Annual Conference | History

2021

Crowne Plaza Ravinia – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 249

  • Sponsors: 12
  • Exhibitors: 27
  • Amanda Ripley: Breaking the Spell of High Conflict
  • Will Richardson & Homa Tavangar: Leading an Independent School in a Post-Pandemic World
  • Jeff Shields: Before, During, and After the Pandemic: A Business Perspective

View the 2021 SAIS Annual Conference photo album here.

2020

Virtual
Attendees: 389

  • Sponsors: 26
  • Reuben Brigety: Change With Intentionality and Commitment
  • Debby Irving: I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?
  • Heather Hoerle & John Katzman: Evolution and Revolution
  • Michael Horn & Jeff Selingo: Will It Still Matter Who Gets In and Why?
  • Nina Kumar & Suniya Luthar: Creating Communities That Value and Nurture Well-Being
  • Jon Meacham: Hope Through History

2019

Crowne Plaza Ravinia – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 422

  • Sponsors: 15
  • Exhibitors: 33
  • Kathy Pearson: Managing Uncertainty: Strategic Agility
  • Mike Cobb: Intentional Innovation: Time, Space, & Talent
  • Tim Fish: Strategic Momentum: A Key to Sustainability
  • Grant Lichtman: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution

View the 2019 SAIS Annual Conference photo album here and the infographic here

2018

Charleston Marriott – Charleston, SC
Attendees: 363

  • Sponsors: 15
  • Exhibitors: 32
  • Shimi Kang: Navigating Modern-Day Realities: Stress & Adaptability
  • Khyati Joshi: Building our More Perfect Union: Getting Comfortable With Uncomfortable Conversations
  • Tim Fish: Re-Imagining Independent Schools: An Innovator’s Journey
  • Bo Adams, Tim Fish, Brad Rathgeber, Quinton Walker, Debra Wilson: Imagine 2028: Next Gen Schools

2017

Crowne Plaza Ravinia – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 406

  • Sponsors: 10
  • Exhibitors: 34
  • Johnnetta Cole: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Lessons From My Journey
  • Alan November: What is the Added Value of a Teacher in the Age of the Internet?
  • Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Josh Clark, Autumn Graves, Jeff Mitchell, Kelley Waldron, Arch McIntosh, Paula Gillispie: Finding Balance

2016

Crowne Plaza Ravinia – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 333

  • Sponsors: 11
  • Exhibitors: 26
  • Donna Hicks: Creating a Culture of Dignity
  • John Zogby: America’s First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing the Potential of the Millennial Generation

2015

Crowne Plaza Ravinia – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 391

  • Sponsors: 10
  • Exhibitors: 44
  • Rick Wormeli: Cultivating Personal Creativity
  • Ian Symmonds: #EduTrendingNow
  • Catherine Steiner-Adair: Lost in Connection: The Impact of Technology on Childhood, Family Life, & Education

2014

Crowne Plaza Ravinia – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 314

  • Sponsors: 12
  • Exhibitors: 38
  • David Hanson (WhoOwnsWater.org): Who Owns Water?
  • Michael Hanson (WhoOwnsWater.org): Who Owns Water?
  • Pearl Kane (Klingenstein Program Director): Klingenstein’s Research on Leadership Transitions

2013

Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Conference Center & Hotel – Atlanta, GA
The Global Future: Preparing Students and Shaping Schools
(*with MISBO)
Attendees: 337

  • Steve Robinson (SAIS): Annual Business Meeting & President’s Address
  • Yong Zhao (University of Oregon): Two Education Paradigms: What Defines A World Class Education
  • Pierre Ferrari (Heifer International): The World As an Opportunity to Serve

2012

Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
(*with MISBO)
Attendees: 397

  • Steve Robinson (SAIS): Annual Business Meeting & President’s Address
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS): The Future of Schools and Schools of the Future
  • Scott McLeod (University of Kentucky / UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education): Digital Society. Digital Students. Analog Schools.
  • Reggie Nichols, Doreen Kelly, Colleen Glaude, Dana Markham, Damian Kavanagh, Suzanna Jemsby, Cliff Kling, Keith Evans, Chris Angel, Paul Ibsen: Leading for the Future

2011

Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 297

  • Steve Robinson (SAIS): Annual Business Meeting & President’s Address
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)
  • Rush Kidder

2010

Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 217

  • Steve Robinson (SAIS): Annual Business Meeting & President’s Address
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)
  • Wendy Mogel

2009

Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 198

  • Steve Robinson (SAIS): Annual Business Meeting & President’s Address
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)
  • JoAnn Deak

2008

Westin Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 189

  • Steve Robinson (SAIS): Annual Business Meeting & President’s Address
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)
  • Michael Thompson

2007

Westin Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 160

  • Steve Robinson (SAIS): Annual Business Meeting & President’s Address
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)
  • Rob Evans

2006

Ritz-Carlton Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 161

  • Bernie Dunlap (Wofford College)
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)
  • John Knapp (Southern Institute of Business & Professional Ethics)

2005

Ritz-Carlton Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 142

  • Mark Elgart (SACS)
  • Beverly Tatum (Spelman College)

2004

Ritz-Carlton Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 137

  • Bernie Dunlap (Wofford College)
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)
  • Bob Franklin (Spelman College / Emory University)

2003

Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Downtown – Atlanta, GA
Attendees: 101

  • Debra Austin (Florida Department of Education)
  • Mark Elgart (SACS)
  • Bernie Dunlap (Wofford College)
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)

2002

JW Marriott Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
Independence: Our Privilege and Responsibility
Attendees: 127

  • Thomas Hearn (Wake Forest University)
  • Debra Austin (Tallahassee Community College)
  • Pat Bassett (NAIS)