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Strategic Design

Celebrating Achievements of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan

The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan has guided Harpeth Hall forward in continued educational excellence. Collaboratively crafted and implemented by the board of trustees, leadership team, faculty, and staff, this plan offered a blueprint for the strategies and tactics that advanced our mission across four strategic areas of focus. Harpeth Hall is pleased to share a high-level summary of the many achievements from the last five years. 

A tenet of Harpeth Hall is to celebrate, appreciate, and envision the limitless opportunities the future holds for our girls and our school. The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan provided the framework and road map for the goals of our school leading to today. Now, we plan for the future of our school and our girls as we develop vision and strategy for the next chapter. You, as part of our Harpeth Hall community, have been a key part of the process.

Over the past 18 months, the strategic design committee of the board of trustees has listened to and synthesized your thoughts and ideas. The committee has written and refined future priorities guided by your insights, hopes for the future, and belief in our mission. The resulting strategic design is a testament to our shared commitment to educating girls and young women to think critically, lead confidently, and live honorably.

The Harpeth Hall board of trustees and leadership team look forward to sharing the next strategic design with our school community in August. 

How the Strategic Design Process Works

Throughout 2023 and into 2024, the Harpeth Hall Board of Trustees, the strategic design team, and school leadership will engage our entire school community in strategic design efforts, which will gain us the benefit of diverse perspectives and build broad alignment. To ensure that we do our work thoroughly and well, Harpeth Hall has partnered with Greenwich Leadership Partners (GLP). Through GLP's expertise and guidance, we will articulate a clear vision of Harpeth Hall's future with a strategy for long-term success. 

Who is Greenwich Leadership Partners (GLP)? 
Since 2010, Greenwich Leadership Partners has supported independent schools nationwide in thinking strategically about leadership and planning. Stephanie Rogen, the author of Creating Schools that Thrive, leads an expert team with extensive experience working with schools to guide them through a strategic design process.

What is a strategic plan? 
According to Greenwich Leadership Partners, “Planning is where strategy and leadership come together in a dynamic process for designing the future, making decisions and executing effectively." 

Who will take a lead role? 

  • We all will. Community members' voices and ideas lead us forward. 
  • The strategic design committee of the board will manage the process. Team members include trustees, faculty and staff, parents, students, and alumnae. 

How does this get done? 

  • Listening sessions and committee meetings
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Surveys to all groups of stakeholders


How will GLP help Harpeth Hall?

  • Plan strategically for the future
  • Harness our talent in the present
  • Build capacity to execute in the present and future


Strategic Planning Steps: 2023-2024 Design Process

Harpeth Hall Strategic Design Team Members

Crissy Wieck '96, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Melanie Patterson Blank '82, Strategic Design Team Chair
Jess Hill, Head of School

Jane Allen
Kate Berry '00
Mary Cady Bolin
Michelle Gaskin Brown '01
Shani Dowell
Lauren Melkus '96
Kristen Meltesen
Amit Misra

John Morris, M.D.
Arie Nettles
Reid Patton '14
Amy Richards
Amanda Powell Smith '04
Dana Deaton Verner, M.D. '95

Jessica Bliss
Mary Lea Bryant
Frances Fondren-Bales
Jasmin Hopkins
Kylene Lee
Susan Moll
Tom Murphy
Molly Rumsey
Jessica Viner '89