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2017 The Work of Leaders: For Deans & Department Chairs
Nancy Pettigrew

Monday, February 27, 2017
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

When people accept the role of leader, their responsibilities expand from work as an individual in providing excellent education to guiding whole teams and organizations in fulfilling the mission and accomplishing goals.  How does a leader rally his or her team around a unified cause?  This workshop will incorporate a personalized report for you to use as an ongoing resource for crafting a vision, building alignment around the vision and then championing the execution of that vision.  If you are thinking of large cultural initiatives or improving a process or system, please join us for an interactive session of learning how to incorporate these well-researched best practices into your leadership toolkit.

This workshop is for deans and departments chairs.

Nancy Pettigrew has been a coach, trainer and consultant since 1989 helping leaders create cultures where people can do their best work. Her specialty is building the people skills that promote the ability to work well with diverse populations through the applications of emotional intelligence, targeted listening skills and behavioral style insights. She was a teacher for five years, worked extensively with school districts and with the Ohio Department of Education. She has written and facilitated such courses as "Creating Healthy Workplace Cultures," "Emotional IQ: Aptitude for Leadership," "The Art of Positive Influence" and the masters level course, "Enhancing Emotional Wellness in Schools," delivered through The Ohio State University.

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

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation
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. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off the 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. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations
The ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with many incredible Chicago hotels. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs.

If you have any issues when booking a room, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Registration Fee

  • $250 member fee
  • $300 non-member fee 
  • There is no group discount for this workshop
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments 
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below
  • Please register by 2/22 for this workshop

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

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

Cancellation Policy for 2/27 Workshop
Please note the special cancellation policy for this workshop. As of 2/13, ISACS cannot provide refunds for this workshop. If you would like to transfer your registration to another person from your school, there will be an additional fee associated with this transfer. Please call the ISACS office if you have any questions.

Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $250     Non-member Cost: $300
Registration Deadline:  February 22, 2017


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