The SUMMIT is the premier business conference serving Youth Sport, Performance, and Education Industries.  Focusing on the issues and opportunities of our unique industry, the SUMMIT is a powerful blend of smart, relevant, entertaining…and immediately useful information.  Fast paced yet personal, the SUMMIT provides fresh, tangible, well-researched concepts that can make an immediate impact on your operational, educational and financial operations. The SUMMIT is undeniably the most exciting opportunity of the year to brainstorm and spend quality time with the top leaders in the industry.  Whether you are an owner, manager, coach or teacher, you will leave inspired and energized and ready to take your business to the next level!

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Surrounded by breathtaking architecture, timeless beauty and old-world charm, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa offers a destination where rich history, modern luxury, and classic elegance exist in perfect balance. Originally built as a two-story adobe guesthouse in 1876, the Inn has become the crown jewel of Inland Southern California, occupying an entire city block. The Inn is world renowned for its holiday appeal. With over 4 million lights, animated scenes, carolers, ice skating, performers and live reindeer, you will revel in the spirit of the season!   

Our group rates start at $165 (plus taxes) per night. You can book your reservations directly with the hotel at (800)-843-7755 or you can register online here. When registering online please unlock the group rate at the top left and sign in with your Facebook credentials or email address. The Mission Inn will be completely booked out during our event. Please book early. We have a limited room block and rooms will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

The Mission INN HOTEL & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

The Riverside Convention Center

Our meetings will take place in the Raincross Ballroom at the Riverside Convention Center (3637 5th Street) - one block north of The Mission Inn.

Event Schedule

Day 1Mon, December 2nd, 2019
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Registration

    Grand Parisian Ballroom, Mission Inn

  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Welcome Reception

    Grand Parisian Ballroom, Mission Inn

Day 2Tues, December 3rd, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Coffee with the Vendors

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Morning Sessions

    Raincross Ballroom, Riverside Convention Center

  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch

    Optional Lunch Chat Riverside Convention Center

  • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Afternoon Sessions

    Raincross Ballroom, Riverside Convention Center

  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Cocktail hour with the Vendors

Day 3Wed, December 4th, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Coffee with the Vendors

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Morning Sessions

    Raincross Ballroom, Riverside Convention Center

  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch

    Optional Lunch Chat Riverside Convention Center

  • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Afternoon Sessions

    Raincross Ballroom, Riverside Convention Center

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The SUMMIT 2013


Father Gregory Boyle, Founder Homeboy Industries, NY Times Best Selling Author, Tattoos on the Heart

Father Gregory Boyle - Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to welcome Father Gregory Boyle to the SUMMIT! Father Greg is a powerful, humorous speaker who presents poignant, impactful messages that will influence every person in the room. Father Greg is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Tattoos on the Heart has been honored by SCIBA (Southern California Indie Booksellers Association), Pen USA, Publishers Weekly, and Goodreads Choice Awards. Father Greg has received numerous honorary degrees, awards and recognitions including the Civic Medal of Honor, the California Peace Prize, Humanitarian of the Year from Bon Appetit Magazine, The James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and in 2011 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. He has served on the State Commission for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The National Youth Gang Center Board and the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force. He received Notre Dame’s prestigious Laetare Medal and in 2014, was named by the White House as a Champion of Change. 

In 1988 Father Greg, along with parish and community members, started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises and provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. Today Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, re-hab and re-entry program in the United States. 

Father Gregory’s lessons in extravagant kindness will touch each of us and will empower us to lead with compassion and to use our influence to create workplaces and communities that recognize the importance of imparting our greatest courage and kindness to those with the greatest needs.

Steve Wiideman

There’s an exciting, disruptive, interesting phenomenon coming right at us! Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and other hands-free, voice-first digital assistants have made their way into the hands, homes and hearts of tens of millions of consumers. Our customers are engaged! More than 60 million “smart speakers” have been sold in the last 2 years. What does this mean for us as marketers? How does it affect our search marketing strategy? What effect will it have on prospecting and customer engagement? Who’s successfully leveraging voice assistants for marketing and how are they doing it? This session will help you understand and prepare for what is likely to be one of the most disruptive trends marketing has faced to date.

