The Leadership Academy was beautifully structured. It helped me to grow capacity in areas I knew I wanted to know more about. More importantly, it introduced me to areas that I now think about and grapple within my day-to-day work that were not on my radar prior to the Academy. I walked away with some immediate action items and lots of universal leadership tools.

- Liz Iverson, 
Head of School,
Ancona School (IL)


The Leadership Academy was an extremely engaging learning experience. The presenters and participants gifted me with diverse, rich, and meaningful insights into the efforts, mindsets, and skill sets required of effective independent school leaders.

I left with a toolbox full of resources and renewed excitement. 

- Chris English,
Head of School,
Roycemore School (IL)


As a school leader and an aspiring head of school, the Leadership Academy has been the single most beneficial professional development experience. The knowledge I’ve gained has made me more confident in my ability to lead with my strengths, and it has provided ample resources to help me improve the areas in which I have less experience. I’m thrilled that it will be offered again this year.”

– Rob Butler,
Head of School,
Forsyth School (MO)

Leadership Academy


Each participant must register themselves individually for the Leadership Academy.
There are no group or team discounts.

Each participant MUST have a contact record in the system prior to registration.
Please see "How to Register for the Academy" located at the bottom for more information.

If you are an independent school leader, claim one of the precious 40 seats at this year's Leadership Academy. Three transformative days will make you a more effective leader of change, giving you new clarity and direction. With supportive colleagues, you’ll learn from expert faculty from the Northwestern University Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management. Whether you are a head of school or a senior leader, whether or not you've attended the Leadership Academy in the past, this year's faculty line up is not one to miss. This year, Omari Keeles and Michelle Buck will have extended time with leaders. Be sure to plan your travel to stay for the entire event. You won't want to miss our last afternoon session together, a capstone to the entire Academy. We can't wait to see you there.

Who Should Attend
Leaders of Independent Schools; we encourage schools to send teams if possible.

Dates & Times
Please plan your travel to be able to participate in the program in its entirety.

  • Monday, June 26 - Wednesday, June 28
  • Daily: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

The Academy will take place at the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University, Wieboldt Hall, 339 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL in downtown Chicago.

Brochure & Agenda  

Certificate of Completion
The Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management will provide a certificate of completion to each participant who completes the Academy in its entirety.


A Message from Amy Stewart Smith,
Director of Nonprofit Executive Programs,
The Center for Nonprofit Management
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


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How to Register for the Academy: 

To register for any ISACS event, you MUST be logged into your contact record in the new system. 

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Registration & Additional Details

Registration Fee

  • $2,000/person for ISACS members & non-members 
  • Registration includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and Monday evening dinner.
  • Through the Claudia M. Daggett Memorial Grant, generously funded by the Skilling and Andrews Foundation, ISACS is providing a subsidized registration fee of $2,000 to ALL registrants. Please note that no other scholarships or team discounts are available.  

Certificate of Completion
The Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management will provide a certificate of completion to each participant who completes the Academy in its entirety.

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. 

Please contact Karen Zeitlin, director of programs,