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Business Officers Conference - Save The Date

Date: Sunday - April 28, 2019
Time: All Day
Location: Cedarbrook Lodge, Seatac, WA
April 28-30, 2018

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. 

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 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 28, 2019 (reception and dinner are included)

1:00–2:00pm     Registration
2:00–5:00pm     Programming
5:00–6:00pm     Reception
6:00–7:00pm     Dinner

Monday April 29, 2019 (breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner are included)

8:00-9:00am    Breakfast
9:00-4:30pm    Programming
*Optional Lunch Session: Serving on a NWAIS Accreditation Team *
4:30-5:00pm    Brief Introductions from Exhibitors
5:00-6:00pm    Exhibitor Reception
6:00-7:00pm    Dinner

Tuesday April 30, 2019 (Breakfast is included)

8:00-9:00am    Breakfast
8:30-12:00pm  Program
12:00pm          Conference Conclusion

Conference Pricing and Registration Deadlines

  Full Conference
Monday Only Sunday or Tuesday Only

Member Early Bird

(By March 12, 2019) 

$585 $310 $160

Member Regular

(March 2 – April 2, 2019)

$655 $335 $190

Member Late

(After April 2, 2019)

$695 $355 $225

Non-Member Registration

(No Deadlines)

$765 $375 $250










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Cedarbrook Lodge

NWAIS has secured a group rate of $169 / 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.

To make individual reservations, please use this link: NWAIS or use code NWAIS when booking online at

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 NWAIS rate will appear in the booking menu.

If you prefer to reserve your room by phone, to call the central reservation numbers at 206.785.3533 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 Monday April 8, 2019.



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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