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MAR 19, 2015 -

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
303 W. 15th Street,
Austin, Texas

For hotel reservations, click here

April 29- May 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 29th

3:00pm - Afternoon programming provided by SSAT and the Admission Leadership Council. (At St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Transportation will be provided from the Doubletree Suites hotel.)

5:00pm-7:00pm – Conference Opening Reception (cocktails and appetizers)
This welcome reception will be a great opportunity to network with other WBSA admission folks as well as the placement directors and local area educational consultants who have been personally invited. This reception will also take place at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School immediately following the SSAT/ALC event.

Dinner on your own.


Thursday, April 30th


9:00am-10:30am – Keynote Address: "Where Will We Be in 2035?", John E. Chubb, President, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

The last 20 years have not been the easiest for independent schools. Increasing competition, shifting demographics, changing family values, escalating costs and tuitions, new technologies — these and other developments have challenged independent schools like never before. The next 20 years will not be easy – but they can be better, much better, if we recognize, now, the opportunities that our challenges present.

10:30am-10:45am – Coffee Break

10:45am-12:00pm – Heather Hoerle, Executive Director, SSATB

12:00pm-1:00pmLuncheon and Presentation of the Hilton Award

1:00pm-2:30pm – "You need AMMO: Planning & executing digital marketing for independent schools", Sean Williams, CEO, Communication AMMO, Inc.,

How different is the independent school market today versus just 10 years ago? One huge difference is in marketing, where the digital revolution has opened new opportunities to reach the right people at the right time, but which also has complicated the communication and marketing efforts of schools around the world. 

In this highly interactive and informational session, Sean Williams, CEO of Communication Ammo, Inc., will give an overview of how the digital world applies to school marketing and communication, illustrated by case studies. Plus, you’ll learn and practice using the AMMO planning tool, which will streamline and simplify your communication execution and strategy.

Communication AMMO, Inc., an Ohio-based business consultancy that focuses on helping organizations improve their communications and measure the results. Current and recent clients include University Liggett School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Western Reserve Academy, Ernst & Young, Western Financial Group, Avery Dennison and many others. Williams has taught communication skills to more than 6,000 business leaders, and currently teaches public relations at Kent State University. He received his Master of Arts degree from Kent State, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. 

2:30pm-2:45pmQuick Break

2:45pm-4:00pm – Chris Tompkins, Head of School, Perkiomen School 


Friday, May 1st

7:30am-8:30am – Breakfast 

8:30am-9:30am – WBSA Business Meeting (required for member schools) 

9:30-10:45am – "Moving from Admissions to Enrollment Management", Jerry Lucido, Executive Director, USC Center for Enrollment, Research, Policy, and Practice 

This presentation will emphasize the need for a shift from thinking only about admission and recruitment to a more holistic model including enrollment management and retention. 

10:45am-11:00am – Coffee Break 

11:00am-12:15pm – "Current and Coming Legal Issues for the Admissions Office," Debra Wilson, Legal Counsel, NAIS 

The Admissions Office is the initial impression of every independent school, and an inherently busy place. In the midst of the usual throng, how can you keep track of legal hotspots? Are you managing your international students and process well? How about learning differences? What do you do with all of this data coming in? Can you gather more? Come to this interactive session with NAIS’s legal counsel to discuss these and more exciting issues! 

12:15pm – Closing Remarks, Tyler Hart, Steering Committee Chair, WBSA 

Conference adjourned. Lunch on your own.