Virtual Innovative Leadership Summit – February 8 – Keynote, Featured Speakers & Sessions

Link to Register:

Innovative Leadership Summit speakers:

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us at the 6th Annual Virtual Innovative Leadership Summit on Monday, February 8, 2021, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  The Research and Curriculum Unit, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education, is inviting school leaders, counselors, teacher leaders, and educational stakeholders from across the state to learn with us.  The last day to register for the Summit is Friday, February 5th.  CEUs (.6) and SEMIs (5) will be offered upon approval by MDE and completion of required seat time.

Link to Register:

6th Annual Virtual Innovative Leadership Summit Highlights

*To read the complete article about the Innovative Leadership Summit speakers, please click here.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy (Keynote)

  • Cassidy will deliver the keynote address for the conference, sharing experiences from his career as a U.S. Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut. Cassidy, who became NASA’s 14th chief astronaut, is a veteran of three space flights to the International Space Station, spending 378 days in space and completing 10 spacewalks. In 2009, he was the 500th person in history to fly into space, serving as the mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. Cassidy has served as a U.S. Navy Seal for 11 years and received the Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ and the Presidential Unit Citation.  He achieved the rank of captain in 2014.

Glo founders Hagan Walker and Anna Barker (Featured Speakers)

  • Walker and Barker, graduates of MSU’s colleges of engineering and business, respectively, will be featured speakers discussing the Starkville-based startup company that began in 2015 as a student project through MSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach. Since its launch, Glo has sold more than 3 million products in nearly 40 countries. The company recently launched Glo Pals, a line of children’s sensory toys that is carried by thousands of retailers worldwide, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Uncommon Goods. A portion of every Glo Pals purchase is donated directly to Batson Children’s Hospital and Children’s of Mississippi.

Sessions Offered

  • Inspiring Innovation through Creativity
  • Nutrition in Today’s Leadership Roles
  • ActiveHealth Management Program Overview
  • How to Successfully Establish and Sustain Business and Industry Partnerships
  • Imagine! STEAM and Career Opportunities in Middle School
  • Virtually Inspiring Future Teachers
  • One Small Step for Schools, One Giant Leap for Education
  • When the Building is Nearly Empty: Taking Care of Students, Parents, Teachers, and Community From Afar
  • Jobs for Mississippi Graduates
  • Mastering Hybrid Learning During a Pandemic: Ways to Motivate and Innovate Online and in Person
  • Social Emotional Learning with Applied Behavior Analysis for Pre-K-12
  • The Other Side of the Desk: Building Effective Communication Between Administrators and Teachers
  • Focused and Engaged Students
  • Infusing Tech With the Core 4
  • Connection Through the Chaos
  • Desmos, MAAP Prep, and Math Nation, Oh, My!
  • Understanding the DOI Application and Renewal Process
  • Building School Culture Using Reverse Engineering Principles
  • Parent Engagement Opportunities
  • Lessons Learned From Equity Distance Learning Act
  • Developing and Working With Student Tech Teams
  • Unmasking the Social Emotional Needs of Educators: Making Wellness, Mindfulness, and Self-Care a Priority
  • Dropout Prevention: Overview of Resources and Table Talk w/ Biloxi SD, Forrest County Agricultural High School, and Gulfport SD
  • Mental Health First Aid

 Thank you for all you do for Mississippi students! If you have questions, please contact Cindy Ming at or Ginger Tedder at