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Presented in collaboration with the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES).

Conference Schedule

Wednesday February 07 

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Registration and Check-In

  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Welcome and Introductions

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Life of a New Head of School

  • 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
    Reception and Dinner

Thursday February 08

  • 9:00 am - 10:15 am
    Am I the Right Person to Be a Head of School?

  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am
    Trends in School Headship

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
    What You Need to Know About the Head Search Process

  • 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Leadership Transition

  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    The Interview Process: A Dramatic Approach

  •  5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday February 09

  • 9:00 am - 10:15 am
    Shared Leadership: The Board-Head Partnership

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am
    Episcopal Identity - Panel Discussion

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
    Holy Eucharist 

Leaders for the Future

Wednesday, February 7 - Friday, February 9, 2018
Hyatt Regency DFW
2334 North International Parkway
DFW Airport, TX 75261

Are you thinking about a career as an Episcopal school head? Have you ever wondered if being a school head would be a good option for your future career? Have you ever wondered just what a school head does? If the answer to any one of these questions is "Yes," then you should attend this conference. Learn from our incredibly high-caliber panel, including current and former school heads, and leading search consultants alongside the NAES staff.

Whether you are currently working in an Episcopal school, another independent school setting, or a church setting, this is a gathering that will help you take your career to the next level!

We are proud to present this conference in conjunction with the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES).

» See Program Overview and Register Now!

Featured Guest Presenters and Topics

This conference is an incredible opportunity to learn from NAES directors, Dan Heischman and Ann Mellow, as well as this exceptional group of search consultants and school leaders. Click here to view a full schedule.

"The Life of a New Head of School"

Ms. Meredyth M. Cole
Head of School 
The Episcopal School of Dallas 


"Am I the Right Person
to Be a Head of School?"

Mr. Peter Phillip  
Senior Search Consultant 
Carney, Sandoe & Associates 


"Trends in School Headship"

Doreen S. Oleson Ed.D.
Resource Group 175 



Ms. Amada Torres 
Vice President, Studies, Insights, and Research 
National Association of Independent Schools 


"What You Need to Know About
the Head Search Process"

Mr. Douglas S. Jennings
Educators' Collaborative, L.L.C. 



"The Leadership Transition"

Mr. Robert E. Kirkpatrick
The Education Group 

Mr. James J. Secor III
Former Head of School 

Mr. Harrison Stuart 
Founding Head of School 
Episcopal School of Nashville 

Mr. Paul M. Quick 
Head of School 
Ascension Episcopal School


"The Interview Process:
A Dramatic Approach"

Mr. L. Lincoln Eldredge
Brigham Hill Consultancy 



Ms. Jessica D. McCann 
Brigham Hill Consultancy 

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"Shared Leadership:
The Board-Head Partnership"

The Rev. David A. Madison D.Min.
Executive Director
Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools