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2016 Heads Leadership Retreat
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Leading starts from within – in the way you think. If everyone is different, how can you lead and communicate only one way? The 2016 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat will explore individual and group dynamics of leadership with a look inside the inner workings of the brain.

Using whole brain thinking and an interactive self-assessment tool, Vips Kapadia of thinqshift will lead you and your team through a series of activities that will challenge your assumptions about your own leadership and the leadership of those around you.

This year we are excited to welcome heads, assistant/associate heads, and division heads to participate as a team in this unique leadership opportunity.  Please invite your colleagues to join you in Asheville!


April 18-19, 2016


Hyatt Place Asheville, 199 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801


To make reservations, call (828) 505-8500 and ask for the SAIS HLR rate. The room rate is $159 plus tax and the cut-off date is March 18.  If you have any trouble with reservations, please contact Stacy Wheeler at

Overflow hotel options are available. The Four Points by Sheraton may be reached for reservations at (828) 253-1851 or at The Aloft Asheville Downtown may be reached at 828-232-2838 or at


 SAIS Member School 
 Non-Member School 
Through March 18
 $595  $699
March 18 - April 1
 $645  $749
After April 1
 $695  $799



Vips Kapadia of thinqshift is a high energy inspirational leader, consultant, and coach with over 15 years consulting experience across the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. He was also a founding director of London-based management consulting company, Qedis, which grew to about 300 people over ten years and was acquired by North Highland. He was then a vice president in the senior leadership team with global responsibilities in talent, knowledge management, and growth initiatives. His areas of expertise are leadership development, organizational culture, operations, and technical architecture. Prior to 2003, Vips started his career in a technology start-up, then moved to management consulting at Andersen and then Deloitte.



Thank you Southern Teachers Agency for being a sponsor!



  • Excellent. The conference was extremely well-organized and every effort was taken to provide an optimum learning experience.
  • It was great to have such a diverse group of heads together and sharing ideas.
  • The most important part of the retreat was getting to know the other school heads ... I got a good overview of leadership, how it can be defined, and what it looks like in action.
  • Well worth taking days at this very busy time of year. It was energizing enough to get me through to graduation and provided great ideas for planning for next year.


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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.

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