NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH)

NAIS Institute for New Heads

Registration for the 2023 NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH) has reached capacity.

2023 NAIS Institute for New Heads
July 9-15, 2023

Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA
Followed by online programming through July 2024

This highly regarded program for incoming and second-year heads of school will bring you the knowledge of seasoned heads, the understanding and support of fellow new heads, and the tools to thrive as a leader. Unique in its national perspective, expert resources and faculty, and cohort-building approach, the NAIS Institute for New Heads (INH) has prepared hundreds of heads of school to succeed in their new role. Join this special program today to benefit not only from a week of deep learning and transformation, but a lifelong community of supportive heads and actionable insights.

The program has grown to include expanded small-group time, continued learning and practice with experts and mentors, and useful tools and data to make your day-to-day worklife easier. These extended benefits are included in your registration fee. You get them in addition to our signature weeklong curriculum, which provides expert guidance around key issues and a network of peers and advisers to sustain you throughout your career.

Participation in the NAIS Institute for New Heads will include:

  • Guidance from expert speakers and experienced heads around critical issues such as governance, finance, leading faculty and staff, and enrollment management.
  • A cohort model of peers who will provide a safe space to work on the challenges of leading a school through your first year and beyond.
  • Resources such as planning documents, data tools, and case studies that will help you guide your board and staff through difficult decisions. 
  • The in-person weeklong summer event, which will be structured around interactive large- and small-group sessions and daily processing with experts, mentors, and other new heads.
  • Continued support through July 2024.


INH is designed for individuals who are about to start, or have just completed, their first or second year as head of school.

Topics Covered

Led by an esteemed faculty, INH will focus on the following key topics:

  • Working with your board and board chair
  • Strategic planning and design
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership
  • Building and managing your teams
  • Financial planning and sustainability
  • Advancement and fundraising
  • Enrollment management
  • Legal support
  • Leading through a crisis
  • …and more!

Registration Information 

Registration for 2023 NAIS Institute for New Heads has reached capacity. 

Registration prices include a room and board and all meals. Programming includes one weeklong, in-person program and continuing online education and services through July 2024. 

Registration Pricing Early Bird Pricing
Standard Pricing
Member price $4,500 $4,800
Nonmember price* $6,050 $6,350

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


Please plan to arrive by 4:00 PM ET on Sunday, July 9, as programming begins at 5:00 PM ET. You may plan to depart the morning of Saturday, July 15.

Lodging at Emory Conference Center through the night of Friday, July 14, is included in your registration fee. NAIS will make ALL hotel reservations for an arrival of Sunday, July 9, and departure of Saturday morning, July 15. If you need hotel accommodations outside of these dates, please contact [email protected]. Special requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

INH Sponsors

Thank you to our 2023 INH sponsors!

SILVER Sponsor Carney Sandoe & Associates Carney Sandoe & Associates
SILVER Sponsor Crane + Peters Crane + Peters
SILVER Sponsor IndySchool Consultancy IndySchool Consultancy
BRONZE Sponsor The Glasgow Group The Glasgow Group
BRONZE Sponsor HMFH Architects HMFM Architects
BRONZE Sponsor Littleford & Associates Littleford & Associates
BRONZE Sponsor StratéGenius StratéGenius
BRONZE Sponsor The Education Group The Education Group

2023-24 Faculty

  • Laura Danforth, head of school, The Masters School (NY)
  • Karen Eshoo, head of school, Mid-Peninsula High School (CA)
  • Michael Gary, head of school, Friends Select (PA)
  • Brenda Leaks, head of school, Seattle Girls' School (WA)
  • Jason Patera, head of school, Chicago Academy for the Arts (IL)
  • Morgan Scoville, head of school, The Fay School (TX)
  • Melissa Soderberg, head of school, Columbus Academy (OH)

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing at this email address: [email protected]. Cancellations received up to 30 days (June 9) prior to the start date of the program 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 if you have any questions.