NBOA’s first in-person program since the 2020 NBOA Annual Meeting unfolded last week in Nashville, Tennessee. Nineteen participants in the second-ever cohort of the NBOA Leadership Academy met each other face to face, as well as the three program mentors, one external facilitator, five faculty members from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and selected NBOA staff. The one-year program helps business office professionals gain the skills and organizational perspectives necessary to grow and advance as an independent school business leader. "We are so grateful for the opportunity to conduct the Leadership Academy as it was originally designed – with both in person and virtual components," said NBOA Executive Vice President James Palmieri, Ed.D. "The program in Nashville was truly energizing thanks to high engagement, and hard work, from the 2021-22 cohort and their esteemed mentors."
Sessions focused on scenario forecasting, inter-cultural competence and diversity awareness and exploration of personal leadership strengths as well as the dangers of overusing them. The cohort also broke into four groups, each of which explored “what-if” scenarios regarding one of the following topics: HR excellence, the tuition model, rethinking school structure and operations, and potential in online learning.
NBOA Leadership Academy participants will continue to research top scenarios facing independent schools and present findings in a Deep Dive session, "Business Leadership and the Future of Independent Schools: Exploring the 'What If?'" at the 2022 NBOA Annual Meeting. Learn more and register at nboaannualmeeting.org.
The group took time to soak in a bit of Nashville, including a visit to the National Museum of African American Music and a tour of Vanderbilt. Participants will continue to meet for online learning sessions, mentoring and group work before presenting at the 2022 NBOA Annual Meeting. NBOA gives special thanks to Patrick Schuermann, Ed.D., and his faculty colleagues from Vanderbilt University for their partnership in delivering this unique professional development offering to independent school business leaders from across the country.The program concludes next spring, and at that time, nominations for the 2022-23 cohort will be collected.
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