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2018 Leadership Retreat | April 23-24
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Pushing Our Horizons: How Do We Tackle the Big, Hairy Challenges of the Next 20 Years?
An opportunity for key school administrators to sharpen their skills in today’s evolving educational landscape that will go beyond “why” and focus on how change can best be accomplished in a setting that is often change-resistant. Led by Grant Lichtman, an internationally-recognized K-12 transformation thought leader, attendees will work together as they imagine futures that may look very different from the past and build a capacity and comfort with ongoing change. Participants will examine what it means to shift schools from being teaching organizations to learning organizations, which traditions are important to preserve, and which traditions hamper this shift to a long-term growth mindset.

Who should attend?

  • Head of School
  • Assistant Head
  • Division Heads
  • Admissions/Development Officers
  • Other members of your school's leadership team


Grant Lichtman is an internationally-recognized thought leader on the transformation of K-12 education. He works with school teams to develop a comfort and capacity for change in a rapidly changing world. For almost 15 years, Grant was a trustee and senior administrator at one of the largest independent schools in the United States. Since 2012, Grant has visited more than 125 schools and districts, published three books, written numerous articles, and worked with thousands of school and community stakeholders to develop unique and powerful visions and strategies for transforming education away from the Industrial Age and towards future-focused models of deeper learning.

Grant is the author of three books: Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education; #EdJourney: A Roadmap for the Future of Education; and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School.


Monday-Tuesday, April 23-24, 2018

  • Registration is from 1:30-2:00 PM on Monday, April 23.
  • The first session will begin at 2:00 PM.
  • We will conclude by 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 24.


Embassy Suites Downtown, 501 South 4th St, Louisville KY 40202


 SAIS Member School 
 Non-Member School 
Through February 25
 $595  $699
February 26 - April 8
 $645  $749
After April 8
 $695  $799



The SAIS block is closed. Reservations must be made directly with Catherine at 502-813-3838 or Hotel check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.


  • AIRPORT: Louisville International Airport (SDF)
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: The hotel is 6 miles from the Louisville airport, approximately 10 minutes by car. Uber and Lyft are available for pick up from Louisville International Airport (SDF)
  • MAPS & DIRECTIONS: If you are driving, please see the hotel's maps & directions page.
  • PARKING: Valet parking is available for $27/day.


Your registration fee includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres on Monday as well as breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. Monday dinner is on your own. Take a look at some of the OpenTable recommended local restaurants.


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.


  • The LR was great! I learned so much about myself and my leadership team.  
  • Excellent. The conference was extremely well-organized and every effort was taken to provide an optimum learning experience.
  • The LR reconnected me with what I need to do to let my team shine.
  • 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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