The Business Role in Building Socioeconomic Diversity and Inclusion

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Tackling issues of class and money in independent schools is an increasingly critical element of strong school leadership in building diverse and inclusive communities.  When creating a class-diverse student body, school leaders must define what “socio-economic” or “class” diversity means and why it matters to the school community. But articulating and achieving that diversity is just step one. The most effective leaders move their schools from being simply an economically diverse community to being an inclusive one. When you enroll students from all along the economic spectrum, you need resources, programs and support systems that create and strengthen each student’s critical sense of belonging. Join this conversation to explore why and how the CFO and business office staff can help lead the economic diversity and inclusion values and practices that will drive schools forward.

Learning Objective: Participants will learn the importance of the business role in delivering the resources and practices necessary to build socioeconomic diversity at their school and also strategies to support an inclusive environment.


Members: Free
Nonmembers: $89.00


Credit Information

CPE Credit

CPE Field of Study: Economics

CPE Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Program Level: Basic

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

Recommended CPE Credits: 1.2

HRCI Credit

Recommended HRCI Credits: 1.0

HRCI Category: HR Business

SHRM Credit

SHRM PDC Credit: 1.0

SHRM Bock: Global and Cultural Effectiveness 



Mark Mitchell

Vice President

National Association of Independent Schools

Washington, DC

Mark J. Mitchell is a vice president at the National Association of Independent Schools, managing special projects on the topics of tuition pricing, affordability, school financial aid policy and practices, demographic and income trends, and socio-economic diversity and inclusion. Mitchell also serves as part of the NAIS Strategy Lab Team, designing and delivering resources to assist schools in building capacity for strategic innovation. Prior to joining NAIS in 1998, Mitchell worked in financial aid administration at Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, and Access Group, Inc., a nonprofit providing graduate student education financing. An alumnus and past trustee of Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey, he currently serves as a trustee of the Lowell School in DC and the National Business Officers Association.

Jennifer Osland Hillen, CPA, CGMA

Chief Learning Officer

National Business Officers Association (NBOA)

Nashville, TN

Jennifer Osland Hillen, CPA, CGMA, is NBOA's chief learning officer. She serves as a strategic partner to the president and CEO and leads the staff team charged with delivering the association’s broad and diverse portfolio of programs, industry guidance and resources to members and constituents across multiple delivery channels, including many partnerships with other associations serving independent schools. She serves on the NBOA Board of Directors’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion task force and leads NBOA’s volunteer Business Officers Council, in addition to providing content expertise on finance, accounting, tax and other independent school business, operations, governance and legal matters of import to independent school practitioners and leaders. Hillen also serves on the teaching faculty for the Master of Education in Independent School Leadership program at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Leadership, Policy & Organizations at Peabody College. She came to NBOA in early 2017 after eight years at Harpeth Hall School, where she served as the associate director of finance and operations, following prior service as controller and manager of accounting. Before joining Harpeth Hall, Hillen was a lead senior auditor with Ernst & Young, LLP, a Big 4 public accounting firm. She is involved in governance, fiduciary leadership, donor stewardship and strategic financial planning and analysis in her role as a board member for several nonprofit organizations, including the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Renewal House and the Junior League of Nashville, of which she is immediate past president.

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