Lead by Debra Wilson and other leading experts, this panel discussion will focus on the most pressing risk management concerns for independent schools highlighting trends and concerns that have arisen through cases or school questions. A significant portion of time will be open for attendees to ask questions.

Debra Wilson, General Counsel, NAIS

Debra Wilson is general counsel for the US based National Association of Independent Schools. She joined NAIS  in August of 2000. As general counsel, Ms. Wilson executes or coordinates all of NAIS’s legal work. In addition, she directs NAIS’ government relations work, including reviewing regulations, legislation, and cases impacting independent schools. She writes many articles on legal issues impacting independent schools, presents on the various issues that schools face, and is committed to helping schools mitigate legal risks on the front end. Beyond the legal realm, Ms. Wilson is involved in the governance work at NAIS, including co-authoring the Trustee Handbook with Donna Orem.



Constance Neary, J.D., Vice President for Risk Management, United Educators

Constance Neary is the vice president for risk management at UE and, in this role, oversees research examining liability claims trends and practices used to successfully manage risk in the educational setting. Neary works with a diverse staff of 31 subject matter experts, learning designers and technologists, and consultants to deliver publications, webinars and workshops, online courses, and consulting services to meet the needs of UE members committed to reducing risk. She completed her undergraduate work at Westminster College (PA) in theater arts, received her law degree from Vermont Law School, and has completed executive education at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.




Bill Frederick, Founder, Lodestone Safety International

Bill Frederick is the founder of Lodestone Safety International, a training and consulting company specializing in health, safety and security for educational & service organizations operating abroad. Prior to that he served as Director of Safety at SFS for 8 years and as an Instructor/program director at Outward Bound for 16 years. He is a faculty committee member for Wilderness Medical Associates International. He holds an M.Ed from Harvard University and a CTH from the International Society of Travel Medicine.