2019 NSBA Summer Leadership Seminar


The NSBA Summer Leadership Seminar was established to focus on state association leadership topics and leadership core competencies.  Friday’s program will address a number of key association  issues from an organizational perspective before states convene regionally to explore leadership issues and trends.  Saturday’s program will provide opportunities for personal leadership style exploration and introspection as well as skill-building.

This opportunity to re-examine the impact of your leadership combined with the opportunity for valuable regional and peer-to-peer networking makes the 2019 Summer Leadership Seminar a can't miss event!  Join us for a unique program that will allow you to explore examples of collaboration, shared vision, innovation and leadership development at the state, regional and national levels.

Registration - Registration for this event is solely online.  All registrations must come through the state school boards association with the approval of the Executive Director. When completing your registration, please be sure to register all guests that will be joining you, as well as register them for any special events they will attend.  A guest fee does apply to certain special events noted below.  Register Now

  •  State Association or International Partner Officers/Leaders - $600
  •  State Association Executive Director/Staff - $600 
  •  Non-International Partners - $1200

Cancellation of Registration - requests for refunds of the registration fee (minus a $75 service fee) will be honored only if made in writing to NSBA prior to the meeting by 5:00 PM (Eastern) by Friday, July 19, 2019. Any cancellations received after July 19, 2019 will not receive a refund.   

Location - The Fairmont Chicago, located at 200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, is this year's location for the meeting and housing.  The room rates are $209 per night*, single or double, plus an additional $30 per person for each additional person *(tax and additional fees estimated to be $36.37 per night.  Please make reservations online with the Fairmont Chicago, go to https://aws.passkey.com/go/nsba2019 or call the Global Reservations Center at 1-800-526.2008. We recommend that callers identify themselves as being with NSBA Summer Leadership Conference for ease of booking.  The hotel reservations cut-off is 5:00 PM (Eastern) on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.  The hotel requires a first night's deposit by credit card to guarantee room reservations.  Reservations received by the hotel after Wednesday, July 24, 2019 will be made on a space and rate available basis.

Arrival Details - Onsite registration will be open from 12:00 - 4:30 PM on Thursday, August 15, 2019.  A Summer Leadership Seminar welcome reception, with a cash bar, will be held from 5:00 - 6:30 PM that evening.  

Things to Know:

  1. Make sure your state association roster, especially board member titles and email addresses, are up-to-date.  The badge record is not automatically updated when changes are made to the database record after a registration has been entered.
  2. High resolution color photos for each attendee are due by close of business (5:00 PM ET), Please submit each attendee's color photo by Friday, June 14, 2019
  3. NSBA will register all members of the NSBA board of directors, including those that may be current state association officers.
  4. Individuals coordinating regional programming during the meeting should contact Patricia Boyd-King, pboyd-king@nsba.org, regarding room set up and audio visual needs.

Periodically check the website for programming updates.  Questions can be emailed to Kanisha Williams, kwilliams@nsba.org, or Patricia Boyd-King, pboyd-king@nsba.org.

DRAFT OVERVIEW SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - NSBA Regional Nominating Committee Activities (TO BE CONFIRMED)

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - NSBA Board of Directors Meeting (TO BE CONFIRMED)

12:00 - 4:30 PM - Summer Leadership Seminar Registration Open- International Ballroom Prefunction (Level 2)

5:00 - 6:30 PM - Summer Leadership Seminar Welcome Reception – Rouge Room (Level 1)
sponsored by 

Friday, August 16, 2019

7:45 AM - 12:00 PM  Summer Leadership Seminar Registration Open- International Ballroom Prefunction (Level 2)

7:45 - 8:15 AM  Leadership Breakfast - International Ballroom (Level 2)

Sponsored by NSBAC

8:30 - 10:00 AM  General Session- International Ballroom (Level 2) - NSBA President Beth Branham, presiding

  • Welcome Remarks by NSBA Executive Director/CEO Tom Gentzel
  • Governance Review Committee Report
  • General Session KeynoteMaking the Agility Shift: Creating Agile Leaders, Teams, and Organizations

