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2019 Leadership Retreat | April 15-16
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Women in Leadership

Different from the whirlwind of conference breakout sessions, this boutique program offers female leaders time to focus on personal growth, leadership abilities, and relationship development surrounded by colleagues who face similar hurdles and aspire to reach common goals. Whether an aspiring leader, new administrator, or seasoned veteran, this retreat provides an opportunity to step back from day-to-day demands and focus on cultivating individual strengths and leadership skills.


Join us for a real conversation about women in independent school leadership. We will reveal and unpack research-based competencies women leaders need to be successful. We will build a healthy discussion around these sought-after skills, habits, and mindful practices. Participants will have the opportunity to sort these competencies based on their current position and uncover needs for their next role.


Next, we will tackle topics that are known to have high degrees of difficulty – giving feedback and managing conflict. Practice real-life scenarios with an activity called “You’ve Got Spinach in Your Teeth.” This will be the precursor to learning your conflict style and how to best work with other team members, especially during tough talks.


Then, we will talk about how to influence others through your ideas and concepts. Attendees will practice the art and science of storytelling and learn the six researched methods to turn thoughtful, strategic, or even futuristic ideas into reality.


Finally, we will discuss the difference between over confidence, under confidence, and authentic confidence, unpacking myths and truths about each. We will talk about how to manage perceived expectations, what cues we are sending through body language, and how to build a reserve of resiliency. Most importantly, we will create a plan on how to support other brave, bold women in our schools.


Led by Erin Fischer from The Leadership and Training Studio.



Erin Fischer is the owner and CEO of the Leadership and Training Studio. With a degree in public relations from Indiana University, Erin has spoken in 46 states, recruited in Hungary, volunteered in Hawaii, taught in Brazil, and has been on stages with thousands of people in the audience, all with the focus of developing people while building teams and organizations. Erin considers herself a leadership nerd — a woman on a mission to help teams and individuals excel at what they do. Her forum is the stage, but her focus is super-cognitive skills. She wants to support the growth of people by giving them time to think, reflect, and gain new knowledge. She is the author of two books, The Freshman Project and Radically Unfinished: One Woman's Project to Find Authentic, Uncomplicated Confidence. 


Monday-Tuesday, April 15-16, 2019

  • Registration opens at 12:30PM on Monday, April 15
  • First session begins at 1PM
  • Final session concludes at 12PM with a grab & go lunch on April 16


Renaissance Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130



Member School 



Through January 31
$595 $699
February 1 - March 21
$645 $749
After March 21
$695 $799


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Your registration fee includes:

  • Monday: reception
  • Tuesday: breakfast, grab & go lunch

Please note that Monday dinner is on your own. Take a look at some of the OpenTable recommended local restaurants.


  • 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.


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.



Please contact or (404) 583-6452 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.

Consent to Use of Photo / Video / Audio:  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.

Target Audience: SAIS professional development events are designed for those currently employed in a K-12 independent school. Topics are presented and discussed from an independent school perspective and working within the unique culture of our schools. As such, registration is limited to those from schools that are either already members of SAIS or from non-member schools that meet the membership criteria. This includes established schools that offer an academic program within the K-12 continuum and is financed almost exclusively by private rather than public funds.

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