About Our Programs

Weekly chair posts

Our executive director, Bethany Di Napoli, compiles an email every week on critical, timely issues, helping school leadership navigate challenges efficiently and effectively so they can get back to building the future.

Recent examples include:

  • The measles outbreak. Advice from an attorney on what school leadership should be asking.
  • New technology opportunities: valuing people while embracing the future.
  • An ounce of prevention. Legal steps every board should take before crisis happens.
  • 21 trends for the 21st century.


We host several free webinars throughout the year that our members can attend live or watch after the fact. Membership includes access to our ever-growing library of past events, such as:

  • The Road Ahead: Key Trends Impacting Private Schools
  • Protecting Student Privacy and Cybersecurity Threats
  • Understanding Best Practices for Data Security at Your School
  • Measuring the Health of School Culture: The Power of Engagement
  • Leveraging The Board’s Collective Network to Ensure Fiscal and Reputational Sustainability
  • What Innovative Boards Should Be Considering in Today’s Independent School Landscape

Regional conferences and workshops

Our regional events bring board chairs, trustees, and heads of school together with leading experts to discuss some of the hottest topics for ensuring independent school growth and success in the 21st century. Last year’s fall speakers included:

  • Ren Massey, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who has practiced in the Atlanta area for almost 30 years. Dr. Massey has published on several topic areas, including gender identity, and he presents seminars primarily on gender identity issues. He has provided training for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), mental and medical healthcare professionals and students, the US Federal Bureau of Prisons Staff, and faculties and staffs of numerous schools as well as universities.
  • Brian Nevins, a fundraising expertwho provides professional counsel and service to educational, healthcare, conservation, advocacy, and international organizations. Since joining CCS in 1990, Brian has had extensive experience supporting clients in achieving their visions and dreams. He is often invited to present at conferences for industry groups like Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
  • Cathy Trower, Ph.D.For over 20 years, Dr. Trower has provided consulting services to nonprofit organizations that include colleges and universities, hospitals and health care systems, independent schools, foundations, and community service organizations. She combines her knowledge of governance and strategic thinking, and her skills at building high performance teams, to create an experience for boards that translates into energy, action, and a shared commitment to excellence.

Online forum

While we’re always bringing in outside content, one of our greatest assets as an organization is our focused network of board leaders. Our members represent thousands of hours of experience in the field, not to mention their own networks of industry and expert contacts, and they’re always ready to answer questions, think through issues, and offer proven resources.

For more important information, download the Online Forum Instructions and Policies and check out the FAQ page.

Peer advisor program

In our newest initiative, rising board chairs may, if they wish, be paired with an experienced chair for more personalized support and resources during the first year of their new leadership role.