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From the ED 8.4.16

Dear Colleagues,

And just like that it is August! Next week MISBO’s auditors are onsite for 3-4 days; most of the work was done by the end of last week. However, it still takes time and energy. I am guessing that many of you understand exactly what I am talking about.

For MISBO staff our attention turns toward our fall programming including the 2016 MISBO Fall Conference. Designing Intelligent Schools is the theme for the conference to be held October 5-7, 2016 at the Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC. Most conferences have a theme and we believe that this theme should give you some idea of the program you can expect. I started “designing” the theme and program for the conference after I saw Dr. Marc Brackett speak to a group of primarily business officers in California over a year ago. Immediately after that session, I spoke to Dr. Brackett. After a series of conversations, I invited him to open/keynote MISBO’s Fall Conference.

There are many definitions of emotional intelligence, but this picture from Daniel Goleman is a good visualization:

Emotional Intelligence


You may be wondering why this is important for me. Well, there are few moments during your day when you are not interacting with others. Having self-awareness of your own emotional intelligence and then understanding others, and the intersections and interactions, will allow you to be a more productive manager, deal with difficult situations better, interact with a wide and diverse set of constituents more effectively, and understand your colleagues (faculty), students, and parents with a new perspective. I’m sure some of this resonates with you. Well, I believe that Dr. Brackett’s session will provide each of you with a new set of skills to help you at your school – and in life!

We had not determined a theme yet for the conference when I met Christian Long, Founder, Wonder By Design. Christian and I immediately started talking about his work and the journey he had taken to get to this place as well as the journey I had taken to get to MISBO. We learned that we were both passionate about the learning environments in our schools and the importance to our children of being in spaces that are conducive to learning and teaching, for both the students and the faculty. I asked Christian to be part of the fall conference (you can see and hear Christian talk about his part of the program here). Now a theme was developing. With lots of help and suggestions from MISBO staff, we ended up with Designing Intelligent Schools.

Once these ideas came together, it was a matter of reaching out to other people/groups to provide sessions for the conference. With the addition of Debra Wilson, Legal Counsel, NAIS, Centerbridge Architects with St. Andrew’s School, an amazing interactive workshop led by Crescerance, Sourcing Solutions, Paul Ibsen and more, we believe there is something for everyone – Business Officer, Head of School, Human Resources, Technology, Facilities, and anyone working at an independent school. We know that teams learn best together and strongly encourage you to bring a team from your school. Take a look at the full schedule here.

MISBO has learned through feedback from attendees that the content and programming is very important to your decision to attend. However, the opportunity to see friends and colleagues, meet new people, mingle with MISBO vendors, and relax just a bit are just as important. We will be starting the conference on Wednesday evening with a reception and a reprisal of Rock, Paper, Scissors from our 2015 Fall Conference. I know there are some finalists from last year who will be attending, so let’s see how well they can do in 2016. The Sonesta Resort is an amazing place; you may want to consider staying for the weekend. I am assured that October is the best time of year to be in Hilton Head, SC.

In MISBO’s spirit of innovation, we are also offering a new program this year. A one-day New Business Officer Workshop will be offered on Wednesday, October 5th. This program is designed for business officers who are relatively new to independent schools with less than five (5) years of experience. This pre-conference led by four MISBO board members will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about independent school culture as well as some specific sessions dealing with risk management, human resources, and technology – all geared just for independent school professionals. I hope if you are new to independent schools you will join us for this program in addition to the conference.

As you may have guessed I am excited about this conference. I am looking forward to working with this nationally acclaimed group of presenters and workshop leaders. I am also looking forward to reconnecting with good friends and making new ones. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO

We power independent schools.™

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