Membership? Or Friendship?

Posted By: Damian Kavanagh Beyond Ordinary, News & Updates,

“I’m glad I get to be your friend.” A buddy of mine said that once and it stuck with me. It reminds me what it means to be a servant leader, what it means to have compassion, and what it means to value the greater good at all times. It reminds me of the three rules MISBO follows.

I have heard from many of the devoted professionals in our industry about how valuable their associations have been to them over the turbulence of the past year. We have conducted numerous studies on your behalf, curated and shared resources, created safe spaces for you to talk through the changes forced on you by the pandemic, saved you valuable time and money, and, most importantly, we have been there to listen and provide guidance as you unravel the gnarly knots of providing an enduring education to over 200,000 students enrolled in MISBO schools.

We like to say that MISBO powers independent schools, but the reality is that you power MISBO. Over the course of the last school year, there have been well over 3,000 threads on our listservs as you unconditionally shared your own expertise with the wider MISBO community. You have attended and led sessions at roundtables, conferences, webinars, and meet and greets. You have allowed us to help you save an average of $19,493 in the consortium and that lowers prices for everyone. You have helped shape and build the future of independent education through participation in our surveys, focus groups, and requests for information.

At MISBO, we know how lucky we are to be your partner in fulfilling your mission as you help us fulfill ours of connecting independent school professionals and delivering exceptional value to enrich learning.

Thank you for allowing MISBO to serve you and your school – I’m glad MISBO gets to be your friend!


  1. Lead with empathy
  2. Make it easy
  3. No more than one battle per day