July 14-19, 2018

With great frequency, leaders face dilemmas, challenging situations and what seems to be a set of equally poor choices.  These are the times when leadership shows its true colors, when decisions come with risk or unpopularity, when courage is essential. These are the moments when things are not “black or white” but varying degrees of “grey.” Or, are they?

NPLI 2018 will ask participants to reflect on difficult decisions they made in their professional and personal lives. What made those decisions difficult? How were the dilemmas resolved? What advice could they share?

The NPLI Process

We will look at how leaders from a range of disciplines took on the tough calls. As decision-makers, how did they pay attention to social/emotional growth, equity and social justice? Institute participants will return home with a set of understandings, insights, and skills that are inspirational, practical, and actionable.

Invited presenters include Stacy Alison, first American woman to climb Mt Everest; Ras Baraka, Mayor, Newark, NJ, Katherine Bigelow, film director, Detroit; Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Ron Chernow, bestselling author of Hamilton and just published, Grant; Dan Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators (AASA); Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas; Doris Kearns-Goodwin, historian (Team of Rivals); Karol Mason, first woman and first African-American President of John Jay College; Robert Sapolsky, Behave, The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst; Theresa Weatherspoon, Director Player Development, NY Liberty, WNBA.


Registration includes:

  • All sessions and special activities
  • Five breakfast, four lunches
  • Personalized leadership consultation 
  • A day of expeditionary learning
  • Collection of team solutions

Teams of 5 or more are eligible for a special fee.

Questions? Contact us

COO Juan Fonseca

Email: npli2018@yahoo.com

Phone: (212) 524-4616

CEO Lew Smith

Email: lewsmith@npli.org

Phone: 646-233-2942

Register (Pay with Credit card)


check and purchase order information:

Please complete your online registration (ABOVE) and mail your check to:

National Principals Leadership Institute

Attn: Lew Smith

92 Morningside Avenue, Suite 2E

New York NY 10027

(Make check or purchase order payable to National Principals Leadership Institute. For NYC schools, our NYC Vendor Number is NAT158229.)