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Leaders of Color in Conversation
Alison Park

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

Registration for the Leaders of Color in Conversation workshop is closed.
If you have any questions, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Leadership takes many forms in independent schools: you may be leading from a classroom or an office; you may have a formal leadership title or an informal role; and you may currently be leading, considering leadership opportunities or questioning what it means to be a leader in your school.

This workshop is a professional affinity space for experienced, emerging and growing leaders of color to:

  • identify their core leadership “gots”, challenges and growth edges
  • reflect on their visions and goals as educators
  • think forward about their professional growth plans
  • network and build vital personal and professional relationships

We will explore case studies; reflect on our own experiences; talk frankly about the challenges, opportunities and expectations for leaders of color; recognize our personal growth edges; and drill down on the skills, knowledge and strategies we already have and need to cultivate, in order to thrive on our professional paths as educational leaders.

Alison Park is the founder of Blink Consulting. Since 2005, Blink has collaborated with over 100 schools, as well as various community-based, government and for-profit organizations to help create communities where all children, youth and adults can thrive. In addition to her work with clients, Alison has facilitated at numerous conferences, partnered with other organizations, and served on Park Day School's Board of Trustees. Alison currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Mosaic Project and the SMART program's Board of Directors. Before Blink, Alison taught for thirteen years in the public, non-profit and private sectors, including Marin Academy and Head-Royce Middle School. Alison earned her B.A. in African Studies at Yale University and two Master's degrees at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Alison has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for fifteen years. She currently consults, writes, runs the hills and gets off the grid with a fly rod when she can.

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

Directions, Parking and Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
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.

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.

Parking and Directions for the Hotel Allegro
For those staying overnight at the Hotel Allegro, the Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service. Valet parking is $29 for up to 10 hours and $63 for overnight with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).  

There are additional lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily self-parking. To secure discounted parking prior to your arrival, visit

Click here for directions including public transportation, taxi rates, as well as parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

Click here for walking directions from the Hotel Allegro to the ISACS office.

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.  

​Ground Transportation from O'Hare and Midway Airports
Taxis from O'Hare and Midway airports cost approximately $40-50 to downtown. Uber/Lyft options are offered at both airports and will be less expensive.

ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express (shared van shuttle service) 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 special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro in conjunction with the ISACS Diversity Summit (March 7-8): $129/night for single or double occupancy. Book your hotel needs accordingly.

To make a reservation, please call 1-800-546-7866 and use the group code "NI3 for ISACS Diversity Summit." For online reservations, click on the following Booking Link. The discounted rooms are available until midnight central time, Tuesday, February 12, 2019.   

If availability allows, the hotel will honor extended reservations three days before and three days after the workshop or Summit. Please note that online reservations are just for the exact dates and type of rooms listed on the contract. If you would like to book another room type or rooms on pre or post dates please call the 1-800-KIMPTON to book your room

Please note, cancellations must be made by 6:00 pm central, 72 hours prior to your arrival to avoid a charge of one night room and tax. 

 If you are having trouble booking a room, please call the ISACS office at (312)-750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $190 member fee
  • $250 non-member fee
  • The first person pays the full fee, each additional registrant from the same school receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below
  • Alison Park will also be presenting as part of the Diversity Summit, March, 7-8. For more information and to register for that event, click here.

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
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. 

Contacting the ISACS office
If you have any questions related to any aspect of your attendance or travel, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 or email

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $250


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