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2024 Annual Conference

2024 Annual Conference

Sunday, October 20, 2024 at 4:00 PM (EDT) to Tuesday, October 22, 2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Join peer independent school leaders at the 2024 SAIS Annual Conference. Over three days, you’ll gain new insights on timely topics such as retention & recruitment, AI, and community & connection.

With keynotes from Mesmin DestinMichelle Icard, and Grant Lichtman, plus more than 30 breakout sessions, you’ll discover new strategies for success and learn about emerging trends, all while expanding your network and connecting with other independent school leaders.

Choose from any of the four learning journeys:

  • leadership & governance
  • teaching & learning
  • community & connection
  • brand & communication

Participate in The Exchange for one-on-one insights from top-notch experts.

There will be opportunities to expand your network and connect with colleagues from peer schools. The Annual Conference is geared toward heads of school, associate/assistant heads, division heads, deans, directors, and other administrative and aspiring leaders. 

Keynote Speakers
Mesmin Destin Michelle Icard Grant Lichtman





Until Aug 9  




Aug 10-Sept 13  




Sept 14-Oct 4  




After Oct 4  




Sheraton Charlotte
  • Group rate: $199
  • Cut-off date: Friday, September 27, 
    or when the block is full.


            NOTE: SAIS does not utilize the services of a housing vendor for any events. Neither SAIS nor the hotel will call you to make reservations over the phone. Please use the above hotel links to secure your reservation directly with the hotel.

            If you receive an error message or if the block is full, please contact to request that rooms be added to the block.



            • CarterBaldwin – sponsoring notebooks
            • ISM – sponsoring water bottles & Sunday keynote




            Event Policies & Acknowledgments
            Review Event FAQs at this link.
            • For questions about event registration or special accommodations, contact
            • For questions about speakers and sessions, contact
            • For questions about exhibits and sponsorships, contact