The Crow’s Nest Institute

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Pictured above: The Colony Hotel, location of The Crow’s Nest Institute, Kennebunkport, Maine.


Picture above:
2019 participants and
Chris Baker, Monique DeVane and Scott Looney, Crow’s Nest Leaders since 1999.

The annual Crow’s Nest Institute is the nation’s premier forum for experienced senior enrollment officers.  For the past twenty years hundreds of independent school admission leaders who have attended the Crow’s Nest to learn and grow, and have thereafter returned to their schools with a stronger understanding of leadership and management, and with critical insights necessary to develop short- and long-term strategies to sustain school enrollment. 

The institute’s location in the oceanfront village of Kennebunkport, ME offers an ideal setting to refresh one’s perspective and connect with a talented and experienced network of other senior enrollment professionals.   

Because enrollment is the key component to sustainability of independent schools, it is critical that admission directors hone their leadership skills and educate themselves and others on campus about shifts in the education landscape and the increased affordability challenges for families, and the impact these are having on admissions and future enrollment.

“Scanning the Horizon” sessions at Crow’s Nest go beyond just presenting market challenges; we include engaging discussions that will inspire participants to think more creatively, more energetically, and more intentionally about their school’s response to such challenges.

The Institute also focuses on professional and personal development in the opening “Tending to Your Inner Captain” session, when we invite directors to gauge their personal and professional successes and challenges, and to develop wisdom, understanding, and appreciation of their own uniqueness, special talents, and future potential. In addition to developing a deeper connection with one’s true leadership role, participants consider and retool their own admission and enrollment management skill set during the Institute’s “Refining Your Charted Course” sessions.

Crow’s Nest is scheduled intentionally after the end of the school year and before the dog days of summer — a perfect time for reflection, analysis, and visionary thinking.  Energy builds throughout the three days as speakers and ensuing discussions spark lively and thoughtful conversations. Each participant leaves Crow’s Nest with an infusion of energy, and with an expanded network of close colleagues from across the country and beyond.


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Join us for the 21st annual Crow’s Nest Institute in Kennebunkport, ME on June 29, 30 and July 1, 2020

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The Crow’s Nest Institute

Kennebunkport, ME June 29, 30 and July 1, 2020


The premier event for directors

The 2019 Crow’s Nest Institute received a 4.96/5 overall from participants.  Here’s what the group from 2019 had to say: 

 Comments from the 2019 Crow’s Nest Institute

  • My favorite conference…I get the most out of it compared to others

  • This has been a gift.  So powerful to be surrounded by so many kind, talented, dynamic independent school leaders.  I am humbled and grateful (and full of inspiration)

  • Very refreshing to be in a room with other admission professionals-all asking similar questions and struggling with similar issues

  • Perfect balance of big thinking, data, vision, reality

  • So fabulous!  Rejuvenating, empowering

  • Thank you for another spectacular experience.  Really, really awesome

  • Great content, great camaraderie

  • Always an incredible and re-energizing experience.  Always learn a ton

  • This was an especially rewarding Crow’s Nest.  Congrats on 20 years!!!

  • Thank you, Chris, for another spectacular experience.  Really, really awesome


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