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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Institutional Leadership Seminar

Date: Wednesday - November 11, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual Seminar - Note Change in Date
Virtual Seminar For Heads and Trustees - Note Change in Date

Institutional Leadership Through Governance

Virtual Seminar

November 11, 2020 - 9:00-12:00pm (PT)

Note Change in Date




Decision Making Under Times of Uncertainty

with Kathy Pearson, Ph.D., President and Founder, Enterprise Learning Solutions, Inc

In normal circumstances, organizations struggle with making effective strategic decisions due to conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA).  With the onset of the global pandemic COVID-19, this challenge has become amplified, leaving leaders facing near paralysis in not only meeting short term goals, but in preparing for a completely uncertain future.   This session identifies five best practices in decision making, with a particular emphasis on building adaptability into the execution process.

This half day, interactive, virtual seminar will provide a deep-dive into strategic trusteeship. It will be led by national thought leader in governance, Kathy Pearson. Heads of School find this meeting especially valuable when they attend with their board chair or executive committee. While all trustees are welcome to attend, this will be most valuable to those with experience as trustees looking to take their board to the next level


Kathy Pearson, Ph.D. is a strategist, Systems Thinking expert, and authority in decision making. She is President and Founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions, a firm focused on executive development and learning across industries. Kathy is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and has served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Operations and Information Management Department at The Wharton School, both at the University of Pennsylvania. In this academic capacity, Kathy taught operations management courses in the MBA program and Executive Master’s in Technology Management programs as well as Probability and Statistics, Simulation Modeling, and other courses for the department and the University.

An award-winning educator, Kathy works extensively with mid- to senior level executives, including high potentials and executive teams. She works closely with Executive Education groups including the Wharton School, Duke CE, Smith College, and the Institute for Management Studies, as well as directly with global organizations. Kathy teaches on a variety of topics including Critical Thinking, Strategic Agility, Change Management and Strategic Execution. As Lead Faculty for many programs, she is responsible for overarching curriculum design, integration of the material, and the overall educational quality of the engagement. Kathy specifically likes to focus on application of the concepts covered in her content.                                                                                

Kathy’s work with executives spans a wide variety of industries and geographies, including health care and life sciences, financial and professional services, technology, consumer products, energy, aerospace and defense, and manufacturing. Her client list includes organizations as diverse as Bank of America, Cardinal Health, CASE-NAIS, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Citi, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Estee Lauder Companies, Federal Reserve Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Google, Heineken, Juniper, Life Insurance Research and Marketing Association (LIMRA/LL Global), Lincoln Financial Group, Lundbeck, Microsoft, NYSAIS, SAIS, Schneider Electric, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SII/SIFMA), Temasek Management Academy, University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), and the World Bank.

In addition to her executive development work, Kathy’s industrial and consulting experience includes advising senior leadership teams in the areas of strategic formulation, leading under uncertainty, and bridging the gap between strategy and execution. She is the co-author of The Perceptive Leader: A Handbook for Leading in an Environment of Uncertainty.


Kathy received her B.S. degree in theoretical mathematics from Auburn University, her M.S. degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University, and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (concentration in statistics) from Northwestern University.


Attending the Virtual Seminar

Attendees will be provided with an email confirmation at the time of registration and will be sent instructions about logging into the program the week of the event.




NWAIS Attendees 

Early Bird $155 by Sept 30, 2020

Regular $195 after Sept 30, 2020


$195 Anytime 

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline. 

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date. 

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date. 


Cancellation Policy  

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by November 4, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after Nov 4, 2020 are ineligible for any refund.  

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