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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Buckle Your Seatbelts: Navigating A Path to 2021-22

Date: Thursday - December 03, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Virtual Webinar and Panel
Offered in Collaboration with SAIS 

Buckle Your Seatbelts:

Navigating the Path to 2021-22

Thursday, Nov 19  |  Thursday, Dec 3

2:30-4:00 PM Pacific / 3:30-5:00 PM Mountain

You Are Welcome To Sign Up for Part Two, Even If You Missed Part One.




This is a free webinar for NWAIS Member Schools.  

Register Here



Planning for the next academic year feels fraught with uncertainty at a time when schools are usually feeling confident in their year-end projections and already voting on budgets. Join this two-part series to gain important perspectives about the virus, the economy, and independent school industry considerations to help with planning for next year. 


Part 1 - Scenarios for the Next Phase of the Virus

The November 19 session will provide crucial external insight in two key areas:

  • Dr. David Cosenza and Dr. Catherine Passaretti will give us a window into what we have learned about the virus, what its trajectory may involve, and the future of the vaccines in trials.
  • Dr. Fabrizio Perri will outline the various scenarios that might emerge around the economic recovery that our country may experience.

Part 1 Speakers:

David Cosenza is medical director of Atrium Health Employer Solutions and has been a physician with Atrium Health since 2009. Cosenza is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is licensed to practice in North and South Carolina. He is an American Academy of Family Physicians, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, and American Medical Association member.
Catherine Passaretti serves as the medical director of infection prevention for CMC and is an attending faculty physician in the Department of Internal Medicine. Passaretti is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She is a member of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She has also worked with the states of Maryland and North Carolina on developing a system for public reporting of healthcare associated infections.
Fabrizio Perri is currently monetary advisor in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Past positions include professor of economics at the University of Minnesota and at Università Bocconi, and William Berkley Professor in economics and business at New York University. He graduated from Universitá Bocconi in Italy with a degree in economics and social sciences and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Perri's research focuses on macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and inequality.

Did You Miss Part 1?

You Can Review the Recording Here:


Part 2 - Planning for the 2021-22 Landscape

The December 3 session will dive more deeply into what independent school leaders and board members may want to consider as they chart their course, including:

  • How to approach the budget cycle with Ari Betof from Organizational Sustainability
  • Trends and projections that the data are telling us with Lisa Pullman from INDEX
  • Enrollment management and admissions in a turbulent environment with Peter Baron from EMA
  • Legal and business cycle considerations with Debra Wilson from SAIS
  • Industry-wide perspective and planning thoughts with John Gulla from EE Ford
Part 2 Speakers:

Peter Baron is chief member relations officer at EMA. Baron is responsible for the creation and oversight of EMA's external programs as well as its membership promise. He oversees EMA's marketing and communications, member recruitment and retention, and outreach functions, as well as its leadership training programs, research, and other related strategic initiatives.

Ari Betof is president of Organizational Sustainability Consulting. He is a nationally recognized expert in organizational stewardship and financial sustainability. Betof has served as an independent school trustee, head, administrator, and faculty member as well as a lecturer in University of Pennsyvlania's PennGSE mid-career doctoral program in educational leadership.

John Gulla became president of The Edward E. Ford Foundation in July 2013. From 1998-2012, he was head of The Blake School and previously held administrative positions at Riverdale Country School, Isidore Newman, and Saint Ann’s. John earned an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and an M.A. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Lisa Pullman is executive director of INDEX. Previously, Pullman served as director of e-business for a division of General Electric; managing director of international operations for Cannondale Corporation; and international business manager for TIME Warner (New York and Hong Kong.) She has served as an advisor to GrafoprintNeubert, a publishing company in The Czech Republic. Pullman received her B.A. from Hamilton College and M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.


Debra Wilson joined the SAIS staff as president in July 2019. Debra received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. Her past and current board service includes EMA-The Enrollment Management Association, GEB-Global Education Benchmarking, MISBO-Mid-South Independent School Business Officers, and NNSP-National Network of School Partnerships. 


Register Here

The Zoom link will be included in the reminder emails sent prior to the start time.

The sessions will be recorded and a link will be emailed to all registrants within 24 hours.


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