Business Officers Conference

2018 ISANNE Business Officers Conference

January 8-10, 2018

Westin Portland Harborview

Portland, Maine

ISANNE is excited to announce the Business Officers Annual Conference January 8-10, 2018 at the Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, ME.

The Business Officers Executive Committee, led by Linda Lanteigne Magoon, Chief Financial Officer, Thetford Academy, has worked hard this year to bring you engaging, thought-provoking sessions, collaboration with like-professionals and free time to enjoy Portland!

The Monday evening we will host an informal cocktail hour at The Top of The East - the restaurant/bar on the highest floor of our hotel overlooking Portland. Monday night you are free to make dinner reservations on your own and experience Portland’s celebrated ‘Foodie’ culture.

Tuesday morning the conference kicks off with the return of by David Grant, Author and former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation who will build upon his presentation from last year on Helping Employees Understand "Success" - How can we use formative rubrics to define what "success" looks like (and REALLY looks like) for different employee groups? Split across a morning and afternoon workshop, we will work collaboratively with peers to create thoughtful metrics and tools that can be used in practice at our schools.

Session two welcomes Hot Topics in Human Resources for Independent Schools with presenter Grace Lee, Vice President, Legal Affairs, National Association of Business Officers. Independent schools face a wide range of challenges that can cause sleepless nights for even seasoned human resources professionals and school administrators. This session will discuss difficult wage and hour issues, best practices for setting appropriate boundaries with students and preventing abuse, and strategies for managing employee use of social media.

This will be followed by our Cracker Barrell session, lead by Linda Lanteigne Magoon. Bring your pressing questions for discussion with the full group.

Following lunch we will hear from Jennifer Borislow, Founding Principal, Borislow Insurance to discuss The Evolution of Business Manager Leadership. Just a few years ago, the leadership role of a business manager was clearly defined and the deliverables were focused. Today, the business manager’s leadership portfolio is diverse, delivered to a myriad of constituencies is continually evolving. In this presentation, we explore how to understand those different audiences, how to communicate effectively and how to be in control of your leadership imperative.

Next, you will have the opportunity to choose a breakout session – the topics include:

1. Executive Fit - Managing and strategies for overcoming the skills gap for the future Workforce, presented by Sarah Olson of Berry Dunn

2. Employee Engagement, presented by Ross Gibson of The Richards Group

3. Best Practices in Workers Compensation, presented by Marcy Bauers of Fred C. Church

We will close out the afternoon programming with our continued presentation by David Grant.

Tuesday evening is our Corporate Partner Reception with raffle fun and the annual dinner will include a musical performance group from Thornton Academy.

Wednesday morning begins with a panel discussion, Creative Approaches to Wellness - A Panel Discussion, moderated by: Steve Solberg, Director of Business Operations at Cardigan Mountain School. In this panel, we'll discuss evolving definitions of employee wellness, talk about how to implement successful cultural change, share some creative ideas and approaches underway at a few schools, and outline challenges related to implementing wellness programs.

Our conference will continue with Jim Godfrey of Tyler, Simms & St. Saveur presenting a 20,000 foot view of the ISANNE Salary and Cost Study

And Wednesday will conclude with Linda Johnson, Director, Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Education Law Group at McLane Middleton, with our Annual HR Audit Checklist

Registration Fees:

$349.00 per person for the Full Conference (includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials)

$449.00 for Full Conference with spouse (ALL meals)

$750.00 for Non-ISANNE Member Full Conference

Event registration includes meals and the conference itself.  You will need to make hotel reservations on your own. That can be done by calling The Westin Portland Harborview directly at 1-855-811-0043. and identifying yourself as an ISANNE Business Officers Conference participant to receive the negotiated rate. 

We have negotiated a room rate of $123 per night for the conference. You must book your room before Friday, December 15, 2017 to receive the special conference rate. There is no guarantee for rooms booked after that date and the rate will be at the hotel going rate, not at the ISANNE negotiated price. Please plan to register and reserve your room early.


Mon, 01/08/2018 to Wed, 01/10/2018


Westin Portland Harborview
157 High Street
Portland, ME 04101


ISANNE Member - Business Officers Conference Participant

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$349.00 for ISANNE Members: This fee includes all meals, conference breaks and conference materials. DOES NOT include overnight accommodations. Hotel reservations must be made on your own. Call the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel at 1-855-811-0043 and identify yourself as an ISANNE participant.