft 

11:45 a.m.
Lunch Hosted by Partner 
Grilled chicken w/garlic cream sauce; parmesan risotto, and country style green beans w/bacon or blacken salmon w/pineapple & mango slaw, and wild rice

12:50 p.m.
Transition to Cochran Ballroom, 3rd Floor, West Tower

1:00 p.m.
Opening General Session & Cohort 7 Induction Ceremony
Keynote - Heather French Henry
Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, currently serves as the Strategic Outreach Director at Global Game Changers. As a mother and education advocate, Heather is dedicated to empowering teachers for a lasting impact on future generations. LEARN MORE

2:45 p.m.
Transition back to Willow Room, 3rd Floor, West Tower

3:00 p.m.
Meet our Partners 

3:15 p.m.
Retirement 101: What You Need to Know Now 
Speaker - Attorney Maree Sneed
Maree Sneed, a highly regarded education lawyer with 30 years of experience, provides expert guidance to school districts and educational institutions. Specializing in issues like social media, bullying, discrimination, and privacy, Ms. Sneed is recognized for seamlessly integrating education and legal expertise.

3:45 p.m.
Rebuilding Stronger: Leading Our School Districts Forward 

4:30 p.m.
CEO Day Concludes 

KWEL Women's Forum Schedule

6:00 p.m.
Dinner Session & Keynote Address
Keynote - Amanda Matthews
Amanda Matthews, an American sculptor and designer of public art, is also a writer and public speaker. She is the CEO of Prometheus Art, a Design/Build Firm in Lexington, KY, known for projects like the Nettie Depp sculpture at the Kentucky State Capitol. LEARN MORE   

8:15 p.m.
Celebration Reception - Waterford Room, 25th Floor, West Tower

Thursday, January 25

8:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.
Closing General Session 
Advocacy Update - Rhonda Caldwell
Dr. Rhonda Caldwell, KASA's visionary executive director, spurs growth through member engagement and strategic partnerships. As the first female director, she introduced KWEL. She is currently pursuing certified mastery of The Leadership Challenge® after completing Cornell University’s Executive Women in Leadership program. LEARN MORE  

Keynote Speaker - Jenny Lynn Hatter
Jenny Lynn Hatter, assistant superintendent at Harrison County Public Schools, has 29 years of education experience, advancing from teacher to her current role. Passionate about human growth and motivation, discussing these subjects is a true privilege for her. LEARN MORE  

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