SupportCon Sessions

Friday, December 3, 2021


8:00am - 8:15am | Welcome


8:15am - 9:15am | Keynote Session

More information coming soon!


9:25am - 10:25am | Breakout Sessions

Maximize Your Leadership Skills 

With the ever-increasing demands of the workplace, making the effort to develop yourself as a leader will empower you to successfully move your organization forward.  This includes learning to lead others and use better relationship management practices to alleviate stress in the office. Hear from organizational leaders to gain insights and tools to help you and your team reach their full potential! 

Speakers:
Kevin Dale Business Manager, CSBO, Rochelle Twp. HSD 212
Carrie Matlock President, DLA Architects, Ltd.

Ask the Business Office Administrators

Do you have questions that you need to ask a CSBO or other business office staff member? Bring them this panel discussion! Discuss topics such as what you wish you knew when you started in the business office and what challenges you face and gain solutions. 

Speakers:
Stacey Corder Business Manager, Shirland CCSD 134
Robyn Cornelissen Comptroller, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 300
Melissa Morgese Dir./Business Services, Wheeling CCSD 21
James Palmer Comptroller, Twp. High Sch. Dist. 214

Session Info Coming Soon!

Session info coming soon!

Speakers:
TBD


9:25am - 11:40am | Deep-Dive Session

Googleize Your Business Office 101

Intended for new G Suite users, get an overview of how to transition from Microsoft Excel and Word to Google Docs and Sheets in preparing board of education correspondence, financial dashboards, internal forms and procedural documents and even the annual tax levy. Learn the flexibility of cloud-based productivity applications and how to maximize Google Drive to "Googleize" your business office and take it to the next level!

Speaker:
R.J. Gravel, Ed.D. Associate Superintendent, Glenbrook HSD 225


10:40am - 11:40am | Breakout Sessions

Understanding Your Audience

Discuss different personality types while gaining tips to communicate effectively and help improve teamwork and productivity in the workplace.

Speakers:
Lindsey Helton Business Development Manager K12, Midwest Mechanical
Lauren Rossi Marketing Coordinator, ARCON Associates, Inc.
Cassidy Tarpey Business Development Rep., F.H. Paschen

AP, Requisitions, Coding Practices & AR

Learn how the business office should effectively code and maintain Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable including monthly reconciliations, reports and audit recordkeeping.   

Speakers:
Stacey Corder Business Manager, Shirland CCSD 134
Lynn Hofmeister Business Manager Assistant, Argo CHSD 217

Session Info Coming Soon!

Session info coming soon!

Speakers:
TBD


11:40am - 1:15pm | Lunch & Roundtable Networking


1:20pm - 2:20pm | Breakout Sessions

FOIA 101  

Review current FOIA issues and gain insight into how to respond, including an overview of confidentiality laws to be considered before releasing documents under FOIA.

Speaker:
Steven Richart Partner, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP

A Support Professionals Guide to Navigate Food Service

Review and discuss filing claims, waivers and applications. Join this panel discussion on hot topics in food service and child nutrition programs.

Speakers:
Samantha Benak Asst./Business & Operations, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 95
Michelle Kovar Business Office Coordinator, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 300
Wendy Sedwick Coor./Business Services, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 303

Pandemic Woes & How You Can Improve Your Influence in Your Role

Use leadership concepts to explore the effects of the pandemic and embrace behaviors to help influence, lead and work alongside others. Life Orientations (LIFO) focuses on strengths and the behaviors around those strengths. MBTI focuses on innate personality concepts. Emotional Intelligence is about knowing yourself and what triggers you. Explore key leadership concepts and reflect on your leadership and communication style. Leadership development is self-development, we all lead.

Speaker:
Susan Bertrand, MBA, CAE Deputy Executive Director, COO, Illinois ASBO


1:20pm - 3:30pm | Deep-Dive Session

Googleize Your Business Office 201

Intended for the experienced G Suite user, get an advanced look at how to leverage hidden features available for G Suite.  Explore available third-party add-on tools to perform routine tasks.  Learn how to maximize shared drives for team files and special projects, how to schedule facilities and resources using Google Calendar and how to create an internal website for your school district's employees using Google Sites and how to create internal shared templates. Get practical examples and resources to help take your business office to the next level with the help of G Suite.

Speaker:
R.J. Gravel, Ed.D. Associate Superintendent, Glenbrook HSD 225


2:30pm - 3:30pm | Breakout Sessions

Managing the Financial Grant Process

Keeping track of the various grants can be a daunting task. Learn best practices for coordinating expenditure tracking and reporting to maximize benefits for your district.

Speaker:
Steve Wilt District Treasurer, CSBO, Wood Dale SD 7

What is an Audit?

Why do we need an audit? Why is our auditor asking so many questions? Is all of this really necessary? Ask our distinguished panel of auditors and former auditors turned school business officials for answers to many different types of questions.
Speakers:

Whitney Draegert Dir./Business Services, CSBO, Twp. High Sch. Dist. 113
Matt Geerdes Senior Manager, Crowe LLP
Dan Oberg Dir./Business Services, Comm. High Sch. Dist. 94