ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference

April 26-27, 2024

Hangzhou International School (HIS)

Theme: OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD: Futures, Leaders, Spaces & Lives

This conference targets current and aspiring educational leaders including, but not limited to, Heads of School, division Principals, subject department or grade-level leaders, middle management, directors of sports or activities, business and HR managers, and coordinators of school initiatives (i.e., diversity, inclusion, wellness, service-learning, etc).

The theme of this year’s conference is “Opportunities to Build”. As schools are all about people, we will explore the opportunities to nurture excellent learning environments and develop our learners (students, parents, staff, teachers, and leaders). The conference sub-themes will be focused on Futures, Leaders, Spaces and Lives.

-       Building Futures: explores learning now for an uncertain future.

-       Building Leaders: discusses issues and initiatives to develop stakeholder leadership and decision-making involvement at internationals schools, especially our students.

-       Building Spaces: looks at all the opportunities to design structures and spaces that will promote safe and effective learning.

-       Building Lives: will look at issues of diversity, inclusion, wellness, and support at our schools.

The conference format will include two keynote speakers with global recognition, and workshop sessions presented by the keynote speakers, educational leaders, peer presenters, sponsors and even students.  The conference also hosts planning sessions for ACAMIS Athletic Directors and ACE Coordinators, both focused on providing students with excellent opportunities to compete or exchange in athletics, the arts, student leadership, and other student clubs/activities.

Those of you who are planning your travel will be interested in knowing at the end of the conference, buses will depart from Hangzhou International School for the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport and Hangzhou East Railway Station at 3:30 pm. On Sunday afternoon, it may take about 45 minutes to arrive at each of those transportation hubs.

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Keynote Speakers


Michael McQueen

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Multi-award Winning Speaker, Trend Forecaster, Bestseller of Ten Books, TV Commentator

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of ten books. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum. Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations. Having been formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael has been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

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Rosalind Wiseman

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Senior Leadership Consultant, Author, Speaker, Advisor, Thought Leader on Leadership, Culture, Conflict, and Young People


Rosalind Wiseman challenges us to understand the power of dignity to build courage, connection, and community. She is a speaker, writer, advisor, and thought leader on leadership, culture, conflict, and young people. Currently, she serves as the senior leadership consultant at the US State Department’s Office for Overseas Schools which serves over 195 schools throughout the world and is supporting Professor David Yeager at the University of Texas on a forthcoming book on young people and motivation. She is the author of nine books including the multiple New York Times Best Sellers: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life. Her ninth book, published by Chronicle Books in the fall of 2022 with co-author Shanterra McBride, is Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Brave, Life Changing Conversations about Race and Racism. She is currently revising Queen Bees & Wannabes for a 4th edition to be published in 2024 in time for the 20th anniversary of Mean Girls.
Rosalind also co-founded Cultures of Dignity, an organization that partners with communities to reimagine how to bring dignity and social and emotional learning to all.
National media regularly depends on Wiseman’s expertise on principled leadership, conflict, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, Los Angeles, Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today, among others. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like the Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, and NPR affiliates throughout the country. She has spoken to audiences throughout the United States and abroad including South by Southwest, Microsoft, UBS, The Royal Society for the Arts, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the Game Developers Conference, the American Association of School Administrators, and at the White House many times across administrations. Rosalind is a native of Washington DC and spent most of her life there. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Raising Our Village: Leading With Courage, Principles, and Equanimity No Matter What Comes Your Way

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Host School

Hangzhou International School (HIS) opened its doors in August 2002 and currently serves over 900 students of over 50 nationalities in Early Years-Grade 12. Students at HIS experience an inclusive international curriculum, which is truly designed for expatriate students and further supported by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). HIS is an authorized IB World School offering all three IB programs (known as the IB Continuum).
In August 2022, HIS relocated to a new, purpose-built campus. Covering over 50,000 square meters, the HIS campus redefines education through open, shared, and multi-functional learning and leisure spaces. It is characterized by two buildings: The Cocoon (ECE Campus) and The Lantern (Main Campus). With a focus on cultivating student development both in and out of the classroom, we are proudly equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a Performing Arts Theatre, Black Box Theatre, ‘The Wave’ swimming pool, two indoor gyms, and a large outdoor football and basketball field. Here students can develop their learning potential, cultivate hobbies, enjoy outdoor sports, and explore endless possibilities.

Jeffry Stubbs


Hangzhou International School

2190 Xiangbin Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310052

+86 571 8669 0045