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2015 A Workshop for Head's Assistants: Too Much To Do, Too Little Time, Too Many Bosses, Too Few Me
Darlene Caraway and Kathryn S. Vander Broek

Friday, August 7, 2015
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

Head’s Assistants need to maintain a calm and professional stance amidst constant interruptions, while managing many demands and personalities.   ISACS is pleased to announce a workshop designed specifically for those who serve as a Head’s Assistant.  We hope you will make plans to attend

This one-day workshop will provide specific strategies and skill development in the following areas:

  • SWOT Analysis (Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats)
  • Published Best Practices for Executive Assistants
  • Strategies to Manage Head’s Expectations/Your Expectations
  • Approaches to Increase Your Circle of Influence: What is it?  How does it work? Why is it important? 
  • Managing Distractions and Interruptions
  • Asserting Your Voice When Big Chances Arise/Are You Suited for Other Roles in the School? 
  • Networking Lunch: Informal Conversation with Colleagues
  • Maintaining Balance in the Use of Technology
  • Responding to Common Concerns
  • Understanding and Adopting Essential Legal Protocols in the Head’s Office 

Darlene Caraway serves as executive assistant to the head of Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, a position she has held for 37 of her 39 years at the school. She has worked and led workshops in a variety of environments and knows the contributions that an effective assistant makes to an organization and to the head of school.  She began her tenure at Greenhill School in 1976 as assistant to the head of the lower school. In 1978, she was promoted to executive assistant to the head of school/board of trustees. She is a ISM Summer Institute instructor leading the workshop: The Vital Role of the Head's Executive/Administrative Assistant. Caraway has directed workshops for all areas of support staff for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest; Connecticut Independent Schools Association/CHAN; Richmond VA Association of Independent Schools; Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and others. She has also led workshop sessions at the European Council of Independent Schools in the Netherlands and the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference in Seattle. Last year, her proposal was accepted to present at the ECIS Conference in Nice, France. Caraway studied at Weymouth Technical College in Weymouth England.

Kathryn S. Vander Broek, JD/LCSW is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, having previously served as Staff Attorney to the Presiding Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department and as a child and family therapist.  Her legal practice focuses in the areas of school and employment law, where her experiences and background in law and social work serve to uniquely benefit her clients.  Ms. Vander Broek assists schools in all general matters, with an emphasis in the areas of special education, student matters and discrimination law, policy development and records management. Vander Broek received her JD from Loyola University, Chicago School of Law and her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.  She was a member of the Honors College at Michigan State University where she obtained a dual Bachelors degree in Social Work and Psychology.  Ms. Vander Broek is a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, the Chicago Bar Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Committee on Special Education.  She Chairs the School and Mental Health Records Committee of the Attorney General's Committee on Special Education.  She also is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network, where she was selected by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in School Law.

Workshop Location
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions and Daily Parking for the ISACS Classroom
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages and you can use to find discounted parking in the area prior to your arrival in downtown Chicago. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph, Chicago for $159 plus tax/night (single or double occupancy) for the nights of Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7. The hotel is just three short blocks from the ISACS classroom and close to restaurants, shopping and theater.

To make a reservation call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Head's Assistants"  A link for online reservations, will be forthcoming. The discounted rate is available until Friday, July 14, 2015.  If you are having trouble booking a room, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

Overnight Parking and Directions for the Hotel Allegro
Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service. Valet parking is $29 for 4-6 hours and $59 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).  

There are additional lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily self-parking. For self-parking (not affiliated with the hotel) and no in and out privileges, you can park at Washington-Franklin Self Park located at 230 West Washington. The rates are approximately $42 overnight. This garage has a Saturday rate, which is up to 12 hours for $15. 

To secure discounted parking prior to your arrival, visit

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate.  The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not be eligible for the discounted rate, standard rates apply. Parties of two or more reserving at the same time receive a discount.  Please visit the website for more information.

Registration Fee

  • $190 Member Fee
  • $240 Non Member Fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Meals included in the workshop include breakfast and lunch and refreshments.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-750-1190

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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