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2016 Institute for Strategic Leadership
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Examine the nature of strategic leadership and explore a path for continual growth. Open to heads and administrators. Particularly helpful to those considering headship in the future. Especially useful for leadership teams to attend together. Featuring Keith Evans (The Westminster Schools).


June 13-15, 2016


Emory Conference Center & Hotel | 1615 Clifton Rd | Atlanta, GA 30329
Meeting Room: Trillium (South Wing)


 SAIS Member School 
 Non-Member School 
Through May 13
 $995  $1,099
May 13 - June 6
 $1,095  $1,209
After June 6
 $1,205  $1,329



Emory Conference Center hotel reservations may be made prior to May 25 by phone at 1-800-933-6679 under the group name “SAIS” or online. The room rate is $169/night plus applicable taxes and fees.


Check-in time is 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM. Your room may be ready early on Monday when you arrive. If not, feel free to bring your bags with you to the meeting room.


Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (airport code = ATL)


The Emory Conference Center & Hotel is located 30 minutes from the Atlanta airport (ATL).  We recommend using a taxi, Uber/Lyft, or shuttle service:


If you are driving, please see the hotel's maps & directions page.


Parking is complimentary for all participants. Please read below for details based on your lodging status.

  • Lodging: If you are staying at Emory, please park in the garage that is located below the hotel on the far left side of the main entrance.  Take a ticket when you enter.  Your room key will allow access privileges to the parking garage.
  • Non-Lodging: If you are a local participant, you may park in the garage below the hotel on the far left or in the South deck, which is on the right as you enter the hotel property.  Please keep the parking ticket you receive upon entry.  When you depart, you will enter that ticket followed by a chaser ticket that you will receive at the institute registration desk.


Your registration fee includes all meals beginning with Monday dinner and ending with Wednesday lunch. If you are a local participant and will not attend the dinners, please let us know in advance so we can adjust our meal counts.


There will be wireless internet available throughout the conference center.


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  • This was fantastic! I wish every senior administrator at my school would have the chance to go to this institute. Everything worked together to provide the perfect experience, the location, setting, accommodations, size, faculty, everything!
  • The ISL was more helpful than my masters program.
  • I found the whole experience to be provocative, reflective, and hands down one of the best.
  • The experience was inspirational. I returned to school charged with new ideas and opportunities to derive new perspectives on how we see our school and create strategy.
  • The biggest thing was that I have learned a new paradigm for looking at leadership at our school. This was a truly inspiring and career-changing workshop.
  • I left with a highly clarified vision for strategy, and I am very clear on the next stage for me as I examine what I need to work on to increase my capacity for this leadership.
  • In today's independent school market, the ISL offers a significant opportunity for school leaders to re-imagine who they are and what they want to be.
  • The most important part of the ISA for me was the opportunity to spend time in an intimate, non-threatening discussion setting with other school administrators. I learned a lot not only from Keith during the sessions but from the other participants during the sessions as well as at drinks and meals. As a new administrator myself, I developed a lot of confidence from this experience.
  • This was a very valuable experience for me and I would like to bring a team next year. The event was also very well organized and the schedule and venue was excellent.
  • Keith and David were not only knowledgeable, but also brought a wealth of experience and wisdom into their sessions. They inspired all of us to think about how to do our personal best as leaders. It was a lot of fun collaborating with others and learning so much about the most effective ways to work together.  Very impressive.
  • They are two of the best presenters I have encountered in my 35 + years of independent school management.
  • Both Keith and David are outstanding presenters. Their manner is easy, yet they both have a wealth of experiences and knowledge to share.
  • Keith and David are excellent speakers.  Their experience makes them very credible.  The specific examples they gave from their professional and personal lives helped me get a handle on how I can apply what I learned at school.
  • I really appreciated both facilitators — they complemented each other well and had a lot of useful current information and resources to share.
  • Keith and David were fantastic. They have opened an entirely new perspective. I have a new gaze on how to develop as a leader and how to develop others!


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.


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.

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