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From the ED 5.4.17

Dear Colleagues,

I3imagine | inspire | innovate – this is the theme for the 2017 MISBO Fall Conference in New Orleans October 4-6, 2017. The full schedule can be found at and registration is now open! This is going to be a very special and exciting event. The theme is based on the MISBO + IDEO Project which included participation from 12 independent schools from around the world. We just completed the second convening of the group with an all-day workshop held at IDEO’s San Francisco office. Nearly 50 school leaders and more than a dozen IDEO business designers and other staff participated. As with the first convening in March, this was a full day of learning, story-telling, brainstorming, and helping schools learn new ways to consider the business model for independent schools. This is important work for all independent schools, and you and your team have a chance to participate by attending the 2017 MISBO Fall Conference. We are offering two workshops co-facilitated by members of the IDEO team: the first will provide you with some of the training and tools the participating cohort schools took away from this project and the second will offer the opportunity to hear stories from a number of the cohort schools.

This is all in addition to the opening keynote by Christian Long, Wonder, By Design. Christian will challenge us, as independent school leaders, to ask “brave questions” and afterward he will facilitate a workshop to dive deeper into this concept.

Devon Young and Ariel Raz from the at Stanford (School Retool) will facilitate another workshop with the theme, “taking empathy to action to drive change.”

We have also brought together the top two smartest, most energetic, humorous attorneys in the country who know everything about independent schools. Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher Phillips and Debra Wilson, NAIS will team up for the first time ever to facilitate a morning-long workshop addressing the strategic risk management questions facing our schools and offering (with your help) some innovative solutions.

These are just some examples of what I believe will be the best learning experience for independent school leaders this year. I hope to see you all in New Orleans in October! Be sure to register early to secure you place in what is sure to be a sold-out event.

I would be remiss if I did not mention our upcoming 2017 MISBO Human Resources Intensive. You can see the full schedule and register here – MISBO offered this program in 2015 and it sold out and we expect the same for this year. This is a unique program focused specifically on the needs of human resources professionals in independent schools, no matter your actual title. The human resource function may be shared at many at your schools. We encourage business officers and heads of schools to attend this program. The sessions are presented by a mix of your colleagues and industry experts as well as a keynote presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Senior Research Scientist in Psychology at Yale University. This will be an exciting, interactive session. I hope to see you in Atlanta June 11-13, 2017 for this event.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO

We power independent schools.™

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