2017 MISBO Fall Conference

Wednesday, October 4 - Friday, October 6, 2017
Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, LA



Registration for the Fall Conference is $450 for MISBO members ($550 for non-members).  Do you need authorization to attend?  Click here for a sample letter to expedite the process!


Our discounted room block at the Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans is now CLOSED, however rooms may still be available at the hotel. Click here to make a reservation. Click here for detailed hotel information.


We recommend taking a taxi, Uber, or shuttle from the airport, all of which have flat fees to the French Quarter. We do not recommend renting a car, as parking in the French Quarter can be expensive and the conference hotel is located in a very central, walkable area. Click here for detailed travel information and helpful links.

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Christian Long is an educator, designer, school planner, plausible futures dabbler, and an unapologetic advocate for wonder and curiosity as the root of all learning worth doing. Christian is the co-founder of WONDER, By Design: A Learning and Design Expedition, a collaborative multi-disciplined venture that explores the future of learning through a human-centered design lens. He is also the proud founder of Prototype Design Studio, an ongoing experimentation in social-driven design done in partnership with students, teachers, professional creatives, and community leaders around the world. Christian has spent 15 years as an educator, coach, program director, and experiential education leader and he speaks internationally on a variety of design thinking topics. Christian holds a master’s degree in education with a concentration in school design from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate of secondary education from Indiana University (Bloomington), was a Klingenstein Summer Fellow for emerging school leaders at Teachers College, Columbia University, and participated in extended professional development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Christian is married to Karla, a middle school principal and teacher, and they have two young children.


Suzanne BogdanSuzanne Bogdan is the Managing Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher Phillips. She handles all types of employment-related matters, including claims for age, race, sex, disability, religious, and national origin discrimination arising under the various civil rights laws, as well as claims involving family leave issues, wage hour matters, and breach of contract. Suzanne is the Chair of the firm's Education Practice Group, actively representing more than 100 private educational institutions in employee, student, and board issues. Suzanne also works with many of the accrediting agencies and school associations, including NAIS and FCIS. Suzanne is a frequent presenter to both educational and corporate associations on all aspects of employment law and risk management in the employment context. She is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized as a South Florida Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide. Suzanne was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and 2014, and she was included in the 2012 edition of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, presented by Legal Leaders.

Debra WilsonDebra Wilson is NAIS's general counsel and has been working for the association since 2000. Debra works with the Government and Community Relations team to review all new federal regulations and legislation that may impact independent schools, while also tracking trends in litigation and risk management that may impact the industry. Much of this work results in written articles and presentations that she provides to independent schools around the country. Debra also works with the NAIS president’s office in her role as NAIS's in-house legal counsel and provides support for the NAIS governance initiatives that the association undertakes for boards. Before joining NAIS, Debra was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice performing civil tax litigation, but she was no stranger to independent schools as she graduated from the Williams School in New London, CT.



MISBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.



Registration Policy

Registrations from someone employed outside of a school will only be accepted at MISBO’s discretion. Contact Lindsay Cuppia, Program and Event Manager at lindsaycuppia@misbo.com with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding.

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation deadline for the 2017 Fall Conference is September 12, 2017. Before that date, refunds will be given less a $50 processing fee. After that date no refunds will be given, but replacement registrants are welcomed. Cancellations and replacement registrants should be submitted in writing to cherylgoode@misbo.com.

Media Release

Registration, attendance at, or participation in MISBO meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MISBO's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.