Convening impactful communities and individuals from across the nation

America’s Healthiest Schools Leaders Summit is Healthier Generation’s marquee event recognizing (mostly Title I) schools that have prioritized the physical, social, and emotional health of their staff and students. The Leaders Summit will take place at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, bringing together over 450 teachers, administrators, thought leaders and other stakeholders.

Together with our special guests, Healthier Generation will honor those who have been instrumental in helping their schools meet America’s Healthiest Schools topic criteria throughout the 2022-2023 school year. The Leaders Summit will offer school and district leaders a unique platform to share their success stories, network with peers and industry leaders and hear directly from content experts addressing our country’s most critical issues.

America’s Healthiest Schools remains one of the country’s longest-running nationwide recognition programs honoring schools for achievements in supporting the whole health needs of students and school staff and we commend our schools for reaching this outstanding distinction.

Championed by national leaders

Past Leaders Summit participants have included President William J. Clinton, Senator Cory Booker, Kevin Concannon (US Dept of Agriculture), Charles Milam (US Dept of Defense), Michelle Kwan, Bonnie Bernstein, Joy Bauer and others.

Meet Our Co-Chairs

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Director Emeritus, Healthier Generation Board

Nancy Brown

CEO, American Heart Association
Director, Healthier Generation Board

Healthier Generation helped us to achieve our health goal through continuing to provide our students and families with education on being healthy and providing resources that is diverse for the population of our school and community.” Angela Durbin, Oak Hill Elementary, St Louis Public Schools

Keynote Speakers

Rachel L. Levine, MD

Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service
Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

Chef Lovely

Professional Chef + TV Host

Health Champion, Healthier Generation

2023 Agenda

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Registration + Information Kiosk Open

Stop by to check-in, collect your name badge and other important items and get your questions answered.

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Networking reception

Opportunity to network and mingle before heading into the Ballroom for the evening program.

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
land acknowledgement + grounding

Kelley Klor

Citizen of Cherokee Nation | Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums

Daniel Hatcher

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Healthier Generation 

Tara Stiles

Co-Founder, Strala Yoga

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Dinner + Celebration

Healthier Generation kicks off the Leaders Summit as our co-chairs lead a celebration to honor America's Healthiest Schools and Corporate Hero Awardee, Kohl's. Our keynote speaker will make opening remarks.

Kathy Higgins

CEO, Healthier Generation

Chelsea Clinton, DPhil, MPH

Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Director Emeritus, Healthier Generation Board

Nancy Brown

CEO, American Heart Association; Director, Healthier Generation Board

Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD

Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

Jen Johnson

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Kohl's

6:30 am - 7:15 am
Morning Movement Session

Start your day off with movement - all levels are encouraged to participate!

Tiffany Forte

Owner & Founder, Fit and Female Fitness Program, LLC

7:15 am - 8:00 am
Breakfast Open
8:00 am - 8:30 am
Share Your Story!

Nourish your body and soul as you hear powerful stories from the field over breakfast. America's Healthiest School Awardees will share their best practice and policy change achievements.

Bill Bryant

Chair, Healthier Generation Board

Jonathan Wallace

Senior Director of The Walking Classroom, Healthier Generation

Shauvon Simmons-Wright, M. Ed

Director of Special Projects, Healthier Generation

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Fireside Chat: Empowering Schools Nationwide – Advancing Food and Nutrition Security with the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hear directly from the USDA on how they are working with schools through programs like MyPlate and the National School Lunch Program to increase access to nutritious meals for kids. Attendees will walk away feeling empowered knowing that schools do play a part of the solution for addressing nutrition security, as they can be a nutrition hub for their communities.

Caree Cotwright, PhD

Director of Nutrition Security & Health Equity, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Traci Causey, PhD, MBA, CHES®, SNS

Vice President, Programs & Strategy, Healthier Generation

9:00 am -9:15 am
Morning Mindfulness

Let’s pause and refocus with a wellness break.

Tara Stiles

Co-founder, Strala Yoga

9:15 am - 10:20 am
A Community Discussion: Youth Mental Health

This panel will discuss the critical issues affecting youth mental health and explore effective strategies to promote mental wellness, resiliency, and social-emotional wellbeing in today's youth. This panel brings together a diverse group of experts, educators, and youth advocates in thoughtful and engaging conversation.

Jessica Ochoa, M.Ed

Executive Director of Communications & Community Relations, Inglewood Unified School District; Director, California Association of Latino Superintendents & Administrators Board

Jessica Schubel, MPH

Special Assistant to the President for Health Care at the Domestic Policy Council, Executive Office of the President

Sunny Vachher

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SUNNY | Producer, TED / TED-Ed | United Nations Ambassador | Creative Educator, Wellbeing Advocate & Social Futurist

Niya McCray-Brown, LPC

Director of Community Engagement, Mental Health America

10:20 am – 10:35 am
Snack Break
10:35 am – 11:05 am
Fireside Chat: Empowering Schools Nationwide – Exploring Collaborations and Resources with the U.S. Department of Education

Hear from education leaders working to support school-community collaboration through programs like ‘Engage Every Student’. Our goal is for you to leave this session inspired to leverage your influence as one of America’s Healthiest Schools and work more closely with fellow honorees to make collective impact to drive sustainable partnerships with purpose.

