Pre- & Post-Conference Activities


Pre-Conference: Monday, June 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop: Answer the Rising Call for Women’s Leadership in Independent Schools

While women dominate the teaching staffs of most independent schools, they currently continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions in our schools.

The landscape, however, is changing fast. We are on the cusp of unprecedented new opportunities for women to make their mark as independent school leaders. Projections are that nearly 70% of current sitting heads will retire over the next decade, and competition for outstanding school leaders will be increasingly robust. Meanwhile, search committees already are demanding a more diverse array of candidates, and search consultants are eager to bring to schools more women candidates.

This interactive workshop is designed to prepare and empower emerging leaders and aspiring school heads to pursue administrative positions in independent schools.

Presenters include inspiring school leaders and top search consultants who will provide current perspectives on the most important trends in independent school leadership today, along with insights gleaned from their own leadership journeys and practical guidance on shaping your career planning. Search consultants will provide an insider’s view on the search process, how to prepare the materials you will need – cover letter, resume, educational philosophy, etc. – and the skills and experiences that can help you become an effective candidate.

Other relevant questions we will explore together include: What are the rewards in being a school head or senior administrator, and how do you manage the challenges? What are strategies for keeping work and family life as balanced as possible? If the job you really want is in another city, how to handle the challenges of relocation? How do you cultivate mentors, advocates, and allies? What other institutional resources are available, such as the NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellowship and the Women’s Leadership Seminar sponsored by The Head’s Network?

Over the course of the workshop, participants will connect with supportive educational leaders, gain exposure to some of best thinking on leadership development, and be energized to pursue their leadership ambitions with enhanced savvy, confidence, and vision.

PANELISTS: Kimberly Field-Marvin, Headmistress | Louise S. McGehee School; Wanda Holland Greene, Head of School | The Hamlin School; Laura Hotchkiss, Associate Head for Academics and Director of the Upper School | Marlborough School; and Martha Perry, Principal | St. Clement’s School and President | NCGS Board of Trustees

FACILITATORS: Ann Teaff, Former Head of School | The Harpeth Hall School and Executive Coaching Consultant | Carney Sandoe & Associates; Bill Christ, Former Head of School | Hathaway Brown School and Senior Search Consultant | Carney Sandoe & Associates; Jennifer Wong Christensen, Search Consultant | Carney Sandoe & Associates; Karen Neitzel, Search Consultant | Carney Sandoe & Associates; and Karen Whitaker, Search Consultant | Carney Sandoe & Associates


School Visits


Post-Conference: Wednesday, June 26, 1:15 PM – 4:10 PM

Insider’s Tour: Carnegie Observatories

What is dark energy? How did the universe form – and how is it evolving? Astronomers at the Carnegie Observatories – Pasadena’s oldest scientific establishment – have been exploring these questions and more since 1904. This exciting “insider’s look” will include an opportunity to hear about Carnegie Observatories’ historic and contemporary research and achievements from Director Dr. John Mulcahey and well as tours of Carnegie’s historic library and its state-of-the-art Machine Shop, where instruments and other parts for Carnegie’s large telescopes in Chile are made. Join us as we reach for the stars – and beyond!


School Visits