About the Leadership Conference

What: 2015 NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo
When: March 1-3, 2015
Where: Washington Marriott Georgetown, 1221 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037 

Since 1971, NASFAA has offered a leadership conference to provide intensive preparation for NASFAA members who hold leadership positions and those about to assume such positions. While the original name of the conference has been modified over the years and the content expanded, the purpose of the conference remains the same: to deliver knowledge, perspective, and insight into management issues facing current and future financial aid leaders.

If you are a financial aid administrator who wants to grow professionally, expand your network, and become a leader on campus, in your association, or in your profession, this conference is designed for you. 

Two Leadership Pathways

In 2015, registrants choose from two separate leadership pathways:

1. The New & Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway

Added this year as a result of feedback and demand from NASFAA members, this two-day pathway (March 1-2) was designed for those who want to grow their management skills so they can run a financial aid office efficiently. A special task force of seasoned aid directors from various institutions developed the agenda.

The third day of the conference (March 3) was dedicated to Capitol Hill visits, which were optional for New & Aspiring Aid Directors. Attendees made scheduled visits to Capitol Hill to advocate directly with their congressional delegation on behalf of their students. Participation in pre-conference preparation activities was required. 

 2. The Association Management Pathway 

This pathway provided incoming and future state and regional leaders, or those who aspire to a volunteer leadership role, with preparation for a successful year in office, including:

  • Understanding legal, financial, and management issues every leader needs to know;
  • Identifying the characteristics of leadership;
  • Leading and managing change and transition within the association; and
  • Exchanging ideas with state and regional colleagues.

On the third day of the conference, attendees made scheduled visits to Capitol Hill to advocate directly with their congressional delegation on behalf of their students. Participation in pre-conference preparation activities with NASFAA President Justin Draeger and Director of Public Policy Megan McClean was required. 

In addition to the two pathways, the conference offered plenty of networking opportunities as well as an Expo featuring industry partners with products and services directly related to the conference programming content.

Conference Contacts

If you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate contact:

Agenda – Association Management Pathway: Eileen Welsh, welshe@nasfaa.org or (202) 785-6977
                 New & Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway: Eunice Powell, powelle@nasfaa.org or (202) 785-6976
Logistics & Hotel – Jennifer Jackson, jacksonj@nasfaa.org or (202) 785-6946
Registration – Membership Services, membership@nasfaa.org or (202) 785-0453 x 1
Hill Visits & Legislative Symposium – Megan McClean, mccleanm@nasfaa.org or (202) 785-6942
Expo & Sponsorships – Mary Nokes, nokesm@nasfaa.org or (202) 785-6958  

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