The Midwest Summit on Leadership, Dixon IL






We are excited to welcome you back to Dixon, Illinois, for another year of inspiring leadership at the Midwest Summit. Join us for a transformative experience at The Dixon: Historic Theatre, as we explore innovative strategies and ignite new ideas to lead with purpose and impact.

General Admission Tickets: $69 each

The City of Dixon is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®
recertification activities.

This event provides 5.5 SHRM Credits.

If you experience difficulties in registering, please email for support.

Elevate Your Leadership Skills to New Heights

The Midwest Summit on Leadership is an high-energy event featuring some of the most distinguished experts in the region. Whether you are the CEO of a major company, an executive at a not for profit, or an aspiring leader, this event will help you elevate your leadership game and take your team to the next level. 

Scheduled Speakers

Creating Unprecedented Success with The Generosity Culture

April Shprintz

Business Accelerator & Sales Expert and Award-Winning Author


How to Work With and Lead
People Not Like You

Kelly McDonald

One of the Nation’s Top Experts in Leadership, Marketing & Sales, DEI, the Customer Experience and Consumer Trends

Denver, Colorado

Reigniting our
Leadership Why

PJ Caposey

Illinois State Superintendent of the Year and a Finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year

Northwest Illinois

Lunch Workshop Session

Positive Instigation: Techniques for Engaging Others

Dr. Jon Mandrell

VP of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College
Dixon, Illinois

Please note this session is sold out. Thank you!


Dixon is the Petunia Capital of Illinois and is most famous for being the boyhood home of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. It is rich in history and offers many museums & statues honoring the past that has shaped it into what it is today. While preserving the historical significance, Dixon also looks towards the future and has many exciting things happening. A new pedestrian bridge is coming to the Rock River that runs through the center of town, more commercial buildings are being built by I-88, and so much more!


7:45 a.m. – Doors Open

8:30-11:45 a.m. – AM keynotes

12:15-1 p.m. – Lunch Workshop (Sold Out)

1:15-3 p.m. – PM keynotes

3:00-?? – Networking afterparty


Join Us For an Incredible Day of Leadership

April Sphrintz

Named one of the Top 23 Entrepreneurs of 2023 by New York Weekly, April Shprintz is a Business Accelerator & Leading Sales Expert who’s helped her clients generate more than $1.2 billion dollars in revenue.  

April created The Generosity Culture®, principles she’s used to scale startups, turn around failing businesses and build multi-million-dollar sales organizations. She’s a proud veteran and the award- winning author of “Magic Blue Rocks, The Secret to Doing Anything”. She hosts the Global Top 10 Ranking Podcast “Winning Mindset Mastery” and has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS as well as in Forbes, Newsweek Franchise Times & Thrive Global. 

April holds a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Maryland and an MBA from The University of Texas.

Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in leadership, marketing & sales, DEI, the customer experience and consumer trends.

Her client experience includes brands such as Toyota, Nike, NASA, Kimberly-Clark, Harley-Davidson, Great Clips, Miller Beer, and Sherwin-Williams.

Kelly was named one of the “10 Most Booked Speakers in the U.S.” and ranked #1 on the list of “25 Hot Speakers” by Successful Meetings Magazine.

She has been featured on CNBC, in Forbes, INC. Magazine, BusinessWeek, CEO World, Fast Company, and more.

She is the author of four bestselling books.

Kelly lives in Denver and when she’s not on the road speaking, she enjoys boxing (yes, boxing, not kickboxing) – and shopping for high heels.  She’s also learning to play the cello.

PJ Caposey

PJ Caposey is the Illinois State Superintendent of the Year and a Finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year through the American Association of School Administrators. PJ is a best-selling author of ten books, dynamic speaker, and a transformational leader and educator with an incredible track record of success. 

PJ began his career as an award-winning teacher in the inner-city of Chicago and has subsequently led significant change in every administrative post he has held. He became a principal at the age of 28 and within three years was able to lead a small-town / rural school with a history of achieving near the bottom of its county to multiple national recognitions. After four years, PJ moved to his current district, Meridian CUSD 223, as superintendent, and has since led a similar turnaround leading to several national recognitions for numerous efforts.

PJ is a best-selling author and has written eight books for various publishers. His work and commentary has been featured on sites such as The Washington Post, NPR, CBS This Morning, ASCD, Edutopia, The Huffington Post (HuffPost), and was featured in a Global Leaders Forum thinkpiece alongside the likes of General Petraeus and General McChrystal. He works in the Education Department of three universities, including one within the Ivy League, and in a myriad of capacities with the Illinois Principals Association, including as a principal coach and author of the first complete stack of MicroCredentials offered in Illinois.

PJ has been fortunate to be honored with many personal awards and accolades in addition to the various district recognitions which have been earned under his leadership. Additionally, he has been asked to serve in an advisory or consulting capacity for many education-related companies and organizations. 

Jon Mandrell

Dr. Jon Mandrell serves as the Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois. In this role, he provides leadership to the college’s academic departments and Student Services. His previous roles include serving as the Dean of Instructional Services and also as a Criminal Justice faculty member at Sauk Valley. Prior to his community college career, he served as a police officer in Oregon, Illinois. He holds an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University and a Master of Arts degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University.