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Leadership Conference - 2020

A New Leadership Experience is Coming in February!

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!


The following is a gathering of a few key ideas that I have learned from my thirty-three years as an organization development consultant and educator. They are designed to promote discussion that increases your knowledge of this topic and give you useful insights. Whether you are a leader of change or a member of an organization undergoing change, I invite your ideas, ...
From time to time superintendents or business managers will contact Illinois ASBO for technical assistance. Such was the case a couple of years ago when Executive Director, Dr. Michael Jacoby invited Rich Lesniak, retired business manager and former President of Illinois ASBO, and I to conduct an audit requested by a new superintendent of business and human resources. ...

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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