Catholic Leadership Summit and New Leaders Academy

The annual Catholic Leadership Summit and New Leaders Academy will be held at the Newport Marriott Hotel, in Newport Rhode Island, from October 19 - 23, 2019. The Catholic Leadership Summit provides a professional development framework for diocesan, system, and network leadership.

Register    Download Final Program   Paper Registration Form   Reserve Room

*Please see the below "Registration Fees & FAQ's" section for details of registration rates and commonly asked questions.*



Catholic Leadership Summit Schedule at-a-Glance, as of September 2019

Sunday, October 20   Monday, October 21
8 AM - 5PM Registration Open   7 AM - 5 PM Registration
4 - 5 PM Opening Mass at St Mary's Catholic Church
Transportation will be provided
  8:30 AM - 5 PM NCEA Publications Open
5:15 - 6 PM  Opening Reception   7:15 - 8 AM Morning Liturgy
6 PM
Welcome Dinner
  8 - 9 AM Breakfast
       9 - 9:30 Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10 AM  Keynote Address: Public Policy
      10 - 10:30 AM NCEA Visioning
      11 AM - 12:15 PM Professional Development Session I
      12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch and General Session on NSBECS
      1:45 - 3 PM Professional Development Session II
      3:15 - 4:30 PM Professional Development Session III
      5 - 6 PM Corporate Partner Reception
Tuesday, October 22   Wednesday, October 23
7 AM - 2 PM Registration   7 AM - 2 PM Registration
8:30 AM - 12 PM NCEA Publications Open    8:30  - 11:30 AM NCEA Publication Opens
7:15 - 8 AM Morning Liturgy   7:15 - 8 AM Morning Liturgy
8 - 9 AM Breakfast and Informational Session   8 - 9:45 AM Breakfast and Presentation
9 - 10:15 AM Professional Development Session IV   10 - 11:15 AM Professional Development Session VI
10:30 - 11:45 AM Professional Development Session V   11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Professional Development Session VII
1 - 2 PM Boxed Lunch Available   1 - 2 PM Closing and Lunch Available


New Leaders Academy Schedule at-a-Glance

Saturday, October 19   Sunday, October 20
7:30 AM - 5 PM Registration Open   8 AM - 4 PM Registration Open
7:30 AM - 5 PM New Leaders Academy   8 AM - 2 PM New Leaders Academy
6:15 PM New Leaders Academy Dinner      


New Leaders Academy

Superintendents, assistant or associate superintendents, and directors in diocesan offices of Catholic school education with 0 – 3 years’ experience are strongly encouraged to register for the New Leaders Academy on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday morning, October 20.

The New Leaders Academy provides innovative, timely and relevant information and practices. While the Academy focuses primarily on new or nearly new (arch) diocesan leaders, it is also an excellent professional development opportunity for aspiring superintendents who are currently employed at the (arch) diocesan level and seasoned veterans seeking a refresher.

Boards and Leadership
David Faber
Called by Name
Kathy Mears 
Changing Leadership
Greg Dhuyvetter 
Critical Conversations
Hiring for Mission
Patricia Helene Earl, IHM
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Operational Vitality
Matt Russell
Public Policy
Dale McDonald, PBVM, Ph.D.
The National Standards and Benchmarks
for Effective Catholic Schools
Treading on Sacred Ground
Kenneth Willers 


Registration Fees & FAQ's

Early Bird
July 22 - September 9
September 10 - October 18
October 19 - 23
Academy Only
$300  $300  $350 
CLS Only $450  $550 $600 
Academy and CLS $650 $700  $750 
Guests (Meals Only) $275  $275  $275 


Where Should Payment Be Sent for CLS 2019 Registration Fees?
Checks should be made out to "NCEA" and payment sent to the below address. Please include either a copy of your invoice, registration confirmation or a reference to the name(s) of the individuals for which the check is to be applied with the payment to ensure efficient and accurate payment application to the registration record.

PO BOX 222762
Chantilly, VA 20153-2762

I Need to Pay via Check or Purchase Order, Can I Still Register Online?
Yes! Our system can accept and process registrations in a number of payment methods. During the final stage of online registration, you will be offered pay now and pay later check-out options for checks and purchase orders. 

Where Can I Access the Invoice for my Registration?
A link can be found within your registration confirmation email via which your invoice is accessed.  The link can be found roughly half-way down the confirmation email message.


Hotel Information

Newport Marriott Hotel
25 America’s Cup Ave
Newport, RI 02840

Reserve your hotel as soon as possible for the best rates! Housing is available at the Newport Marriott for a discounted rate of $244/night. To reserve your hotel room within the block, please use the link below or call 1-800-228-9290 and reference the NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit to receive the group rate. The discounted group rate will be available through September 26, 2019 or until the block is full—whichever comes first.

Reserve Room


Speakers' Presentation Template

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Have questions or suggestions for CLS and/or the New Leaders Academy? Please let us know!



Thomas Pigg
Program Manager
(571) 257-0021

Amy Durkin, CEM, CMP
Director of Events
(571) 257-0013