2021 Annual Meeting

The 2021 NBOA Annual Meeting will bring together business officers, human resources professionals, controllers, facilities directors, heads of schools, trustees, business partners and more on a customized virtual meeting platform. Not to worry – this is not another Zoom call! After a year that has created so much distance, NBOA volunteers and staff are excited to engage in a virtual experience that will allow us to connect and collaborate in completely new ways.

Engaging Content

In line with our conference theme, an Innovation State of Mind, the meeting will offer rich and timely content in finance, accounting, business operations, facilities, human resources, risk management and more. The meeting will also offer deep dive sessions, an executive leadership learning track, and – new this year – a customized learning path for heads of school and trustees.

NBOA plans to preserve as much of the LIVE Annual Meeting program that you have enjoyed in the past, including two inspiring and innovative keynote speakers, the State of NBOA and Leadership Awards presentations — featuring the winners of NBOA’s two new awards — cohort meet-ups and other networking opportunities, and virtual health and wellness programs. Keynote and learning sessions will qualify for continuing education credits (CPE, HRCI or SHRM).

During these three days, you will be able to attend sessions, chat live with content speakers and other attendees, as well as engage with business partners in the virtual exhibit hall, where you can “stop by” a booth and pick-up pertinent information, meet representatives and even win a few prizes. And legendary goldmine sessions will be back and better than ever, with plenty of room at the table and a chance to attend them all!

Let’s Connect in February

NBOA can’t wait to connect with you online at the 2021 NBOA Annual Meeting – An All-Virtual Experience, which will put us in an Innovation State of Mind and provide you with the connections, guidance, tools and solutions that will empower you to innovate at your independent schools.

Registration and meeting information will be available in mid-October.

The 2020 NBOA Annual Meeting sessions will be scheduled February 22-24 at times convenient to time zones in North America. For flexible participation on any schedule, conference attendees will receive access to recordings of the sessions immediately following the event.

Questions? Email programs@nboa.org or call 202-407-7140

Keynote Speakers

Speaker

Duncan Wardle

Founder, iD8 & innov8;
Head of Innovation, Disney

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.

As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking, that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas.

Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. Duncan is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded a Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Speaker

Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall

CEO of the
Dallas Mavericks

Cynt Marshall has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T. When Cynt was hired as new the CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, and brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.

Prior to her joining the Mavs, Cynt founded Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Upon the company naming its first Chief Inclusion Officer in June 2017, Cynt worked with The Dow Chemical Company to develop and implement a strategy for institutionalizing an inclusive culture.

Cynt’s notoriety began many years ago as a young Officer at AT&T and grew exponentially when she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. There she was responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priorities, overseeing major business unit HR support, performance development, employee engagement, skills transformation initiatives, EEO and Affirmative Action. Cynt also led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top 3 on Diversity Inc’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies. She also spearheaded the work that for the first time placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2017, one of only two Fortune 50 companies.

Schedule at a Glance

All times shown are ET

Monday, February 22

  • 8:00 am – Noon

    Get started with learning and connecting

  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am

    Cohort Meet-Ups

  • Noon – 1:00 pm

    Welcome and Opening Keynote Session

    • Jeff Shields, FASAE, CAE, President and CEO, NBOA
    • “Think Different” with Duncan Wardle and Q and A
  • 1:10 pm – 2:00 pm

    Concurrent Sessions

    1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

    Deep Dive

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Exhibit hall open – Power Hour!

  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

    Deep Dive

    3:10 pm – 4:00 pm

    Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, February 23

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Get FIT! – Virtual Run

  • 10:00 am – Noon

    Explore the platform – Goldmines, Exhibit Hall, etc.

  • Noon – 12:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions

    Noon – 1:15 pm

    Deep Dive

  • 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions

    1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

    Deep Dive

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Exhibit hall open – Power Hour!

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    State of NBOA and Leadership Awards Presentation

Wednesday, February 24

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Get FIT! – Virtual Yoga

  • 10:00 am – Noon

    Explore the platform – Goldmines, Exhibit Hall, etc.

  • 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

    Deep Dive

    Noon – 12:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions

  • 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions

    1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

    Deep Dive

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Exhibit hall open – Power Hour!

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Closing Keynote Session and Looking Ahead

    • An Engagement with Cynt Marshall and Q and A