Powerful Educator Conference

July 19-20, 2017

National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

The Powerful Educator Conference equips educators with practical, research-based strategies to transform student learning and build a culture of growth.

Over the course of the two-day conference, you will:
  • Gain practical tools to increase growth mindset in yourself and your students.
  • Learn from leading experts on social emotional learning and network with innovative educators.
  • Identify specific impact points that you can implement in your school in the following year.

Registration Information

Cost: $425

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Teams of 3 or more receive a 15% discount. Teams of 7 or more receive a 25% discount. Contact kharden@mawilearning.com with the names of your team members and she will send you the discount code.

Special rates available for volunteers and students - contact kharden@mawilearning.com for more information.

We offer a no questions asked, 100% money back guarantee if you attend both days of the institute and are not pleased with your experience.

ISBE credits available for Illinois teachers and administrators.

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100% of the 2016 conference attendees would recommend this institute to other educators

98% of conference attendees met at least one new person who could be a valuable part of their network OR improved their relationship with their existing team

100% of conference attendees said they gained at least one new idea/strategy that they considered valuable


2017 Official Sponsors

2017 Presenters Include:

Mawi Asgedom

President, Mawi Learning
Elmhurst, IL

A refugee turned Harvard graduate, Mawi has written eight books and inspired over 1,000,000 people with his uplifting speeches.

Desiré Mosser

Instructional Coach at Pasco eSchool
Clearwater, FL

With more than 20 years experience as a teacher, Desiré has spent the last 11 years focused on teaching students and mentoring instructors in a virtual school setting. Desiré was the FLVS 2011 winner of the Marry Beth Atwel award for online instructor mentoring and the 2015 Pasco eSchool Teacher of the Year.

Anthony Colannino

Leadership and Professional Learning Specialist, Mindset Works

A public educator for 18 years, Anthony has traveled across the country working for Mindset Works delivering keynote addresses and presenting professional development workshops in schools and school districts of all kinds. Anthony is the lead consultant for big district, growth mindset implementations for Cincinnati and Philadelphia Public Schools.

Patrick Donohue

Director of Training, Mawi Learning
Oak Park, IL

Patrick brings over 20 years experience as a teacher, administrator and coach to his passion of developing leadership and character in young people. Patrick is a master facilitator who has created and led thousand of hours of training for both students and adults.

Andy Neilsen

Training Director, Urban Initiatives, Chicago

At Urban Initiatives, a sports-based youth development organization working in Chicago Public Schools, Andy and the team have helped hundreds begin or reignite their journey in youth development through the power of positive play.

Ayodeji Ogunniyi

Thornton High School Teacher & Mentor Coordinator, Harvey, IL

Born in Nigeria but raised in the greater south side of Chicago, Ayodeji is known for being a compassionate teacher who found his calling through the tragic murder of his father by teens. He has been reaching teens from adverse backgrounds in Harvey, IL for the past seven years through teaching and coordinating an innovative multi-tiered mentor program designed to aid students academically with a heavy focus on social-emotional health.

Anissa Beckon

Hoover-Schrum Memorial
SD 157

Anissa has devoted countless hours of service within her community to empower parents to understand the importance of providing support for children of diverse learning styles and backgrounds. In this capacity, she helps parents to connect with their role as an advocate and champion for their children.

Carlos Alvarez

Principal of City of Hialeah Educational Academy Hialeah, FL

An educator for 18 years, Carlos has recently been named Overall Winner of the highly prestigious Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Award for the state of Florida.

Kevin Suchinski, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Hillside School District 93, IL

Dr. Suchinski has been fortunate enough to work alongside a courageous and inspirational staff that focuses on a Growth Mindset and hitting their “TURBO” button to make a difference in the lives of their students. He will share the lessons that he and his staff have learned along their amazing journey.

In addition to hearing from these Powerful Educator experts, this year we are adding structured time for attendees to network and also process how they can implement what they've learned. Attendees will walk away not only inspired, but empowered to create change.


Dates: July 19 - July 20, 2017
Times: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm each day
Location: National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 60603

Cost: $425

Teams of 3 or more receive a 15% discount.
Teams of 7 or more receive a 25% discount.

To receive this discount, please email kharden@mawilearning.com prior to registering with the names of your team members. You will then be emailed a discount code to use at registration.

Discounts are available for students and volunteers. Please email kharden@mawilearning.com for more information.

We offer a no questions asked, 100% money back guarantee if you attend the full institute and are not pleased with your experience.

No refunds after 7/13.

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Educator Feedback from our past conference:

"The keynotes were fabulous…learned so much from them!"

"You guys always bring it back to students & connecting with them, and our responsibility to use our power positively. I am taking things with me that will shape me personally and professionally…"

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


Who should come to this conference?

Any educator who wants to inspire youth using the innovative, evidence-based methodologies found in the Powerful Educator framework. If you impact students at any grade level—whether you are a teacher's aid or superintendent—you are welcome.

What can I do in Chicago?

Chicago is a great place to visit in the summer! More information on local activities coming soon.

Where can I stay?

Click the link for a list of recommended hotels near the conference.

Hotels Near Conference.

Other Questions?

Contact Kim Harden at kharden@mawilearning.com

Message from Mawi


When I first came to the U.S. as a refugee, I walked into school without knowing a word of English. I grew up on welfare for 12 years. Despite my challenges, because of Powerful Educators like you, I achieved my dream of going to college and earned a scholarship to Harvard University.

Mawi Learning is dedicated to giving Powerful Educators the tools they need to help their students realize their dreams. At our 2017 Powerful Educator Conference, you will learn proven, research-based strategies to build a growth mindset, confidence, and success in your students. You will learn from Powerful Educator experts, while networking with passionate educators from around the world.

Thank you for everything you do. I look forward to meeting you in July!

Mawi Asgedgom

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