The 2019 MAESA Members Meeting, Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10a.m. will be hosted by Episcopal High School, in Alexandria, VA.  Click here to RSVP to this event.

Join MAESA member schools’ heads, chaplains, and senior administrators for networking and learning.  We encourage you to stay for lunch as we continue our learning in smaller groups. Our annual meeting and luncheon allows heads of school, chaplains, division directors, directors of admission and communication, advancement and others on your school’s leadership team to network and communicate with like-minded professionals in our Episcopal schools.

MAESA Welcomes Carline Blackwell, Vice President of Equity & Justice at NAIS as our keynote speaker.

 Finding Your “Why?”  Leadership for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in Episcopal Schools. What are some of the unique value propositions of Episcopal schools that support diversity, equity, and inclusion?  How do these foundations inform your work and collective responsibility to help ensure success for the students and adults they serve? Drawing on the belief that successful leadership is an “inside out job,” Caroline will take us deeper into the purpose that drives our daily work, including a quick review of Simon Sinek’s framework and invitation to “Start With Why.”

Caroline Blackwell is Vice President for Equity and Justice at the National Association of Independent Schools.  Before joining NAIS, she served as Executive Director of the Metro Human Relations Commission in Nashville, TN, a post through which she helped the city become recognized in the international Compassionate Cities movement.

Ms. Blackwell leveraged her 17-year tenure as a senior administrator at University School of Nashville, to engage public and private schools and organizationsregionally and nationally, and to teach and advocate for an orientation to diversity, equity, and inclusion that values the broadest range of human difference and experience as fundamental to interpersonal, professional, and institutional strength. She is a sought-after speaker and facilitator who has a passion for using process arts to support participatory leadership, genuine dialogue, and wise action in pursuit of cultural competency, racial equity, and cross-cultural understanding.

Ms. Blackwell holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. She also holds certifications in coaching, training, mediation, and assessment administration, including the Intercultural Conflict Inventory (IDI), the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (ICS) Interplay, and conscious aging.  In her role at NAIS, Ms. Blackwell’s leadership development responsibilities also include direction of the NAIS People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and other equity and diversity professional development programs including the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute.

Caroline is consulting editor of Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner and a contributing author to A Guidebook to the NAIS Principles of Good Practice, and NAIS’s annual TrendBook among other publications. In 2015, Ms. Blackwell was recognized as one the nation’s 100 Inspiring Women by SheKnows Media. She is devoted to her life partner and family, enjoys handcrafts from knitting to bead weaving, and is a serious foodie.

Thank you to our MAESA Luncheon Sponsor Southern Teachers

Founded in 1902, Southern Teachers is the premier recruiter for independent schools in the South