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2019 Heads Conference: An Annual Exploration of School Leadership

Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:30 am - Friday, February 1, 2019 3:00 pm

Chicago, IL

Online registration is now closed for the 2019 Heads Conference. If you are interested in attending, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Conference Brochure
Click here for the digital brochure.

Dates and Time
The conference will begin at 9:30 am (registration at 8:30 am) on Thursday, January 31 and will conclude at 2:45 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Keynote Presenters

John D. Inazu
Washington University in St. Louis

Temba T. Maqubela
Groton School (MA)

Featured Speakers

  • Caroline Adelman & Ellen Bee, Chicago Psychotherapy, LLC & Jennifer Welbel, North Suburban Center for Anxiety
  • Susan Decker, BoardSource
  • Rob DiMartino, Finalsite & Anne Stavney, The Blake School (MN)
  • Liz Hofreuter, Wheeling Country Day School (WV), Luke Felker, The Bay School of San Francisco (CA) & Dawn Klus, ISACS
  • Joe Holtgreive, Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.
  • William Kummel, Rational Partners
  • Rodnie Williams, Omnigo Software, Laura Fuller, University School of Milwaukee (WI) & Bryn Roberts, St. Paul Academy and Summit School (MN)
  • Rachel Yarch, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.

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.

Speaker Recommended Pre-Conference Reading
Pre-conference readings written by and/or suggested by speakers are available for viewing as noted below. Additional resources will be forthcoming.

Conference Location & Hotel Accommodations
The conference will take place at the Swissôtel, 323 E. 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 at 888-737-9477 to make a reservation and use the group code "ISACS 2019 Heads Conference." The discounted rooms are available until 5:00 pm Central Time, Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Click here to book your hotel 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 at River Roast Thursday, January 31, 2019
All registrants and spouses/partners are invited to attend the conference reception and dinner at River Roast. The reception will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with dinner to follow until 9:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided. Reception/dinner is included in your registration fee; pre-registration is required during online registration. You can select to attend reception only, dinner only, or reception/dinner. If you are bringing a spouse/partner, there is an additional fee of $100. Please call the ISACS office to register and pay for your guest. There is no on-site registration for the dinner.

Directions and Parking

  • Click here for directions, taxi rates, public transportation and parking information for the Swissôtel.
  • Special daily parking at the Swissôtel is $30 per day for the Heads 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 Conference. 
  • Registration fee includes two continental breakfasts, two banquet lunches, and Thursday evening’s reception and dinner.

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
When registration for the Heads Conference 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.

Thank you to our 2019 Heads Conference sponsors:

Magnus Health - Thursday Keynote
Magnus Health is the most innovative way to collect, track, and manage student health information.

Nightlock - Thursday Luncheon
Nightlock Lockdown created a classroom door barricade device that helps teachers protect students during emergency lockdown events. Barricades the classroom against active shooter entry. Fast and easy.

Flik Independent School Dining - Thursday Dinner at River Roast
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.

TIAA - Thursday Reception at River Roast
TIAA, a leading provider of financial services to nonprofits, offers investing, banking, advice and guidance, and retirement services. Visit to learn more.

George K. Baum & Company – Friday Keynote
George K. Baum & Company is an investment bank dedicated to meeting the capital planning, financial modeling, and tax-exempt borrowing needs of independent schools. 

Oswald Companies/Independent Schools Benefits Consortium (ISBC) - Friday Luncheon
Oswald Companies manages the Independent Schools Benefit Consortium (ISBC); a health insurance program created by your fellow independent school leaders in 2003 that has a track record of performing at well below market costs. ISBC currently represents 57 schools located in 11 states.

Member Cost: $600     Non-member Cost: $700
Registration Deadline:  January 25, 2019


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