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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Business Officers Conference

Date: Sunday - April 26, 2020
Location: Cedarbrook Lodge (Seatac, WA)
This Event Has Been Cancelled


Business Officers Conference

April 26-28, 2020

Cedarbrook Lodge (Seatac, WA)

Sun, Apr 26, 2pm - Tue, Apr 28, Noon


Update Regarding Coronavirus

In the light of the current crisis, we have determined that the best course of action is to cancel the 2020 Business Officers Conference. We will cancel all registrations and offer full refunds to all who are currently signed up. No action is needed with NWAIS, but please cancel your hotel room reservation if you have made one.

We are very disappointed to not be able to offer this year’s conference.  Unfortunately, it is just not possible to move forward. We look forward to the potential of bringing our speakers and programming out to next year’s conference. Please save the date for April 25-27, 2021 at the Cedarbrook Lodge.

This conference will feature sessions that will support your work as a leader in your school. Sessions will address best practices in the areas of finance, human resources, and campus development. Additionally, sessions will also support other work you do around governance, strategy, technology, and innovation.

Featuring General Session Speakers

Hilary LaMonte

Senior Vice President of Data Analysis for School Leadership



Put DASL to Work for your School – a Hands-on Deep Dive


Mark Saine

Senior Director, Client Leadership Solutions, TIAA


Leadership that Inspires and

Showing Up at Work: The impact of our internal weather



Benjamin Scafidi and Roger Tutterow

Professors of Economics, Kennesaw State University  



Two Economists Discuss the Market for Education

Jen Cort

Former Independent School Administrator,  Social Worker and Educator and Host of an Internationally Syndicated Podcast Focusing on Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Justice


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Programming for the Non-teaching Staff

Stay Tuned For the Full Agenda of Speakers

Interested in Leading a Session?

This year we would like to maximize the opportunity to learn from you, our NWAIS colleagues. If you have a project, a relationship with a vendor who has become a trusted thought leaders, or an area where you have been working with your board to move your school forward, we would love to hear from you. Please consider submitting a proposal for short session (15 minutes), or a breakout session. You are welcome to present on your own or co-present with colleague from your school or another school.


To submit a proposal, please email Emily McGrath at emcgrath@nwais.org with:

  • A title and session description
  • A list of who would be presenting
  • If you would like to present a 15 minute session or a 60 minute session.


It is ok if your idea is still evolving. The planning committee would love to hear from you!


Tentative Agenda

Sunday April 26, 2020 (reception and dinner are included)

Welcome and Introductions
2:15-3:30pm Leadership that Inspires with Mark Saine
Put DASL to Work for Your School – a Hands-on Deep Dive with Hilary LaMonte
6:00–7:00pm Dinner




Monday April 27, 2020 (breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner are included)

Welcome and Framing
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Programming for the Non-teaching Staff with Jen Cort
Breakout Sessions


Optional Lunch Session: Serving on a NWAIS Accreditation Team

Two Economists Discuss the Market for Education with Benjamin Scafidi and Roger Tutterow
 Showing Up at Work: The impact of our internal weather with Mark Saine
 Brief Introductions from Exhibitors
5:00-6:00pm  Exhibitor Reception
6:00-7:00pm  Dinner



Tuesday April 28, 2020 (Breakfast is included)

Legal and Human Resources Updates
11:30pm Conference Conclusion




Additional Information will Be Posted as it Becomes Available


Pricing and Registration

  Full Conference Monday Only Sunday or Tuesday Only

Early Bird

By March 2, 2020

$605 $315 $165


March 2, 2020-

March 31, 2020

$675 $345 $195


After March 31, 2020

$715 $365 $230



$795 $395 $265

















Registration is not yet open for this event


Cedarbrook Lodge

NWAIS has secured a group rate of $175 / night at the Cedarbrook Lodge. The Cedarbrook is located just minutes from the Seatac International Airport in a retreat like setting. Even if you are in the Seattle area, consider staying at Cedarbrook. This will allow you to immerse yourself in the conference experience and make the most of connecting and networking with colleagues.

Booking Instructions: To make a hotel room reservation, please use this link: NWAIS or use code NWAIS when booking online at www.cedarbrooklodge.com – Go to the make a reservation and click on “Book Now”, click “Special Codes” then put the code under Group Code along with the dates of stay and then hit “Check Availability”. The NW Association of Independent Schools rate should appear.


Alternatively, you can call 206.901.9268 or 877.515.2176 and book under the NW Association of Independent Schools with the same code of NWAIS.


The cutoff date for this special rate is Friday April 3, 2020.



Attendees will be Eligible for Clock Hours, STARS Credits or CPE Credits

Attendees from NWAIS member schools receive clock hours and STARS free of charge. For those not affiliated with a member school, there is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS Credits. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. CPE sign-ups will be available. Those with a CPA are responsible for maintaining their own records around CPE credits.

If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.


NWAIS Has Gone Paperless. All program materials will be provided electronically.

If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please "BYOD" (bring your own device) to access them at the workshop or if you prefer, print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.


NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details

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