Every day, YMCA leaders empower young people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action in communities. Recharge, refuel and renew your commitment to our cause at the Missouri and Kansas Leadership Conference for two days of professional engagement, peer networking, and learning. Connect with a network of peers in your specific program area. Learn together about best practices, foster innovation, learn new skills and develop as a leader in this one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity.

DATES: April 26-28, 2023

LOCATION: Springfield, Missouri at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

HOTEL: Click here to reserve your room at University Plaza Hotel. Room rate is $119 per night, plus any applicable taxes or fees. Deadline is March 26 to reserve at the group rate.

CONFERENCE FEE: $199 per person

REGISTRATION: Click here to register and make payment. You can use a credit card to make payment during registration or receive an invoice to make payment by check. 

VENDOR REGISTRATION: Click here to register as a vendor. All representatives with each vendor attending the conference should register using this form. Only one vendor representative needs to select sponsorship level and is able to make payment via credit card or receive an invoice to make payment later. 


Wednesday, April 26 (optional activites)
12:30 - Golf at Rivercut Golf Course (approximately $56, includes cart, paid on-site, registration required)
1:00 - Tour of Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium (approximately $35, paid on-site)
1:00 - YMCA Leader Level Certification Roll-Up Training ($30, added to registration fee)
6:00 - Informal social and fun at Springfield Brewing Company

Thursday, April 27
10:00 - Registration Opens
11:00 - Lunch sponsored by Technogym
11:45 - Opening Session: Welcome remarks, Technogym presentation, Y Retirement Fund Update
12:15 - Peer Groups Meet
1:45 - Break
2:00 - Workshops: Panel with CEO Leaders, Hot Legal Topics, and Surprise You're a Manager!
3:00 - Networking Break
3:30 - Workshops: Panel with CEO Leaders, Minimizing Your YMCA's Risk, and Social Media & Marketing
4:30 - General Session with Suzanne McCormick, Y-USA President and CEO
5:30 - Networking and Vendor Visits
6:30 - Dinner on your own
8:30 - Games, Activities, and Fellowship at the Hotel!

Friday, April 28
8:00 - Morning Kickoff with coffee, networking, and vendor visits. Sponsored by YPG
9:00 - General Session on Meaningful Inclusion: Guest Speakers Elijah and Todd Mayfield, with presentation by UMKC Institute for Human Development
10:00 - Brunch and Peer Community Conversations on Meaningful Inclusion
11:00 - Closing Session
11:30 - Conference Adjourns

PEER COMMUNITIES: Connect with your peers at the conference during breakout sessions just for our peer groups. 

  • CEOs
  • Aquatics & Facilities
  • Business & Finance
  • Childcare
  • Health, Wellness, & Group Exercise
  • Membership & Marketing
  • Sports