Building the Head/Board Partnership for Strategic Moments

The challenges facing boards and heads are becoming ever more complex.

Every decision regarding strategy can feel (and sometimes is) existential. That said, a healthy board/head relationship creates powerful opportunities not only to survive the myriad issues schools face (think: political divides, financial model strain, and faculty retention), but also to flourish within them and critically move beyond them.

Most importantly, however, nurturing healthy human relationships, aspiring to ideal governance practice, and acting clearly and courageously in difficult moments sets a school up to create anti-fragile strategy rather than simply what are too often disposable strategic plans.

We will discuss key concepts including:

  • leadership proximity
  • progress culture
  • anti-fragile communities
  • generative and courageous volunteer board behavior


Ross Peters
Managing Partner, EXPLO Elevate


SAIS MemberNon-Member School
Through Sept 9$225$339
Sept 10 – Oct 7$275$389
After Oct 7$375$489


The SAIS room blocks are now closed.

COVID Safety Guidelines

Providing a safe environment for learning is a top priority at SAIS, as it is in your schools. We need your help to achieve this goal. We want to help keep you safe and healthy as we deliver this stellar lineup of speakers and sessions.

  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the SAIS registration desk.
  • As safety guidelines continue to shift based on the latest research, case counts, and medical treatments, we will determine our on-site masking and distancing protocols accordingly.

Acknowledgement of Risk and Safety Procedures

Participation in SAIS events signifies an attendee’s acknowledgement of infectious and other diseases and voluntary assumption of the risk of exposure or infection by attending the event. Attendees agree to comply with all guidelines and procedures, including distancing and/or masking, that may be implemented by SAIS, in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities.

Acknowledgement of Intellectual Property

Participants expressly acknowledge the intellectual property of the presenters of this conference and these other terms that are conditions of attendance. This acknowledgement includes the understanding that creating any form of recording, including but not limited to video or audio is a violation of the intellectual property of the speakers as well as a violation of the terms of participation in this event. Participants expressly agree not to independently record, or knowingly let anyone else record, any of the conference sessions in which they participate. Participants will also not share their unique link to the conference platform or the content therein with anyone else. The unique link to the conference platform will be used solely by the participant.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received before October 9 via this form will receive an 80% refund. After that date, replacement registrants are welcomed but no refunds are available. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis following the conclusion of the event.

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