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TAIS Heads Retreat

June 4-5, 2019 at Sewanee Inn

Wednesday Morning Speaker:  Donna Orem, President, NAIS


Presentation:  Re-envisioning Independent Schools for a Changing Context

The next decade will bring many shifts in society; external forces will put unprecedented pressure on long-standing institutions and systems, particularly education.  A global economy, fueled by technology, will uproot where people live and how they work.   A generation with less means than their parents will become our predominant independent school market.  How do schools evolve and flourish amidst all of this change?  We’ll examine the external forces in detail, and discuss how NAIS’s latest research on parents can help schools differentiate themselves for a more sustainable future.

Short Bio:

Orem served as NAIS’s chief operating officer for 11 years before becoming president. In that capacity, she directed the organization’s strategic planning and provided vision and leadership for new initiatives, products, and services. She also oversaw human resources and talent management. Orem joined NAIS in 1998 as the vice president for educational leadership and later became the vice president for strategic initiatives and research.


Prior to joining NAIS, she was the vice president for products and services development at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In her 15 years at CASE, she also served as the vice president for independent schools. In that role, she managed all services for the independent school advancement community, including the annual CASE/NAIS Conference. Earlier in her career, she 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. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles. Most recently, she co-authored the NAIS Trustee Handbook, 10th edition, published in September 2015.



12:00 Check-In
 1:00 Golfing, Hiking, Antiquing, Relaxing for Heads & Spouses 
 5:30 Reception for Heads & Spouses  (Lobby Bar, Back Patios)
 7:00 Dinner for Heads & Spouses   (Downstairs, Cumberland Hall)  



 8:15  Breakfast  (Downstairs, Cumberland Hall)
 9:00 Presentations & Discussions (Downstairs, Founders Hall)  
12:00 Lunch  (Cumberland Hall)
12:30 Departure or Optional Activities




Registration fee includes reception, dinner, breakfast and lunch.

Individuals must pay for hotel room ($169), room charges and afternoon activity separately.

TAIS will reserve your hotel room when your registration comes in.

If you prefer to reserve your own room, please use this link.

Hotel check-in is at 3:00 and check-out is at 11:00. 

The hotel will modify those times, if they're able.

Sewanee Inn has free parking.

  TAIS Head of School:  $175  

  TAIS Spouse's Reception & Dinner:  $50  



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