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2019 NBOA Annual Meeting: Play It Up: Kevin Carroll

Leadership | Play shouldn’t be reserved for students at your school. It can help kids and adults alike cultivate curiosity, think creatively, inspire teams and deliver results. Kevin Carroll, innovation consultant, will speak at the Business Officer Breakfast Raised by his grandparents...

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6 Ways to Be the Leader Your School Needs in 2019

Leadership | Heads of schools, boards of trustees and other school leaders are expecting more from the business office. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO A new year is upon us. I always see the fall as a sprint — an intense burst packed with jobs to accomplish...


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2019 NBOA Annual Meeting: Service, Commitment and Courage: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Leadership | Keynote speakers will explore what it takes to accomplish extraordinary feats, which can be found very close to home. “Exploration is in our DNA,” said retired astronaut Mark Kelly in a 2015 interview. It’s certainly in his, having flown on five space shuttle flights,...

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Most Small Organizations Lack CFO Succession Plan

(from Associations NOW) A t many smaller organizations there is no set successor for the key finance role, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Management Resources. About half of organizations with fewer than 250 employees had a CFO succession plan, and only 37 percent of organizations...

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NBOA 2018: a Year in Review

Leadership | A snapshot of NBOA’s priorities, accomplishments and operational health in support of member schools during the 2018 fiscal year From the January/February 2019 Net Assets magazine Feature image: Word cloud of key terms posted on NBOA Connect in fiscal 2018. All data...

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2019 NBOA Annual Meeting: Innovation in Everyday Operations: Eric Wahl

Leadership | Disciplined creativity is a long-term growth strategy, according to Leadership Awards Lunch speaker Erik Wahl. Getting it right starts with commitment from the top. Interview by Leah Thayer From the January/February 2019 Net Assets magazine Erik Wahl is an artist, TED...

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Best of 2018: From Facilities to Financial Aid

Leadership | Now a NetAssets.org tradition (since 2016!), here's a baker's dozen of articles from the past year: a mix of the most clicked, most provocative and most appreciated. We'll be back in January with fresh content on hiring diverse faculty and staff, reaching millennial parents,...


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A Gift for Storytelling: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Leadership | From the archives: A conversation between Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian, and Jeff Shields, NBOA's president and CEO. This article originally appeared in the January/February 2015 Net Assets. Doris Kearns Goodwin delivered the keynote on the opening day of...


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After School: Milestones at Sea

Leadership | Sharing just 200 square feet with a toddler and spouse required patience and problem-solving, but life on a sailboat was well worth it for this HR director. Article by Sara Skinner, Lakeside School From the November/December 2018 Net Assets magazine Photo above: The...


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5 Minutes with Roderick White: Diversity Beyond the Visual

Leadership | At a school where cultivated diversity drives enrollment demand, this administrator facilitates everything from classroom discussions to faculty hiring. Interview by Cecily Garber From the November/December 2018 Net Assets magazine Photo above shows additions to the...