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Leading Learning Conference and Sunday Movie with Ted Dintersmith
Date / Time
Monday, November 6, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Hilton Richmond Hotel, Short Pump
Participant Fee
Fee for LLC Monday, November 6 ONLY
VAIS Member /
Non-Member /

Fee for BOTH Movie Sunday, Nov. 5 & LLC Monday, Nov 6
VAIS Member /
Non-Member /

Movie ONLY, Nov. 5
VAIS Member /
Non-Member /
Participant registration is now closed. On-site registration available the day of the conference at the registration desk in the lobby of the Hilton Richmond Hotel Conference Center.

"Engaging learning environments are naturally joyful places. These are places where taking risks is encouraged and pursing personal interests is expected. I realize that engagement is often used to describe ideal learning, but I would argue that joy has perhaps a higher purpose and one that is an outcome of engaging learning. Engagement can be the catalyst, but joyful learning is the real goal." - Dean Shareski, Embracing a Culture of Joy

Join us as we explore the whole idea of joy
in the context of learning!


Sunday, November 5, Reception Honoring Ted Dintersmith, Showing of the movie "Most Likely to Succeed
Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:00 AM Registration Desk Opens; 8:30 AM Program Begins; 3:45 PM Program Concludes


Check out the FINAL LLC Program


Dean Shareski is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 years as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Wilkes University. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Lead Teacher of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of education audiences both nationally and internationally. His passion remains to help teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning. Dean believe humor and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.


Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer of the movie "Most Likely to Succeed"

Former Venture Capitalist

Advocate for Innovation in Education

Ted Dintersmith is one of America’s leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. Ted’s professional experience includes two decades in venture capital, including being ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for 1995-1999. He served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. From 1981 to 1987, he ran a business at Analog Devices that helped enable the digital revolution. In the public sector, he was a staff analyst in 1976-78 for the U.S. House of Representatives, and was appointed in 2012 by President Obama to represent the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, with High Honors in Physics and English.


Kristin Hadeed,
over the last nine years, has challenged the millennial status quo and learned what it takes to bring out the best in people. In college, she launched a company that has now employed hundreds of millennials and is known for its industry-leading retention rate and culture of trust, accountability and empowerment. Many of her former employees have gone on to run their own businesses and have received highly sought-after positions in companies around the world.
Kristen now spends most of her time helping organizations across the country make a lasting, meaningful impact on people by creating environments in which they thrive. Kristen and her company, Student Maid, have been featured by news outlets including PBS, FOX and Forbes. Her first TED Talk has received more than
two million hits on YouTube.

For your pre-planning purposes, here are some suggested schedules:

   For Heads & Trustees

          NOTE: The Heads/Trustees Business Meeting is from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM in the Short Pump Room.
   For Academic Educators



View the movie, Most Likely to Succeed, and welcome Executive Producer and Author, Ted Dintersmith, on Sunday, November 5 at Hilton Richmond Hotel; Fee: $25 per person
Evening event begins at 6:30 PM on Sunday, November 5 at the Hilton Hotel; refreshments available.

Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump
12042 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23233

VAIS has secured discounted hotel rooms at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump. The VAIS discounted rate is $139.00 /night plus tax for single and double occupancy. The rate includes complimentary access to the gym and is valid until Thursday, October 12 or until the room block reaches capacity.

To secure your overnight accommodations, call Hilton reservations at 1-800-445-8667 or 804-364-3600 and request Virginia Association of Independent Schools rate.

Registration fees are as follows:
    - $195 per person (VAIS member) for 1-day registration, November 6 only
    - $295 per person (non-member) for 1-day registration, November 6 only
    - $25 ($25 non-member) additional per person for movie/reception, November 5

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 17.

    - Once registered, an automatic email will be sent only to the contact person identified during the on-line registration.
    - By mid October, VAIS will send a confirmation to each registrant including important conference details.

If you do NOT receive a confirmation email, please contact Joan Fargis  as we may have incorrect information in our system.


The cancellation deadline is Tuesday, October 17. Requests for cancellation must be received in writing to VAIS by emailing Joan Fargis. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

The Leading Learning Conference 2017 Sponsorship program has been enhanced, thanks to thoughtful input from last year's event sponsors. The primary audience for this program are teachers, academic administrators and heads of school. The LLC 2017 will allow for company information displayed in printed, online and on-site materials distributed to over 450 people. A member of the VAIS staff is happy to talk with you regarding the sponsorship program that is most mutually beneficial to your company. A variety of sponsorship levels from underwriting a speaker, hosting the lunch or one of the breaks, are available. We offer only 20 table-top spaces - on a first-come, first serve basis.


PLATINUM . . .   Featured Speakers Sponsor
                           3 available at $5000 each

GOLD . . . . . . .  Lunch
                          3 available at $3500 each

SILVER . . . . . . 
Continental Breakfast or Break
                           2 available at $2500 each

BRONZE . . . . . 
Conference Exhibit Table ONLY
                           $1200 For Profit and $750 Non-Profit
                           Promotional Items (Nametags, totebags, etc.)

     For more details, view the Event Sponsor Brochure.
     To REGISTER as an Event Sponsor, click here!

THANK YOU . . . to our LLC Sponsors
 Be sure to stop by their booth at the conference!






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