Saskia Kirby, Director Kirby Swim, Perth, BA Physiotherapy, Graduate Degree Marketing Management

Managing staff is kind of like raising kids. It’s a big job, an important job, and a never ending one! Our employees are our key asset! They can be delightful, entertaining, helpful and competent. They can also be less than delightful, less than entertaining, less than helpful and not at all competent. Let’s face it, somewhere along the way we can all benefit from learning how to be better at managing our staff. In this session we will discuss how to best develop a strong performance management program. We’ll talk about specific components to a strong management system, how to implement those components and how to program your management system for success!

Ron Sciarro

Every interaction we have with our customers is a branding message. Most businesses are challenged in ensuring that each touch point with marketing, students, customers, employees and the public consistently reflects the brand identity. This session will focus on the strategies to help you create and master a coordinated branding system that integrates all processes within your business. We will discuss how your brand identity system can get all elements working together to provide unity, consistency, and flexibility. We will focus on how our branding provides value to our customers, how our branding aligns with our touchpoints and how we can unify customer interactions and experiences across all channels.

Natelee Forbes, Human Rights Activist, Juris Doctor Candidate, Honduras.

Doing good work builds people, relationships and corporate culture. This session will provide poignant insight into the personal and professional growth that comes through the journey of developing a servant heart. Doing good works is a universally appreciated focus that crosses all cultures, people, economies and beliefs. Our customers today, more than any other generation, notice, value and seek out companies that exemplify service values. Businesses that foster good works benefit from individual employee growth and loyalty, customer respect and appreciation and collective community trust and engagement. Not to be missed!

Anya Kolbisen Hall

One of the most important competitive advantages we can master is advanced competence in understanding how children grow and learn.  Many people in the business of children have never studied children! Let’s get inspired and distinguish ourselves! This session is will focus on the educational benefits of incorporating child development principles into our programming and the competitive advantage of developing influential marketing strategies that highlight child development expertise. We will also talk about the key role that our teachers play in conveying these important messages. You will leave with an understanding of how developing relationships with customers onsite helps open up lines of communication to help parents gain a deeper understanding of our teaching and a greater appreciation of the value of our lessons.

Anne Josephson

Every significant task, opportunity and decision is fraught with NOISE - the clamor of outside influences that prevent us from focusing on what matters most. This session is about identifying what needs to be intently disregarded, why and how. The business world is a crazy space and it’s a special group that throws in a few hundred kids and parents each day just for kicks! Let’s learn how to isolate fear, risk, what other people think… the past, the future, lists, regulatory complexity, things you cannot change, policy dominance, negativity, optimism and every little voice in your head that impacts your ability to focus, act and move forward. Let’s learn how to quiet the room and find our true business acumen.

Mike Eschenbrenner

This session will focus on growing a business through the 4 stages of maturity. First gear needs power for the big lifting required in starting a business. We enter the market in first gear and work hard to identify systems, establish branding, build programs, meet legal requirements and more. A business in second gear still works hard for progress but is moving faster toward established financial systems, establishing a niche within the market, working with KPI’s, building brand identity and developing staff training. Third gear brings momentum through experience and allows the established business to work more efficiently with less effort. Third gear businesses are working toward dominating the market, refining systems, reducing debt, expanding employee benefits and building their culture. A mature business in fourth gear can move at the greatest speed with the greatest ease. Mature businesses focus on protecting market share, progressing with technology, facility improvements and internal and lateral expansion. Is your business in the right gear? Are you focusing on the right things? Is it time to shift gears?

Jeff Metzger, Founder Kids First Sports Center. Founder Jeff Metzger’s Bootcamp for Small Businesses

This session is a tangible, hands on, information and experience loaded discussion of the things that we should stop doing right now. With real life examples that we will be able to relate to, we will explore the costs of blame, fear, control, impressing… unproductive meetings, reports we don’t do anything with, underutilizing employees, losing money, endless notifications, grading employees, late hours, doing everything yourself, not working on your business… and more! This will be an eye-opening resolution generating session!

