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Four Reasons to Attend the Manager and Director Academy

Head Start managers and directors need a strong set of skills to provide the leadership necessary to move forward a high-quality program. NHSA's 2016 Manager and Director Academy will focus on critical issues facing Head Start!

Four Reasons to Attend the Academy

1) Outstanding Faculty

Our highly skilled and sought-after 2016 faculty members include top consultants and professionals. In collaboration with NHSA’s Professional Development staff, the content is shaped by MDA advisor Kristen Hayes. With 10 years experience in program implementation and public policy formation, she has worked with organizations across the country to secure grant funding through two Federal departments, and helped grantees effectively utilize funds to meet required outcomes.

2) Outstanding value

We have assembled a top-notch faculty each of whom has agreed to provide their expertise for the entire week of the Academy. Were you to engage any of our faculty members for the same period of on-site consulting it would likely cost much more than the expense of bringing your senior team to the Academy. For most programs it is simply not feasible to assemble a comparable team on-site!

3) Great Location

This year’s Academy will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota home to great culture, museums, food and more! Minneapolis is known as the City of Lakes and its downtown area (where the conference will be) is SUPER walkable and stunningly beautiful in the summer.

Must see places to visit include:

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Walking trails along the Mississippi-Stone Arch Bridge
  • Fort Snelling
  • Minnehaha Falls


4) Hear speakers renowned in their fields!

Seth Finestack, CPF, MS
Sr. Manager, Nonprofit & Gov't and Health Care Practices, Wipfli

John R. Gunnarson
Early Childhood Consultant

Kristen Hayes
Management Consultant

Marilyn A. Hosea
OrgLearning2, LLC

Ranelle Livingston, M.Ed.
Program Consultant

Jerry Parr
Willow Tree Early Education Team

Shelly R. Schwane
Senior Consultant

Colleen Versteeg
Executive Director
Orange County Head Start

Yasmina Vinci
Executive Director
National Head Start Association