NBOA Leadership Academy: Program Details

2021-22 Program Pricing

Member Nonmember
Full Registration $1,995 $2,495

Registration fee includes:

  • 2021 NBOA’s North American Conference on the Business Office (NACOBO) Registration and Pre-Conference (November 3-5)
  • 2022 NBOA Annual Meeting Registration and Pre-Conference in Chicago, IL (February 21-23)
  • Monthly Cohort Zoom Calls
  • Small Group and 1-on-1 Mentoring
  • NBOA Tools and Resources

The registration fee does not include travel expenses to/from NACOBO or Annual Meeting (flights, hotels, etc.)

2021-22 Program Outline

The NBOA Leadership Academy will develop current and future leaders in the independent school business office to help schools face their most pressing challenges. The program is a new and distinct opportunity for independent school business staff to enhance skills in collaboration, communication, negotiation and consensus building that will complement their technical knowledge and expertise in operational standards and regulatory compliance.

Participants will convene for monthly cohort conversations, each focusing on a key leadership skill, as well as two in-person events: NBOA’s 2021 North American Conference on the Business Office (NACOBO) on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (November 3-5); and the 2022 NBOA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL (February 21-23). Experienced business officers with a track record of professional success will lead sessions and serve as peer mentors. The Academy will provide access to a national network of independent school business officers and connections with the NBOA Board of Directors. Throughout the program, participants will develop a clear understanding of their personal leadership attributes as well as the leadership role required to sustain their schools’ success today and in the future.

Leadership Sessions Include:

The Evolution of the Business Officer and Key School Partnerships for Success: Panel Discussion with Program Mentors

Led by Jeff Shields, FASAE, CAE, NBOA President and CEO

Leading Schools to Success: Constructing and Sustaining High-Performing Learning

Led by Patrick Schuermann, Ed.D., Faculty, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

CliftonStrengths Leadership Assessment

Facilitated by Jon Hockman, CPF, FASAE, Principal, McKinley Advisors

Inter-cultural Competence and Diversity Awareness in Independent Schools

Led by Faculty, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

The Heart of Leadership: Fostering Resilient Communities with Emotional Intelligence

Led by Faculty, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Developing Trust and Communicating Financials Effectively to Non-Financial Colleagues and Constituents

Led by Faculty, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Responsible Leadership: Enacting Integrity Amidst Emergent Dilemmas

Led by Faculty, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University


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