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2017 Board/Head Retreat
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This retreat offers an excellent opportunity to strengthen the communication and partnership between heads and board members.  It will be held immediately prior to the 2017 SAIS Annual Conference.


October 22, 2017


Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346

Through September 22
September 23-October 12
After October 12
$255 $275
$289 $319 $349

SPEAKER: Caryn Pass

Caryn Pass has represented independent schools throughout the country for over 25 years. The foundation of her practice is the philosophy that effective legal counsel must be consistent with a school’s culture. She works collaboratively with her clients, actively joining their team to make certain she is intimately familiar with the school’s operations, mission, and environment. As a practitioner to over 200 schools nationwide, Pass brings a wide range of experience to the table. Extensive and daily interaction with independent schools provides her with the ability to track trends and patterns and understand the nuances specific to independent schools. This advantage promotes the development of best practices.


Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (airport code = ATL)


The hotel is 1 mile from the Dunwoody MARTA station on the red line ($2.50 one way). Cabs are also available to/from the airport ($60 one way).


The hotel offers valet parking at the main entrance or self-parking in the deck located to the far left of the main entrance.


Your registration fee includes lunch.


Business casual (erring on the side of casual) is always safe with us. We want you to be comfortable. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater in case you find the meeting room chilly. We tend to skew cooler rather than warmer.


There will be wireless internet available throughout the conference center.


Tweet us @SAISnews! The official Twitter hashtag is #saisBHR. Be sure to tag us when tweeting your event experience.


If you require any special accommodations, please contact


Please contact or (404) 561-5841 with any questions about this event.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing to 21 days prior to the event will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date no refunds are available, but replacement registrants are welcomed.

Media Release: Registration, attendance at, or participation in SAIS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SAIS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.


  • The BHR is the best of all possible meetings with your board chair/head. I came away feeling and thinking more confidently about my headship and how to map us toward our future.
  • The retreat was a great reminder of what is involved in a successful Board-Head relationship.
  • The BHR was very helpful for my relationship with the chair.
  • Very valuable and my board chair was very appreciative of the information shared/learned.
  • The retreat was very helpful in affirming as well as challenging our current practices as a board. I appreciate the fact that SAIS offers this learning experience for heads and chairs to attend together.
  • The most important thing about the BHR was validation that these relationships between boards and heads are unique, intimate, and that it's absolutely necessary to cultivate them. 
  • Glad to have the opportunity to bring the board chair to SAIS to see what it's like, how much support and collegiality there is, and that he is doing a great job!


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Institute for Heads
June 27-30, 2017 | Palm Beach, FL
Engaging, energizing, and nurturing retreat for heads and spouses on the challenges of headship.

Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
Join us to network with regional colleagues as we delve into relevant independent school issues.

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