Meeting Room: Harbor Grand Ballroom (3rd floor)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception | HIGH TIDE (lobby level)
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast Buffet | HIGH TIDE
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Speaker: Stephanie Rogen, Principal & Founder, Greenwich Leadership Partners
Pre-work: Leadership Self-Assessment and Reflection (to be shared later)
Building on your pre-work, each participant will work through a guided reflection to first center their leadership on their values, intentions, and developmental needs. We will then explore the intersection of the essential mindsets, abilities, and behaviors of effective leadership, the evolving demands facing independent schools, and the practical experiences we need to focus on in order to thrive, serve, and succeed – so you can build a plan!
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Speaker: Debra Wilson, President, SAIS
Risk management and a basic understanding of key legal issues are two areas that all school leaders need to understand. What is risk management and what are the key liability areas schools should be thinking about? How do you know where there is “liability,” and how do you address it without bubble wrapping your school? We will tackle these issues and provide participants with ways to proactively think about risks and understand some of the more frequent legal issues that arise in schools.
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Palmer Ball, President, Palmer Ball Consulting
This overview of independent school finance will address budgets, financial aid, net tuition revenue, general financial and miscellaneous information, tips and recommendations, benchmarking, and more. We’ll try to avoid getting too much in the weeds and focus on the big picture of schools and explain all the things you haven’t understood or have wondered why it was done that way!
Participants will gain:
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch Buffet & Cohort Discussions | HARBOR GRAND BALLROOM
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speakers: DuBose Egleston, Head of School, and Ken Hyde, Director of Admission and Enrollment, Porter-Gaud School
We will discuss the strategic partnership of the admissions office with the head of school and it’s role in fulfilling the mission of the school.
Participants will understand:
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Speakers: Penny Abrahams, Senior Consultant & Advancement Department Head, and Phil Higginson, Consultant, ISM
Does this sound familiar? Your school’s board has just approved an exciting – yet ambitious – strategic plan. Yet, the operating budget is insufficient to pay for all the desired programs, facilities, and initiatives. How, then, to turn these dreams into reality? The answer lies with philanthropy.
This interactive session will explore how to translate your strategic plan into fundraising priorities. We will discuss how to identify the right type of fundraising effort for each element of your plan and how to develop a philanthropic menu of items to share with prospective donors. You’ll gain an understanding of the link between strategic plans, master plans, and endowment master plans. In addition, you’ll have the chance to immediately put what you learn to work as you engage in a strategic conversation with a colleague.
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Reception | HIGH TIDE
Speaker: Sonja Taylor, Assistant Head for Academic Affairs, Charlotte Latin School
The equity and inclusion landscape is ever-evolving. Therefore, the most effective independent school leaders are consistently working to build their own cultural proficiency and create a culture of belonging within their schools. This session will explore how current and aspiring independent school leaders can promote the best practices in equity, inclusion, and belonging (EIB) in the classroom and the broader school community.
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Speaker: Chris Lukach, CEO, AKCG – Public Relations Counselors
Even as independent schools have resumed typical activities in a post-pandemic environment, community relations have become increasingly strained over the past several years – in some cases, downright fractured. Moreover, the call for increased social justice from families has forced school leaders into a heightened — and for some, new — role as advocates. During this session, participants will be guided through a presentation and exercise simulating a community mired in discontent, exploring practical ways in which schools are transforming their communications programs to deepen engagement and rebuild community bonds during times of upheaval.
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Georgy Ann Peluchiwski, Partner, Greenwich Leadership Partners
The landscape for independent schools is increasingly complex and uncertain and many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead resist simple or ready-made solutions. Adaptive boards and leaders don’t have all the answers, but they know how to ask the right questions – and they are transforming governance and the traditional school-board partnership. While there is no one right way to organize, strategy can provide a powerful context for adaptive leadership, aligning leaders. Through the development of a shared vision for the school, they can focus on intentional, inquiry-driven dialogue as a pathway to successful decision-making. Together we will consider new frameworks, practices, and structures to support doing the work that matters most.
Participants will leave with:
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Speakers: Glyn Cowlishaw, Head of School, Providence Day School, and Derrick Willard, Head of School, Augusta Preparatory Day School
This session, led by a “real life” mentor-mentee pair, will involve a deep dive into the head’s role in cultivating leaders within the organization and for the larger profession. Attendees will leave with strategies for assuming or assigning sponsor, mentor, or coach roles within their sphere of influence.
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speakers: Stephanie Rogen, Principal & Founder, & Georgy Ann Peluchiwski, Partner, Greenwich Leadership Partners
Our closing session is a capstone to the two days of reflection, learning, and relationship building. We will participate in a final guided reflection to assess progress, identify new insights or understandings, and revise or recommit to intentions for leadership development.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Working independently and in cohorts, participants will consolidate their learning and conference experience to build an actionable plan to guide their work upon returning to school.