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Mission & Motivation: You Can Only Change Yourself

Leadership | This year’s recipient of the Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award shares her journey of life lessons, balanced priorities and personal growth. Article by Donna Pacchioni, Kentucky Country Day School From the May/June 2021 Net Assets magazine Independent...


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Communicating Financials: Context and Clarity Matter

CEO Notebook | Relaying your financial story while building trust and buy-in is more than an essential skill, it’s good stewardship. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO In more than 20 years of working with business officers in higher education and independent...


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Listening is Leadership

CEO Notebook | When school leaders listen in focused and systematic ways, they can help their teams broaden their contributions and create conditions for creative confidence. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO If you were able to participate in all, or part,...


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Business Intelligence: Deeper Insights from Your Data

Leadership | Could you be using data more strategically to improve benchmarking and reporting? Article by Elizabeth Dabney From the January/February 2021 Net Assets magazine While business officers are known for their appreciation of data, others on the senior leadership...


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5 Minutes with Michael Nachbar: Knowing Your North

Leadership | Clearly communicating your school’s value proposition, which should be consistent whether learning happens in-person or online, will be key to weathering the challenges of the COVID-19 economy. Interview by Cecily Garber From the September/October 2020 Net Assets...


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Managing Change When the Community Returns to Campus

Human Resources | Independent school leaders face tough decisions this fall. A careful decision-making process can help schools meet challenges and leverage staff and family expectations. Many school leaders have spent the summer focusing on the physical spaces to which our communities...


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Branding Your Best Efforts

CEO Notebook | Branding may not be top of mind amid pandemic considerations, but honing it now is crucial to your school’s long-term sustainability. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Now is the time to invest in your school’s brand. While you are managing a...


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The Reputational Minefield of COVID Relief — Round 2

Risk Management | Article by Christopher Lukach, AKCG – Public Relations Counselors As Congress works to advance its next COVID relief package, independent school leaders may already be feeling something resembling PTSD. Especially for those schools that sought funding from the...


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Mission & Motivation: On Speaking Terms

Leadership | In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, how can schools mitigate the risk of toxic exchanges and foster cultures that respect differences? Article by Tara Kosowski From the July/August 2020 Net Assets magazine Like many independent schools, Sacred Heart...


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Digitally Communicating Your School’s Value

Enrollment & Financial Aid | With campuses closed at the height of admissions and advancement season, independent schools need to communicate more clearly than ever via digital channels. By Rob DiMartino, Finalsite In the wake of COVID-19 school closures, many independent...