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2017 Heads of School Conference - Becoming Our Best Selves: Schools and Leaders

January 26 - 27, 2017

Chicago, IL

Registration for the 2017 Heads of School Conference is now closed. Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if you have any questions. 

Becoming Our Best Selves: Schools and Leaders

Conference Brochure
Click here for the conference brochure.

Dates and Time
The conference will begin at 9:30 am (registration at 8:30 am) on Thursday, January 26 and will conclude at 2:45 pm on Friday, January 27, 2017.

Keynote Speakers

  • Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist and author
  • Reveta Bowers, Head Emeritus, The Center for Early Education (CA)


Featured Speakers

  • Jim McKey, Grenzebach, Glier and Associates
  • Pete Upham, The Association of Boarding Schools
  • Melissa Soderberg, Columbus Academy (OH) & Dr. John Campo, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center  
  • Christine Baker, The Baker Group
  • Nick Stoneman, Shattuck-St.Mary’s School (MN)
  • Francey Hakes, Francey Hakes Consulting
  • Dana Fattore Crumley, Franczek Radelet
  • Toni Cross, Hathaway Brown School (OH)
  • Harry Bloom, Measuring Success
  • Dennis Chapman, The New School (AR) & Rob DiMartino, Finalsite

Click here for keynote and featured speaker bios.

Schedule & Session Descriptions
Click here to view the conference schedule.
Click here to view the conference session descriptions.

Conference Location
The conference will take place at the Swissôtel, 323 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. 

Hotel Accommodations
The Swissôtel
323 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 

ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Swissôtel:

  • $157/night for standard king single or double occupancy.
  • ‚ÄčThe room rates above include complimentary Internet in the sleeping rooms and complimentary access to the health club.
  • Please note that any reservation cancelled within 48 hours of arrival date will be charged one night room and tax. 

Please call the hotel directly to make a reservation at 312-565-0565 and use the group code "ISACS 2017 Heads of School Conference." The discounted rooms are available until 5:00 pm Central Time, Monday, January 16, 2017. Click here to book your reservation online. 

If you are having problems booking a hotel room at the discounted rate, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190, and the ISACS staff will assist you.

Reception & Dinner: Thursday, January 27, 2017
All registrants and spouses/partners are invited to attend the conference reception and dinner. The reception (from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) will be at the ISACS office at 55 West Wacker, Suite 701 followed by a dinner at Davanti Enoteca, 30 E. Hubbard Street. Transportation will be provided. Reception/dinner is included in your registration fee; pre-registration is required during online registration. You can select from reception only, dinner only, or reception/dinner. If you are bringing a guest, an additional fee of $75 is required. Please call the ISACS office to register your guest. There is no on-site registration for the dinner.

Thank you to our 2017 Heads Conference sponsors:

TIAA, Thursday keynote sponsor.
TIAA, a leading provider of financial services to nonprofits, offers investing, banking, advice and guidance, and retirement services.

Voya Financial, Thursday luncheon sponsor.
Voya Financial helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings – to get ready to retire better.

Flik Independent School Dining, Thursday reception sponsor at the ISACS office.
Flik is a diverse family of food and nutrition specialists dedicated to providing the academic community with fun, healthy on-site dining options. As the only dining services company specializing exclusively in private and independent school education, Flik understands your community's needs and what it takes to meet them. Flik’s chefs use fresh local ingredients and world-class culinary techniques to provide students with innovative, diverse menus. From expansive, colorful salad bars to soups made from scratch, Flik works closely with each client to transform their school's dining hall into a source of pride and values.

Assurance Agency, Thursday night dinner sponsor.
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. Assurance’s Education Practice is focused on meeting the changing needs of educational institutions across the nation by addressing emerging risk management issues and developing competitive and comprehensive insurance solutions to reduce overall cost of risk.

Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms, Friday keynote sponsor.
Tommy Hilfiger School Uniforms guarantees your school community the very best in quality, comfort, style, and service at prices your families will be excited about. Our products deliver great all-American style that goes to the head of the class with quality fabrics that are easy to care for, repel stains, and resist wrinkles.

Oswald Companies/Independent Schools Benefits Consortium, Friday luncheon sponsor.
Oswald Companies is a national insurance brokerage and consulting firm that specializes in employee benefit solutions for niche markets, and specifically for independent schools.

Directions and Parking

  • Click here for directions, taxi rates, public transportation and parking information for the Swissôtel.
  • Special daily parking at the Swissôtel is $25 per day for the ISACS Heads of School Conference (Please obtain a voucher from the ISACS registration area to receive the daily discounted parking rate. Special overnight parking rates are $54 per night. If you drive a hybrid car, the Swissotel provides a discount.)

GO 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 eligible for the discounted rate, standard rates apply. Parties of two or more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information. 

Registration Fee

  • $600 - head of member school
  • $700 - head of non member school
  • 50% discount for those new heads registered for the ISACS year-long New Heads Network program. If you are enrolled in the New Heads Network, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 to receive a coupon code before registering for the Heads of School Conference. 
  • Registration fee includes Thursday evening dinner, two lunches and two continental breakfasts.

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

  • An email will be sent automatically to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the Heads Conference, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at the Heads Conference, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to 10 business days prior to the Heads Conference to receive a 50% refund.

If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $600     Non-member Cost: $700
Registration Deadline:  January 17, 2017


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