Unlock Your Power to
Inspire Youth

The Power of Adults: Unlock Your Power to Inspire Youth
July 31 - August 1, 2013 – Chicago

Over the last 13 years, I've studied what it takes to motivate and inspire students. More than anything else, it takes a passionate, skilled adult who cares. It takes you.

That's why our conference is called The Power of Adults. Over two days, we will show you proven strategies for inspiring youth that you can use immediately to increase student achievement and well-being. You'll learn from hand-picked, world-class speakers and you will also network with passionate educators from around the world.

Register today - you will be inspired!

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"The conference gave me powerful tools I use everyday to empower students to become resilient and believe in their future."

- Connie McKinley, Louisville, KY

100% of past attendees have ranked the conference as 6/7 or 7/7 on impact and applicability!

The Power of Adults: Unlock Your Power to Inspire Youth
July 31 - August 1, 2013 Chicago

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Be Inspired: Main Speakers

Clayton A. Muhammad

Founder, Boys II Men, Inc.
Aurora, IL

Clayton Muhammad is the founder of Boys II Men, Inc., a national brotherhood for phenomenal young men in high school and college. With its 100% graduation rate and chapters throughout the country, Boys II Men has been lauded by the Chicago Crime Commission as 'Star of Distinction' program. A father of two sons, Muhammad is a former classroom teacher, school director, and school district administrator. He is currently the 'brand man' of the second largest city in Illinois as Director of Communications for the City of Aurora.

Elizabeth Carswell

Director, Core Essential Values
Cumming, GA

As the director of Core Essential Values, Elizabeth oversees the strategy and resources that empower schools, families, and communities to treat others right, make smart decisions, and maximize their potential. Elizabeth has worked with more than 1,000 schools and led the expansion from elementary school curriculum to preschools, middle and high schools, and after school programs. She has four children – all now in their twenties (with three still in college!). Elizabeth believes passionately in the effect a values culture can have on the next generation.

Mawi Asgedom

President, Mawi Learning
Elmhurst, IL

A former refugee from Ethiopia, Mawi has written 8 books that are used by educators worldwide to build character and leadership in students. Mawi has trained over 1,000,000 students and educators through his speeches and workshops. He is the President of Mawi Learning, founder of Mental Karate, and co-creator of Leadership Skills Development, a 2-semester high school leadership class that is used globally.

Other Featured Speakers

Steve Ritter

Team Clock Institute
Elmhurst, IL

D’Athlone Brown

FLVS Global Account Manager,
Florida Virtual School
Chicago, IL


Patrick Donohue

Director of Training,
Mawi Learning
Oak Park, IL

David Vinca

Founder & CEO
eSpark Learning
Chicago, IL

Maya Lopuch

Data Scientist
eSpark Learning
Chicago, IL


Corey D. McQuade, CLU

Managing Director
Northwestern Mutual
Oak Park, IL

Carol Stone

Executive Director
Human Capital Foundation
Selamta Family Project
White River Junction, VT

Kyle Urbashich

Northern Illinois University
Chicago, IL

Michael Chitwood

National Director
Team World Vision
Chicago, IL

David Oclander

Principal Fellow
Noble Network of Charter Schools

Dr. Joseph R. Rojek

Associate Director
Graduate Programs in Education
Olivet Nazarene University

Salim Ucan

Vice President
Concept Schools
Des Plaines, IL

FAQ / Location

The Power of Adults: A Mawi Learning Conference

This Mawi Learning conference will provide educators and parents with clear, specific strategies that can be used immediately to motivate and engage students.

Attendees may include individual educators and teams of educators such as a principal and staff members, along with interested parents who want to learn more about how to inspire their children and collaborate and network with other adults who are passionate about youth development.

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July 31 - August 1, 2013
Park Community Church Conference Center
1001 N. Crosby
Chicago, IL 60610

Who should come to this conference?

Any adult who wants to inspire youth using innovative, evidence-based methodologies. If you impact students at any grade level—whether you are a teacher's aid, superintendent, or interested parent—you are welcome.

What can I do in Chicago?

Chicago is a great place to visit in the summer! Download a list of great activities you'll be able to do while here:
Summer in Chicago

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Are you ready to equip educators to inspire?

If you are passionate about helping students develop the bedrock leadership skills necessary for success, this conference is for you. For over seven years, we've provided innovative methods that are proven to increase student engagement and intrinsic motivation.

Where can I stay?

Click the link below for a list of recommended hotels near the conference.
Hotels Near the Conference

Book your hotel soon! There is a large music festival (Lollapalooza) in Chicago the weekend of the conference.

What if I absolutely cannot afford the registration fee?

There are limited scholarships available. Please contact us to obtain a scholarship request form.

Why should I attend?

Any student, of any background, can achieve. Any student, of any socioeconomic background, can achieve and contribute. Because Mawi Learning's founder, Mawi Asgedom, went from living in a refugee camp to graduating from Harvard University, we have an unshakable belief in the capacity of every student to achieve.

Is this conference about Mawi's Leadership programs?

We will share Mawi Learning's best practices from our work with over 1,000 schools AND present you with leading educators, researchers, and programs who will share their own approach. You will walk away with dozens of strategies you can implement in your own community.

Other Questions?

Contact Amanda at AHofbauer@mawilearning.com or 773.828.9036


Wednesday, July 31st

9:00-9:15 – Registration
9:15-9:30 – Welcome and Introductions
9:30-11:45 – Sessions
11:45-12:45 – Lunch Provided
12:45-3:30 – Sessions
4:00-6:00 – Networking Reception

Download conference agenda (pdf)

Thursday, August 1st

9:00-9:15 – Welcome
9:15-11:45 – Sessions
11:45-12:45 – Lunch Provided
12:45-3:20 – Sessions
3:20-3:30 – Evaluations