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2023 Annual Conference Preview

2023 Annual Conference

Captivating keynotes, awards luncheon highlight 2023 Annual Conference

Kentucky School Advocate
January 2023

Staff report

For many, KSBA’s 2023 Annual Conference, Feb. 24-26 in Louisville, will feel like somewhat of a homecoming. After two years at the Kentucky International Convention Center, KSBA returns to the Galt House Hotel for the 2023 conference. Attendees can look forward to beautiful renovations of the conference space, hotel rooms and on-site amenities.

KSBA’s Annual Conference regularly attracts more than 1,000 school board members, administrators, district staff and education industry leaders, making it one of the largest annual education gatherings in the state. This year’s event will feature approximately 65 breakout sessions, a tradeshow of about 80 exhibitors and ample opportunity to network. The conference will feature yet another impressive lineup of keynote presenters.

Kicking things off during Friday’s opening session is Matt Lehrman, an executive leadership, marketing and public policy expert with nearly four decades of experience across multiple industries. Lehrman will present, “From Conflict to Conversation.”

KSBA will host a special awards luncheon on Saturday, recognizing the 2023 Kentucky School Board Member of the Year and unveiling the inaugural winner of the Kentucky Organization of Superintendents’ Administrative Assistants “KOSAA KUP” (Knowledge, Understanding and Passion). Both awards are sponsored by American Fidelity Educational Services, a longtime KSBA affiliate member.

Saturday’s luncheon will feature the presentation of KSBA’s 2023 class of First Degree College Scholarship and CTE Student Grant winners – all current Kentucky high school students. The luncheon will also serve as the association’s annual business meeting. A slate of at-large director candidates and a president-elect candidate will be presented to KSBA members for a vote of ratification. KSBA’s outgoing president, Davonna Page of Russellville Independent, will officially pass the gavel onto her successor, President-elect Karen Byrd of Boone County.

Caleb Campbell

For Sunday’s brunch session, former NFL player and Army officer Caleb Campbell will share his inspiring story and professional expertise to help attendees increase their inner capacity and expand their leadership capabilities while deepening their organizational impact.KSBA will once again display student-designed banner artwork depicting the conference theme, “The Sky is the Limit,” in conference communications, in an on-site gallery and printed in a commemorative booklet. The banners represent one of KSBA’s oldest and fondest annual conference traditions, reminding attendees of the focus of their board service. Each district is encouraged to submit digital banner artwork by Feb. 13. Instructions for banner submissions are available on KSBA’s website.

Three conferences, one weekend            
For the convenience of districts, both the Kentucky Organization of Superintendents’ Administrative Assistants (KOSAA) and the Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys (CSBA) traditionally host their respective conferences in conjunction with KSBA’s Annual Conference. More information on these events will be made available to districts in the weeks ahead.

Conference information and updates are available at ksba.org/AnnualConference.aspx.

Online registration for KSBA’s 2023 Annual Conference will open Jan. 6. Board members and district offices will also receive hard copy registration brochures in the mail, complete with conference schedule, hotel information and registration instructions. Questions may be directed to [email protected] or 800-372-2962.

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