March 27 & 28
In Person!
Babson Executive Center
1 Snyder Drive
Wellesley, MA 02457


Join us for the 2023 Business Officer Retreat.

We are eager to come together for days of community, laughter, learning, and growth. Engage with colleagues, hear from dynamic speakers, share experiences, and connect with others outside of the schoolhouse. Whether you are new to the AISNE community, or an old friend, you will find this in-person gathering stimulating and enriching.


Number of Attendees AISNE Member Rate
1 $499*
2+ $499


*Register by Friday, January 13, to save $100 on your registration with the AISNE Early Bird Rate.


Marriott Residence Inn Boston Needham
80 B St
Needham, MA 02494

$139/nt + tax. Wi-Fi and parking are included.


Agenda at a Glance

Monday, March 27

  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM | Registration & Refreshments
  • 10:00 – 11:15 AM | Opening Keynote: Melissa Bowler
  • 11:15 – 11:30 AM | Break
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Topic Sessions
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM | Lunch
  • 1:30 – 1:45 PM | Break
  • 1:45 – 2:45 PM | Solution Stations
  • 2:45 – 3:00 PM | Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM | Collaboration Café
  • 4:00 – 4:15 PM | Break
  • 4:15 – 5:45 PM | Cocktails & Exhibits
  • 5:45 – 6:00 PM | Break
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM | All-Attendee Dinner

Tuesday, March 28

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM | Coffee & Conversation
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM | Keynote: Yat Li
  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM | Break
  • 10:15 – 11:15 AM | Topic Sessions
  • 11:15 – 11:30 AM | Break
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Collaboration Café
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM | Farewell Lunch

Featured Sessions

Monday, March 27 | 10:00 – 11:15 AM
Opening Keynote: Melissa Bowler | “Connecting through Comedy”

We’ll start our Retreat with a fun, interactive, and hilarious session with comedian Melissa Bowler. She will lead you through easy-to-play improv exercises that will help illustrate lessons in empathy, biases, and communication. This session is a combination of games, stand-up, and discussion to create an unforgettable learning and leadership experience that will leave you laughing and energized.

Melissa Bowler is a communication consultant and teaching artist who has worked with corporations and universities across the United States. She is the co-founder of Providence Improv Guild (PIG), a training center and comedy venue in Rhode Island. Since 2009, Melissa has traveled across the country with her workshop “Connecting through Comedy,” an award-winning curriculum designed to train professionals in teamwork, open communication, and creative problem-solving. She currently offers this program online through virtual workshops, in-person sessions, and speaking programs.

Tuesday, March 28 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Yat Li | “Deaf to Employment: Building an Inclusive Workplace”

Organizations measure what they want to improve, including diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. If hiring people with disabilities is a priority for your school, measuring for disability is essential. With the right tools, you can tap into the tangible business and social benefits of collecting and sharing disability data. Yat Li will cover why organizations, no matter their size, should measure disability inclusion in the workplace. He will show you ways to build an inclusive organizational culture, remove barriers, as well as tools to combat stigma and increase consumer confidence. 

You will learn how to build competitive advantage through inclusivity, recognize ways to build an inclusive organizational culture, and remove barriers for people with disabilities. Come away with tools to combat stigma and increase consumer confidence. We’ll explore how to implement steps to tap into people with disabilities as a valuable talent pool. Mr. Li will make the case for why it’s important for workplaces to have senior leaders such as yourself who are inclusive, and he will distinguish between workplaces that succeed at being inclusive and those that do not.

Yat Li is a communications specialist. He was born with a condition called Microtia, meaning he has no outer ears and is Deaf and Hard of Hearing. As a child, his struggles with speech and hearing were compounded by a limited understanding of English, affecting his self-esteem and confidence. You will hear his inspiring story of how he managed to fight through the odds to overcome his barriers. Today, Mr. Li is a senior accessibility consultant to business leaders, a disability advocate, and an advocate for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. His message will reinforce the importance of building from within, generating passion from interest, and ultimately inspiring others to achieve their goals.

