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Conferences and Workshops
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Showing Up: Women in Leadership
Tara Jahn, Leadership+Design

Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:30 am - Friday, April 3, 2020 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

This two-day workshop in an opportunity for women leaders at all points in their career and serving in all different roles in schools to spend two days better understanding the strengths they bring as women to their work as well as some of the challenges of leading. We will explore topics including status, the changing dynamics of gender, the power of story, finding and using voice, and how intentional physical presence can impact the way we influence groups and lead for change. This workshop is optimistic and action-oriented and a unique opportunity to interact with other women leading in schools who want to maximize their leadership potential.

This experience will be an investment in you as a person, a professional, a leader, and a change maker through the lens of being a woman in the world and the contexts currently at play. Participants will learn from themselves and one another and will leave with a greater sense of self and an action plan for stepping into a new way of being as a leader in their schools, communities, and lives. 

This two-day workshop is for women in leadership roles or women who are considering taking on formal leadership roles in schools.

Daily Schedule

  • Day One: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Day Two: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tara Jahn is an associate with Leadership+Design. She is an experienced human-centered design facilitator and coach, strategic partner, and experience designer. She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Vermont. She has been formally trained in design thinking at the Stanford's (School Retool), The Design Gym, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME- creator of Action Collab). Jahn partners with schools and organizations to think creatively and systematically to become more user-centered and strategic in teacher and leadership development, resource allocation (time, money, people), and the student experience. You can follow her on Twitter, at: @Tara_Jahn.

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 $139/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:2004ISACS_001. Discounted rooms are available until March 4, 2020. 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 any of the other hotels listed, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $450 member fee
  • $550 non-member fee
  • The first person pays the full fee, each additional registrant from the same school receives a $20 discount
  • This workshop is designed for participants to attend both days
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • 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: $450     Non-member Cost: $550


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