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2020 Leading Change When You're Not the Boss: For Deans, Department Chairs & Other Leaders
Greg Bamford

Thursday, January 9, 2020
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

***Registration Update as of 12/20/20***

This workshop has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please select the waitlist button and complete the requested information. If a spot becomes available, ISACS will contact those on the waitlist. We encourage you to add your name to the waitlist. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.


Independent schools are rife with middle management positions like department chairs. Yet often educators struggle when transitioning into their first leadership position, especially when the role is something between a peer and a boss. Other times, teachers want to help their schools move forward but they don’t yet have a formal leadership title. How can you make things moving when you’re often not the one to make a final decision? In this workshop, we’ll explore these tensions and strategies to address them. Through culture, ritual, influence, and process, we can all become more effective change agents -- regardless of our titles or our place in the hierarchy. Leave with tools to help them be more satisfied and more effective leading change

This workshop is for deans, department chairs, and other new or emerging leaders.

Greg Bamford is associate head of school for strategy and innovation at Charles Wright Academy (WA). He has worked in independent
schools as a teacher, coach, administrator, consultant, and parent. He is a co-founder of Leadership+Design, a nonprofit that supports educational innovation and leadership development in schools. He was previously head of school at the Watershed School (CO). During his time at Watershed, enrollment grew by 82%. Bamford and a team of collaborators co-founded the Traverse Conference on real-world learning. He has spoken at education conferences as well as written for Independent School magazine, Net Assets, and The Yield. You can find him on Twitter @gregbamford and his blog at

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

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
The ISACS classroom 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
ISACS has secured a discounted room rate of $89/night plus tax for an elite king at the Hotel Julian, 168 North Michigan Avenue, which is just three blocks from the ISACS classroom. Named for St. Julian - the patron saint of hospitality and travelers, the four-diamond hotel opened its doors in October 2018 with a chic, urban energy that reflects its patron’s famed warmth and hospitality. To make a reservation, please contact the Hotel Julian at (312) 346-1200 and identify yourself as an Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) member and provide the Group Code: 2001ISACS. Discounted rooms are available until December 10, 2019. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. For online reservations, please click here to reserve your room. For directions to the Hotel Julian, which includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here

If you have any issues booking a room (room block is full, past the cutoff date, etc.) or are in need of a room with two beds, then please contact Daniel Grajdura, Hotel Julian's director of sales and marketing, for assistance at (312) 392-2435 or

ISACS has also negotiated low seasonal rates at other downtown Chicago hotels within walking distance to the ISACS classroom. These rates are available to ISACS members all year long for professional and personal travel. Click here for additional details and select the option that best meets your travel needs. If you have any issues securing a room at the Hotel Julian or at any of the other hotels listed, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $200 member fee
  • $275 non-member fee
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • Greg Bamford is also presenting a workshop on Friday, January 10 entitled Professional Development: Cheaper, Better, Engaging & Impactful. If you are interested in attending both workshops, you must register for each workshop separately. 
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

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 workshop details.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with workshop details.

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 incorrect OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. 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: $200     Non-member Cost: $275


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