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Professional Development Series 


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 th 2019 Leadership Academy brochure.

Heads of School from ISACS and NAIS member schools will receive the brochure by the end of January 2019.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a block of discounted rooms at the following hotel, which is less than two blocks walking distance from the Leadership Academy location. We recommend making your reservations early.

Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile
166 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

To make reservations at the $209/night rate for the nights of June 24, June 25, and/or June 26, please call reservations at (312) 523-0897 and mention the Group Name ISACS. In addition, you can send an email with your reservation request to Cameron at If you are booking online, click here to reserve your room. Reservations may be made before 5:00 pm central time on Monday, June 3, 2019 or until the room block reaches capacity. 

Directions and Parking
Click here for directions, parking, and ground transportation information for the ISACS Leadership Academy.

Parking at Cambria Suites
The current overnight parking rate is $62 for valet. This rate may change. The hotel does not offer a self-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

Partial 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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