2018 MISBO Fall Conference

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 to Friday, October 5th, 2018
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
130 Shipyard Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928-4932
United States
Registration Options Sponsors Hotel & Travel 2018-10-03 00:00:00 2018-10-05 00:00:00 America/New_York 2018 MISBO Fall Conference Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island 130 Shipyard Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29928-4932 United States Dianne Sagaas diannesagaas@misbo.com

Event Details

Aspirations to Operations…

For the past several years independent schools have been asking some big questions. Are we still relevant in today’s world of ever-changing education? What will the students of tomorrow need, and how do we anticipate those needs? Do we have the right mix of programs, facilities, faculty, and technology to support those needs?  

The 2018 MISBO Fall Conference will connect you with industry professionals, along with some of our schools’ brightest leaders, providing you with answers to these questions. Keynote speaker Ian Symmonds will kick off the conference with three critical questions facing independent schools today, and better yet, he will guide you to find the answers for your school; you will be inspired by the engaging “Leadership Lessons from the Fields of Gettysburg”, which draws parallels between battle strategies and critical leadership traits (who knew?); the final day will have you reimagining student assessment and what that could mean for our country’s future leaders with The Mastery Transcript Consortium. Additional breakout sessions will broaden these themes, designed to offer solutions to many of the issues you face every day: hiring for key positions, compensation design, security, as well as long range and capital budget planning. 

This conference will also feature MISBO’s signature “Sourcing Solutions” session, providing attendees an opportunity to leave with valuable takeaways from MISBO vendors in short 15-minute mini-sessions, along with dedicated exhibit time to talk with vendors and sponsors. And as always, there will be endless opportunities to network and collaborate with your peers!

Other session highlights include:

  • “Leadership Lessons from the Fields of Gettysburg”
  • “The Mastery Transcript Defined”
  • Security and risk management
  • Long range and capital budget planning
  • Compensation design
  • Hiring for key positions

Join us as we not only ask the important questions, but also provide the answers for you to take back to your school.


Introduction to Abuse Risk Management

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about abuse risk management and how you can create a culture of safety on your campus. This session is designed to facilitate larger conversations about how, why, and what youth protection systems should exist. Attendees will learn the scope of the risk, how abuse happens in schools, best practices in prevention across school operations, and school leadership’s role in abuse prevention initiatives. As part of this discussion, Praesidium will share industry trends, information on a shifting legal landscape, and lessons learned from case studies. This session will also include tabletop exercises designed to facilitate important discussions:

  • What should an abuse prevention framework include?
  • What systems does your school already have?
  • Where are some potential gaps that can be strengthened?
  • How to prioritize next steps.
  • Who should be involved in the decisions and how to build a sponsorship network.

Who should attend this Pre-Conference:

  • Heads of School
  • Business Officers and CFOs
  • HR Directors
  • Other school leadership team members


    MISBO Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
 Pre-Sale  Conference Only $395  
 Through 7/31  Pre-Conference Only $195  
   Bundled Discount $470  
 Early Bird  Conference Only $450 $550
 Through 9/14  Pre-Conference Only $195 $250
   Bundled Discount $550 $700
 Regular  Conference Only $550 $650
 After 9/14  Pre-Conference Only $195 $250
   Bundled Discount $675 $820



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MISBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

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October 3
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Pre-Conference Registration
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Pre-Conference Introduction to Abuse Risk Management
3:00 PM Conference Registration Opens
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM First Timers' Welcome Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
October 4
7:15 AM - 7:45 AM Sunrise Stretch & Stroll on the Beach
8:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote Session Ian Symmonds, President and Founder, Ian Symmonds & Associates
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Break with Sponsors Exhibit Hall
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Sourcing Solutions
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break with Sponsors Exhibit Hall
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM General Session: Leadership Lessons From the Fields of Gettysburg Linda Dennison, Indian Creek School & Paco Rodriguez, SAGE Dining Services
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Champagne Toast
October 5
7:15 AM - 7:45 AM Sunrise Stretch & Stroll on the Beach
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM State of the Association
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM General Session Mike Flanagan, Chief Product Officer, The Mastery Transcript Consortium
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Breakout Sessions
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Grab & Go Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:00 PM Conference Closes

For More Information:

Dianne Sagaas
Dianne Sagaas
Director, Education MISBO