Special Events

25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday evening, join us in the ballroom to connect with old friends and make new ones during this signature event that will celebrate 25 years of the NBOA community and you as leaders in independent schools! Enjoy local Los Angeles delicacies and have your photo taken on the cover of our Net Assets magazine.

Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote

Kick off your learning experience on Monday morning with an inspirational opening keynote address from Suneel Gupta who will offer science-based ideas for the changing world of work, including habits for beating burnout and boosting long-term creativity, innovation and productivity.

Business Solutions Showcase

Business Solutions Showcase

For one day only, learn about and meet dozens of service providers that can help your school’s business and operations run more efficiently and effectively. NEW this year: the NBOA Solutions Theater at the heart of the exhibit hall will feature select business partners presenting micro learning sessions that offer practical solutions for independent school business and operations. You will also be able to create your own personalized meeting memento ─ a customized Annual Meeting t-shirt. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments with prize drawings will be in the Business Solutions Showcase on Monday.

NBOA Awards Luncheon

NBOA Awards Luncheon

Join us for lunch on Tuesday when NBOA recognizes and hears from the recipients of NBOA’s highest honors, the Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award and the Sarah Daignault Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award, as well as the Jeffrey Shields Award for Innovation Excellence in School Business Operations.

Then hear from keynote speaker Nyle DiMarco, who will empower you to believe you can do and be anything you want in life, no matter the obstacle.

NBOA Breakfast

NBOA Breakfast

Open to All Attendees

Join your colleagues for the closing general session on Wednesday, February 23, featuring the State of NBOA (details below), followed by a keynote address from Erin Gruwell, who will draw on her educational philosophy and inspiring story to deliver powerful insights on effectively fostering teamwork, harnessing passion to create change, and helping individuals realize and maximize their potential.

State of NBOA

At the NBOA Breakfast on Wednesday, NBOA President and CEO, Jeff Shields and NBOA Board Chair, Rose Neubert will update attendees on NBOA's latest offerings and the association's vision for the future.

Jeff Shields

Jeff Shields, FASAE, CAE

President and Chief Executive Officer, National Business Officers Association (NBOA)

Jeff Shields, FASAE, CAE, has served as president and CEO of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) for more than 10 years. NBOA is the premier national association serving the needs of business officers and business operations staff at independent schools. The association has grown from 23 founding member schools in 1998 to over 1,300 U.S. member schools, plus member schools in Mexico, Canada and 20 other countries around the globe. Shields serves as a trustee for the Enrollment Management Association (EMA) and on the board of AMHIC, a self-governing insurance company for nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); as a trustee for One Schoolhouse, an innovative online school offering supplemental education to independent schools; and as a trustee for Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC.

Rose Neubert

Rose Neubert, CPA

NBOA Board Chair, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Rose S. Neubert, CPA, is chief financial and operating officer at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She first joined Stuart as director of finance and operations in 1989, and then returned in 2010 in her current role. Neubert is committed to diversity and inclusion efforts at her school, which includes serving on the Stuart Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to Stuart, for 12 years, she was a founding trustee and business officer for Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. Before serving independent schools, Neubert worked for KPMG. In addition to chairing the NBOA Board of Directors, she is treasurer and finance committee chair of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and a board member of the Pennsylvania Independent School Business Officers Association.