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Recruiting for Board Diversity Workshop

For: Independent School Board Members and Heads of School

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This session is part of the NJAIS series, Seminars for Ongoing Learning in School Governance. Learn more about other program offerings by clicking here:

Ensuring the strength and health of an independent school board is one of the most important areas of focus for school leaders; without engaged board members who can think strategically and work collaboratively, boards can struggle to be effective. Furthermore, we know that diverse groups make better decisions than groups composed of members with similar perspectives. Yet many boards find it difficult to identify and recruit board members who bring a diversity of perspective. Often, this is because they are not following a process that clearly identifies who they have, who they need, and who they want. An objective recruitment strategy minimizes bias and helps board members think beyond parents for potential board candidates. In this workshop, consultant Brooke Carroll of Acies Strategies presents a recruitment process that has supported many schools in expanding and diversifying their boards. It includes steps for identifying the characteristics, skills, and perspectives needed as well as suggestions for where to find and how to recruit prospective board members. Participants will leave this workshop with a framework that they can implement immediately for enhancing their board recruitment process.

Presented by:

Brooke Carroll, Ph.D. is Principal Consultant and Coach at Acies Strategies, supporting small and mid-sized schools and nonprofits in leadership development, Board development, and strategic thinking and planning. Dr. Carroll holds a doctorate in educational psychology and has over 20 years of experience leading schools and nonprofits. She has served on several Boards in various roles. Prior to consulting and coaching, Dr. Carroll was Head of School for 9 years at Seneca Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School. Dr. Carroll combines her experience and expertise in education, leadership, and therapy to listen carefully to individuals and groups in order to support personal as well as systemic health and growth. She specializes in addressing the unique challenges and opportunities of small and new organizations.

Program Fee

Individual Session Fees include a $25 per person discount for schools that participate in Trustee Enrichment Day on Sunday, November 14, 2021

$50 per registrant, Member Schools that Attended Trustee Enrichment Day

$75 per registrant, all other Member Schools

$150 per registrant, Non-Member Schools

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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.