The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference exists to create a forum for leaders in education reform. We seek to create a constructive dialogue about how leadership skills applied to the education sector can be used to solve the most pressing and complex challenges in public education.

From its modest beginnings in 2007, The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference has grown to be a nationally recognized forum for education reform. The ELC is an annual two-day conference focused on convening the nation’s leaders in education reform. Through panels, networking, conversations, and workshops, our speakers, attendees, presenters, and keynotes create a community that helps build urgency in working toward student success and system-wide progress.

The ELC is sponsored and run by the Yale School of Management Education Club. Each year, 20+ Yale School of Management students work from early in the school year to conceptualize, plan, and realize the spring conference. The 2019 conference will mark our 13th anniversary.
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Samantha Cyrulnik-Dercher

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
Federal Policy Director

As the Federal Policy Director, Samantha leads the development and execution of SIECUS’ federal policymaker education, advocacy, and lobbying strategies. Prior to joining the SIECUS team, Samantha served as Acting Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Walz. She worked in a variety of roles during her years with Rep. Walz’s office, managing a legislative portfolio that included health care, women’s issues, and LGBTQ rights. Her previous experience includes serving low-income women at American University Washington College of Law’s Women and the Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Clinics. Her cases mainly focused on child support and immigration issues. Samantha was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to DC in 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University and her law degree from American University.