Prior to the start of its 2014 annual meeting, NACUBO will host a new one-day program designed for business office staff ready to gain the leadership skills and organizational perspectives necessary to become chief business officers. The program will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Seattle.
Topics of the program include understanding the complex role and responsibilities of the CBO, building relationships in the higher education environment, and communicating more effectively. Participants will begin to develop a personal plan of action for a move to the next career level while earning CPEs.
Sessions offered will be:
- The Evolution and Changing Role of the Chief Business Officer: What You Need to Know to Become a CBO. Today’s business officer is an integral member of the senior leadership circle, providing critical business, financial, and administrative support, as well as strategic guidance that enables institutions to realize their missions of teaching, research, and public service.
- What Kind of Leader Are You? Learn more about your leadership style and discuss proven practices to build cohesive teams and develop excellence in other areas. Explore the importance of ethical decision making.
- Conversations With Chief Business Officers. Hear from seasoned CBOs about their career paths, experiences, and challenges. Examine different styles and approaches to the CBO position.
- Building Beneficial Relationships in Higher Education. Successful CBOs understand the importance of relationship building, especially with colleagues who lead academic and governance functions. Find out how, by working together with other leaders, business officers facilitate transparency, ensure that business decisions are grounded in sound analysis, and help institutions excel.
- Becoming a More Effective Communicator. CBOs must possess the ability to communicate effectively to a variety of constituents, including faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees, government officials, and alumni. Discover methods for effectively communicating and presenting financial information in a language that non–business office staff will understand.
- Opportunities on the Horizon: Developing a Personal Plan of Action. Learn how to identify opportunities for career advancement, and interviewing for a CBO position.