NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI)

NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute

Registration for the 2024 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is now open

2024 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute
June 16–21, 2024
Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA

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Communities and individuals adjust to the impacts of rapid technological advances and the aftermath of a global pandemic. Racism and other forms of interpersonal and structural discrimination continue to rend our social fabric. Disinformation fuels polarization and opposition to longstanding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs that make schools safer for all children. Mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being decline.  

The 2024-2025 school year presents a litany of challenges for school leaders—including diversity and equity professionals and other educators—committed to inclusive excellence. The NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is an engaging, trusted community of practice that helps educators meet today’s challenges and transform them into opportunities for innovation and strategic change.

DLI is a residential institute that features one-to-one connections and small- and large-group interactions that reinforce engagement with institute content and process. DLI’s approach also generates active collaboration, networking, and other tools needed to lead and manage through polarizing conflict, power imbalances, the impact of unexamined racial identity, the effects of systemic racism, other injustices, and more. Led by a diverse and experienced faculty, DLI participants will:

  • Examine best and emerging practices that deepen understanding of the field of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Hear and learn innovative approaches to DEI from experts and practitioners.  
  • Explore frameworks for “doing the work” strategically, collaboratively, and with mindful attention to the past, present, and future.
  • Develop action plans that include coaching and mentoring by DLI faculty throughout the year.


The 2024 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute is designed for:

  • Independent school leaders who have direct responsibility for their community’s diversity initiatives and programs.
  • Faculty and staff (with or without related titles) who plan, support, coordinate, and execute DEIB/J programs.
  • Educators, including classroom teachers, who wish to increase their effectiveness working with students and adults in diverse settings.
  • Student support staff, deans of faculty, global and international education practitioners, and all who care about the health and well-being of their school communities.

Registration Information

Registration for 2024 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute is now open

DLI is a residential program that will take place at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. The registration fee includes room and board and all meals during on-campus programming.
Registration Pricing Early Bird Pricing
(Through 3/27)
Standard Pricing
(On or After 3/28)
Member price  $3,350 $3,850
Nonmember price* $4,500 $4,950

*Contact us for more information about the benefits of NAIS membership, including discounted event pricing.

Hotel Accommodations

Your registration fee includes the cost of your hotel room during the event. NAIS will reserve your hotel room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, located at 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, 30329. Reservations will be made with the arrival of Sunday, June 16, and a departure of Saturday, June 22; please plan your trip accordingly. The check-in time is 4:00 PM ET and check-out time is 12:00 PM ET. This event is a residential program, and you are expected to stay at the conference hotel and participate in the entire program. If you require dates other than what is covered, please contact [email protected]. Additional fees may apply.


  • Watch for a detailed schedule closer to the program start. Please plan to arrive at the Emory Conference Center by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday, June 16, with lunch from 11:45 AM–12:45 PM ET, and plan to depart no earlier than 7:30 PM ET on Friday, June 21.

2024 Faculty

  • Karen Bradberry, interim head of upper school, Lakehill Preparatory School (TX) 
  • Allen Broyles, principal consultant, organizational learning practice leader, MehtaCognition 
  • Johnnie Foreman, consultant 
  • Mahtab Mahmoodzadeh, director of diversity & inclusion, The Overlake School (WA) 
  • Nancy Nagramada, head of school, Island School (HI) 
  • Jay Rapp, consultant     
  • Yerko Sepulveda, director of community, engagement, and belonging, Porter Gaud (SC) 
  • Jessie Skipwith, Elevate director, licensed school counselor, Aspen Academy (CO) 
  • Marlo Thomas, assistant head for equity and inclusion, Georgetown Day School (DC) 
  • Roderick White, director, office of diversity and community life, University School of Nashville (TN) 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing at this email address: [email protected]. Cancellations received up to 30 days (May 17) before the program's start date will be fully refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program will not be refunded.

Contact Information

Please contact [email protected] or (202) 973-9700 with any questions.