Special Events

In addition to the regular conference programming, you can take advantage of the following events, many of which require pre-registration.

Successful Negotiations Navigating Conflict, Collaboration, and Difficult Conversations
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Ticket Required: $25
School leaders need to master the art and science of negotiating a broad series of issues— from school policy to job responsibilities and
from salaries to student and family issues. This skills-based workshop on essential principles of negotiation will help you strengthen your own
leadership as well as your school community. Presenter Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is a clinical professor of law at Cardozo Law School and
founding director of the Leadership Program at the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.

Ticket Required: Free
Wednesday, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Join fellow first-time Annual Conference attendees at a casual reception. Get to know each other and forge new connections as you begin your conference experience.

Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Ticket Required: $25
Join other heads of school and leadership team members for breakfast and a presentation by NAIS President Donna Orem and the NAIS Board of Trustees. The Annual Meeting for Members immediately follows the breakfast.

Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Friday, 6:00 – 7:00 AM
Mental and physical wellness are important aspects of everyday life. The 2018 NAIS Annual Conference will give you the opportunity to participate in early morning yoga or a fun run/walk/roll.

Thursday, 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Ticket Required: Free
Connect with your colleagues and exhibitors for a welcome reception in the NAIS Expo. Enjoy drinks, food, entertainment, and more during this opening event.

Thursday, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Following a “speed dating” format, spend an hour hearing from some of the most innovative independent schools across the country. These intimate, 15-minute mini-sessions focus on the schools’ innovation journeys, why they embarked on their journeys, and some of the lessons learned so far. Participation is firstcome, first-served, so please be sure to show up early to snag a seat. No tickets required.

Friday, 7:30 - 10: 00 AM
Come witness art in action! NAIS welcomes you to the first ever “Art Throwdown” at the annual conference. This fast-paced head-to-head drawing contest will feature students from NAIS schools racing against the clock to compete in three categories – portraits, still life and figure drawing. Watch art come to life as students showcase their talent. We will have judges on hand to award prizes to the top contestants at the end of the three sections. While you’re there, take a look around the NAIS Art Gallery to see submitted works of art from local independent schools. Sponsored by Holy Spirit Preparatory School (GA).