A time of inspiration, laughter, and reflection


We heard you! After two hard years of leading your programs through unprecedented times, Head Start leaders wanted a chance to gather with colleagues to refill your emotional reserves and recharge your wellness batteries. So, HSC created our first Leadership and Wellness Symposium, partnering with the Hanna Institute to offer leaders a rejuvenating experience over three days.

On June 21-23, our partners from the Hanna Institute, Erin Hawkins and Nick Dalton, used the themes of Head, Heart, and Hands to guide participants, as they reconnected with themselves, reflected on their past and future, and learned new tools to create a culture of wellness at their organizations. Results were overwhelmingly positive. More than 55% of attendees completed the evaluation and 96% said the symposium was “excellent.” What was their favorite part?

“The approach and topics of the conference. Everyone should have an opportunity to attend these types of conferences. So good for the soul!”

“Everything was amazing. Especially having time to reconnect with ourselves.”

“The balance of providing information in an interactive manner and time to physically move and interact with other participants by sharing our own experiences.”

“I enjoyed the different activities and methods of getting us engaged and networking. The use of art and movement was stimulating.”

“No one person has the answers but as leaders we must continue to lead with empathy, and a commitment to health and wellness.”

Thank you for taking the time to join us in Newport Beach to focus on your mental health. If you missed this year’s Symposium, we hope you’ll join us next summer!



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