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Keynote Speakers

Tim Clue
Sunday Speaker

Long before he was an educator, professional speaker, published playwright, husband and father, Tim was an undiagnosed hyper-active dyslexic rug rat from a small town outside Chicago. From this environment was cultivated a deep passion for teaching, writing and presenting. By 24, Tim was a college educator and coaching a nationally-recognized speech team, all while training at Improv Olympic, Second City and performing stand-up comedy in Chicago. After a decade of little sleep and endless experience, Tim found his voice as a nationally touring comedian—opening for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright and Larry Miller, to namedrop a few—and his stand up can be seen and heard on YouTube and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Tim later shifted his focus back to writing and developing; one of his stage plays, Leaving Iowa, premiered at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company—during which it received a nomination for American Theatre Critics’ award for Best New Play in the country—was soon published and is continuously performed in theaters all over the U.S. and Canada. Now Tim has brought to bear all his experiences from his years as an educator, improv and decades of headlining comedy stages, and he has synthesized his calling as a Humorous Motivational Speaker and Corporate Entertainer. He has spoken before such notables as former President George H.W. Bush and economist Paul Krugman and is bringing “social” back into the meeting space by inspiring and connecting his audiences through the infinite power of laughter and connection. As a one-of-a-kind team builder, Tim Clue is reinventing conferences and meeting spaces all over the country, one funny experience at a time.  Tim lives with his wife and daughter just north of Wrigley Field and is, yes, a lifelong Cubs fan.  Especially now.



Joe Sanfelippo
Monday Speaker

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, a MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.  Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade.  He was also a school counselor and high school coach prior to taking on an elementary principal position in 2005.  He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin.  

Joe co-hosts the Hacking Leadership Podcast, and co-authoredThe Power of Branding-Telling Your School's StoryPrincipal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age andHacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love.  He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Joe was named 1 of 5 K-12 administrators to watch in 2018 by Education Dive. He has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media for School Leaders, Telling Your School Story, Creating a Culture of Yes, and Personalized Professional Growth for Staff.  Go Crickets!!



Muriel Summers
Tuesday Speaker

As principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School, Muriel Summers and her staff created the first leadership elementary school in the nation.  A.B. Combs is a diverse elementary school, boasting children from 64 countries. By recognizing that each student possesses unique gifts and talents, and building on students’ strengths rather than their weaknesses, Muriel and the other faculty guide students at A.B. Combs to continually achieve high levels of academic performance year after year.

Muriel’s school has been featured on several national television programs including PBS, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A.B. Combs is also featured in Dr. Stephen Covey’s books The 8th Habit and The Leader in Me. Muriel has recently co-authored the 2nd edition of The Leader in Me that was released this fall.  During her tenure at A.B. Combs, Muriel has earned numerous awards for her school, including the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the Number One National Magnet School in America in 2006 and again in 2014, (the only school in the nation to be recognized twice), the National School of Character Award, the National Title 1 Distinguished School, the National Elementary School of the Year, the North Carolina Honor School of Excellence, and the North Carolina Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award.

Muriel started her career in the field of education 38 years ago. During that time she has served as a classroom teacher, demonstration teacher, instructional resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She has received numerous awards in the field of education from Teacher of the Year to Principal of the Year. In 2009, she was named as one of the North Carolina Women to Watch. In 2011 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in education from California University and in 2014 she received the highest honor any North Carolina educator can receive, the coveted Friday Medal of Honor.  Collegiate recognitions include Friday Award from NCSU and Distinguished Leadership Award from UNC-CH. Most recently, she was named Principal of the Year for a second time. 

 


 


 


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