Shital Shah

Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships, U.S. Dept. of Education

Brodrick Clarke

Vice President, Programs, National Summer Learning Association

11:05 am - 12:10 pm
A Community Discussion: Leveraging Technology as a "Force for Good" in Student + Family Health

Healthier Generation is excited to bring a diverse panel of educators, health experts and changemakers to discuss technology as an important tool that supports equitable whole child health. We are more digitally connected than ever and, when used with skillful intention, technology can be a ‘force for good’ by helping to advance health and learning outcomes for kids and families. During this discussion, panelists will share proven and innovative technologies that can support healthier school, afterschool, and home environments. Attendees will leave this session feeling more confident in their ability to leverage digital solutions in new ways to advance children’s health in and out of the classroom.

Carlos Santini

CEO, Mizzen Education

Jane Park

Senior Content Strategist, Google Kids and Families

Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D.

Chief Innovation Officer, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Geoff Meehle

Health and Physical Education Coordinator, Baltimore City Public Schools

Sarah Hustoles

Chief Administrative Officer. Healthier Generation

12:25 pm - 1:15 pm
America's Healthiest Schools Recognition Luncheon + Keynote Address

Enjoy our keynote address and lunch as we recognize all of America's Healthiest Schools and share inspirational videos highlighting the important work they're doing in their schools.

Kyle MacDonald

Chief Science & Program Officer, Healthier Generation

Chef Lovely

Professional Chef + TV Host, Lovely Bites on Discovery+ & OWN

1:15 pm
Closing + Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on your experience at the Leaders Summit as the Healthier Generation team leaves you with closing remarks.

Kathy Higgins

CEO, Healthier Generation

Congratulations to our 2023 Corporate Hero Awardee

This year, Healthier Generation is pleased to present the Corporate Hero Award to Kohl’s for consistently demonstrating the above qualities and for helping families nationwide prioritize a healthy lifestyle in their home and wherever their children live, learn, and play through the Kohl’s Healthy at Home initiative.


If you are a school or district representative, yes—please select someone who has been instrumental in helping your school meet America’s Healthiest Schools topic area criteria. Please provide them with the promo code to register and ensure they choose your school and/or district when registering. If you are NOT a school or district representative, your invitation is not transferable.
Healthier Generation takes great pride in honoring America’s Healthiest Schools for their efforts in building healthier schools for students, staff and families. As such, we cover transportation, lodging and meal expenses for our school and district invitees.
No. While we would love to be able to invite additional guests, we do not have the capacity to do so.
You will indicate that you need a room during the online registration process and Healthier Generation will send a rooming list directly to the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel - they will send you your confirmation number closer to the event. Healthier Generation will cover the cost of your room (including taxes and fees) for the night of Friday, October 13; however, you may choose to stay additional nights at your own expense at the group rate of $239 (plus taxes and fees), based on hotel availability. In any case, you will need to provide your credit card upon arrival to cover incidentals incurred during your stay, as well as extra nights you’ve added to your trip.
If you are a school/district representative attending the event, you will be sent a link with your registration confirmation to book your flight or rail via our travel agency, Travel Leaders Corp. The link will allow you to enter your travel information so that an agent may follow up with you directly to book your flight/rail. If you’re driving to/from the event, you will be reimbursed for your mileage at the government rate and parking at the hotel will be covered by Healthier Generation.
Please use the “Agenda” tab at the top navigation to access the agenda for the Leaders Summit. Please note that the agenda is tentative and subject to change prior to the event.
Friday will be Business formal – please note that programming on Friday evening will be celebratory event with special guests to honor schools and, as such, some attendees may choose to wear cocktail attire. Saturday will be Smart casual
Yes; however, please note that if you plan to extend your trip, you will be responsible for covering any additional costs your extension might incur.
We will do our best to get you to Washington, D.C. by 2 pm on Friday, October 13 and arrange your flights/rail to depart after 4 pm on Saturday, October 14. We understand that circumstances may arise affecting those travel times and we will determine solutions on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is for each attendee to participate in all event programming during the Leaders Summit. Additionally, attendees are welcome to extend their stay in Washington, D.C.; however, any additional costs incurred as a result will be at the expense of the traveler.
2023 America’s Healthiest Schools awardees who met criteria in four or more topic areas were invited to attend the Leaders Summit in person. Additionally, our Corporate Hero Awardee, Board of Directors and other supporters have been invited to join in this celebration. To ensure that all awardees can participate in the Leaders Summit, there will be virtual components built into programming—details will be shared at a later date.
Dinner will be provided on Friday, October 13. Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided on Saturday, October 14.
Attendees may indicate dietary restrictions in the event registration form.
Yes, all attendees will need to sign a media waiver to attend, and the waiver acknowledgement is included in the online registration form. Photos/videos may be used on the Healthier Generation website and social media channels. Depending on event media coverage, your photos/videos may be shared via other media outlets.
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