Transformational Leadership

"Strong & Courageous"

Summer Administrators' Conference
July 18–19, 2024

Campus Lutheran Church
304 S. College Ave.
Columbia, MO 65201

Administrators of Missouri, we are excited to join with you this July at the summer conference, Transformational Leadership: Strong & Courageous"! We are once again hosted at the lovely Campus Lutheran in Columbia.  Registration, lodging, schedule, and speaker information are below.

We can't wait to gather with you this summer!

About the Speaker

Dr. Leslie Smith is an educational consultant and an inspiring keynote presenter. Serving as a strategic partner, she advises and supports private school leaders across the country in organizational leadership, growth strategy, brand development, and social emotional literacy to strengthen school culture and develop high-performing collaborative teams. Currently, Dr. Smith also serves as national program director and instructor for Principal 360, an innovative leadership development training program powered by the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF).

A life-long learner and dedicated private school educator for over 35 years, Dr. Smith is widely recognized for her research and visionary perspective. Her inspiring transformational leadership style and focus on health and well-being continue to lead change in today’s dynamic educational landscape. In 2016, Dr. Smith was presented with the Growing Leaders Award at the National Leadership Forum in Atlanta for her work in cultivating a leadership culture at Orange Lutheran High School in Southern California where she served as Principal and Head of School for 12 years. During that time, Dr. Smith was named Administrator of the Year for the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in recognition of her exemplary leadership, strong Christian witness, and servant heart. Prior to her role at the largest Lutheran High School in the nation, Dr. Smith served as Principal for seven years at Red Hill Lutheran School in Tustin, California, where her leadership grew enrollment and transformed campus culture leading to dual accreditation and a strong community reputation.

In 2018, Dr. Smith earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University’s School of Psychology and Education. Her dissertation analyzed the relationship between mindset and psychological well-being among high achieving, college-bound students attending private, Christian high schools in Orange County, California. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, K-12, as well as a professional clear multiple subject teaching credential.

Registration Information

Administrators: $140
Early Childhood and Other Professional Staff: $140
Guest: $45
Emeritus: No Charge



Please contact Sue Thompson at 314-590-6217 or at for registration.


Registration Deadline

Please register before Monday, July 8, 2024.

Lodging Information

Attendees are responsible for their own housing reservations. This is separate from conference registration.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East, 3100 Interstate 70 Dr. SE, Columbia, MO 65201.  Room rates are $135.00 (plus tax) per nightFor the hotel to take state tax off the bill, you must pay with a church or school payment (credit card or check) and also present a tax exempt letter.  You need to make your own roommate arrangements if you want to share a room.  A full hot breakfast is included for those staying at the hotel (weekdays from 6:00-9:30 a.m., weekends from 7-10 a.m.).  All rooms are non-smoking.

Deadline for hotel reservations: Saturday, June 15, 2024, subject to availability.


Booking a Reservation 

Lodging reservations may be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to group number: 10100829.  You can also register online using this link:

2024 Administrators’ Conference Hotel Reservations




If there are changes of any kind (additions, cancellations or substitutions) please make them before the registration deadline of Monday, July 8, 2024.  We will not be able to issue refunds after the deadline.  No-shows will still be responsible for paying their registration fee.

Thursday, July 18

8:00 a.m.         New Administrators Orientation

9:10                 Registration

9:40                 Welcome & Opening Devotion

10:00               Dr. Leslie Smith: Redefining Success (Learning vs. Doing School)

11:10               Break

11:20               Dr. Leslie Smith: Growth Mindset

12:05 p.m.       Lunch - Sponsored by LCEF

1:15                 Dr. Leslie Smith: G.R.I.T. for Real Success

2:30                 Break

2:40                 NLSA Changes & Early Childhood Breakout

3:40                 Break/Transition

3:45                 Table Talk Discussions

4:45                 Check into Hotel

5:30                 Dinner - on your own

Friday, July 19

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast: on your own or at the Drury Inn for those staying there

8:30                 Directors Report

9:00                 LASE Updates

10:00               Worship w/Holy Communion at Campus Lutheran



Have any questions? Please contact Sue Thompson at 314-590-6217 or at