The Leadership Journey: Guides, Pathways, and Possibilities
Leadership, both in concept and in practice, is a journey rather than a destination. Join us at the 2018 NAIS Annual Conference this March 7 – 9, in Atlanta to explore the possibilities of your own leadership journey, whether you lead as a head of school, teacher, trustee, or in multiple roles. Along with other aspects of a changing world and education landscape, the independent school community is faced with shifting mindsets about who leads and how we lead. When NAIS was founded over 50 years ago, the concept of leadership looked remarkedly different than it does today. While many of the building blocks of effective and inspiring leadership remain the same, we now know there are countless styles, personalities, and skills that can help us be authentic, engaged, and innovative leaders whether in the classroom, a board meeting, or as a head of school.
Who is leading our schools is just as important as how they are doing it. Women and people of color remain underrepresented in many top leadership roles in our schools, Millennials are challenging preconceived notions of success, and retirement is in reach for many heads of school. As we prepare ourselves and our students for the future, we must examine who is preparing and refining their leadership skills and what pathways they are taking along the way.
Come to the 2018 NAIS Annual Conference and…
Take some time to identify and thank the guides who helped you along your leadership journey. Examine the pathways that brought you to where you are today. Explore what possibilities you see for yourself in the future. Together we can reimagine what authentic, effective leadership looks like at all levels.
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What is the NAIS Annual Conference?
The NAIS Annual Conference is the premier professional development and networking event for administrators, trustees, and teachers at independent schools. It brings together more than 5,000 educators. Attendees leave feeling energized and tools and information to strengthen their schools.
Who attends the conference?
The 5,000+ attendees, from all parts of the country and world, consist of heads of school, department heads, teachers, and other administrators including admission, business, and development officers.
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
Givers Take All: Creating a Culture of Productive Generosity
Culture is a cornerstone of success, but many leaders struggle in managing the cultures of their teams and organizations. Based on a decade of research and consulting with Fortune 500 companies, including recent projects at JetBlue, Goldman Sachs, Teach For America, and Warby Parker, Adam Grant argues that the highest-performing organizations are the ones that embrace an ethos of knowledge sharing, helping, and mentoring. In this dynamic presentation, Adam outlines the key strategies for building a culture of productive generosity. He covers how leaders and organizations can improve practices around selection and hiring, recognition and rewards, and collaboration and coordination to boost revenue, efficiency, and satisfaction.
As an organizational psychologist, Adam Grant studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40.
He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books: Originals, which explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink, and Give and Take, which examines why helping others drives our success. His third book, Option B with Sheryl Sandberg, is about resilience.
Grant's TED talks on original thinkers, givers, and takers have been viewed more than 7 million times. His speaking and consulting clients include Facebook, Google, the NBA, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, where his articles on raising moral and creative children have each been shared over 300,000 times on social media.
Grant was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, "Is giving the secret to getting ahead?" A tenured professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Grant has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He has designed experiential learning activities in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking, and collaboration skills. He is a passionate feminist who serves on the Lean In board and the Defense Innovation Advisory Board at the Pentagon.
His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in best-selling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive by Daniel Pink, and David and Goliath by Gladwell.
Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership advisor and bestselling author based in Silicon Valley. Navi’s most recent book, Frugal Innovation: How to Do More With Less, shows how companies can innovate faster, better, and more sustainably in today’s customer-driven global tech economy shaped by climate change. Navi has also coauthored the global bestseller Jugaad Innovation and From Smart to Wise. His TED talk on frugal innovation has garnered over 1.5 million video views. And, he has received the prestigious Thinkers50 Innovation Award.
His most recent book, The Conscious Society: Reinventing How We Consume, Work, and Live, shows how we can tap into our abundant inner resources — love, ingenuity, wisdom — to consciously direct human evolution towards a healthier and sustainable future.
He is a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Navi’s ideas have been shaped by his eclectic cultural background including his Indian roots, his French education, and his Silicon Valley milieu. He studied at Ecole Centrale Paris and the Yale School of Management. His writing appears in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and strategy+business, among other publications.
When I Grow up I Want to Be: Stories as Borders, Stories as Skies
The stories parents and communities tell themselves can be devastating and diminishing, or they can be liberating and transformative. Through personal experience and humour, Msimang will focus on what happens when we start listening to children and the stories they tell about who they are and the world they observe around them. The talk will also explore practical tools for storytelling within schools.
Sisonke Msimang tells stories about justice and human rights. In the early part of her career, Msimang set up a fund to fight for people whose health had been compromised by their race, class, and gender identities. In 2008, she became the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, responsible for making grants on human rights projects. Msimang is now the head of programs at the Centre for Stories, a new initiative that collects, preserves, and shares stories about migrants, refugees, and diverse people and places linked to the Indian Ocean Rim.
Msimang has been awarded a number of fellowships including from Yale University, the University of the Witwatersrand, and the Aspen Institute. She also contributes regularly to the New York Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, and a range of other outlets.