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FCIS Convention Jacksonville

Being Well While Doing Good
November 2-4, 2022

Dear FCIS Member Schools and Colleagues,
As your 2022 FCIS Convention Chairs, we are looking forward to personally welcoming you to Jacksonville for the FCIS Annual Convention on November 3-4, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront.  We believe this convention is timely and our theme of Being Well While Doing Good will hit the mark that all of us are aiming for in our schools and for ourselves.  As the pace of the school year and professional demands increase, the tremendous value of taking time for professional development and collaboration with our peers cannot be underestimated. Spending these few days with Florida’s leading independent school representatives provides value to all our institutions. 
This year’s Convention Steering Committee has compiled a program that will offer a meaningful professional development experience for individuals in any role at your institution. We will be featuring Pre-Conference Workshops for heads of schools, administrators, advancement professionals and business officers on November 2nd. Administrator Day is Thursday the 3rd, and Faculty Day is Friday the 4th. We are ecstatic to return to a fully in-person conference experience!

Nationally Recognized Keynote Speakers and Session Leaders 

  • Wednesday, November 2: Pre-Conference Workshops
    • Pre-Conference Business Officers’ Workshop:
      > Session 1: Financial Aid Policy and Protocols Post-COVID Planning
      > Session 2: Finding Clarity When the Financial Aid Calculator Breaks
      > Session 3: Prepping Reports for your Head of School/Board of Trustees-Board Retreat Ready!
    • Alisa Evans, Founder & Managing Partner, Mission Enrollment Strategy Solutions, LLC
    • Pre-Conference Workshop:
      From Admission to Enrollment Management: A Whole-School Strategy
      Penny Abrahams, Consultant, Independent School Management (ISM)

  • Thursday, November 3: Administrator Day  
    • Keynote: Communicating in Challenging Times
      Jennifer Abrams, Leadership Coach and Communication Consultant, Jennifer Abrams Consulting
    • Luncheon: The Weight of Gold: Cultivating Wellbeing While Striving for World Class Performance [Excellence]
      Samantha Arsenault Livingstone, OLY, M.Ed., Olympic Gold Medalist, Speaker, High-Performance Consultant 
    • 56 Breakout sessions: Presented by national leaders and FCIS colleagues 
  • Friday, November 4: Faculty Day  
    • Keynote: Winning By Design
      Troy F. Kemp, Sr., M.Ed., Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, The Ron Clark Academy 
    • Luncheon: Discovering Your Wellness 'Why': Rediscovering Your Meaning and Purpose
      Gabriella Pelosi and Danielle Vallas, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, D & G Wellness Consulting  
    • 45 Breakout sessions: Presented by FCIS colleagues

For more information on the broad range of sessions and speakers planned for the Convention, please explore the FCIS website, which will be updated over the next months. As we get closer to November, we will convey the most updated information in our Annual Convention mobile app.

We are thankful for the many volunteers across the state who have stepped up and curated these 100+ offerings for inspiration, challenge, and support.  Please make every effort to participate as fully as you are able, and for those in the North Florida area, please consider the advantaged rates when you have large groups attending either day, especially the sessions on Friday. 

As this year draws to a close for our schools, we wish you personal wellness and a strong finish to a year that has proven challenging on many levels. The spirit and purpose of this conference is to enrich, support, and uplift you and your teams as we continue the important work of our schools.

James Milford, Head of School, Maclay School
Tyler Hodges, Head of School, The Bolles School 
2022 FCIS Convention Co-Chairs 

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel
225 E Coastline Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront