Michael Brandwein, the 2024 SPARC National Conference Opening Ignite Session Speaker

Posted By: Amy Grier SPARC News,

SPARC is pleased to announce Chicago-based Michael Brandwein as our Opening Ignite Session presenter for the 2024 National ConferenceKnown as a dynamic speaker who tailors his talks for his audience, Michael is an internationally recognized expert on camp, youth development, and education. He has won two American Camp Association awards, presented three Emmy® award-winning programs, and authored two best-selling books: Growing Great Qualities in Kids and Super Staff SuperVision.

The first time I attended a Michael Brandwein session, I was filled with a sense of amazement and re-invigorated by the belief that I could deliver a professional training that would model the environment of purpose, joy, and engagement that we strive to create for our campers and students. He is an exceptional example of "Do as I do" versus the age-old "Do as I say." Don't miss this one, it's that simple. 

--Kristi Jacobi, St. Mark's School

Michael speaks with both youth and adults, and his impressive client list includes The National 4-H Council, Camp Fire, Girls Scouts, the American Camp Association, and Head Start. In addition to his busy speaking schedule--which has taken him to all 50 states and six continents--he regularly teaches virtual sessions, most recently on subjects close to the hearts of SPARC members: Planning and Presenting Your Best Staff Training Ever and How to Coach, Motivate, and Bring Out the Best in Your Staff.

Specializing in presentations that offer practical, effective, take-home skills curated for his audience, Michael focuses on leadership and communication skills while emphasizing the importance of building relationships, boosting collaborations, listening, and learning how we view and communicate with ourselves. He also teaches strategies on how to stay energized, resist burnout, and be adaptable while creating a positive mindset toward change. 

SPARC is thrilled to find someone who fits so well with our community-centered vision of support and professional development for auxiliary leaders. Don’t miss the chance to see Michael Brandwein in action at our 2024 National Conference! If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here. To learn more about Michael, check out his website.

Take advantage of reduced rates for our 2024 National Conference while gaining access to valuable benefits such as professional development webinars, roundtables, tools, and community support via SPARC Connect. Join SPARC today!