As we spin faster and faster toward automated processes, artificial intelligence, calling centers, chatbots, cloud-based services, etc., how do we ensure that we are not moving farther and farther away from our customers? Our ability to engage our customers has never been more important than it is today. We know that it is important to establish meaningful relationships with our customers. This session is about HOW to do that. Come prepared to enjoy a homemade basketful of tangible, practical and fun ideas to connect with your customers on a daily basis. We’ll talk about marketing messages, fun campaigns, special events, quality programming, student recognition, service programs, parenting lectures, holidays and more!

Georgette Cutler

Employee theft costs U.S. businesses 5 billion dollars a year! 95% of businesses suffer from employee theft in the workplace! We are not impervious. Motivated by financial considerations and character considerations, no one wants a thief around! This important session is a practical reality check on who steals, how they steal, how we can catch them and how we can prevent it in the future. Come learn the surprising ways money and value can be trickling out the door and the shocking grand total of some losses in our industry. Learn the systems, technology and culture tactics that you can use to safeguard your business from theft and from the people who engage in these practices!

Steve Greeley

Go ahead, just try to think of the word ‘play’ without smiling.  Play originates in the world of our imagination and helps create an important bridge from our creativity to reality while at the same time, connecting the disparate areas of the brain where these functions reside. Children are the masters of play. It is enchanting to observe what children, with their limitless imagination and creativity, can do with a pile of leaves, a stick or a large appliance box.

Play begins before birth…. All that pushing, kicking and wiggling in the womb helps establish the early neural connections between the brain and limbs. This adventure continues through puberty and adolescence where new, creative genes awaken to prepare children for life’s evolving challenges and responsibilities. Sadly, play often dissipates as we grow into the routines of adult life, work and family.  Why?

What are the secrets of ‘play’?
How does play affect the brain at different ages and stages?
How can we stuffy grown-ups get back our sense of play?

These answers along with how to use the awesome power of play will be revealed in this session.

(Oh, just play along.)

Bob Hubbard

It takes years of hard work and dedication to become an established, dialed in company. As big operations wallow in their size and hard- earned success, upstarts are passing them up by the minute. Corporate agility has never been so important as it will be in 2020. We need to be flexible in order to respond to changes in the economy, changes in the market, changes in our employees, and changes in our industry. Agility is the prerequisite to successfully incorporating new and innovative processes, systems and cultures. Deep seeded, heavy practices and cultures sneak up on even the best of businesses and choke innovation at the starting line. In this session we will identify big and small practices that impede agility and we’ll talk; about how we can create an agile company in 2020!

Danielle Griffith-Jones

We are a woman strong industry. 60% - 75% of our workforce are women. This session is about the unique strengths and talents that women bring to our operations. Patience, empathy, cooperation and selflessness, long tagged as strengths of women, were traditionally seen as weaknesses in business. Today, these ‘feminine’ qualities are highly sought-after traits for high-level leadership positions. Let’s talk about the interesting facts about what women lend to the workplace… how and why they impact board decisions, investigative matters, corporate vision, hiring strategies and other key corporate matters. Let’s also talk about the unique challenges our women face in our companies today and how we can minimize those challenges so that the women in our employment family can thrive and progress and help us move our companies forward.

Lynn Ledford

Competition affects us differently. Some get anxious. Some get angry. Others get bitter. A few get stupid. This session will provide tangible, mostly reasonable strategies to (graciously) annihilate your competition. We will discuss how to very legally identify and size up the opposition. We will then discuss how to very honestly identify and size up yourself. Then the fun begins as we lay out strategies that you can implement to elevate important elements of your operation and at the same time, chip away at your competitor’s niche and market share. We will keep it gracious. But we are going to bring it!


Event Registration from 3:00 - 5:00 Monday, December 2nd with a SUMMIT hosted Welcome Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

We are staying at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California. Our group rates start at $156 (plus taxes) per night. Book your reservations directly with the hotel at (800) 843-7755. The Mission Inn is world renowned for its holiday appeal and will be completely booked out during our event. We have a limited room block and rooms will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

Click Here To Book Your Hotel Reservation Online                                

Ontario International Airport is the closest airport (18 miles).  Orange County is 41 miles and LAX a tedious 69 miles from the hotel. We strongly encourage you to fly into Ontario International if possible to avoid L.A. traffic and ground transportation costs.

