Wednesday, February 28
"Leading Through Change"
Chief Executive Officer, The Mount Vernon School, Mount Vernon Ventures and Mount Vernon Online
Brett Jacobsen, Ed.D., is the CEO of The Mount Vernon School, Mount Vernon Online and Mount Vernon Ventures based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Under his leadership, Mount Vernon has gained a national reputation for innovation in education, while increasing enrollment by 60%. In 2012, Jacobsen launched the R&D lab Mount Vernon Ventures, which serves educational communities throughout the world. Ventures focuses on consulting, product development, research and development, and business development, and non-tuition revenues are invested back into the school. The school was an inaugural recipient of NBOA’s Jeffrey Shields Innovation in School Business Operations Award in 2021.
Jacobsen will speak to the power of focused and visionary leadership during times of significant transition, such as independent schools face today. While the Great Resignation appears to have passed, as has the worst of the COVID pandemic, leadership turnovers remain high, technology is turning educational models upside down, and school markets face continued pressures. Jacobsen will share evidence-based research and practical steps to navigate the rapidly changing landscape and to strengthen schools’ resilience in finance, operations, market position, people, and technology.