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Business Managers and HR Directors Virtual Conference

Date: Thursday - May 07, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom

This is a re-designed event to be held on Zoom.
Speakers: Michael Thompson and Rob Evans

The Business Affairs Council (BAC), in collaboration with NYSAIS, would love to have you join us for a mini-Business Affairs Conference.  We can't go to Mohonk this year, but have tried our best to bring Mohonk to all of you across New York State from Buffalo to Roslyn.
Three of your peers will moderate sessions on topics that are relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by an inspiring presentation by Michael Thompson and Robert Evans. 
The day will conclude with an invitation to join us at a virtual Mohonk Carriage Lounge for homemade cocktails (or mocktails) and an online raffle with gifts that Mohonk has donated for this event. We will also take time to honor those among us who are retiring or just moving on.  Come join us for a great day to celebrate all of us "learning to drive" during a pandemic.    

3:00 - 3:15   Welcome - Mark Lauria, NYSAIS Executive Director, and Conference Committee

3:15 - 4:30   Three roundtables facilitated by our members of the Business Affairs Council
  1. How to Begin Preparing for the Reopening of Our Schools (facilitated by Paul Kane) 
  2. Where Do You Begin to Budget in a Pandemic?  (facilitated by Hydee Bressler)
  3. What Is Coming up In HR While Employees are Working Remotely (facilitated by Loretta McNamee)
4:30 - 5:30   Leading in A Time of Crisis - an eSeminar for Business Managers and HR Directors
This Zoom conversation will focus on the challenge of being a school leader in these unprecented days, offering a chance to reflect on and share the burdens of leading and to troubleshoot key dilemmas. It has never been more difficult to lead a school, with the many competing and conflicting pressures we are facing as business and HR directors, and as schools.
Rob and Michael are psychologists who have each consulted to hundreds of independent schools, including dozens in the midst of crises of various kinds, and to many more in the days after 9/11 and the 2008-9 financial meltdown.
5:30 - 6:30 Virtual Mohonk Happy Hour + online raffle of Mohonk swag
Imagine you are in the Carriage Lounge or the Parlor Porch, and we will provide a drink list which will include the Quarantini which you will sadly have to make at home.  


Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons (Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O’Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, “Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children.” The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His third book on the psychology of boys, entitled, It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen, was published in 2008. It focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. Dr. Thompson’s newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, was published by Ballantine Books in May of 2012.

Robert Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted in more than 1,700 schools throughout the U.S. and internationally, working with teachers, administrators, and boards, and speaks widely at educational conferences.

Rob received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Harvard. His interests have focussed on change and resistance to it in schools and organizations, on the challenges of leading innovation, and on changes in American families and their impact on schools. He is currently concentrating on ways to improve collegiality and candor among educators and to promote realistic dialogue about accountability.

He is the author of many articles and three books: Seven Secrets of The Savvy School Leader, The Human Side of School Change, and Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with The Crisis in Childrearing.

Registrants from the original dinner event are receiving refunds. Please re-register below for the online gathering.

Register Here

Regular Registration Fees apply as follows.

  • NYSAIS members - $50.00
  • Non-members - $75.00

Registration closes 1 hour before the start of the event.

Be sure to enter all attendee email addresses correctly.

The Zoom link for this eSeminar will be sent in the confirmation email after you finish the registration process. Please do not consider yourself officially registered until you receive the email.

This eSeminar will be recorded and provided to registrants.

Contact maria@nysais.org with questions.

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.

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