Most of us know that we cannot expect people or organizations to be effective using ways of thinking and working designed for another era. Success today depends on our ability to learn and adapt in the midst of change. It depends on shifting both our mindset and organizational practices. In this dynamic session, Pamela Meyer draws on her years of research and experience helping teams and organizations become more agile and innovative. Not only will you learn how organizations are thriving in uncertainty and change through inspiring examples, you will leave with ideas you can use right away to start making your own agility shift. Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., Agile Innovation Catalyst, Meyer Agile Innovation

10:15 – 11:45 AM  Lead-Alike Listening Sessions (facilitated by NSBA Board of Directors)    

  • Presidents - International Ballroom (Level 2)
  • Presidents-Elect/Vice Presidents – State Room (Level 2)
  • Rising Officers/Other Leaders - Chancellor Room (Level 3)
  • Executive Directors - Ambassador Room (Level 2)

12:00 - 1:00 PM  Leadership Luncheon with NSBA Update - Gold Room (Level 2)

1:15 - 2:30 PM Regional Group Work (facilitated by NSBA Board of Directors)

  • Central Region – Chancellor Room (Level 3)
  • Northeast Region – Regal Room (Level B2)
  • Pacific Region – Ambassador Room (Level 2)
  • Southern Region- State Room (Level 2)
  • Western Region- Cuvee Room (Level 1)            

2:30 - 3:00 PM  Break

3:00 - 5:00 PM  Regional Programming

  • Central and Southern Regions – Rouge Room (Level 1)
  • Northeast Region – Regal Room (Level B2)
  • Pacific Region – Ambassador Room (Level 2)
  • Western Region- Cuvee Room (Level 1)


Saturday, August 17, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 AM   General Session: The Trust Edge™: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Results through Trust

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Through David’s industry leading research, The Trust Outlook™ and firsthand experience working with the world’s highest performing organizations, David reveals how top leaders and organizations drive results to become the most trusted in their field of work.

David Horsager, CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute

10:00 - 10:15 AM  Break

10:15 - 11:15 AM  General Session: Attributes of Strong Personal Leaders

Powerful and enduring organizational leaders are strong and committed personal leaders.  Their organizational leadership skill-set is rooted in and guided by their ability to lead themselves.  Effective personal leaders share and demonstrate a number of common attributes. This keynote will offer a ten-point overview of these attributes, as demonstrated in the lives and through the careers of notable historic figures. 

Dr. Mike McGough, Associate Professor, Department of Education, York College of Pennsylvania, and Fellow, American Public Education Foundation

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM  NSBA Leading Edge Award Luncheon – Gold Room (Level 2)

1:15 - 3:00 PM  NSBA Board of Directors Conversation with NSBA Governance Review Committee - State Room (Level 2)

1:15 - 3:45 PM  Personal Leadership Programming

  • Build Trust or Die Amidst Change - International Ballroom (Level 2)  Change is constant – and the speed of association leadership and responsiveness is faster than ever before. How do you build trust and keep things running smoothly during major transitions or uncertain political climates? Leaders will examine how times of change are the greatest opportunity to build trust and achieve results in the face of uncertainty. David Horsager

    The Art of You Leading You (Expanded) – Chancellor Room (Level 3)  The relationship between active personal leadership and engaged organizational leadership will be defined, examined, and discussed.  Participants in this seminar will have the opportunity to refine and expand their personal leadership skill set, which will in turn enhance their influence and potential as organizational leaders. Dr. Mike McGough
  •  Engaging and Recruiting Future Leaders – Ambassador Room (Level 2) Examine how two state associations approach identifying and engaging new/potential leaders.

4:00- 5:00 PM  State Presidents/NSBA Board of Directors Networking – Gold Room (Level 2)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

8:00 - 9:30 AM  Regional Business Meeting/Committee Reports & Breakfast

  • Central Region – Regent Room (Level 3)
  • Northeast Region – Chancellor Room (Level 3)
  •  Pacific Region – State Room (Level 2)
  • Southern Region- Gold Room (Level 2)
  • Western Region- Cuvee Room (Level 1)                               

9:45 – 11:30 AM  Closing Session – International Ballroom (Level 2)

  • Governance Review Committee Reflections
  • Report Outs from Lead-Alike and Regional Sessions
  • Remarks from NSBA President Beth Branham & NSBA Executive Director and CEO Tom Gentzel

12:00 – 5:00 PM  Governance Review Committee Meeting -Regent Room (Level 3)