Annual Meeting

NBOA’s largest professional learning event and a “must-attend” gathering for business officers, business operations staff and other independent school leaders. This exceptional program provides three days of extensive professional development and networking opportunities for over 1,400 independent school professionals from across the country. The 2021 NBOA Annual Meeting will be an all-virtual event!

Business Officer Institute

A week of learning geared toward business officers and business operations staff with fewer than five years of experience working in independent schools. In addition to the professional development leaders need, this intimate program offers many opportunities for casual networking, and past participants attest that relationships forged here can last a lifetime.

Leadership Academy

In partnership with the Independent School Leadership M.Ed. Program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the NBOA Leadership Academy is a one-year leadership development program designed for a select cohort of independent school business office professionals ready to gain the skills and organizational perspectives necessary to grow and advance as an independent school business leader.


Hundreds of business officers, business operations staff and other independent school leaders gather online throughout the year for NBOA’s popular webinar series. Learn without leaving your desk!


Workshops are an opportunity to build a tool for your school in a hands-on intensive approach. This 3–4 hour online format will include instruction on and discussion of the topic and then time for the participant to build or create their own version, while being able to query instructors.

Online Learning

Multi-week and on-demand courses conducted virtually on a variety of topics. The online platform allows for asynchronous learning and collaboration with other participants through different interactive media, including short videos and discussion boards.

On-demand courses provide the flexibility and convenience of self-paced, asynchronous learning that can be completed anywhere and at any time.

Future Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NBOA programs.

Sponsorship & Speaking

Share your knowledge of—and passion for—business excellence in independent schools by speaking at an event or sponsoring one!

Learn more about our program policies regarding cancellations and refunds.

"I value the amazing opportunity to meet with other professional who are facing the same issues as I am. Some of them have asked and answered the questions that I am just beginning to realize I have. It is great to learn from others challenges and see what routes they have taken to get where they are now. It was an opportunity to ask questions that I have to an impartial audience."

Mary Dunsmore

Mary Dunsmore

Director of Business & Finance, Lansing Christian School


Winter Webinar Series

Stay Up-to-Date on Hot Topics in Independent School Business & Business Operations

From endowment spending to hiring and retention strategies, learn about the latest information most relevant to your job as an independent school professional in an easy and accessible format. Webinars are held on select Thursdays at 3 PM ET. 

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