The Junior High Leadership Conference is a leadership based event geared toward Junior High aged students. While the event is sponsored by Regina Dominican, it is run in collaboration with Notre Dame College Prep.

The event is held in early October at Regina Dominican High School.  Junior High aged students are invited to attend to come and learn about leadership.  The day typically begins with a keynote speaker followed by breakout sessions designed to aid in leadership development.  The day’s events are administered by students of Regina Dominican and Notre Dame College Prep with the guidance of their teachers, moderators and administrators.

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JHLC 2015

The Mission Continues…with me!

Keynote Speaker:  Meredith Knopp from The Mission Continues

“Meredith Knopp, Vice President at The Mission Continues, spoke at Regina Dominican on Oct. 8, 2015. Many of us loved her lessons from the military, adorable pictures of her daughter, and the wealth of knowledge that she had to share.

Ms. Knopp stressed the importance of service and staying true to yourself– two components that are an important part of being a Regina girl. Ms. Knopp was a fabulous speaker and has more to share. After her presentation, Crown did a follow-up interview with her.” Read more of this Crown article.


JHLC 2014

What is your passion?

Speaker: Patrick McCaskey

The day began with a keynote speaker, Pat McCaskey from the Chicago Bears family. Mr. McCaskey spoke on, “Sports and Faith”. Following our keynote address, students were led through leadership based small group exercises run by the Regina Dominican and Notre Dame Student Council officers.

McCaskey_PatMore on Pat McCaskey: Chicago Bears’ board member and the Bears’ senior director of special projects, Patrick McCaskey, has been writing about sports for decades—producing over 30 booklets as a Bears’ family scribe. He is the author of three books “Bear with Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears,” “Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout,” and “Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships.”

As a young athlete, McCaskey played football and ran track at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois. Then he also ran cross-country and track at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Now he competes on the masters’ track circuit.

McCaskey served as a contributing editor to the literary magazines at Loyola University Chicago as well as Indiana University from which he graduated as an English major. He has a master’s degree in the interdisciplinary studies of business, writing and performing from DePaul University.

McCaskey is chairman of Sports Faith International, which recognizes people who are successful in sports while leading exemplary lives. He and his wife, Gretchen, have three sons: Edward who is married to Elizabeth, Thomas, and James.