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MESPA Leadership Conference

October 3-4, 2021
Returning to an in-person event at Breezy Point Resort!

Click here to register for Leadership 2021

Click here to view the full conference schedule

Click here to access Conference Materials

Book your room at Breezy Point

We're excited to return to Breezy Point Resort for Leadership 2021! Please book your overnight accommodations at breezypointresort.comPlease note: The MESPA room block #319384 was closed on 9/17.

MESPA is able to reimburse you for 1/2 of one night at Breezy: October 3 plus your mileage in one direction. If you and a colleague share a room, MESPA will reimburse you for the full cost of a standard room. The reimbursement form/voucher is linked here: PDF or Word. Carpooling is encouraged!

Leadership 2021 Kicks off with our Keynote Speaker, Joe Beckman!

Combining humor, authenticity, heart, and soul, international speaker Joe Beckman shares five specific phrases he believes all school leaders need to hear…especially today. The result is a refreshing, authentic, and down-to-earth approach to finding self-worth (Love YOU), resilience (Push Through), confidence (Fail On), joy (Yeah Toast!), and maybe most importantly, human connection (Just Look Up).

Joe’s book, Just Look Up, will be available for purchase or you can go to www.JustLookUpBook.com

Calling all Division Presidents:

Please remember to prepare your Division Planning Doc prior to the Leadership Conference and update the doc with changes after the conference. Find your Division's Planning Doc here.

Review Leader Responsibilities

Can't remember what you're supposed to do as a division president? Or a committee member? Visit our leader responsibilities page to remind yourself before the Leadership Conference. Division Leaders: check the Division Leaders Toolkit for the most comprehensive checklist.


The conference evaluation will be sent out following the conference.

Important Note for Committee Chairs

Be sure to review your Committee Planning Docs prior to attending the conference and update with any changes. Find your Committee's Planning Doc here.

Who's Invited to Leadership?

The Executive Committee, the Board of Directors (Division Presidents + Presidents-Elect), all MESPA Committee Members, and MESPA Staff is invited to our Leadership Conference! Visit the Member Directory to see who is serving these roles for 21-22!


What are MESPA's policies for gathering in person during COVID-19?  MESPA will abide by the current CDC guidelines for in-person gatherings (linked here) and expects all attendees without medical exemptions to be vaccinated. Due to the high transmission rate in Crow Wing county at this time, please plan to bring a face mask with you to Leadership to be worn during indoor gathering times. MESPA will supply disposable face masks for those who need one.

What if I can't attend the conference? It is important that all divisions are equally represented. We ask that you please notify the MESPA office and work with your Division President to locate a replacement.

Is there a cost to attend? It is free to attend the conference. There is a cost to stay in the hotel overnight, but MESPA will reimburse you for half of a one-night stay.

How do I get reimbursed for my hotel room and mileage? Please submit the reimbursement form after the conference. If your district will reimburse you for mileage, we ask that you please go through your district. Carpooling is encouraged!

Are meals included? Sunday lunch and dinner, as well as Monday breakfast are included. Monday lunch is also included if you are on the Board (for the Board of Directors meeting).

Can my partner/spouse/family attend? You are welcome to bring your family to Breezy, and they are welcome to join the Sunday morning activities and Sunday evening social. Please note that MESPA is not able to provide meals for your guest(s). If you would like to purchase additional meal tickets for any of the provided meals, please contact the MESPA office.

Additional questions? We can help you! Contact the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or mespa@mespa.net.

MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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