Facilitator & Speakers

Greg Bamford, Facilitator

Greg is a Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Leadership and Design, as well as the Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington.

Prior to this, Greg was Head of School at the innovative Watershed School in Boulder, Colorado. During his tenure, enrollment grew by 82% and the school achieved accreditation for the first time. He is a co-founder of the Traverse Conference, a national conference on experiential and place-based learning, and is on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington.

With his experience in school leadership, Greg brings a strategic lens to leadership development, innovation, and change management for Leadership+Design clients. He is particularly passionate about building leadership capacity and the cultural muscle to enact needed change.

In July 2020, Greg will return to Leadership+Design full-time with a particular focus on facilitating strategic plans. Greg has been a featured speaker at dozens of education conferences, has consulted with a wide range of schools nationally, and has written for publications like Independent School, Net Assets, and The Yield. You can find him on Twitter at @gregbamford.

Nancy Cable

Chancellor, UNC Asheville

Thursday, June 25
9:00am–11:30am

The Future of Education and the Value of the Liberal Arts Approach

A nationally recognized leader with vast experience across functions, roles, and institutions, Dr. Cable will share her unique perspective on the future of education and the value of the liberal arts approach.

Dr. Cable is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, educational access, financial aid and affordability, and liberal arts and sciences curricula. She has a B.A. from Marietta College, an M.A. from the University of Vermont, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia. She brings a depth and breadth of experiences in leadership roles at liberal arts institutions, in generating external resources for the enhancement of the university, and in facilitating the implementation of an ambitious strategic plan.

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Friday, June 26
9:00am – 12:00pm

The Biltmore Brand: Preservation and Creation

Boarding schools are historic. But how do you as a leader leverage that history for relevance and vibrancy today and into the future? Learn how one family embraced their past while considering the future to build a brand and a business that’s built to last.

William (Bill) A.V. Cecil, Jr.

President and CEO, The Biltmore Company

Mr. Bill Cecil has served in myriad capacities across The Biltmore Estate and is currently a member of The Biltmore Company Executive Committee and its Board of Directors. He has been highly involved in community relations over the years. Cecil earned an Environmental Conservation degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Jack F.A.V. Cecil

President and CEO, Biltmore Farms, LLC

Mr. Jack Cecil has served as President and CEO of Biltmore Farms, LLC, since 1992. Established in 1897, Biltmore Farms has focused its efforts on community building, through developing an extensive portfolio of real estate projects. Mr. Cecil received his M.I.M. from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and his B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Pete Upham

Executive Director, TABS

Friday, June 26
12:30pm – 3:00pm

Trends, Threats, Opportunities, and the future of TABS

Join Pete for a deep dive on the major trends, threats, and opportunities facing boarding schools today, and learn more about the plans TABS has to support its members through its new strategic plan.

Mr. Upham has been Executive Director of TABS since 2007. Earlier in his career, Pete spent thirteen years in boarding school administration and teaching, six as Assistant Head of School at Asheville School in North Carolina. Before his appointment at TABS, Pete was the owner and principal of CWJ Consulting, a firm assisting schools, educational organizations, and non-profits in the areas of strategy, advancement, and planning.

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Jennifer Pharr Davis

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

Saturday, June 27
9:00am – 12:00pm

Inspiration For Your Journey in Leadership

“A voice of empowerment,” adventurer, author, and record setting hiker, Jennifer Pharr Davis brings the Heads Retreat to an inspirational close with lessons learned from the trail.

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker, and entrepreneur who loves long trails and good stories. She has covered more than 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six different continents and in 2011 she set the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail by hiking a remarkable 47 miles a day for 46 straight days.

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