ACA Winnekota Leadership Summit Featured Speakers

Michael Brandwein

Michael ( is a nationally award-winning expert on youth development and training for camps, schools, and before and after school programs. His reputation is international: He has presented in all 50 states and on six of the seven continents. Michael is the number one best-selling author of staff training and supervision books for camps, including Training Terrific Staff (Volumes 1 & 2), Super Staff SuperVision, Learning Leadership: How to Develop Outstanding Teen Leadership Training Programs at Camp, and Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do and Say. His latest best-seller is called Growing Great Qualities in Kids: The L.A.S.E.R.B.E.A.M. Technique for Bringing Out the Best in Young People, and it was the fastest selling book at the national ACA conference and other regional conferences.

Michael wrote and presented three Emmyâ award-winning television programs on communicating with children. Michael keynoted the International Camping Congress, the global conference held in Russia for 1,250 camp professionals from over 30 countries. He is a frequent staff trainer for individual camps, schools, and organizations and a keynote speaker for national and state organizations including the American Camp Association (ACA) and the National Recreation and Park Association. Michael has served on the national board of directors of the ACA. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife Donna and they have two sons Dave and Ben, who are both educators.



Michelle Cummings

Michelle Cummings M.S. is the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the Team Development industry.  She is an accomplished author and is a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning.

Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers and educators work.