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Cal-ISBOA provides high-quality conferences, seminars and other events to our members. If you have an idea for a speaker or topic, please feel free to let us know.  A Presenter Proposal Form is available here.

Upcoming Events

    • 08 Feb 2024
    • 07 Mar 2024
    • Zoom Recording

    Missed the live Safety & Security Forum? Register for the full recording.

    Recording includes a transcript of the event and chat discussion.

    (Expires March 7, 2024)

    Safety is everyone's concern, and we all play a part in keeping our school communities safe. Cal-ISBOA's Annual Safety & Security Forum will feature five hot topics geared toward members responsible for operations and facilities, but which will benefit all members of our school communities: 

    Emergency Preparedness: Crafting Your Communication Plan Before Crisis Hits - presented by Chris Joffe, Joffe Emergency Services Join us in this session as we delve into crucial aspects of effective crisis communication. Explore key steps, including the preparation of communication templates, identification of communication channels, and proactive planning for stakeholder response. Acquire practical techniques for crafting clear, consistent messaging, leveraging technology, and conducting drills to bolster preparedness. Gain valuable insights into successful emergency communication strategies, focusing on the development of a resilient communication plan that stands firm in the face of unforeseen challenges. Be ready, stay connected, and strengthen your communication strategy for the moments that truly matter.

    Proactive Security: How to train your community to win - presented by Peter Crabbe, Chameleon Associates Addressing security issues to a diverse school community can be daunting. Join us in this session as we delve into the critical aspects of applying a proactive security posture across your school community while increasing unity, inclusiveness and outreach. We will explore key steps in introducing or upgrading a security program, how to prepare and conduct security awareness courses for faculty, staff, students and parents and how this holistic approach allows a school to win at security and not just lose well. Learn practical techniques to learn what proactive security really means, how to define threat, and what to do about it. There will be time for questions.

    "Sniffing" out Danger with K9s - presented by Caitlin Malone, Kids Best Friends The compelling case for utilizing working dogs in schools to combat gun violence, drugs and other threats to community safety and wellbeing. Join Caitlin Malone, founder of Kids Best Friends, a nonprofit organization that facilitates and training and placement of customized K9s for schools to enhance campus security and safety effectively and holistically.

    Protect Your School: Welcoming Your Community on Campus - presented by Aneta Owen & Albert Johnson, Raptor Technologies Join Raptor Technologies as they provide essential insights on safely welcoming visitors, parents and community members into school environments. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on best practices, ensuring a secure atmosphere for students while fostering community engagement. 

    School Safety and Security: First Responders...What to Expect - presented by Patrick Conley, CEO Franklin Global, Retired FBI During his 20-year career with the FBI, Mr. Conley performed a variety of critical incident response duties, including serving as the FBI’s Los Angeles Division SWAT Commander and Crisis Management Coordinator.

    Mr. Patrick Conley will discuss his personal experience responding to critical incidents, what to expect from first responders and how private schools can best prepare for this response. The focus of the presentation will be to provide insight regarding law enforcement and emergency response to critical incidents. The discussion will include an overview of the current “State of the Union” regarding school shootings. Included in this discussion will be intimate details regarding law enforcement’s drastic tactical changes following Columbine and how those tactics continue to evolve today. The session will conclude with recommendations regarding post-incident measures and how they are impacted by law enforcement, the media, parents, etc.

    • 21 Feb 2024
    • 12 Jun 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • zoom

    The HR role is critical to the operation of independent schools. If you are seeking a support group to exchange best practices please join us. This close-knit community of California school leaders is truly one of a kind! Looking forward to seeing you!

    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom

    Are you looking to connect with other Facilities Leaders?

    Facilities professionals are vital to the operation of independent schools. This close-knit community of California school leaders is truly one of a kind! If you are seeking a support group to exchange best practices please join us. This open agenda meeting will provide a space to ask questions of your peers on hot topics and gain insight into what other facilities teams are doing at their schools. We look forward to seeing you!

    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Pulse Loft (above the Pulse Lobby Bar), Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

    Happy Hour at NBOA

    Join Cal-ISBOA for a relaxed, complimentary reception between the end of the day's sessions and your dinner get-togethers. This event is cohosted with our colleagues from MISBO and PAISBOA with generous sponsorship from Mehta Cognition. Stop by and catch up with your California colleagues and meet and mingle with your peers from across the country!

    • 28 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Understanding and Reading Blueprints

    Cal-ISBOA has teamed up with Hines Building Maintenance to bring you this 2 hour webinar. It will cover the importance of blueprints in facility management, the three types of blueprint views, types of lines and symbols, how to read them, and the type of drawings in a blueprint set. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to understand the significance of blueprints in a Facilities Management role. Join us to expand your working knowledge and take your career to the next level!

    This is an excellent opportunity to learn managerial skills and offer quality training and professional development for your school facilities staff. Don't miss the chance to participate in this informative event for California Independent Schools Facilities Professionals!

      • 05 May 2024
      • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood, CA
      • 100

      2024 Human Resources Workshop

      The interactive program is designed for both new and seasoned HR professionals, as well as business officers who also wear the HR hat.  Sessions cover a breadth of HR topics from compliance (just when you think you have it figured out, California throws you another curveball) to strategic HR thinking.

      • 05 May 2024
      • 4:00 PM
      • 06 May 2024
      • 6:30 PM
      • The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood, CA
      • 220

      2024 Annual Conference and Meeting
      The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood

      HR Workshop, Facilities Workshop, Reception & Kick-Off Dinner

      Sunday, May 5
      Conference & Annual Meeting, Monday, May 6

      Connect with your California colleagues and participate in professional learning focused on our State's unique legal, compliance, and economic environment. Engage with experts and colleagues to share information that will help drive strategic discussions as well as ensure your school operates safely and efficiently. Develop supportive relationships with colleagues. Share your experiences and benefit from some of the most experienced people in your profession.

      Look forward to these preliminary topics at the 2024 Conference:

      • Getting it Built: Pre-Construction and Debt Financing
      • Getting it Built 2: Construction process
      • How to hold down your insurance costs, mitigate risk and look forward at the market
      • Listserv Live - Bring Your Questions to Los Angeles
      • Strengthening your Head of School and CFO relationship
      • DEI Programming
      • Legal Updates
      • AI Technology in the Business Office

      Keynote Speaker - Roni Habib, Founder of EQ Schools

      Roni Habib is a speaker, author, and expert in helping leaders, educators, and parents become happier, more resilient, more connected to their purpose, and more playful. The founder of EQ Schools, he speaks and leads workshops in organizations nationally and abroad. His dynamic keynotes leave audiences laughing, insightful, elevated, and inspired to take action.

    Cal-ISBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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