Seminar Overview

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The most successful leaders take time away from tasks and the busyness of their daily lives to ask and answer important questions, to share their stories with others, and to envision the future. This place-based learning experience, held in the ideal setting of Santa Fe, NM, will provide time and space for school leaders to engage in spirited dialogue with like-minded colleagues,  to write, and to explore these and other questions:

  • Why have I chosen the path of leading in schools?

  • How might I lead more intentionally and from a place that is most authentic to who I am?

  • How might I deepen the relationships with my colleagues, partners, and collaborators?

  • How do I want others to experience my leadership?

  • How might I sustain and even enhance my capacity to lead effectively, joyfully and passionately over my career?

Past participants have expressed feeling renewed, rejuvenated and armed with a new readiness to tackle leadership challenges with increased self-awareness.


Sessions may include:

  • The Context of Your Leadership: Exploring Personal History, Mission, and Vision

  • Starting with Why: Why do you do what you do?  Why in the place where you do it?  Why do you care so much?

  • Leading from Within: Identifying and Designing Your Signature Presence

  • Critical Conversations Lab: Having Conversations that Matter and Make an Impact

  • Leadership Case Studies: Unpacking Organizational Challenges

  • Managing and Enhancing Group Life: Fostering Healthy and Collaborative Relationships with Colleagues

  • Walking the Labyrinth: A Personal Journey of Leading

Who Should Attend

This seminar is for school leaders at all points in their careers. Past participants have included:

  • School heads with over thirty years of experience
  • New heads
  • Classroom teachers who have a passion for leading
  • Division Heads
  • Assistant Heads
  • Admissions, development, and school placement staff
  • Deans
  • New Administrators
  • Executive Assistants
  • Technology Directors and other Program Directors
  • Administrative Teams

More Information and Travel


The cost of the seminar is  $799.00 if registered between March 1 and  April 30, 2015, $899.00 between May 1 and September 30, 2015. Late registration is $999.00 after September 30, 2015. Some financial assistance is available. (Call Carla Silver at 408-348-8617 to inquire). The seminar fee includes:

  • A full breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, La Plazuela, each morning.

  • Hosted cocktail reception on Wednesday Evening.

  • Dinner on Thursday Night.

  • All seminar materials, including L+D Collaboration Cards

Cancellation Policy:

L+D  reserves the right to cancel this seminar if there is insufficient enrollment. In this unlikely event, participants will be notified well in advance of the institute and given a full refund. The SFLC, however, cannot be responsible for any financial obligation incurred by participants because of travel cancellations.

Refund Policy:

When requested in writing, L+D will refund registration fees as follows: 75% of registration fee when requested 45 days or more from first day of institute; 50% of registration fee when requested 31–44 days from first day of institute; no refund within 30 days of the first day of institute.


Getting to Santa Fe is easy from anywhere in the country.  Click here for more information and helpful links on traveling to New Mexico.

Because of the small size and personal nature of the Santa Fe Seminar,  is extremely important that all seminar participants arrive in time for the first session and stay through the final session.

  • The first session begins at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 11.

  • We will say our final goodbyes at 11:30am Saturday, November 14.

If you cannot stay for the entirety of the seminar, we suggest you plan to join us for a future seminar. Contact Carla Silver if you have questions about your travel schedule.


This setting in Santa Fe is being provided to enhance the creativity, inspiration and expansive thinking that are prerequisites for outstanding leadership.  Just as the school environment is a critical component in the education of children, the location for these conferences offers surroundings conducive to openness, the free exchange of ideas and a healthy discourse among committed professionals. There will be time built into the seminar for participants to enjoy Santa Fe on their own, with their fellow participants, or with their partners or spouses (La Fonda’s generous $99.00 per night room rate applies three days before and after the seminar.)


The newly remodeled Hotel La Fonda is truly a magical space to work, reflect, and play.  Each guest room is unique with handpainted furniture, original artwork and other touches of New Mexican culture. All rooms include complimentary high-speed WiFi and first-class hotel amenities, which include: voice mail, room safe, coffee maker, hair dryer, and more.

In addition to the guest rooms, the other facilities are charming and elegant – from our seminar room to our lovely dinner hall. This is a first class hotel in a remarkable city.

La Fonda Hotel has reserved a block of rooms at an incredible rate for participants – only $110.00 per night.  Individual reservations should be made by CALLING La Fonda’s reservations department at: 1-800-523-5002 (U.S.) or 1-505-954-3500 (Int’l)  Identify yourself as part of Leadership+Design.

Call between the hours of (Mountain Time):

M-F 7am-8pm
Saturday: 8am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-5pm


When you click here, you can register for the seminar.  You will need:

  • A credit card if you wish to pay electronically. Leadership + Design also accepts checks.

  • About ten minutes of time.

  • If you are registering multiple people from one school or if you are requesting a need-based scholarship, please contact Carla Silver at 408-348-8617.

  • Trouble registering online? Just give us a call and we can help you.

If you have any questions about Leadership + Design, please visit contact us at  or (408) 348-8617.

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