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Business Officers Conference

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

This conference will feature sessions that will support your work as a leader in your school. 


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Keynote Speaker:

Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, NBOA


Navigating Financial Trends for Independent Schools 

The work of independent school leaders is rewarding and challenging.  We are all experiencing changes in the environment quickly and relentlessly. It requires leaders to understand these trends and collaborate with other school leaders to create and sustain enduring success.  This keynote will explore the top trends facing independent school business officers and facilitate a discussion for addressing them and leading your school to future financial success.


Additional Sessions Include:

It’s Always About the Mission! With Lorri Palko

Business Intelligence for Independent Schools with James Palmieri, Ed.D., Senior Vice President, NBOA and Jennifer Osland Hillen, CPA, CGMA, Vice President, Professional Development and Business Affairs, NBOA

Strategic Solutions to Teacher Compensation with Brenda Stonecipher, Stonecipher Consulting Group LLC

Serving on a NWAIS Accreditation Team

Data, Data, and More Data – The Privacy Landscape and Reducing Risks with Aravind Swaminathan, Cybersecurity and White-Collar Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Outsourcing – What, When, and How? with Brenda Stonecipher, Stonecipher Consulting Group LLC

Business Continuity- It Starts Today with Chris Joffee, Joffee Emergency Services

Legal Update Workshop

Explore The Full Conference Agenda and Learn More About The Speakers Here

Agenda Overview

Sunday April 28, 2019 (reception and dinner are included)

1:30–2:00         Registration

2:00–3:00         Welcome

3:00-4:30          Keynote Address

4:30-5:00          Q&A

5:00–6:00         Reception

6:00–7:00         Dinner


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

8:00-9:00        Breakfast

9:00-10:30      Plenary Session

10:45-12:00    General Session

12:00-1:00      Lunch & Optional Lunch Session: Serving on a NWAIS Accreditation Team

1:00-2:00        Collaboration Session – Dashboard Development

2:30-3:30        Breakout Session

3:45-4:45        Breakout Session

4:45-5:15        Brief Introductions from Exhibitors

5:15-6:15        Exhibitor Reception

6:15-7:15        Dinner


Tuesday April 30, 2019 (Breakfast is included)

8:00-9:00        Breakfast

8:30-12:00      Legal Update Workshop

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


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by April 19, 2019 are eligible for a refund after a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after April 19, 2019 are ineligible for any refund.


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 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 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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