September 10-14, 2019

Renaissance Hotel
Washington, DC Downtown

Registration is Open!

Join 1100 of your peers in Washington D.C. for three days of inspiring leaders, best practice sharing, networking, and a new "unconference" format on the last day.

Pricing starts at $895 for EMA members.

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September 10–14, 2019

Agenda at a Glance

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7:45 am
Pre-Conference Institute - Admission Training Institute (ATI)

Additional fees apply.

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8:00 am
Pre-Conference Institute - Admission Directors Institute (ADI)

Additional fees apply.

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7:30 am
Pre-Conference Institute - Admission Training Institute (ATI) - Day 2

Additional fees apply.

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8:00 am
Pre-Conference Institute - Admission Directors Institute (ADI) - Day 2

Additional fees apply.

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9:30 am
Financial Aid Workshop

Join us for a day to learn tools and resources to make sound financial decisions. Additional fees apply.

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10:00 am
Path to Headship Workshop

Join John Farber, Search Consultant with RG175, in a half day workshop as he begins to prepare you for this journey.

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10:00 am
Workshop for International School Professionals
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12:00 pm
Conference Registration Opens

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge.

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6:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Join us for an evening of drinks, light food, networking and fun.

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7:30 am
Registration Opens

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge.

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7:30 am
Breakfast
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8:30 am
Welcome + The Future of Enrollment Management

Led by Heather Hoerle, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer at EMA and Marcia Prewitt Spiller, EMA Board Chair and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Life at Woodward Academy (GA)

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9:00 am
Keynote with Ana Navarro and Donna Brazile

Political strategists Ana Navarro and Donna Brazile will take the stage together to discuss character and leadership in today's changing world.

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10:00 am
Break
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10:15 am
Breakout Session 1
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11:30 am
Breakout Session 2
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12:30 pm
Lunch
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1:30 pm
Keynote with Jeff Selingo

Jeff Selingo will take the stage and discuss how today’s young adults need to navigate school in order to succeed in the job market of tomorrow.

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2:30 pm
Dessert Break + Meet the Sponsors
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3:15 pm
Breakout Session 3
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5:00 pm
Dinner on Your Own
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5:30 pm
Women's Affinity Group Reception

RSVP Required

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5:30 pm
People of Color Affinity Group Reception

RSVP Required

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7:30 am
Registration Opens

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge.

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7:30 am
Breakfast
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8:30 am
Award Recognition

We will recognize outstanding admission professionals for their leadership, commitment, and contributions through the presentation of the Bretnall and Gourley awards.

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9:00 am
Keynote with Derrick Gay

Dr. Derrick Gay will take the stage to discuss issues of Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Citizenship.

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10:00 am
Break
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10:15 am
Breakout Session 4
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11:15 am
Break + Meet the Sponsors
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11:45 am
Lunch
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1:15 pm
Keynote with Luma Mufleh

Luma Mufleh will take the stage and share her story of why she founded a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war.

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2:30 pm
Breakout Session 5
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3:45 pm
Breakout Session 6
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4:45 pm
Sponsor Happy Hour

Stop by and meet our conference sponsors.

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5:30 pm
VIP Reception

RSVP Required

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5:30 pm
ALC Mentor/Mentee Reception
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6:00 pm
Dinner on Your Own
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Institutes & Workshops

Enhance your learning with a one or two day pre-conference program.

Admission Directors Institute

September 10-11

The Admission Directors Institute (ADI) aims to equip new admission directors, who have prior admission experience, with information and perspectives that will help inform their thinking and planning in addressing their school’s enrollment challenges.

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Admission Training Institute

September 10-11

The goal of the Admission Training Institute (ATI) is to equip those new to admission (0-3 years), regardless of position, with a thorough introduction to independent school admission and an overview of practical information and useful techniques.

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Path to Headship Workshop

September 11

Do you have the resources, knowledge and experience you need to advance into Headship? Join Tony Featherston and Clay Stites, search consultants with RG175, in a half-day workshop as they begin to prepare you for this journey.

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Financial Aid Workshop

September 11

For most independent schools, financial aid is the second biggest line item on their budget which is why we developed a workshop to help you succeed. Join us for a day to learn tools and resources to make sound financial decisions.

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International Schools Workshop

September 11

This workshop will cover issues facing admission leaders in the international school community. Join us for an afternoon of learning as we discuss the unique issues and opportunities facing international schools, as well as tips and trends relevant to international enrollment, finances, marketing, and more.

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Pre-conference learning

Great workshop on Design Thinking for Admission Professionals to kickoff #EMA18

Hank Bramblet

Absolutely love it!

If you’re looking to brush up on best practices, network, or explore new strategies you might want to add EMA’s next annual conference in Washington, D.C. to your list of #mustgo professional development opportunities in 2019!

Stacy Jagodowski

Venue

Renaissance Hotel
Washington, DC

Where

EMA Annual Conference 2019 will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The hotel is located at 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001.

Room Rate

We have secured discounted room blocks for conference attendees at the Renaissance Hotel for $255/night. There is limited inventory available at these special rates so we urge you to book now.

The Renaissance Hotel and Marriott Metro Center still have a few rooms available on Thursday and Friday night at the group rate until August 19th, however Wednesday night is sold out.

Please visit our
hotels page for more information.

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Awards

Each year at our Annual Conference, outstanding admission professionals are recognized by EMA for their leadership, commitment, and contributions through the presentation of the Bretnall, Gourley, and Rising Star awards.

Do you know someone that would be a great candidate? Let us know!

All nominees must be affiliated with an EMA member school or organization in good standing.

See past award winners

Become a Sponsor!

We invite you to join us in Washington, DC, September 11-14, 2019, as a conference sponsor. The EMA annual conference, which drew more than 1,000 attendees last year, is focused solely on the needs of admission professionals and other key constituents with an important stake in independent school enrollment—placement officers, heads of school, and educational consultants. This event is the largest and most comprehensive independent school enrollment conference in the world, offering professionals at every level in their careers and from a variety of backgrounds the ability to tailor the program to meet their needs.

Contact Sponsorship Team