TITLE: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be: Governing and Leading International Schools in 2020-21 and Beyond

TIMING: 2 sessions, each of 2 hours duration (On Successive Saturdays-August 29 and September 5, 08:30-10:30 HKT)

FORMAT: Zoom Video

Session 1 - Governing the International School
Session 2 - Meeting the Challenge of the Moment: How Governance and Leadership Can Help Your School Emerge Stronger from COVID-19

Session 1 - Board members and heads of school new to their roles or to the EARCOS region.
Session 2 - All board members and heads of school regardless of their tenure in the role.



A two-day master class symposium on international school governance and leadership designed specially for EARCOS schools in the COVID-19 era. The crisis, with its dual health and economic impacts, will have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. Now, more than ever, good practice in international school governance is critically important. Orienting and engaging new and existing members are the key components on which every board must focus to ensure they continue to add maximum value in leadership, governance, and strategy.

EARCOS is thrilled to continue leading the way in providing governance and leadership education and support for schools and boards in the region. Board members and heads of school should come together for this special opportunity to integrate good governance and leadership practice with the urgent demands of the moment.



Dr. Marc Frankel, Ph. D. is a senior consultant and partner in Triangle Associates, an international consultancy specializing in higher, independent and international education. A psychologist by training, Dr. Frankel facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent and international schools. His clients include schools on every inhabited continent, including large and small institutions, Tier 1 universities, and associations that serve schools.

Marc has authored or co-authored numerous articles and white papers on issues in governance and leadership of schools and universities. He is beginning his 13th year as a member of the governing board at the Wildwood School in Los Angeles.


Abigail DeLessio is an experienced senior executive with over 16 years of success in educational leadership and board relations, Abbi DeLessio focuses on leadership searches and governance and organizational development to support international schools in achieving their mission and vision. Through facilitated workshops and direct leadership, Abbi provides strategic planning, focus and insight, enabling schools to develop short and long-term sustainable goals. Abbi has led boards in Europe and Asia in policy, standards, and process for continuous improvement in identification, recruitment, and cultivation of future institutional leaders. Abbi obtained a B.A. in Economics from Clark University and holds a Certified FT Non-Executive Director Diploma (Level 7). She has served as chair or member of numerous boards including Hong Kong International School; the Asian University for Women Hong Kong Support Foundation; and the Hong Kong Child Development Centre.



These sessions are free to Directors and Trustees of EARCOS Member Schools. Nonmember fees are US$100 per participant.

Please know that registration for this event means that you plan to attend both sessions on August 29 and September 5, 2020

To register please Click here (deadline is no later than Monday, August 24, 2020)

IMPORTANT: If you unable to access the Google form please submit the following information below to Ms. Elaine Repatacodo(lrepatacodo@earcos.org) and we will register you from here.

Name of School:
Full Name:
Position (Director, Board Chair, Board Trustee):
Phone No: