Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25, 2020

Northwestern University's Downtown Chicago Campus

Registration is Now Open!

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Leadership Academy Brochure 
Click here for the 2020 Leadership Academy brochure.

A hard copy brochure will be mailed in January to ISACS and NAIS heads of school. Please contact the ISACS office to be added to the Leadership Academy mailing list.

Tuesday, June 23, 9:00 AM, to Thursday, June 25, 3:30 PM.

Please plan to attend the Academy in its entirety.

Who Should Attend
Leaders of independent schools

Leadership Academy Topics

  • Using Financial Statements for Decision Making with Marian Powers
  • The Intersection of Finance & Mission with Marian Powers
  • Board Partnerships with Megan Kashner
  • Marketing Essentials for School Leaders with Kevin McTigue
  • Telling Stories Through Data with Steve Franconeri
  • Leadership as Relationship: The Dynamics of Leading & Following with Michelle L. Buck
  • Building High Performing Teams with Gail Berger

Leadership Academy Faculty (in alphabetical order)

  • Gail Berger
  • Michelle Buck
  • Steve Franconeri
  • Megan Kashner
  • Kevin McTigue
  • Marian Powers

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

Tuesday, June 23 Dinner
As part of the Leadership Academy, ISACS invites participants to attend a dinner at Beatrix-Streeterville, 671 N. St. Clair, on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 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 discounted room rate at the Courtyard by Marriott, 165 East Ontario, Chicago, which is located less than two blocks from the Kellogg Center's downtown campus. The special rate is: $209/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of June 22, 23, and 24. The rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi in the guest room. To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at (312) 660-2404 and mention group name ISACS. For online reservations, click here and select the dates of your stay. If availability allows, the hotel will honor extended reservations for Sunday, June 21 and/or Thursday, June 25. If you would like to extend your stay,  contact Crystal Hernandez, Crystal.Hernandez@whitelodging.com at the Courtyard by Marriott. Reservations must be made by Monday, June 1, 2020 or until the room block reaches capacity. Reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival. We recommend making your reservations early.

The Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile is a full-service hotel featuring Copper Fox Gastropub and Starbucks. This one-of-a-kind property is located just one block from Michigan Avenue and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile; home to famous shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

ISACS attendees will receive a 20% discount at the hotel’s restaurant, Copper Fox Gastropub.

If you have a problem securing the rate or have any questions about the hotel, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Parking - Courtyard by Marriott
Parking for the hotel is all self-parking and is in the InterPark garage located at 614 N. Saint Clair, which is attached to the hotel. The current overnight self-parking rate is $47 or $54 with in/out privileges. This rate is subject to change. 

Parking - Daily & 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
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 (312) 750-1190 or karen@isacs.org.

Team Discount
Registrations from the same school are at 60% 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 (312) 750-1190 or karen@isacs.org.

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 programinfo@isacs.org 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.