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2016 ISACS Leadership Academy in Partnership with the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:00 am - Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:30 pm

Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University, Wieboldt Hall
Chicago, IL

Registration is open for the Leadership Academy.  

The Academy starts at 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 21 and ends at 3:30 pm on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Please plan to attend the Academy in its entirety.

Who Should Attend
School Leaders of Independent Schools

Why Attend
The ISACS Leadership Academy is designed to broaden and deepen business education of school leaders. We hope it will encourage participants to pursue additional training at Kellogg or other convenient business schools.

In partnership with the Kellogg's Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University and the E.E. Ford Foundation, ISACS is proud to offer a partnership with the Kellogg's Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University and the E.E. Ford Foundation to provide this unique executive education opportunity emphasizing important competencies often given insufficient emphasis in professional development programs for school leaders. The Academy is a unique opportunity to develop business acumen to more effectively lead a school.

Leadership Academy Brochure 
Click here for the 2016 Leadership Academy’s brochure.  

Leadership Academy Topics

  • Leadership in Today’s World with Harry Kraemer
    What does it mean to be a values-based leader in an ever-changing world? Kraemer will discuss the four principles of a strong values-based leader—self-reflection, balance, true self confidence and genuine humility. He will also talk about how leaders need to set expectations, vision and values; recruit and retain the right people; set direction and communicate with all stakeholders.
  • Crayon Box Leadership/Leadership & Cross-Cultural Agility with Nicholas Pearce
    ​One of the most critical challenges facing today’s leaders is how to foster meaningful collaboration in workplaces and marketplaces more diverse than ever before. This session will employ a colorful metaphor designed to enhance participants’ cross-cultural competence and challenge them to think and act with a more multicultural mindset. Leave this session equipped with strategies and peer-to-peer insights for undertaking the important work of wisely leveraging the power of difference in your teams, organizations, and beyond.
  • Using Financial Statements for Decision Making with Marian Powers
    Accurately and effectively interpreting financial statements is a key skill for strong school leadership. In this session, participants will: identify the major financial statements and their interrelationships; develop the skill of asking the right questions about financial statements; and examine key financial performance indicators.
  • Managing Mission & Strategy Through Long-Term Financial Planning with Jim Croft
    Long-term financial planning is not just an extension of the budgeting process. It starts with good strategic plans that identify the goals of the school and the broad strategies that will be used to reach these goals. The financial plan ties financial resources requirements to the strategic plan. This session will help participants more fully recognize the importance of long-term financial planning, understand planning basics, and develop skills needed to build a financial model.
  • Persuasion & Influence with Lauren Rivera
    Participants will come away with practical knowledge about how to successfully influence others to achieve critical organizational goals. Learning goals include: mastering five zones of influence that participants can leverage to persuade even the most skilled influencers; how to best build personal credibility to maximize success; and how to figure out who to target, with what message, and with what tactics to inspire others to carry out your vision.
  • The Connected School: Transforming Stakeholder Engagement in the Digital World with Mohan Sawhney
    Rapid advances in technology, smartphones and networks have led to a fundamental shift in the behavior of students, parents and other school stakeholders. They expect to be engaged through digital channels and for communication to be personalized, relevant and timely. These realities demand a new approach to constituent engagement. Highlighted will be: how to reach stakeholders with fundraising, thought leadership, and marketing of the school. Case studies and best practices will be shared.

Featured Presenters (in alphabetical order)

  • Jim Croft
  • Harry Kraemer
  • Nicholas Pearce
  • Marian Powers
  • Lauren Rivera
  • Mohan Sawhney

Click here for featured speaker bios.

The Academy will take place at the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University, Wieboldt Hall in downtown Chicago.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a block of discounted rooms at the following hotel, which is less than 2 blocks walking distance from the Leadership Academy location at Northwestern's Wielboldt Hall. We recommend making your reservations early!

166 East Superior 
Chicago, IL 60611

To make reservations at the $209/night rate for the nights of June 20, June 21 and/or June 22, please call the reservations team directly and mention the ISACS group: 1-855-645-3667 or 312-787-6000. Reservations may be made until June 1, 2016 or the room block reaches capacity. Click here to make your reservation online. 

Directions and Parking
Click here for directions, parking and ground transportation information for the ISACS Leadership Academy.
Click here for Tuesday night's dinner directions from MileNorth Hotel to Osteria Via Stato. 

Parking at the MileNorth
The current overnight parking rates are $63.00 for valet. These rates may change. The hotel does not offer a self-parking option.  

Parking - Daily and Overnight Parking Special from Kellogg
Kellogg will be providing participants with additional details on complimentary daily and overnight parking at nearby garages via email as the Academy approaches.

Registration Fee

  • $2250 - ISACS member fee
  • $2500 - non-member fee
  • Academy includes: Three breakfasts, three lunches, one reception and one dinner.
  • Team rates are now available - call ISACS for rate information in addition to the partial scholarship.
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below.

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
When registration for the Academy has been completed, the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will be sent automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the Academy, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the Leadership Academy.
  • Additional communications also will come directly from Kellogg.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at the Academy, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Partial Scholarships Available
Thanks to a grant from E.E. Ford Foundation, registrants from schools with assets of less than $12 million can receive partial scholarships. To determine your school's assets, see the Statement of Financial Position from your most recent audit and find "Year-End Total Net Assets." These scholarships are available for member and
non-members schools.

For more details about the partial scholarship, please contact Karen Zeitlin at the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 for details.

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. 


Member Cost: $2250     Non-member Cost: $2500


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