Spring Leadership Conference: for Heads of Schools & School Leaders

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  • New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511
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When : Thursday, May 4, 12:00 - 7:00 PM; and Friday, May 5, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where : New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511
Topics : Leadership, communication, mentorship, belonging, mental health
Cost : $265 for both days; $140 single day


CAIS is excited to offer an opportunity for heads of schools and school leaders May 4-5 at the New Haven Lawn Club.
The program will include keynote sessions; interactive workshops; a heads of schools panel; affinity spaces; and opportunities to connect and recharge with fellow school leaders.
We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Thursday, May 4 — 12:15 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Welcome lunch for BIPOC Heads of School and Senior Leaders of Color
  • Opening Keynote: Robert King, Executive Editor-In-Chief, Special Projects at ESPN
  • Heads Panel (for Heads of School only) || Leading From the Second Position (for all other school leaders)
  • Visit with Corporate Guests
  • Evening Keynote & dinner: Donna Orem, President of NAIS: Leading Through Disruption: Riding the Tailwinds and Bucking the Headwinds

Friday, May 5 — 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Breakfast available
  • Opening Keynote by John Gulla, Executive Director of the E.E. Ford Foundation: In a Community and Belonging survey we asked over 22,000 students 45 questions. What did we learn?
  • Concurrent Sessions, including sessions on Faculty Evaluation Protocols; Fostering a Leadership Pipeline; and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: People Will Remember How You Made Them Feel.
  • General Session: Meg BolgerSocial Justice Facilitator: But You’re Wrong: Navigating Disagreements
    • How do we relate to the people we disagree with? How do we approach disagreements that feel personal and political? How do we address hot topics, particularly when they’re with people who we’re leading, teaching, or facilitating?
    • But You’re Wrong… is a session borne from 10 years of facilitating social justice educational workshops, and aims to help participants breakdown:
      • Unhelpful patterns for how we sometimes view people who we’re in disagreement with
      • How we can use a model for investigating/seeing human behavior (Glasser’s Choice Theory) to reframe those moments
      • A strategy for navigating tricky moments when we’re more emotionally tired or spent
      • This session will involve a mix of storytelling, live polling, mini-lectures, breakout room group work, and solo reflection time
  • Lunch provided

Registration Fee: $265 for both days; $140 single day

Robert King is Executive Editor at Large, Special Projects at ESPN. King is an influential multimedia architect and a twelve-time Sports Emmy award winner. King is responsible for the company’s overall journalistic direction, working closely with leaders across ESPN Films and original content, digital content, social media, multi-platform journalism and storytelling and global content, and advises ESPN and its senior leadership team on editorial issues. He also helped form and helps lead ESPN’s Inclusive Content Committee, a team with a core mission to enhance storytelling on all ESPN platforms by serving as a diverse resource for the company’s content creators.
Previously King was the Senior Vice President, Original Content, focusing globally on all of ESPN’s award-winning long-form storytelling and enterprise journalism, with a goal of maximizing the quality and impact of the content. King oversaw ESPN’s entire portfolio of storytelling assets across television, digital and print, including ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Films, 30 for 30, Outside the Lines, and E:60. He also led all original programming created exclusively for ESPN+, the company’s direct-to-consumer initiative.
Since joining ESPN in 2004, King has served as senior vice president, SportsCenter & News; senior vice president, Content, ESPN Digital & Print Media; and vice president and Editor-in- Chief of ESPN.com.
In 2016, King appeared on Forbes’ list of “Most Influential Minorities in Sports” and was named by Fast Company among its “Most Creative People 2014.” A past Pulitzer judge, King is a member of the Associated Press board of directors, the Center for Investigative Reporting board and the Poynter Institute’s Board of Trustees. A resident of West Hartford, CT and a CAIS school trustee, King and his wife Jen have three children: Eli, Amani and Amanda.

Donna Orem was named President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in November 2016. NAIS provides services to more than 2,000 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including nearly 1,700 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the U.S. Orem served as the Chief Operating Officer for NAIS for 11 years before becoming president. She joined NAIS in 1998 as the Vice President for Educational Leadership, later becoming the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research. Prior to joining NAIS, she served as the Vice President for Products and Services Development at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She also served as Associate Director for The American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Orem speaks frequently about leadership, governance, trends in independent education, and workforce development and is the author of numerous books and articles. 

John Gulla became the Executive Director of the Edward E. Ford Foundation on July 1, 2013. EE Ford, in its approximately 65 years of making grants, has distributed over $133,000,000 to about 1000 different independent schools. For the preceding 14 years, Gulla was Head of School at The Blake School, a 123 year-old school enrolling over 1400 students on three campuses in and around Minneapolis. He has also held administrative and teaching positions at Riverdale Country School , Isidore Newman and St. Ann’s in Brooklyn . A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University and Amherst College, he grew up the son of two public school teachers in Red Sox Nation just outside Boston. He helped found Fund for Teachers and has served on its Board since its inception in 1998, having chaired it for many years. He has also currently serves on the Board of High Mountain Institute where he was Chair of the Finance Committee for many years. Other Board services included ISACS, MAIS, Milkweed Editions, the Minnesota Chapter of the ACLU, among others. He and his wife, Andrea, have two grown sons and live in Brooklyn.

Meg Bolger is a social justice facilitator focusing on creating resources, trainings, and projects that lead us towards a more beautiful world. Meg is the captain of Facilitator Cards an organization that focuses on creating tools and training to help people become better facilitators.
Meg is also the co-creator of The Safe Zone Project a free online resource focused on LGBTQ+ inclusion education. They are also a huge facilitation geek and are the co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation and co-founded FacilitatingXYZ a free-online resource for all facilitators.

Meg graduated from Hamilton College and from Bowling Green State and currently lives in Vermont where they enjoy moving through the woods at any speed, in any weather, and doing their best to keep up with their nephews.

Interested in Exhibiting? Please email Diane for more information

Location New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511