LEAD Conference

A conference for education leaders

Conference logo with tagline: leading in equity, action, and diversity for prek-12 system improvement.

More than 400 educational leaders made a commitment to improve PreK-12 school systems at LEAD 2023.

For those who joined us for the conference at McNamara Alumni Center, thank you!

Save the date: Next year’s LEAD conference will take place July 30-31, 2024. We look forward to seeing you then!

The Leading in Equity, Action, and Diversity (LEAD) conference supports education leaders in improving PreK-12 school systems to disrupt pervasive racial inequities. It offers actionable insights, tools, and strategies for creating more equitable education systems that eliminate racial harm and disparities in students’ opportunities, experiences, and outcomes.

Continue the work: leading in equity, action, and diversity

Looking to continue your professional and organizational growth between now and LEAD 2024?

Check out helpful resources from CEHD and our sponsors.

Thank you to our 2023 LEAD sponsors!

Platinum sponsor

Minneapolis Foundation

Gold sponsor

JAB Foundation

Silver sponsor

Maroon and Gold sponsors


Non-discrimination statement

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Land grant acknowledgement

The University of Minnesota campuses were built on the traditional homelands of the Dakota and Ojibwe, and scores of other Indigenous peoples who have walked on these lands from time immemorial. It is important to acknowledge the peoples on whose land we live, learn, and work as we seek to improve and strengthen our relations with our tribal nations. We also acknowledge that words are not enough. We must ensure that our institution provides support, resources, and programs that increase access to all aspects of higher education for our American Indian students, staff, faculty, and community members.