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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Institutional Leadership Through Governance Seminar

Date: Wednesday - November 10, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hotel Murano (Tacoma, WA)
Single day, In-Person Seminar For Heads and Trustees

Institutional Leadership Through Governance

Single day, In-Person Seminar

Hotel Murano (Tacoma, WA)

November 10, 2021 - 9:00-3:00pm (PST) 



Conference Overview

Join over 100 trustees and heads of school for the premiere independent school governance event in the Northwest.  We will focus on the areas where boards are struggling as we move through the pandemic, giving you the information and tools to move your school forward. 

The seminar will be comprised of two workshop sessions. One more tactical, one more reflective. Each will be led by national thought leaders and focus on trends in education, independent schools, strategy and will be rooted in this unique moment in time for independent schools.

Heads of School find this event especially valuable when they attend with their board chair or executive committee, but trustees of all levels of experience will benefit from the conversation.



Workshop Information

9:00AM-12:00PM PST - Morning Session

Anne-Marie Balzano


Mission and Data's Senior Governance Strategist, former teacher, head of school, associate professor, and most recently, Director of Leadership and Governance at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Independent school trustees and heads of school know Dr. Balzano as the chief editor of The Board Chair Handbook and the host of NAIS’s governance podcast, The Trustee Table.


Hitting the Governance Reset Button - Effective Practices for Heads of School and Boards


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1:00-3:00PM PDT - Afternoon Session

Dr. Rob Evans and Dr. Michael Thompson


Esteemed Authors, Psychologists and School Consultants


Post-pandemic Strategy and Governance for Boards of Trustees


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2021-22 NWAIS Governance Programming - Which Program is Right for You?


Building Better Boards: These virtual workshops focus on board operations and case studies. This is best for those who are working on improving how your board functions and in identifying and exploring the role of trustee. This will be especially valuable for those in their first few years of trusteeship.

  • September 17, 2021 – Welcome to the Board of Trustees: Now Just What is Our Job?
  • October 14, 2021 – Delicate and Dirty Dancing - The Board Chair-Head Partnership
  • December 9, 2021 –  Learning from Others - Exploring Case Studies in Governance
  • March 9, 2022 - Learning to Grow - Designing a Board Development Plan


Institutional Leadership Through Governance (November 10, 2021): This full day, in-person seminar will provide a deep-dive into an current aspect of trusteeship. It will be comprised of morning and afternoon workshops led by national thought leaders in governance. 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.

Board Chairs and Heads Partnering to Propel Schools (May 13, 2022): This single-day workshop is specifically built around supporting the special relationship of the Head and the Board Chair as they lead the board and the strategic direction of the school. Attendees have a chance to deepen their partnership as well as developing connections with others who share their unique role in other NWAIS schools.







   Registration Rate   



   Early Bird


   By September 27, 2021



   Between September 27 and October 22, 2021   



   After October 22, 2021






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. 


Hotel Murano (Tacoma, WA)

A Forbes four-star rated hotel in downtown Tacoma located adjacent to the Tacoma convention center and steps from the city’s best museums and restaurants. With a world-class art collection, delicious cuisine, full service spa, and beautiful meeting rooms and event space, NWAIS encourages you to relax, spend the night, and enjoy this lovely location.

NWAIS has secured a special rate of $135.00 per night for single and double occupancy.

Please make your reservation by October 18, 2021

Click here to make your reservations, or call the Reservations desk at 253-591-4145 or 877-986-8083. Ask for “NWAIS Institutional Leadership Conference and Fall Heads Meeting 2021” to ensure you receive the discounted room rate.   


Cancellation Policy  

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by November 1, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after November 1, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.  

NWAIS Is Going Paperless. All program materials will be provided electronically.

If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please bring a internet connected device, download the materials in advance or print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.


NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details



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