The NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo provides four individual pathways, based on participant interest. Strategic Enrollment Management, Association Management, and New & Aspiring Aid Directors continue to be long-standing popular options. The Advanced Topics in Financial Aid Leadership pathway was new in 2019.
You are: An experienced financial aid professional in a managerial role.
You need to know: How to incorporate leadership skills and strategic thinking to create a thriving work environment for your staff. This new pathway will bring experienced aid administrators together to glean the differences between management and leadership.
You are: A current or aspiring financial aid association leader at the state, regional, or national level.
You need to know: The skills and characteristics needed to lead effectively, while navigating the legal and financial issues that come with your role. Volunteering for a professional association – at any level – is an exciting professional activity with many benefits for volunteers, their institutions, and the students they serve. Financial aid associations across the country depend on the talents and energy of volunteer leaders to carry out the association’s activities.
You are: An up-and-coming leader in your financial aid office, or new to a leadership or director role.
You need to know: How to handle challenges you inherit, what your first year will entail, and how your role fits in on campus. While there is often no "best way" to do anything as a director, this pathway helps attendees recognize and avoid the mistakes and missteps others have made, learn from the experiences of colleagues, and hear first-hand how they have implemented best practices on their campuses.
You are: An experienced aid administrator in an enrollment management-focused institution or a practicing enrollment manager interested in collaboration and more in-depth discussion with your peers.
You need to know: Financial management and tactical methods for deploying enrollment management strategies in conjunction with institutional enrollment goals. The 2019 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo will feature all new materials for this pathway.