University of Wisconsin–Madison

Power Up 2022 Conference

Important Notice: The 2021 Power Up Conference has been postponed and will now take place from March 24-25, 2022!


Conference Details:

Power Up: A Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers and Staff

Dates: March 24-25, 2022

Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

Call for Proposals (opens May 2021)

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Kirby McCurtis
Kirby McCurtis

Opening Keynote Speaker: Kirby McCurtis

Kirby McCurtis is a Library Manager for Multnomah County Library and the current President for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).   Prior to becoming a manager she was a youth services librarian for ten years. She is passionate about equity, and is a regular trainer locally and nationally on topics about race and inclusion.

Dr. Natalie Martinez
Dr. Natalie Martinez
Dr. Jean Mendoza
Dr. Jean Mendoza

Closing Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Natalie Martinez and Dr. Jean Mendoza

Natalie Martinez, Ph.D., K’awaika-meh (Laguna Pueblo), has been an educator for 25 years in K-University settings. She sits on the Pueblo’s Education Priority Team, develops and publishes Indigenous-centric K-12 curriculum, and serves as a Lecturer at the University of New Mexico. 

Jean Mendoza holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.Ed. in early childhood education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With Dr. Debbie Reese, she adapted Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz’  An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for young people. She is a co-editor of the blog American Indians in Children’s Literature.