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On-Campus Presentations, Keynotes, and Workshops by Kirk Walker or Damian Kavanagh

SAIS President Dr. Kirk Walker and Vice President Damian Kavanagh are available to visit your campus and conduct on-site workshops for your faculty/staff, board, administrative team, or other segments of your school community.  Listed below are some of the presentations available, or you can work directly with us on a topic specialized to your school.  A wide variety of topics are available. Presentations and keynotes are usually 45-90 minutes in length, but can be adjusted based on your needs. Trustee workshops are generally scheduled for 3 hours due to the highly interactive nature of these events. A flat expense rate of $625 has been set, which is designed to give all SAIS schools the same opportunity without regard to geographic location. NOTE that if an overnight is required, the school will be billed the costs of the accommodations (or may choose to make the arrangements on the speaker's behalf). To request a presentation please fill out the PRESENTATION REQUEST FORM.  Topics include:


  • Trusteeship for Independent Schools
  • New Trustee Orientation 
  • Becoming an Outstanding Board
  • The Changing Landscape of Independent School Governance
  • ByLaws and Operations Review


  • Identifying the School’s Strategic Position
  • Preparation to Undertake the Strategic Planning Process


  • Financial Sustainability for Independent Schools
  • The Board's Role in Fundraising


  • Cerebrodiversity and the Teaching Landscape
  • Current Trends and Future Prospects


  • Knowing who you are and being collaborative (For administrators and/or faculty)
  • Leading and Managing Faculty (For department heads, division leadership)
  • The Mission-Driven School and the Value Narrative 

Upon submission of the PRESENTATION REQUEST FORM, an SAIS staff member will contact you to discuss details and logistics. You may also contact Carole Weems at or (404) 633-2203 to arrange a time to visit with Kirk or Damian about the specifics of the presentation topic(s) requested.

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