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Leadership Institute

Date: Monday - June 24, 2019
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort (Leavenworth, WA)
June 24-26, 2019

Leadership Institute

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.


Who Should Attend

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


Tentative Agenda

Program will begin at 2:30pm, Monday, June 24, 2019 and conclude at 11:15am on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. 


Optional Conference Add-Ons


Lunch on Monday - Open to Anyone

Often attendees are traveling into Leavenworth and arriving around lunch time. Some stop along the way and others would rather start off with lunch in the dining hall. If you would like to include lunch, please sign up for it when you registration or contact us no less than a week before the institute begins. We will only be able to accommodate those who preregister for the meal. There will be no on-site sign up to participate.

Cost: $35 

Lunch on Wednesday for Assistant Heads and Division Heads

In response to attendee requests, we have built on an additional 11:15-3:00pm meeting, specifically for Assistant Heads and Division Heads. This time will be structured and run by members of the planning committee and will provide you an opportunity to connect with colleagues around the unique challenges of these roles. Stay and enjoy this extended learning opportunity with other senior leaders.

Cost: $35  




Please note that registration is a two-step process. Please 1) register for the program with NWAIS and 2) arrange for accommodations directly with Sleeping Lady Resort. See below for more information about making hotel reservations. 

For additional savings take advantage of the NWAIS travel share programs to reimburse expenses (see below).


Early Bird: $595 By May 10, 2019

Regular: $645 By May 31, 2019

Late: $695 After May 31, 2019

Non-Member: $745 Anytime until June 14, 2019 (Registration Deadline)


Arrival Lunch Before Program Begins: $35

Add-On Session for Assistant Heads and Division Heads: $35


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, 2019 are eligible for a refund after a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after June 14, 2019 are ineligible for any refund.




Sleeping Lady Resort is a leading Northwest destination – Sleeping Lady embodies the natural beauty and history of Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Valley. The Kingfisher Restaurant and Wine Bar feature gourmet meals created with the freshest local ingredients, many from Sleeping Lady’s own two-acre organic garden. Meals are chef’s choice and are served buffet-style in Kingfisher’s lodge-style setting.  Learn More About Sleeping Lady Resort.


The rooms at Sleeping Lady are spacious and have room for multiple attendees. If cost of attending is a concern, consider sharing as room with a colleague and splitting the cost of accommodations.


To make your reservations to stay at Sleeping Lady please call 1-800-574-2123 or email Identify yourself as attending the Northwest Association of Independent Schools – NWAIS Conference – Group #10748. A first nights deposit will be taken at the time of booking. 


Please note: space will fill at this location, and overflow arrangements will be made at another local hotel. Those who do not stay onsite will still join attendees for all meals and activities. If you feel strongly about staying at the Sleeping Lady Resort, register for your room early. 




NWAIS is Going Paperless

All program materials will be provided electronically. 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


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.


Excellent accommodations, excellent food, 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. It is a most spectacular location to retreat professionally and personally.


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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