2022 NAIS Heads’ Summit

February 28-March 1, In-Person in Baltimore, MD

Register via the NAIS Online Annual Conference individual registration option here*.

*Please note that a head's registration to the Heads' Summit cannot be part of a school's group registration. 

Reconnect and recharge with heads of school from independent schools around the country. Join us at the first-ever in-person NAIS Heads’ Summit. 

This event, open to heads of school only, will be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel for two days immediately prior to the NAIS Online Annual Conference. Programming will prioritize connection and conversation among school heads, while building in information sharing, keynote addresses, and need-to-know content. There will also be a reception on Sunday, February 27.  

Meet the Speakers

Jamil Zaki Jamil Zaki

In an increasingly divided world, empathy is needed now more than ever. How can we improve how we practice empathy and reframe it as a way to bridge our differences? Jamil Zaki, Stanford psychologist and author of The War for Kindness and Leading with Empathy in Turbulent Times, knows firsthand that empathy is something anyone can practice and improve upon. Zaki explores how empathy works, why it matters, and what we can do to empathize more effectively through deliberate practice. Of The War for Kindess, Angela Duckworth, author of Grit, writes, “In this masterpiece, Jamil Zaki weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever.”

Rita McGrath Rita McGrath

As one of the world's leading experts on strategy and innovation, Rita McGrath is a writer, teacher, speaker, and advisor, helping people answer the question, "Where do I start?" She is the bestselling author of The End of Competitive Advantage and four other books, including her latest release, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. McGrath is consistently ranked among the top management thinkers in the world and was ranked No. 1 for strategy by Thinkers50. She is committed to helping organizations create real opportunities through innovation and helping people translate powerful ideas into action. 

Pricing and Registration Details

Heads' Summit and NAIS Online Annual Conference Registration Fees
Heads of School from Member and Premium Subscriber Schools $695
Heads of School from Nonmember Schools $975

Pricing includes:
  • One registration for the in-person Heads’ Summit in Baltimore.
  • Access to the 2022 NAIS Online Annual Conference.
  • Bonus! One additional registration for the 2022 NAIS Online Annual Conference to be gifted to a member of your faculty, staff, or board.

Schedule at a Glance

(Subject to change)

Sunday, February 27
5:30-7:00 PM ET Welcome Reception
Monday, February 28
8:00-9:00 AM ET Breakfast (Provided)
9:15-10:30 AM ET Morning Keynote: Jamil Zaki
Director of the Social Neuroscience Lab at Stanford University
10:45 AM-12:00 PM ET Topic Roundtables
12:15-2:00 PM ET Lunch (Provided)
2:15-3:30 PM ET Interactive Workshops
4:00-5:30 PM ET NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH) reunion for 2020 and 2021 participants (invitation only)
Tuesday, March 1
8:30-10:00 AM ET Breakfast (Provided)
10:00-11:00 AM ET Morning Keynote: Rita McGrath
Author and Professor at Columbia Business School
11:15 AM-12:15 PM ET Topic Roundtables
12:15-1:30 PM ET Lunch (Provided)
1:45-3:00 PM ET Interactive Workshops
3:15-3:45 PM ET Closing Session



Is this part of the NAIS Annual Conference?
This is a special event preceding the online conference, so heads of school will be able to attend both if they wish. The Heads’ Summit will be in-person, while the Annual Conference is online only. 

What is the schedule of events?
There will be an in-person reception offered the evening of Sunday, February 27, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, from 5:30- 7:00 PM ET. Programming on Monday, February 28, will run from 8:00 AM-3:30 PM ET, and on Tuesday, March 1, from 9:00 AM-3:45 PM ET.

How do I register?
Heads of school can register through the Online Annual Conference Attendee registration system. Please be aware that a head’s registration to the Heads’ Summit cannot be part of a schools’ group registration. Registration must be completed through the Online Annual Conference Attendee registration here

What is the cancellation policy?
Registration cancellations must be received via email to [email protected] by February 3, 2022, to receive a full refund less a $100 cancellation fee. All refunds will be processed by the same method presented at the time of registration. Cancellations received after February 3, 2022, as well as no-shows, will be charged the full registration fee.

What is the last date to register?
Space is limited, so registrations are first-come, first-served.

Do I have to be a current sitting head of school at an independent school?
Yes, no exceptions. 

Are any meals included?
We will provide a light reception on Sunday night and breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

How do I book a hotel room?
The summit will take place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Instructions on how to reserve a hotel room will be included in your registration confirmation email. The hotel room rate is $170 per night (single/double). Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 17.5%) in effect at the time of checkout.

How do I get there?
The closest airport is BWI and the closest train station is Baltimore Penn Station

What are the COVID protocols?
NAIS is committed to the safety of attendees. As our venue is located in Baltimore, MD, our base-level restrictions will fall in line with current state and city mandates. As we get closer to the dates of the Heads’ Summit, we will communicate specific safety protocols  for in-person attendees.
How many people will be in attendance? 
At the moment, we are expecting about 400 attendees.