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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, 
Interim 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,
Incoming 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)

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Be a leader who is ready for forwarding your school's good work in a time of continued change. Over three days the Leadership Academy prepares you to navigate leadership challenges while you build a network of supportive colleagues. Learn from six faculty members from the Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Non-Profit Management in three-hour learning intensives. You'll acquire new ideas, theories, and practices as you develop tools and strategies to become a stronger school leader, whether you are a head of school or a senior leader. 

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

Dates & Times
Academy registrants are encouraged to participate in its entirety.

  • Monday, June 27 - Wednesday, June 29
  • Daily: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

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

Leaders as Catalysts, DEIJ Now, Cultural Polarity, Board Dynamics, Financial Acumen

Brochure, Agenda & Video

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.

How to Register for the Academy: 

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

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,