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Hiring Event + Professional Development

Formerly known as FORUM/Diversity, FORUM/DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) is a hiring conference and a professional development symposium for members of, allies of, and those who are learning how to better support underserved communities.

Its mission is twofold: to help build strong, diverse, and inclusive school communities by facilitating connections between job seekers and schools, and to support schools' work in equity and inclusion through robust professional development.

The hiring portion consists of consecutive 30-minute interview periods between job-seeking Carney Sandoe candidates and hiring schools from across the country. Interviews are pre-scheduled by schools ahead of the event.

The event also features professional development sessions facilitated by renowned keynote speakers, diversity practitioners, and school leaders. Attendees are given the opportunity to learn best practices and find inspiration from the stories shared and lessons learned.

FORUM/DEIB: CS&A's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
We host this conference because of the many common themes that unite even the most disparate independent schools: the need for quality teachers and motivated students, the desire to produce students of integrity as well as intellect, and the tension between progress and tradition. Diversity and inclusion are ever-important issues for schools and candidates, issues that we are committed to through strategies like this event.


Our 2023 event was held in-person on January 27 and 28 in Philadelphia at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Where is the professional development schedule?

Click here to see the schedule. We were excited to welcome Michael Tennant as our keynote speaker, as well as dozens of educators and diversity leaders leading general sessions.

Who can attend?

All CS&A candidates and our partner schools are invited to participate.

FORUM/DEIB Keynote Speaker Archive

  • 2023 – Michael Tennant
  • 2022 – Austin Channing Brown
  • 2021 – Dr. Monique Morris and Dr. Christopher Emdin
  • 2020 – Dr. Anthony Jack and Dr. Dena Simmons
  • 2019 – Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Peggy McIntosh
  • 2018 – Tim Wise
  • 2017 – Dr. Cornel West
  • 2016 – Reveta Bowers, head of school at the Center for Early Education, and Temba Maqubela, headmaster at The Groton School
  • 2015 – Wanda Holland Green, head of school at Hamlin School, and Mark Reed, former head of school of Charlotte Country Day School

Watch select recordings of keynote speakers from past FORUM/DEIB events.

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