Leadership Programs

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The Future Leaders program serves assistant and associate directors of admission who have a minimum of three years of experience working in an independent school in their current role.

Cohort Leaders:

Christian Donovan, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, Head-Royce School (CA)

Barbara Eghan, Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid, Georgetown Day School (DC)

Quentin McDowell, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment, Mercersburg Academy (PA)

Jill Thompson, Director of Admission, Phillips Andover (MA)

At a time of unprecedented enrollment challenges and opportunities for independent schools, it is critical that experienced admission officers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills, while having access to a forum to build their peer and professional support networks. We believe that specific attention to these future leaders is currently missing from the admission training landscape and that the enrollment health of our schools requires that we nurture and sustain them.

Future Leaders unfolds over the course of 10 months and combines both in-person and virtual learning, networking, and mentoring experiences. The program kicks off in the summer and continues through the academic year. The number of participants is capped annually at 40 to facilitate networking and discussion. All participants receive a certificate of program completion.

Three components make up the Future Leaders experience:

  1. Future Leaders Institute – A two-day institute focused on knowledge development, industry trend watching, career mapping, and peer learning and support. Each participant will be assigned to a 10-person cohort group led by an experienced enrollment manager.
  2. Future Leaders Cohort Program – Each cohort group has three digital engagements during the academic year, in October, January, and April. In addition, all 2019 participants will attend a culminating online meeting at the end of the academic year.
  3. Future Leaders Mentorship Program – At the conclusion of the summer institute, each participant will be matched with a mentor and have the opportunity to meet in person at the 2019 EMA Annual Conference. Mentors and mentees will speak via phone or video one hour per month from September through May.

Institute Dates & Location

Dates: Tuesday, July 23rd - Thursday, July 25th, 2019


The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
909 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL  60611

Room Rate: Room block is full. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange discounted hotel accommodations.

Registration Fees

EMA Member Registration: $695 
Non-Member Registration: $895

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