365 Media Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Madison365, FoxValley365 and the Wisconsin Leadership Summit, announced today that the state’s premier professional development event for people of color will once again become a weeklong, online event running October 18-22, due to the ongoing pandemic.
“Last year’s virtual summit was successful beyond expectations, as were the Men’s and Women’s Leadership Summits this past spring” 365 Media CEO Henry Sanders said. “Just over the past three years this event has become something people really look forward to, and we are all anxious to be together in community. But we do have to keep our people safe and healthy. We’ve had several virtual town hall and summit events and the response has been incredible, so I’m excited about continuing our signature event this way one more time.”
Sanders noted that the online format allows the event to be spread out over a week, so no one will have to choose between sessions. Additionally, anyone can participate without incurring travel expenses.
The price of registration will also drop significantly — full registration will cost $49, with a government and nonprofit rate of $29 and a student rate of $19.
Registration is open now at http://www.wisconsinleadershipsummit.com. More information on speakers and panels will be available at that website in the coming weeks.
The first WLS in 2018 drew about 320 to Ho Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells, and the second in 2019 had nearly 600 in attendance at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. The first virtual summit in October 2020 drew over 700.