DETROIT, MI | July 11-16, 2023

Hello from Detroit!

“Moving Forward with Vitality, Relevance, and Sustainability in Our Changing World”  
The energetic and inspiring atmosphere of Motor City and Motown await conference participants in this beautiful city! Join your DKG colleagues at the historic and newly renovated Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit to relax and strengthen your well-being.

Preconference offerings will include opportunities to enhance your mind and body. Hone and expand your key leader- ship skills with a preconference workshop on Wednesday, July 12, with a deep dive into parliamentary procedures and use of Robert’s Rules of Order. Participation will require the purchase of RONR in Brief and a ticketed lunch. The other Wednesday preconference offering will be an opportunity to enhance mind and body with a full-day session of classroom yoga and social-emotional learning practices good for you and for students! The cost of the mindfulness and classroom-based yoga will be purchase of a ticketed lunch. These preconference opportunities are sponsored by the Cornetet Award Fund. Thursday will begin with a luncheon featuring the first exciting keynote speaker of the conference, followed by many opportunities to dive deeper into topics of interest at other sessions.
 Later that afternoon, “NewBees” will gather, and a welcome event will focus on reconnecting and networking with colleagues.

Friday and Saturday will offer more opportunities for fun and enhancement of mind and body! Speakers will present on a variety of thought-provoking and energizing topics, including motivation for our members from Debbie LeBlanc, DKG International President 2022–2024, and Nita Scott, DKG Executive Director. Be sure to register to enjoy general sessions with our speakers; forums; workshops on a variety of topics; panel discussions; and time to reflect and focus on your well-being in mind, body, and spirit. The Society Expo will be available on Friday and Saturday with time to shop, learn, and have fun! Vendors and exhibitors will be sharing and selling a wide range of items, and the Expo will include an area for participants to share their talents in an Arts and Humanities display. Our fun will conclude before heading back home with a casual and entertaining Saturday night tribute to Motown’s greatest music in an interactive experience that you won’t want to miss!

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Westin Book Cadillac
1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


Start Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
End Date: Sunday, July 16, 2023
Cut Off Date:   5 p.m. EST June 20, 2023

Monica Eason

Leadership Development Strategist 
Capturing Kids Hearts®

  Keynote Speaker | Thursday Luncheon

Monica has enjoyed being an educator for over 24 years, and during this time, she has served as an elementary and special education teacher, literacy interventionist, and K-8 assistant principal. She is currently the principal of Vandenberg World Cultures Academy in Southfield, MI. She has been an adjunct professor for Oakland University and Baker College, served as a board member of the Galileo Teacher Leader Institute, and currently serves on the board of directors of New Paradigm Loving Glazer Academies in Detroit, MI. During this time, Monica was nominated for the National Life Group’s Life Changer of the Year Award. She was recognized as Teacher of the Month by the Southfield Public School District, and she was featured in Kappan Magazine in April 2014. She has presented to educators and district administrators at the state and national levels, and she has had the pleasure of working with educators from Michigan, Georgia, and Texas. Monica began her work with the Capturing Kids Hearts® (CKH) team, training educators in 2019 with the CKH program.

Monica grew up in Long Island, NY. She graduated with honors from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education. She received a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction from the University of Michigan and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Wayne State University.

Monica currently resides in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and is married to Dwayne Eason, who is a high school principal. Together they delight in traveling and spending time with their two daughters, Kennedy and Madison. She is an energetic and enthusiastic educator who truly believes in the statement, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Monica is passionate about building relationships, and she does all she can to impact the lives of children everywhere positively.

Capturing Kids' Hearts® is the premier source of professional development for educators nationwide. Through in-person trainings, expert coaching, and ongoing support Capturing Kids' Hearts® equips teachers, coaches, administrators, and district leaders to implement transformational processes focused on social-emotional wellbeing, relationship-driven culture, and student connectedness.

Kristy Sidlar

Change of Heart: My Journey of Transplantation, Revelation & Transformation

  Keynote Speaker | Friday Breakfast

Few people get a second chance at life. Kristy Sidlar is a shining example of what it means to go from exceptional health to near death to a SurThrivor - using her experiences to inspire people to take small steps for long-lasting change. Kristy is a heart transplant recipient, author, American Heart Association board member, and she is on a mission to save lives and influence healthy behaviors. Her Wellness Widget brings to the forefront six dimensions of wellness that she believes contribute to living a fulfilling life. Kristy shared her story at the DKG Michigan fall conference and looks forward to impacting the international audience through her journey and practical ways to make long-lasting change.

Kristy is a Michigan native with a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College. During her thirty-year career as a sales professional in the staffing and recruiting industry, she has lived and worked in Singapore and traveled the world. She and her husband, Dave, love spending time in Northern California.

Dr. Debbie LeBlanc & Nita Scott

International DKG President | DKG exEcutive Director

  Keynote Speakers | Friday Luncheon

Dr. Dr. Debbie LeBlanc currently serves as the DKG Society International President. She has served in multiple positions in her chapter, Beta Phi as well as the state level. She was the ILSO President in 2017-2019, Northeast Regional Director in 2020-2022 and has served on several international committees. Debbie is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Management Seminar (now DKG Ignite). Debbie has presented leadership workshops and seminars at local, state, and international venues.

She is equally as passionate about developing teacher leaders. Debbie is the co-chair of the Powered by Teach to Lead Summit, where the mission is to build a sustainable culture for teacher leadership in Illinois. The primary goal is to increase success for all students through teacher leadership in instruction, professional collaboration, policy, and advocacy. She has published multiple articles on this initiative to increase awareness of this Summit.

Nita R. Scott joined DKG International Society Headquarters in August of 2011 – serving first as membership director and now as executive director. Scott, an experienced educator, taught secondary mathematics and business in Tennessee and Arkansas before moving to Texas to work with DKG. During her career in education, she chaired continuous improvement/accreditation teams in two states and worked with the Tennessee State Department of Education as a presenter and instructor, as well as co-chair of the Standards Revision Team for Algebra I.

Scott is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE). In addition to attending conferences and seminars, she has worked with TSAE as a volunteer mentor for TSAE Leadership, panelist for Learn@Lunch sessions, instructor for CAE Study Courses, and has served on task forces for conference planning and for the association magazine. Scott is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the TSAE Board of Directors and chairing one of the board’s four strategic initiatives, “Leveraging Data to Align Priorities with Capacity.”

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Member Registration Fee: $180

Combined Registration: $335

(Registration, Relevance Lunch and Motown Dinner)


07.12.2023 – Wednesday

Pre-Conference Parliamentary Training and Lunch

Chilled Lunch Table • Pick me Sandwich Buffet

Price: $60.00

Pre-Conference: Breathe for Change Yoga and Lunch

Pre-Conference Event #2: How educator well-being Impacts the well-being of both students and entire school communities 

Price: $60.00

07.13.2023 – Thursday

Moving Forward with Relevance Luncheon


Price: $60.00

Welcome Reception & Networking Opportunity

Light snacks, Cash Bar & Fun

Price: $50.00




07.14.2023 – Friday

Building Relationships Breakfast

Price: $50.00

Moving Forward with Vitality Luncheon

Price: $65.00

07.15.2023 – Saturday

Focus & Fun Breakfast

Breakfast Buffet

Price: $52.00

Moving Forward with Sustainability Luncheon

Grab and Go Lunchbox

Price: $50.00

Celebrating in Motown Dinner with Dueling Pianos


Price: $115.00