LEAD Summit

The Leadership Excellence and Administrative Development (LEAD) Summit gives CPSDA’s high potential leaders actionable resources to advance their professional skill set. This exceptional programming specifically aims to help experienced and veteran members continue to grow and succeed in their career.

The LEAD Summit area of focus may vary year to year, so be on the lookout for content that aligns with your needs and goals for professional growth.  More information on next year's LEAD Summit will be available in the fall.

2024 LEAD Summit

Are you interested in improving your ability to understand the behavioral tendencies of yourself and your staff, in order to maximize your capacity to work effectively as a leader and within your team? This year's workshop will utilize the DiSC profile - the #1 behavioral assessment tool utilized in Fortune 500 companies - to do just that. Attendees will complete the DiSC assessment and take a deep dive with Cathy Wright-Eger, Director of the John R. Wooden Leadership Institute for Purdue University’s student-athletes and coaches. Cathy is a certified Professional Behaviorist and in her role administers the DiSC assessment to teams, coaches, support staff and administration. Cathy then assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the team or staff and creates exercises, conducts conversations, and facilitates activities to improve the overall culture. LEAD Summit attendees will learn this about themselves, and also have the opportunity to use the DiSC assessment with their staff after the workshop. In addition, attendees will participate in three follow-up webinars to ensure activation and facilitation of applying the skills gained during the in-person workshop.

DiSC Profiles  help you and your team:

  • Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems
  • Improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members within your staff
  • Facilitate better teamwork and teach productive conflict
  • Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to administrator and athlete personalities
  • Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of your staff

Attendees will be required to:
  • Complete a pre-event assessment.
  • Attend the full in-person workshop that will be held from Sunday, January 14, 2024, beginning at 3:30pm EST and will conclude on Monday, January 15, 2024, pm at 3:00pm EST in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Three 60-minute follow-up virtual group meetings in the month following the LEAD Summit.
Who should apply?
Experienced or Veteran Sports RDs who have a strong desire and passion to grow professionally and expand their skill set in the areas of business, administration, communication and leadership.  Attendees must be in a growth mindset to benefit.  The LEAD Summit is limited to no more than 20 attendees each year.
When is it?
The LEAD Summit is typically held on the Sunday and Monday of Martin Luther King, Jr holiday weekend.  The summit begins on Sunday at 4:00 pm EST and concludes on Monday at 3pm EST.  Our LEAD Summit will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In addition to the full, 1.5 day in-person workshop, there will be three 60-minute follow-up virtual group meetings in the months following the LEAD Summit. Some self-paced learning and practice will be planned around the virtual meetings.
Application Process:
Applications for our 2025 LEAD Summit will open in September 2024.
What is the cost?
The workshop has a $300 registration fee that is inclusive of workshop materials (DiSC assessment for you and up to 3 staff members), a 1.5 day intensive training, dinner Sunday evening, lunch on Monday and 1 night hotel room for Sunday night at the Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. If the cost of registration is a financial barrier, please reach out to Amy Freel, CPSDA Executive Director at [email protected]
Additional Questions?
Please contact Annie Lowry, CPSDA Events & Education Coordinator

CPSDA is committed to increasing diversity in the field of dietetics and encourages Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and all other underrepresented individuals to apply.

CPSDA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.


Thank you to those who attended the 2024 event in Indianapolis!