Twenty-six independent school associations co-hosted “Buckle Your Seatbelts: Navigating the Path to the 2021–2022 School Year.” A total of 1,375 trustees and senior leaders registered for the two part series.

Twenty-six independent school associations co-hosted “Buckle Your Seatbelts: Navigating the Path to the 2021–2022 School Year.” A total of 1,375 trustees and senior leaders registered for the two part series held on November 19 and December 3. The two-part series was a collaborative effort building on the success of Independent Schools on the Brink held on April 21, 2020.

Session 2 of “Buckle Your Seatbelts: Navigating the Path to the 2021–2022 School Year”— December 3, 2020 Moderator: Debra Wilson Panelists: Peter Barron, Ari Betof, John Gulla, and Lisa Pullman

Session 2 — December 3, 2020
The second session focused on what independent school leaders and board members may want to consider as they chart their course toward the 2021–2022 academic year.

Moderator: Debra Wilson, President, SAIS

Panelists: ●Peter Barron, Chief Member Relations…


Takeaways for Independent School Trustees & Leaders

By Ari Betof & Kelsey Vrooman

Greenbrier School, a PreK — Grade 8 school in Tennessee, had weathered several head transitions over the past decade but the board knew they finally found the right fit in Kate Thompson. Kate has served as head for the last two years. One of her first goals was to bring more transparency to the board in terms of school data. Working closely with her administrative team and board chair, she was excited to unveil a data dashboard for the trustees, including a section on the “Admissions Pipeline.” As she handed out the new dashboard…


Combined company will focus on enhancing mission-driven, data-informed leadership and governance of organizations that make the world a better place.

Mission & Data, LLC will focus on enhancing mission-driven, data-informed leadership and governance of organizations that make the world a better place by providing custom data products and integrated consulting services.

Release: December 1, 2020.
For Immediate Release

Ari Betof and Kelsey Vrooman, the respective leaders of Organizational Sustainability Consulting and Actionable Institutional Research & Data announced today the successful merger of their business operations and the launch of a new unified company, Mission & Data.

Mission & Data will build on the successes of its parent companies to offer an integrated solution that offers custom data products, strategy consulting, and tailored coaching for leadership teams and boards of trustees.

“We will combine our decades of experience…and remain focused on delivering outstanding service, consulting, and data products to these industries.” …


NJAIS Webinar — “Budgeting in COVID Times” held on November 18, 2020. The session was facilitated by Dr. Ari Betof and included two practitioner speakers, Julia Malaga (CFO of Golda Och Academy) and Sam Goldfischer (CFO of Newark Academy).

New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) Session Description:
The budget this past year could not anticipate the financial constraints, demands, and complete reconfiguration as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. As the 2021–2022 budgeting process begins, what considerations should guide leadership teams, Boards, and Finance Committees? This session, led by consultant Ari Betof and independent school Finance Officers Sam Goldfisher and Julia Malaga, will present various considerations and scenarios for finance officers, finance committee members, and Heads of School.

Audience:
Finance Committees, Finance Officers, Heads of School, and other Board Members

Slides available on SlideShare


The 2020 presidential election is not a choice between a Democrat and a Republican. It is a choice between a human being who cares about our citizens in Joe Biden and an existential threat to our country in Donald Trump. Please don’t take my word for it. Listen to all of these Republican leaders, lifelong GOP members, and self-identified conservatives who have endorsed Biden or decided to write in a candidate…not out of agreement with Biden’s policies but because of their palpable understanding of the damage a second Trump presidential term would inflict on the United States of America:

Vote…


Consider the irony of these two statements from July 26 and July 27:

NFL players who contract the coronavirus through “high-risk” activity away from team facilities can face team discipline and might be at risk of not being paid, according to the league’s new protocol. (ESPN)

and

Some Marlins players texted each other about the team’s health issues before Sunday’s game, but there was no talk of declining to play, shortstop Miguel Rojas said. “That was never our mentality,” Rojas said. “We knew this could happen at some point. We came to the ballpark ready to play.” (NBC Philadelphia)

I…


The Koinos Podcast, Episode 5 — Ari Betof

The Koinos Podcast
The Koinos Podcast is a show that connects with executives and entrepreneurs graduating from the world’s best Executive MBA programs.

The Koinos Podcast is a show that connects with executives and entrepreneurs graduating from the world’s best Executive MBA programs.

Listen on Apple Podcast


The Koinos Podcast
The Koinos Podcast is a show that connects with executives and entrepreneurs graduating from the world’s best Executive MBA programs.

Listen on Apple Podcast

Season 1, Episode 5 — Ari Betof
Episode summary:
Dr. Ari Betof is founder and president of Organizational Sustainability Consulting. He is a nationally recognized expert in organizational stewardship, nonprofit financial sustainability and is a Cornell Executive MBA candidate for the Metro NY program. This episode gives a glimpse into the life of a father of two, while running a business with his wife, and pursuing an Executive MBA.


Placard describing Juneteenth. Photo Credit: Today.com

Along with so many individuals and organizations across the country, Organizational Sustainability Consulting recognizes the importance of Juneteenth and supports calls to proclaim Juneteenth a national holiday. We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. The events of the past several months have reminded us that every organization needs to lean into confronting bias and racism both historically and today. Every one of us, and especially those of us with privilege, must redouble our efforts to listen deeply, learn more, and stand up to confront injustice.

Video Credit: GoogleDoodles in honor of the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Organizational Sustainability Consulting will transition to its new Philadelphia area office this summer. Photo credit: VisitPhilly.com

Organizational Sustainability Consulting (OSC) is excited to announce that it will be opening a new Philadelphia area office this summer.

The move will allow OSC to efficiently serve its clients in the Mid-Atlantic region between New York and Washington, DC. OSC will also be located in proximity to PHL, JFK, EWR, and TTN airports to serve its national and international clients. OSC will continue to grow its virtual consulting in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the trend toward organizations seeking more remote consulting options.

OSC’s mission is to strengthen organizations that change the world for the better. It…

Ari Betof

Co-Founder and Partner at Mission & Data; Chief Advancement Officer at Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship

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