Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM CDT
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM CDT

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Wednesday - 9:00am to 5:00pm 

Thursday - 9:00am to 3:00pm (guided hike from 7:00am - 8:00am)


Starved Rock Lodge 
2668 E 875th Rd
Oglesby, IL 61348

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Michelle Iocca 
Illinois Head Start Association 

Registration Fees:

Member Rate: $275.00 per person

*Five or more registrations from the same Agency: $250.00 per member (must be a association member to receive discounted rate)

Non Member Rate: $425.00 per person

Registration fee includes the following:

Wednesday: Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Thursday: Continental Breakfast and Lunch,

ALSO INCLUDED: Join us on Thursday morning before the meeting begins for a guided hike through the natural wonders of Starved  Rock State Park. We will see amazing canyons, seasonal waterfalls and we might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle!


2018 Vanessa Rich Summer Leadership Retreat 

Bring your heart, soul and passion to this unique specialized leadership training for the Head Start and Early Head Start community. Let the learning begin in a fun and relaxing environment! Now, more than ever, no matter what role you play in your agency you need to think and act like a leader.  Our Head Start/Early Head Start world is constantly changing and every agency needs a “leader filled team”. Real-life challenges call for real-life leadership. This leadership experience was created to continue the legacy of our dear friend and colleague Vanessa.  As she is no longer able to be the voice for young children and families who do not have their own voice, it is time for you….for each of us….to pick up this responsibility. This leadership experience will enable you to get in touch with important aspects of yourself as a leader…and to learn to be the voice of those without a voice.  Because being a leader means first leading yourself and thereby learning to successfully take on opportunities and challenges in life.  This is not a “sit and get” leadership training, as each participant will have personalized discoveries through self-assessments and then understand areas of strength and areas of growth.  

 Our customized Vanessa Rich Leadership Experience helps Head Start/Early Head Start organizations:

  • Create a healthy culture that fosters leadership at all levels
  • Give participants the tools (skills/knowledge) they need to connect with the emerging world of Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Equip participants to think and act like authentic leaders
  • Change the Way You See Everything through Asset Thinking
  • Change the Way You See Yourself
  • Change the Way You See Other People
  • Change the Way You See Situations
  • Encourage the heart, engage passion and build staff morale

Leadership is not a list of attributes, it is a way of being and acting. The Vanessa Rich Leadership Experience will support your personal growth and help you discover new ways to be the leader YOU want to be!


Location: Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center / 2668 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348

Sleeping Room Rate:$110.00 single/double

Sleeping Room Reservations can be made online at https://www.starvedrocklodge.com/

The following are the instructions once on our home screen of the lodge website:

1 - There will be a box that says "book a room" guests will click on the check availability.

2 - The next page at the top will have a tab that says group sign in, guests will click that and then be prompted to enter a "group code."

3 - The group code is: 15173

4 - Guests will have two different categories to choose from of tabs: Lodge wing or Hotel Wing.

5 - Once they choose a wing they will then just enter the arrival date and departure date.