2023 Summer Leadership Conference Information

WRESA and NCSSA are excited to announce the 2023 Summer Leadership Conference, “Reaching Higher”. The conference will be held at the Biltmore DoubleTree in Asheville, NC June 21-23, 2023. Our focus will be on leading our schools so our students can reach higher to excel and achieve their goals and dreams.

Keynote Speakers:

Troy Kemp:

Troy Kemp is a passionate, award-winning educator, coach, speaker, and transformational leader. Mr. Kemp was raised as one of 6 children, in a single parent, migrant worker’s home in Riverhead, NY. The former collegiate football player’s education includes earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colgate University and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

Troy’s career includes spending 27 years on the faculty at McCallie, an all-boys school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At McCallie, Mr. Kemp served as a teacher, dorm parent and administrator, while coaching his teams to a state championship in football and eight titles in lacrosse. After a year of serving as associate headmaster at McCallie, Troy became the founding executive director of the National Center for the Development of Boys (NCDB). The NCDB was established to improve the lives of boys by providing resources and programs for parents, teachers, mentors and organizations committed to helping with their learning and development as they journey to manhood.

In 2019, Troy joined the staff of the Ron Clark Academy (RCA), in South Atlanta. At RCA, Mr. Kemp serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships and an educator trainer during the school’s professional development events. Through his business, Troy Kemp Speaks, Mr. Kemp continues to provide keynotes, seminars and professional development for individuals and organizations around the world. To date, his virtual and in-person events have reached over 40,000 parents, educators, coaches, counselors, mentors, members of law enforcement and professional sports organizations in 40 states and 5 countries.

Debbie Silver:

Dr. Debbie Silver is a knowledgeable, funny, boldly authentic speaker, author, and educator. She has dedicated her life to understanding learning and growth behavior and has become a world-renowned and empowering speaker. Through her research, her outreach, and her humor, Debbie seeks to help teachers find the joy in the daily job of teaching, so that children can embrace the satisfaction and pride of knowledge, growth, and self-worth.

With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Dr. Silver doesn’t just know her way around the classroom – she is deeply familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten through college.

One of the nation’s most popular keynote speakers and professional development presenters, this former Louisiana State Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a more meaningful level.

While inspiring educators to enjoy the job they once loved, she reminds them of how important they are in the lives of children, their families, and the world. Through her writing and her speaking, she highlights relevant and tested learning theory and tools for communication.

Our detailed agenda will be coming in early 2023.

June 21, 2023 

Registration for the Leadership Conference opens at 8:00 am

First session begins at 9:00.

June 22, 2023

Registration for the Leadership Conference opens at 8:00 am

Conference sessions end at noon.

June 22, 2023

NCSSA Superintendents’ Meeting starts with registration at 1:00pm.

June 23, 2023

NCSSA Superintendents’ Meeting starts at 8:00.

CategoryCost Prior to April 15, 2023Cost April 15, 2023
Administrators: Principals, Asst. Principals, Central Office, Lead Teachers, Etc.$269$299
CategoryCost Prior to April 15, 2023Cost April 15, 2023
Superintendents: NCSSA Only$179$199
Superintendents: Summer Leadership and NCSSA$350$400
SponsorGold Sponsor $2000Silver Sponsor $1500Meal Sponsor $1000


Biltmore DoubleTree Hotel Reservations

Registration for Attendees and Sponsors

Gold and Silver Sponsorships are now full.