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2019 Leadership Academy: The Business of Leading Schools
in Partnership with the Kellogg School of Management Center for Nonprofit Management

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:00 am - Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:30 pm

Northwestern University Downtown Chicago Campus
Chicago, IL

Leadership Academy Brochure 
Click here for the 2019 Leadership Academy brochure.

Tuesday, June 25, 9:00 AM, to Thursday, June 27, 3:30 PM.

Please plan to attend the Academy in its entirety.

Who Should Attend
Leaders of independent schools

Leadership Academy Topics

  • Conflict Dynamics: Resolving Disputes Effectively, Gail Berger
  • Storytelling: A Differentiating Leadership Skill for the 21st Century, Rives Collins
  • Strategic Stakeholder Engagement, Ernest Duplessis 
  • Influence Without Authority, Loran Nordgren
  • Inspired Leadership, Nicholas Pearce
  • Using Financial Statements for Decision Making, Marian Powers  
  • Intersection of Finance & Mission, Marian Powers
  • Finance & Board Communications, Marian Powers  

Leadership Academy Faculty (in alphabetical order)

  • Gail Berger
  • Rives Collins
  • Ernest Duplessis
  • Loran Nordgren
  • Nicholas Pearce
  • Marian Powers

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

Tuesday, June 25 Dinner
As part of the Leadership Academy, ISACS invites participants to attend a dinner at Beatrix-Streeterville, 671 N. St. Clair, on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 pm. The cost of the dinner is included in registration. 

If you would like a spouse/partner to attend the dinner, there is an additional cost of $60. Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 to confirm your guest’s attendance and provide payment.

UPDATED - Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a discounted room rate at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chicago-Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio Street, which is located less than four blocks from the Kellogg Center's downtown campus. The special rate is: $209/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of June 24, 25, and 26. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-445-8667 or 1-800-222-8733 and mention group name ISACS. For online reservations, click here. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, June 4, 2019 and before the room block reaches capacity. If availability allows, the hotel will honor extended reservations three days before and three days after the Academy. 

The newly redesigned DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago-Magnificent Mile is located within blocks of Michigan Avenue shopping, dining, and Navy Pier. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktail and/or local bites at the new HotHouse Bar & Restaurant as well as sample grab and go items at our Made Market. A Starbucks outlet can be found n the lobby. In addition to complimentary access to the brand new gym, the hotel has a seasonal rooftop terrace and outdoor pool.

If you have a problem securing the rate or have any questions about the hotel, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Directions and Parking
ISACS will post additional information for directions, parking, and ground transportation information for the ISACS Leadership Academy shortly.

Parking at Doubletree by Hilton-Magnificent Mile
ISACS has secured a discounted overnight parking of $40/night at the hotel. The discounted parking rate will be billed directly to your guest room. This rate may change. The hotel does not offer valet 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, and one dinner

‚ÄčPartial Scholarships Available
Thanks to a grant from Skilling and Andrews Foundation, registrants from schools with assets of less than $18 million are eligible for partial scholarships. To determine your school's assets, see the Statement of Financial Position from the most recent audit and find "Year-End Total Net Assets." These scholarships are available for member and non-member schools. For more details about the partial scholarship, please contact Karen Zeitlin at the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 or 

Team Discount
Registrations from the same school are at half the rate of the first registration. While the program was designed with heads in mind, we have found that it is a good fit for aspiring heads, CFOs, and other school leaders. We believe that taking the experience home with school colleagues can maximize the potential for applying the learning. For more details about the team member discount, please contact Karen Zeitlin at the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 or

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

  • An automatic email will 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, including pre-readings.

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

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received by email at 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 Leadership Academy 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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