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2017 Board/Head Retreat
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The SAIS Board/Head Retreat offers an opportunity to strengthen the communication and partnership between heads and board members. 


10AM-4PM on Sunday, October 22, 2017

09:30am - 10:00am      Registration
10:00am - 11:15am      Whom Are You Really Trying to Protect & Why Does That Make a Difference?
11:15am - 11:30am      Break
11:30am - 12:30pm      Today's Major Minefields
12:30pm - 01:15pm      Lunch
01:15pm - 02:30pm      Tomorrow's Likely Minefields
02:30pm - 02:45pm      Break
02:45pm - 04:00pm      The Ten Things That Boards Should Have Already Done ... Though It Is Not Too Late
04:00pm - 4:15 pm      Adjourn / Depart


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


Through Sept 22
Sept 23-Oct 12
After Oct 12
$255 $275
$289 $319 $349

SPEAKER: Caryn Pass

Caryn Pass is an attorney and partner at Venable LLP and 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 chair of Venable's Education Practice, she advises 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.


The block at our host hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, is sold out. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please call 1-800-554-0055.

Nearby properties include:

Please note that SAIS is not using a housing bureau for room reservations. SAIS nor the hotel will call you and ask you to make reservations over the phone. If you receive a phone call saying you need to make reservations, it is a scam. Please make your reservations online or by calling the hotel directly.


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 or self-parking in the deck located to the left of the main entrance.


Your registration fee includes lunch.


Business 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 hotel.


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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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