Our Learning Community 

Join your peers from the following schools across New England:

  • Nathalie Gonzalez, Applewild School
  • Fred Colson, Belmont Day School
  • Jay Bounty, Belmont Hill School
  • Jonathan Douglas, Berwick Academy
  • Susan Harrington, Brewster Academy
  • Julian Hickman, Brimmer and May School
  • Letitia Howland, Brookwood School
  • Tara Gohlmann, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
  • Mike Massicotte, Bukcingham Browne & Nichols School
  • Linda Perrotti, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
  • Susan Ryan, Cambridge School of Weston
  • Kiymanjii Wilson, Cambridge School of Weston
  • Andrew Griswold, Cambridge-Ellis School
  • Stephen Solberg, Cardigan Mountain School
  • Mike Daniels, Chapel-Hill Chauncy Hall School
  • Gwen Pojasek, Chapel-Hill Chauncy Hall School
  • Lily Yee, Charles River School
  • Mark Graziano, Commonwealth School
  • Frank Gallagher, Concord Academy
  • Paul Silva, Cushing Academy
  • Anthony Black, Derby Academy
  • Andrea Allbee, Dublin School
  • Michael Slater, Epstein Hillel School
  • Cheryl York, Erskine Academy
  • Carmen DiSanto, Falmouth Academy
  • Suzanne Jordan, Falmouth Academy
  • Diane Byrne, Fay School
  • David Platt, The Fenn School
  • Barbara Mazzeo, Fryeburg Academy
  • Erin Wentworth, Fryeburg Acacdemy
  • Gerard Murphy, Kimball Union Academy
  • Dean Sidell, Landmark School
  • Vanessa Mendes, Learning Prep School
  • Holly Mui, Learning Prep School
  • Kathleen Little, Lexington Montessori School
  • Wendy Corlett, Lincoln Academy
  • Brenda Konopelko, Lincoln School
  • Gail Pottle, Maine Central Institute
  • Donna Strouse, Montrose School
  • Hope Blais, New Hampton School
  • Wendi Cantwell, New Hampton School
  • Kathleen Howe, New Hampton School
  • Will Powers, The Pike School
  • Stephanie Beaudet, Proctor Academy
  • Rachel MacDuffie, Proctor Academy
  • Barbara Burnim Day, The Rashi School
  • Fadia Brangwynne, Riverbend School
  • Gibson Smith, Rock Point School
  • Joyce Henry, Sant Bani School
  • Ann-Marie Flynn, Shore Country Day School
  • Nicole Solari, Shore Country Day School
  • Loretta Stokes, Shore Country Day School
  • Carol Lyon, St. Johnsbury Academy
  • Crystal Rutledge, St. Johnsbury Academy
  • Farrah Cabana, Stanstead College
  • Irving Dunn, Tenacre Country Day School
  • Jackie Fellini, Thayer Academy
  • Julaine McInnis, Thayer Academy
  • Marge Pierce, Tower School
  • Jane Segale, Walnut Hill School for the Arts
  • William Potter, Waring School
  • Karen Geromini, Winsor School
  • Myrna Guerrero-McCabe, Winsor School
  • Liz McNeil, Winsor School

Thank you to our Retreat Planning Committee! Our event would not be possible without their work and support. 

Pictured from left to right:

  • Stephanie Beaudet, Director of Finance, Proctor Academy
  • Tom Ciciatiello, Chief Financial Officer, Gordon School
  • Wendy Corlett, Chief Financial Officer, Lincoln Academy
  • Ann-Marie Flynn, Director of Finance and Operations, Shore Country Day School 
  • Tara Gohlman, Chief Operating, and Financial Officer, Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols 
  • Nathalie Gonzalez, Business Manager, Applewild School 
  • Ian Moorehouse,  Chief Operating Officer, Wheeler School
  • Dave Platt, Associate Head for Finance and Operations, Fenn School
  • Steve Solberg, Chief Financial Officer, Cardigan Mountain School

Cancellation Policy

Virtual Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to Cancellations will receive a 100% refund, less a $25 administrative fee. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event, or the first event of a series of events.

In-Person Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to Cancellations received up to 14 days before the start of the event will receive a 100% refund, less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received within 14 days of the start of the event will receive a refund, less a $100 fee. This fee covers the cost of our minimum commitments with our hotel partners; thank you for your understanding. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event.

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