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. In 2021, instead of holding an in-person Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. as we normally do, NASFAA will hold a virtual Leadership Symposium. This decision was made in order to ensure the safety of our members and staff and in light of the travel restrictions and budget cuts many schools have instituted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The symposium will be held 100% online and will consist of several webinar sessions presented live at designated times over the span of five weeks between February 2 – March 2, 2021. All webinars will be available to registrants for on-demand viewing after the live airdate.
Unlike NASFAA's 2020 Summer Training Series which was open to all roster members at a registered institution, the 2021 Leadership Symposium registration is for individuals at institutions. This is in order to better facilitate engagement and meaningful connection in a virtual environment among attendees and presenters. Participants may choose from one of two pathways, each of which will include small group opportunities to allow for expanded conversations and networking:
In lieu of the Capitol Hill visit that normally takes place on the third day of the in-person conference, all 2021 Leadership Symposium participants will be invited to tune in for an Inside the Beltway/State-Based Advocacy session, which will feature a special guest speaker. Additionally, there will be a session on Best Practices in Advocacy as an option for all attendees interested.
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 learning opportunity is designed for you.
While the virtual symposium doesn't have a pathway for new and aspiring aid directors, as is typically offered annually at the in-person Leadership Conference, we encourage you to consider the New Director and Aspiring Director Group Coaching options offered by NASFAA's subsidiary, Blue Icon Advisors. While group coaching is not an official part of the 2021 Leadership Symposium, we believe this six-week* professional development opportunity is a great online alternative to the in-person conference this year.
*Please note, the 2021 NASFAA Leadership Symposium is five weeks long; the Blue Icon Advisors Group Coaching opportunities are six weeks long.
Location: Online. Participants will be sent login information via email prior to the start of the conference.
Dates: February 2 - March 2, 2021
If you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate contact: