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Leadership Conference - 2020

Register Now for a Brand New Leadership Experience

On February 20-21, 2020, join the Illinois ASBO Leadership Center for two days of powerful leadership training, including an interactive leadership experience and a myriad of relevant topics for school and industry leaders. The cost of the Conference includes all meals, lodging and group activities!


As school business officials, we are surrounded with opportunities to lead on a daily basis. Fortunately, we are also surrounded by workshops, conferences, books, and blogs that focus on helping us lead. However, finding something that sticks, something that seems relevant and realistic to your personal leadership style, is key. About three years ago, a colleague recommended ...
Have you ever screwed up? Maybe even had people on your team know that you screwed up? What a horrible feeling. Maybe you’ve even worked to cover up your mistake. What’s more embarrassing than having a bunch of people who work for you know that you aren’t as smart or as good as you think you should be?   If you’re going to be an effective leader you have to resign ...

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The Illinois ASBO Leadership Institute originated from the leadership passion of Michael Jacoby, Ed.D., SFO, CAE, Illinois ASBO Executive Director/CEO. The mission behind the program is leadership through the development of others. This goal has built the foundation for our Leadership Center offerings that range from the Institute, in-person trainings, academies, online learning and our new Leadership Conference.

Our facilitator team comes from diverse backgrounds with years of experience and training in these tried and true leadership methods. This team is here to help you grow as an individual, but ultimately change the lives of those you work with by building better and more efficient teams.

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The Illinois ASBO Leadership Center is built on one simple foundation –

While some people may have more charisma, referent or positional power, it does not mean they are a good leader. The greatest leaders are those who have taken the time to learn how to lead well. Reading, experimenting, engaging with others, assessing behaviors and impact, charting a course for improvement and creating meaningful accountability circles are the values and behaviors of successful leaders. Here at Illinois ASBO our goal is to create opportunities for our members, both school district and Service Associate, to learn and improve on all of these behaviors of great leadership. If it is as John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence,” then together let’s make a positive influence on your world!

- Michael A. Jacoby, Ed.D., SFO, CAE
Executive Director/CEO
Illinois ASBO