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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Leadership Institute

Date: Monday - June 21, 2021
Location: Virtual Conference
June 21-23, 2021


2021 NWAIS Leadership Institute

June 21, 2021: 8:00am-1:00pm PDT

June 22, 2021: 8:30am-2:15pm PDT

June 23, 2021: 8:30am-12:00pm PDT

Our Journey Together: Returning To Something New


Program Update:

This program has been moved online, the agenda tightened up, the price reduced and the content tweaked to reflect the current situation. If travel or price were a barrier in the past, don't miss this opportunity to join your NWAIS colleagues for this impactful program for school leaders.

Not sure about the virtual format? See what colleagues said last year:

Definitely an excellent wrap up to the school year

You should absolutely go. Super valuable.

It is truly worth taking this time to take part, to learn, to think in different types of ways and to connect with others. I always learn with and from my colleagues at other schools and believe that this way of creating community goes a long way throughout the year.


Online Conference Overview

The program will incorporate interactive presentations from our guest facilitators, small group activities and chances to connect with other attendees. There will be structured sessions to share our learning from this year as we start to look forward together. 

Based on the new structure of the event, we are able to drop the cost, making the event accessible to a broad range of attendees. Many attendees make this an annual part of their professional development. If you have thought about attending in the past, this would be a great year to try out the program and then join us in person, in future years, at the lovely Sleeping Lady Resort.



Who Should Attend

Assistant Heads, Division Heads, Deans, and those in and aspiring to Educational and Administrative Leadership Roles.

Why Attend The Leadership Institute 

This program is created by your peers in NWAIS leadership roles to support the work of experienced and aspiring leaders. The program includes time to reflect on the year's successes and challenges, build a new skill set and consider how it will be relevant in the coming year. Attendees have found it valuable to attend on their own or in cohorts from their school.  

What Is Included In the Online Program?

  • Synchronous, Interactive Sessions Over the Course of Three Days

  • Small Group Activities and Connection Points

  • Informal Time to Connect with Colleagues



The agenda will be filled with engaging and interactive programming and work with your expedition teams. Lunches will be free blocks with optional opportunities to chat and mingle with other participants.

This is more than a series of workshops. It is a chance to build relationships with other NWAIS leaders that will support your work throughout the year. Please come prepared to engage and connect with colleagues from across the association.




Over the course of the three days, the planning committee and our workshop facilitators will guide you through an exploration of our theme: Our Journey Together: Returning To Something New.  The workshops will provide the framework for reflection and connection.

Negotiating During Times of Change

with Whitney Benns, Triad Consulting, Home of Thanks For the Feedback




Pandemic as Portal: Looking Back, Now, and Ahead as Independent School Leaders 

Led By: Lori Cohen, School Leadership and Coaching Expert, Bright Morning Consulting



Moments of Serenity, and Other Myths


If You Want to Change the System, Change Your System

With Bill Hulseman, Experienced Independent School Leader and Consultant


Learn more about the workshops and facilitators here




Registration Deadline: All registrations must be completed by June 14, 2021

Register Here


NWAIS Member Rate:

Early Bird: $325 By June 1, 2021

Late: $375 After June 1, 2021


Non-Member School Participants:

$425 Anytime until June 14, 2021 (Registration Deadline)


To receive the early bird or regular discount, your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the stated deadline.

* For registrations completed by mail or online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by the stated deadline

* Online registrations completed by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the stated deadline.

Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by June 14, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after June 14, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.




Attendees of past Leadership Institutes were asked what they would tell those who have not attended before.  Here are a few of their responses.


The networking opportunity can't be beat. It's a very different feel and pace than most other conferences.


Thoroughly planned, overall - outstanding


I think it is great to attend with a group from your school - very valuable on many levels and worth the investment.


You will gain so much & you will also have the chance to fully integrate it into what you do. This conference is informative but invested in personal reflection and application. It is an outstanding opportunity to interact with peers.


This is an amazing opportunity to connect with colleagues from your own school and people who are your peers at other neighboring schools. This is a chance to not only offer your own ideas but to walk away with a better sense of where independent schools are heading.


It is an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues, refresh after the school year, and dream big about the future of your school. I came away with both practical ideas I can implement right away, and more ambitious ideas for the leadership team at my school. I highly recommend it and hope to be back next year!




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