The First 100 Days with a New School Head: Your Strategic Leadership Role as the Executive/Administrative Assistant

Status: RECORDED on FEB 22, 2017

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

You have 100 days to lead from your support position as your new Head of School gets settled and begins to make his or her mark. Plan strategically for this opportunity; create a mutually beneficial environment in which you and your direct supervisor can deliver your school’s mission.

This Webinar highlights some elements that should be part of your 100-day plan to add value to your direct supervisor’s early experience in that role.

We'll cover these topics and more:

Delivering your school’s mission:

  • How YOU do that today—your existing job description
  • What you would like to change or add about your capacity to do so—revise your job description
  • What you should do in support of the new Head of School’s responsibility to do so—what your effective support of the new Head could be in first year

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend:Executive and Administrative Assistants at various experience levels. Support staff for School Heads, Division Heads, Senior Administrators in Admission, Advancement, Finance, and Receptionists are also welcome to attend

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Helen Foster, J.D.

ISM Consulting Manager


Helen’s corporate and public sector project management experience in the areas of procurement, education, and healthcare have helped her hone skills in marketing and sales, customer service, proposal writing, and workshop facilitation.

Current Role

As ISM’s Consulting Manager, Helen helps ensure ISM consultants match their skills and expertise with private-independent schools across the globe. Helen brings over 25 years of diverse work experience to ISM, including a successful track record of for-profit consulting and nonprofit education and health care management.

Prior Experience

Helen joined ISM as the Consulting Manager in July 2016 after one year as a Board member and four years as the Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Saint Edmond’s Academy in Wilmington, DE.

Helen has worked across diverse populations, departmental lines and affinity groups to deliver superior project execution. Her collaboration with and work in support of peer, volunteer, senior and executive level stakeholders has been demonstrated numerous through board directorships, most notably as a Trustee with the State of Delaware Board of Pensions since 2003.


Helen received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, her master’s degree in management from Lesley University, and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.

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