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2020 Workshop for New Business Officers

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 to Friday, June 19, 2020
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Event Details

Are you a new Business Officer or new to independent schools?

Every individual who assumes a new role needs to find their “tribe.” Those new to the business officer position need one more than ever, as they touch each and every area of an independent school. This virtual event will provide you with opportunities to learn the skills you need to perform your work, regardless of your location.

The MISBO Workshop for New Business Officers is designed to provide you with the critical tools you need to be successful. During this intimate learning opportunity, you will meet our exceptional faculty of independent school professionals and begin to build career-long relationships with both the faculty and your peers. Sessions on school culture, risk management, the complexities of HR, accounting, endowment, technology, facilities, and an introduction to governance will place you on the path to success.

Earn CPE credits at this event!


  • New or relatively new Business Officers
  • Business Officers new to independent schools
  • Business office professionals who are new to their role or to independent schools, including Controllers and aspiring Business Officers


Click "Registration Options" above to register.

MISBO Member Price: $275

Non-Member Price: $325

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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.nasbaregistry.org.

HRCI Credit

This program will be submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.

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June 16
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Welcome Damian Kavanagh, Executive Director, MISBO
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Role of the Business Officer Julie Ray, Chief Financial Officer, Mount Paran Christian School
4:10 PM - 4:40 PM Legal: Contracts and Employment Jennifer Sandberg, Partner, Fisher Phillips
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM Wine and Wisdom
June 17
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Welcome
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM Accounting and Audit Deborah Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, Foxcroft School
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM Endowment Deborah Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, Foxcroft School
4:20 PM - 4:50 PM Auxiliary Programs Damian Kavanagh, Executive Director, MISBO
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Wine and Wisdom
June 18
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Welcome
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM Payroll and HR Stephanie Cantillo, HR Manager, St. Martin's Episcopal School
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM Technology and Physical Plant Lee Conner, Vice President for Operations & Auxiliary Services, Woodward Academy
4:20 PM - 4:50 PM Risk Management Deborah Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, Foxcroft School
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Wine and Wisdom
June 19
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Welcome
3:10 PM - 4:10 PM The Secrets of Influence: Leadership and Governance Damian Kavanagh, Executive Director, MISBO & Erin Meadows, Founder and CEO, Cause Collaboration, LLC
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM Wrap Up
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For More Information:

Dianne Sagaas
Dianne Sagaas
Director of Professional Development MISBO (404)921-3812

Testimonials from last year's Workshop

"I don't think I was really prepared for the position I was in. I knew more about what to expect and what to do with this conference."

"I really enjoyed the conference and the ability to network with others. The topics were great for a person like me who is new to independent schools."

"Very relevant information to my new role."

"I have a lot to learn but the tools discussed during this seminar made me feel much more confident about my ability to do so."

"I was a little concerned that my experience would be further along than what the conference was geared towards, but was glad to find that I still learned quite a bit."

"There was so much info available to a new person like myself."

"All sessions and speakers presented helpful information that was relevant to my position and I learned so much!"