June 10-12 | Saint Mary's School | Raleigh


Sunday, June 10, 2018
1:00 pm 

Orientation for New Attendees

4:00 pm Registration/Dorm Check In
4:30 pm

Opening Conference Session: Moving Beyond Thinking it’s a “Pipeline Problem”, Doreen Kelly, Head of School, Colleen Ramsden, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, and Susan Perry, Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs, Ravenscroft School

 We invite you to join us for a collaborative discussion and learning opportunity with and about women serving as leaders. We will explore personal and professional development paths, identify and reframe limiting beliefs, and learn specific interdependent leadership communication tools and skills that are necessary for effective educational leaders in the 21st century. Finally, we will guide participants to create their own action steps to incorporate on their leadership journey.

5:45 pm Dinner on Your Own
7:00 pm Option Book Talk, Beautiful by Naomi Katz
Monday, June 11, 2018
8:00 am            Breakfast
8:45 am      

Opening Keynote by Donna Orem, NAIS President

The Power of Diversity at the Top

New research confirms that diversity in leadership drives innovation and enhances market share, yet independent schools still struggle to diversify leadership and governance. At a time of great change in our education landscape, we need leaders that can envision a different future and motivate communities to embrace change. We’ll discuss current statistics and trends and explore strategies for changing the trajectory on the school and industry level, outlining NAIS’s initiatives to bring more women to top leadership and governance positions.

10:15 am

Diversity by Design, Jennifer W. Martineau and Michael DePass, Center for Creative Leadeship 

Our differences and our unquestioned ways of thinking often lead to us divide ourselves in unhelpful ways and our schools are the weaker for it. In this session we will explore ways to see and leverage our differences to make us stronger by design.

This session will dive deep into the follwing areas:

  • Impact of our social identity on how we show up in leadership
  • How unconscious bias works in our thinking and interacts with social identity
  • This approach, while in no way denying the role of structural oppression and systematic inequity, would approach the topic of diversity from the ways of thinking and being that are common to all of us and can limit diversity of all kinds.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm                            

Breakout Sessions

How to Deal with Conflict and Build RelationshipsJennifer W. Martineau and Michael DePass, Center for Creative Leadeship 

This session will use the foundation of the morning plenary and focus on the application of our exploration of diversity to your experience with conflict and relationship building.

Hiring for Inclusiveness and Excellence, Heather Lee, Developmental Associates

During this session, Dr. Heather Lee, an expert in selection, will explain strategies you should incorporate in your hiring process to ensure you are inclusive, avoid bias, and hire the best.  Understanding these same strategies helps candidates for jobs present themselves in the best way possible for success. This session is good for both the hiring and the job seeking executive.Specifically, this session will help you understand how to make sure your position recruitment highlights all the most important elements, measures applicants with “apples to apples” strategies and teaches how to assess both teaching and administrative candidates for the skills and competencies they need to perform well. You'll learn that interviews are “necessary but not sufficient” and that the typical recruitment methods and standard interview process are simply not enough to ensure inclusiveness, avoid bias and hire only the best.

 2:15 pm Break
 2:30 pm Story Exchange Deep Dive Session led by Narrative 4
4:00 pm

Confidence, Communication, and Your Employment Contract, Terry Briggs, Bowditch  

We will have a conversation about how women can prepare themselves to have confidence and authority in discussing the terms of their employment contracts. I will talk about my experiences as a lawyer who represents lots of women (and who is a white male) and I hope and expect that the women and men in the room will share their experiences so we can all learn together.

 5:15 pm Break
 6:00 pm Wine and Wisdoms
 7:00 pm Dinner
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Keynote by Naomi Katz, author of Beautiful
9:45 am Community Building Circles
11:00 am Conference Wrap Up
11:30 am Optional Mentor Meetings