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Institutional Advancement Conference (3 Day Event)

Date: Monday - June 18, 2012
Location: Cedarbrook Lodge, Sea-Tac, WA

PNAIS Institutional Advancement Conference

Advancing Toward The Future

Breakout Sessions Announced
Download a Pre-Conference Overview

Don’t miss this special event.  Held only once every-other-year, this is the premier opportunity to gather with advancement colleagues from across the PNAIS region.  This year’s conference offers a tremendous value.  We have dropped the registration rates by 15% per person, have more affordable hotel rooms for those who travel to attend, as well as the option to commute for many attendees. All while being pampered with great food and lovely surroundings at the Cedarbrook Lodge.

Who Should Attend?
Those working in the fields of: Admissions, Development, Marketing and Communications in Independent Schools

Announcing Keynote Presenters: Jeffrey Cufaude, Maketa Wilborn and Amy DeLouise

Jeffrey Cufaude, Architect of Ideas, will kick-start the conference with his funny, interesting and actionable keynote…

Leadership Lessons for Powerful Partnerships
Two heads are definitely better than one, so long as you aren’t using yours to head-butt a colleague.  Today’s work environment increasingly calls on us to collaborate and partner with colleagues from other departments in order to achieve identified institutional objectives, sometimes as members of task forces or committees, often informally on projects or tasks.  A unity of purpose alone though can’t fully leverage a diversity of perspectives.  In this interactive opening session with Jeffrey Cufaude, you will explore some of the critical considerations and best practices required, as well as what they might mean for your own individual beliefs, actions, and commitments.

About Jeffrey Cufaude
Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas, working to build communities of ideas and idealists through his writing, facilitation, consulting, and speaking.  His areas of work include strategy think tanks that bring fresh eyes and thinking to critical questions; volunteer and staff development workshops and retreats; content design and facilitation of leadership conferences and learning experiences; and major keynote presentations.  All of his efforts are custom-designed based on client-supplied learning objectives.  Because his work is known for being engaging and for reflecting the core principles of adult learning, he frequently is asked to teach others presentation design and facilitation skills.

Jeffrey will also present a breakout session: Storytelling that Leads, Motivates, Sells

Attendees will reconvene on Tuesday afternoon with facilitator Maketa Wilborn will lead an extended general session:

The Administrative Role in Developing Culturally Competent Organizations
This session will utilize formal presentation and small group dialogue to engage participants and inform them of the the vital role that school administration plays in creating culturally competent learning communities.  Building on a shared definition of cultural competence we will use the Cultural Proficiency Development Model™ to understand the process of individual and organizational development.  The specific stages of organizational growth related to cultural competence will be introduced to provide a foundation for individuals to effectively assess their own organization.   To further build on this insight participants will be introduced to the key catalysts for transformation and begin to recognize what is needed to move their organization toward greater equity and inclusion.

About Maketa Wilborn:  con•nect•tor : | kə’ne ktər | - One who links two or more ideas or people together

Mr. Wilborn is a national corporate and youth development trainer and organizational development consultant. He designs and facilitates team building, leadership, strategic visioning, community drumming and diversity trainings. In addition to his independent consulting work he is the Co-founder and Co-director of New Wilderness Project a national educational program that focuses on diversity awareness, student achievement, teacher training and leadership. He is an associate of Source Consulting Group and the Grove Consultants International. Maketa has extensive experience working with diverse groups from local cooperatives, to universities, to small business to international Fortune 100 companies.

Finally, Amy DeLouise will bring all attendees together one last time to explore advocating for advancement within your larger community while keeping focused on your mission-critical brand strategy.   

Amy DeLouise: Speaker, workshop leader, marketing collaborator, video and multi-media producer will close the conference. 
Closing Session: The B-Word: Integrating Your Brand Story into the Mission-Focused Work of the School
In this dynamic closing session, Amy will explore best practices for mission-focused branding, engaging stakeholders with the mission in new ways such as video and social media, and help everyone from faculty to board members support the school’s marketing messages.

