Leading women educators impacting education worldwide . . . experience this international conference with a LEADERSHIP theme.
Potential topics will focus on:

• Leadership Characteristics
• Growing Future Leaders
• Leadership Styles
• Teamwork, Collaboration, Mentoring
• Conflict Management and Negotiation

You will also be able to learn about Des Moines, Iowa and visit these sites:

• Pappajohn Sculpture Garden (29 pieces)
• World Food Prize Headquarters
• Iowa Capital Building
• Living History Farms
• Salisbury House (British mansion)
• Better Homes and Garden Testing Plot
• Downtown Farmers’ Market (9 blocks)

Mark your calendar to attend!


  • Susan Leahy, MA CSP, is a certified speaking professional with more than 15 years of speaking experience who brings practical, real-world knowledge to the stage. She is the co-founder of Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions, a global training and consulting organization that supports clients in building a powerful culture of TEAM. As the owner of America’s top-rated Robert’s Rules of Order training site (RobertsRulesMadeSimple.com), she has spoken to and trained thousands of boards across the U.S. and Canada on how to use Robert’s Rules as a TEAM-building tool to get more accomplished. Leahy has the unique ability to make this dull subject relevant and even fun and entertaining. She is also the woman behind The Confident Woman Program, an online training program born out of her desire to support women to give themselves greater permission to lead. Susan is high energy, and her presentation style is interactive and fun, yet practical and relevant.
    Leahy, a powerful and passionate keynote speaker who inspires her audiences to live a more confident life both personally and professionally, is excited to be partnering with DKG through Robert’s Rules Made Simple and The Confident Woman Program. Following her leadership presentation at the general session, Leahy will provide a workshop for chapter leaders on creating more effective chapter meetings and encouraging members’ participation.

  • International President Cathy P. Daugherty, a retired Latin instructor with extensive experience on DKG international committees and boards, was the recipient of the 2016 DKG Achievement Award while serving as international first vice president. She served on the administrative board that initiated the DKG Schools for Africa program and served as a DKG/NGO representative. Daugherty will relate her own leadership experiences and describe important leadership skills in order to inspire current and future DKG leaders to discover and enhance their talents.

  • DKG Executive Director Nita R. Scott served as membership services administrator for 2011-2017 and began her duties as executive director in January 2018. Active in her Tennessee chapter and state organization prior to moving to Texas, she has conducted numerous workshops at all levels of the Society. Scott believes strongly in using data to enable Society leaders to market the Society and build membership.

  • Dr. Judith R. Merz, editor of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, served as interim executive director of the Society and subsequently as interim membership director in 2017-2018. A member and past president of Alpha Chapter in New Jersey State Organization, where she also served as president 2001-2003, Merz was appointed to the DKG Editorial Board in 2006 and was named editor in 2010 and communications and marketing consultant in 2015. She currently serves as project consultant to the 2018-2020 Administrative Board. A former English teacher, school administrator, and superintendent of schools, Merz also works as an advisor to doctoral students in the educational leadership program at Nova Southeastern University.