ATLIS Executive Director Christina Lewellen, MBA, CAE, weighs in on leadership and technology.

I'd like to meet heads of schools, CFOs, deans, and other school leaders... and I'll put my money where my mouth is. 

I’ve officially been on the job for a week, and I know already that ATLIS has a bright future ahead. I started onboarding unofficially ahead of the Dallas Annual Conference, which allowed me to hit the ground running. My first days weren’t for setting up email accounts or figuring out how to log into the ATLIS database. My first days were meeting with key stakeholders and conducting a staff retreat to look at all the ways ATLIS will serve its members and the independent school industry in the months and years ahead.

In the next couple of months, my goal is to meet with as many of you as I can to continue to learn more about independent schools and the challenges tech leaders are facing. I’ve already visited more than a half dozen independent schools around the country and I continue to observe that as many differences as there are in their missions and how they deliver on them, there are just as many similarities they’re facing when it comes to technology leadership, risk mitigation, and evaluation of what solutions work best for their students.

It’s important that I hear from as many voices as possible, and I’m focusing in particular on some of the leadership roles with whom technology directors interact. I want to know how heads of school, financial leaders, and academic deans view technology in the context of their schools and how technology can advance their missions.

To that end, I’m offering 10 complimentary registrations to heads and other school leaders for the upcoming ATLIS Cybersecurity Workshop in Seattle. I want you to engage your head of school, CFO, admissions leader, academic deans or whomever you think can give me an interesting perspective as I navigate these early days. I’ll offer up a free registration to the workshop so they can learn about what is arguably the most important security issue facing independent schools today, and we’ll take some time over coffee or meals to connect in ways that will help me learn more about the challenges they’re facing.

If you’re already planning to attend the cybersecurity workshop, why not bring your leadership with you? We’ll cover their registration for the workshop and your leader will come to learn the expertise you bring to the school in the realm of technology security and privacy.

It’s simple. Send me an email ([email protected]) and tell me who you want to bring and why. Then start making your plans to join us in Seattle and have some of the most critical conversations we’ll be having all year… not only for the safety and security of your school, but for the future of the industry as well.