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2019 Leadership Retreat | April 15-16
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Different from the whirlwind of conference breakout sessions, this boutique program offers administrative 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 a new administrator or a seasoned veteran, this retreat provides an opportunity to step back from day-to-day demands and focus on cultivating individual strengths and leadership skills.

Who should attend?

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


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 care less about what everyone else thinks, 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.



Monday-Tuesday, April 15-16, 2019


New Orleans, LA


$595 SAIS member school earlybird rate


The reservation block is not yet open. Check back for updates!


  • AIRPORT: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport


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.


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) 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.

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