This event brings together leaders from the independent school community who know that finding, recruiting, evaluating, and hiring the people charged with carrying out the school’s mission are some of the most significant responsibilities they have to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the school. The days of “who do you know?” or “let’s post an ad and see what happens” are long gone. They have been replaced with sophisticated, research-based processes that are drawn from the business world and from the most effective practices non-profits have engaged in.

Over the course of two and a half days, participants will hear from presenters about their journeys to reimagine a vetting process that addresses questions, seeks alignment, complies with regulations, and identifies mission-appropriate candidates, all the while identifying and checking biases to get the right people on board and set up for success. Participants will engage in facilitated activities to spark their own creativity and imagination while challenging their school’s process to improve.

Presenters include: Nishant Mehta, Head of School, The Children’s School; Pat Cuneo, Director of Academic Affairs, Athens Academy; Kathleen Cole, Director of Human Resources, The Children’s School; Jeff Stachura, Director of Middle School, Athens Academy; Jennifer Suggs, Chick-Fil-A; Heather Broadwater, Potomac Law Group.


  • HR Directors
  • Heads of School
  • Division Heads
  • Anyone in Academic or Operational school leadership with responsibility for hiring


Registration is $505 for non-member schools and $425 for MISBO member schools until our Early Bird date of May 25, 2018. After May 25, 2018, registration will be $575 for non-member schools and just $495 for MISBO member schools.


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Registration Policy

Registrations from someone employed outside of a school will only be accepted at MISBO’s discretion. Contact Dianne Sagaas, Director, Education at with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding.

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation deadline for the Summer Summit: Talent Acquisition is May 25, 2018. Before that date, refunds will be given less a $50 processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given, but replacement registrants are welcomed. Cancellations and replacement registrants should be submitted in writing to

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