We have arranged special pricing for the SUMMIT with Super Shuttle.  Click here to access our group rate.  The promo code will appear automatically when you use this special SUMMIT link.

We would love to see you at Cal Elite.  Cal Elite is located at 22982 Avenida Empresa in Rancho Santa Margarita. Cal Elite is about an hour from the Mission Inn and about 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean.

The Summit is an exceptional value! It is the premier business conference aimed specifically at our unique child based industry. There are no annual membership fees or monthly dues required to participate in the SUMMIT – we welcome your entire business and teaching team!

Registration is $400 per person for the first two attendees from your organization.

Registration for your 3rd, 4th, 5th etc. attendees is only $299 each. 


Single Day Attendee December 3rd $220
Single Day Attendee December 4th $220

YES! Guests are welcome at the Welcome Reception!
December 2nd - $35

Registered Hotel Guests – Self parking is $17 per night / Valet parking is $23 per night.  Non-Registered Hotel Guests –as of event date, current posted rates apply for Self & Valet parking. For those who are driving in each day, daily parking is available at the Convention Center.

The Roundtable Luncheons are offered Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th adjacent to our meeting room in the Convention Center.  The luncheon fee is $30 per day. This is a plated luncheon. You register for the luncheons when you complete your online conference registration. Note that there are vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Join the greatest leaders in the industry for some rousing industry discussions!  The SUMMIT is an amazing opportunity to network!

Our business sessions will be held in the Raincross Ballroom at the beautiful Riverside Convention Center one block north of the Mission Inn.



Our host hotel is the beautiful historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa located at 3649 Mission Inn Blvd. in Riverside, California. You may call (800) 843-7755 for reservations. We have a discounted room block under THE SUMMIT. The Mission Inn offers a spectacular holiday setting that is simply amazing!

Click Here to Book Your Hotel Reservation Online

Riverside Convention Center

Our business meetings are held in the Raincross Ballroom at the Riverside Convention Center. The Convention Center is located a block north of the Mission Inn at 3637 5th Street.

We have a new Room Block at the Riverside Downtown Hyatt.

The Hyatt is just a short distance from the Mission Inn and the Convention Center (3500 Market Street, Riverside, CA)

$149 Plus 13.195% Tax For A King Junior Suites and For Double Queens
Rate Includes Our Hot Breakfast Buffet, Free Wi-Fi And $14.00 Parking
Rate Has 72 Hour Cancellation Policy

When Making Group Reservations You Have Multiple Options:
Calling Reservations At 1-888-Hyatt-HP And Mentioning Group Code: G-CEKE
Or Click Here to Book Online

Click On Link Above And Enter Your Arrival And Departure Dates. Click Check Availability And Your Group Rate Will Already Be Populated. If You Have Any Challenges Or Need To Book An Additional Night Outside Your Group’s Block, Create Your Reservation As Is And Please Email Fonda McGensy, Our Hotel Coordinator At With Your Requested Additional Dates.

The Cut-Off Date To Get Reservations Made And To Obtain This Special Rate Is November 18, 2019. Any Reservations Booked After This Date Is Subject To Availability And There Is No Guarantee That The Discounted Rate Will Be Available.

SUMMIT Registration

Registration is $400 per person for the first two attendees from your organization.

Registration for your 3rd , 4th , 5th etc. attendees is only $299 each.

  • Single Day Attendee - December 3rd $220
  • Single Day Attendee - December 4th $220
  • Guest or Single Day Attendees - Welcome Reception December 2nd $35
  • Guest or Single Day Attendees - Cocktails with the Vendors December 3rd $20

Round Table Luncheon

Would you like to participate in the round table luncheon for an additional $30/day (optional).

Tues 12/3
Wed 12/4
Single Day Attendee?
Include Guests:

Billing Information

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