John E. Chubb

President, National Association of Independent Schools

Trends in Independent Schools

8:00 am, Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NAIS President John Chubb has a proven track record as a strategic leader and collaborator. Previously interim CEO of Education Sector, a nonprofit think tank, Chubb was a founder and CEO of Leeds Global Partners, an international education services and consulting firm. He also co-founded Edison Learning, Inc., a pioneering education management organization. He has advised numerous foundations on education policy and has testified at hearings on Capitol Hill. At Leeds Global Partners, he helped provide training for school leaders around the world, working with former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell, among others.

The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Education Next, Public Interest, and American Political Science Review have featured Chubb’s writing and he has authored numerous books. Chubb was a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution from 1984-1992, and has served as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, since 1999, where he is also a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. Earlier in his career, Chubb taught at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Princeton universities.



Steve Pemberton

Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens

A Chance in the World

8:00 am, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve Pemberton has made opportunity, access, and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. One of America's most inspiring executives, he is recognized as a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion and their importance to the growth of the U.S. industrial complex.

His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. Pemberton's relentless journey to overcome his setbacks, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents' past is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness. Whether sharing the story of how he found his identity or tips on how to create diversity within your organization, Pemberton is a riveting speaker who never fails to inspire.


Michael J. Flanagan

Chief Executive Officer, SSS by NAIS

Financial Aid in the Cloud: SSS's Product Roadmap for 2014 and Beyond

1:00 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

As CEO of School and Student Services by NAIS, Mike Flanagan oversees strategy and operations for SSS’s industry-leading financial aid management services. Before joining NAIS, Flanagan served as executive vice president of Intrepid Learning Solutions, a training and management consultancy that he co-founded. He managed teams of consultants who served clients in financial services, technology, aerospace, and retail, among other fields. Flanagan reserves a special place in his heart for independent schools, having begun his career on the English faculty at Iolani School (Hawaii).