About Amy DeLouise:
Amy DeLouise helps clients convey a cohesive story about their mission, vision, products and services through multi-media and video. Through consulting and workshops, she also helps organizations navigate the tools and best practices of effective branding and cause marketing, including how to effectively integrate social media into the mix. Amy has worked for Fortune 500 companies, national nonprofits and public sector agencies.  With more than 20 years experience, she is a sought-after public speaker, seminar leader, nonprofit board coach, and video content producer–and someone who can plug in to any leadership team and help get the work done.  Some of Amy’s clients include the American Diabetes Association, AIPAC, Children’s National Medical Center, The Centers for Disease Control, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Amy led an award-winning multimedia production company for 15 years, garnered more than 40 of the top creative awards in the industry and was featured in many popular publications. She is a graduate of Yale University, with a B.A. with Distinction in English.

Amy will also present a breakout session: Tools for Your Brand Story: Managing Digital Assets in an Age of Abundance

Conference Format and Agenda
This year the conference will allow attendees to customize their experience through attending four breakout sessions throughout the day on Tuesday.  Breakout sessions will be tracked for those that are experienced in their field (have over five years experience) and for those that are newer to their field.  Attendees will make their own decision on which sessions are the best fit for them.

Breakout Sessions Announced
Download a Pre-Conference Overview

Monday June 18
3:30-4:30      Welcome / Introductions
4:30-5:30      Keynote Presentation: Leadership Lessons for Powerful
                     Partnerships with Jeffrey Cufaude
5:30-7:30      Reception and Dinner
7:00              Deck party
Tuesday June 19

8:00-9:00      Breakfast
9:00-10:00    Breakout Session 1
                     1.    General Topic for Experienced Professionals
                     2.    Early Career Admissions Speaker  
                     3.    Early Career Development Speaker  
10:00-10:15  Break
10:15-11:15  Breakout Session 2
                     1.    General Topic for Early Career Professionals
                     2.    Speaker for Experienced Admissions Professionals
                     3.    Speaker for Experienced Development Professionals
11:30-12:30  Breakout Session 3  
                     1.    General Topic for Experienced Professionals
                     2.    Early Career Admissions Speaker  
                     3.    Early Career Development Speaker  
12:30-1:15    Lunch
1:15-2:45      General Session: The Administrative Role in Developing
                     Cultural Competent Organizations with Maketa Wilborn
3:00-4:00      Breakout Session 4
                     1.    General Topic for Early Career Professionals
                     2.    Speaker for Experienced Admissions Professionals
                     3.    Speaker for Experienced Development Professionals
4:00 – 6:00   Exhibiter Reception
6:00 – 7:00   Dinner
Wednesday June 20
8:00-9:00      Breakfast
9:00-10:00    Session 5
10:00-11:00  General Session with Amy DeLouise
11:00            Conference Conclusion

Registration Rates
Registration rates have been dropped an average of 15% over 2010!

  • Member Early Bird Rate: $425 (by May 4th)
  • Member Regular Rate:  $475 (by May 29)
  • Member Late Rate:  $495 (After May 29)

  • Non-Member Rate  $550 (anytime)
  • Exhibitor Registration: click here for more information

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline.

  • For registrations completed by mail or online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.
  • Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.

Watch our short Online Registration how-to video.  For best results, click the play icon (triangle) and then allow the video to load before starting playback.

Economical venue allows for no price increase and reduction of out of pocket expenses.
We are thrilled to be brining this event to the Cedarbrook Lodge, just a few miles south of Seattle.  This lovely venue allows us to keep drop the registration rate and allows you to benefit from an overall reduction of out of pocket expenses and increased convenience.

Your registration includes the following meals: reception and dinner on Monday, an extended continental breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner on Tuesday, and an extended continental breakfast on Wednesday.  Your registration fee also includes: all program materials, free wireless internet, and a free shuttle from SeaTac Airport.

We have secured a rate of $149 / night plus tax.  Please use code: PIA when booking online at www.cedarbrooklodge.com.  Go to the quick reservations and click on check availability, put the code in the far left box under Group Code along with the dates of stay and then hit continue.  The PNAIS rates will show up for your guests to book. You can also call our central reservation number at 877.515.2176 and book under the PNAIS-Institutional Advancement with the same code of PIA.

Cancellation Policy 

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by June 11, 2012 are eligible for a refund after a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after June 14, 2012 are ineligible for any refund.

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