Engage with other heads at this energizing and nurturing retreat offering thoughtful, nuanced conversations on complex issues facing heads of school.

Expect conversations with other heads who understand exactly what your days are like. There will be humor, there will be validation, there will be community, and there will be uplift. 

Led by Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. Past participants have praised Rob & Michael for their facilitation style and ability to push, pull, and explore with the group rather than offering generic solutions. They help you help each other.

Spouses are encouraged to attend and participate in sessions. Usually about half of the attendees bring a spouse.

What do past participants have to say about this experience?

“The SAIS Institute for Heads is an opportunity to step away from the demands of headship and to reflect, refocus, and openly share challenges and needs in a supportive space. There is time to laugh and to regain a sense of balance for a new year. This shared week with expert facilitators and fellow heads and spouses restores the reason that you love this calling to headship.” -Rachel Deems, Spartanburg Day School (SC)

“Ten years ago, Cathy and I first attended the SAIS Institute for Heads featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. This incredibly unique opportunity to bond with other heads and their spouses quickly became the most important professional and personal development commitment of each year. Rob and Michael are priceless in leading all participants in important, timely, challenging, and affirming conversations; the time with other heads and spouses is rare to find and meaningful, and the location always has a way of completing that total sense of rejuvenation and renewal. I recommend the SAIS Institute for Heads to every head I know.” -Jack Hall, The Walker School (GA)


SAIS MemberNon-MemberSpouse
Through May 19$2,325$2,599$1,025
After May 19$2,425$2,699$1,125


Rob Evans
Michael Thompson


Hotel – Westin Sarasota

The SAIS room block is now closed. Rooms may still be available at the prevailing rate.

NOTE: SAIS does not utilize the services of a housing vendor for any events. Neither SAIS nor the hotel will call you to make reservations over the phone. Please use the provided hotel link to secure your reservation directly with the hotel.


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