May 3 - 4, 2018  |  Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center


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Annual Conference Event Guide

Connections can happen anywhere. Whether in a session, in the Marketplace or at a networking event, the more you engage with the conference — the better return you will see for your district or company.


START LEARNING AND NETWORKING A DAY EARLY

PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINARS
Tuesday, April 25: 9:00am

Begin your learning and earn academy credit before Conference officially begins - Registration is now open!
 
Tuesday, April 25: 9:30am (BINGO) 10:00am (Volunteer Check-in)
Spend your day making a difference in someone else's day! The Legacy Project brings the opportunity to meet new people and serve a great organization. Learn more about EP!C.
 
Tuesday, April 25: 9:00am
Spend a day out on the course with your peers at either WeaverRidge or Coyote Creek Golf Course. Registration is now closed.

SAAC SPONSORED PRE-CONFERENCE GATHERING
Tuesday, April: 5:00pm

WeaverRidge Golf Course  
5100 N Weaverridge Blvd, Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 691-3344


TWO INSPIRING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

Opening General Session 
Wednesday, April 26: 11:30am – 1:30pm
 
Warren MacDonald — Author of A Test of Will 
Warren Macdonald’s life was redefined in April 1997 when an accident left him trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. He was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.

In February 2003, Warren became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, he created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan.

Come hear Warren's inspiring story and get inspired to tackle your greatest challenges! 

 
Closing General Session & Breakfast
Friday, April 28: 8:00am – 10:15am 
 
Michael A. Jacoby, Ed.D., CAE, SFO
Update on Key Legislative Issues Impacting School Districts
Illinois ASBO Executive Director Michael A. Jacoby is involved in many legislative committees workgroups and other organizations to advocate for Illinois ASBO and the school business profession. Leave the Conference with an understanding of the key issues that are already impacting school budgets or may have implications for the future.
 
 
 

MUST ATTEND MEETINGS 

PDC Networking Meeting & Breakfast
Thursday, April 27: 7:30am – 8:45am  
This is the biggest PDC meeting of the year and your chance to build your network and share your insights within a specific area of school business management. See a list of PDCs here.
 
Service Associate Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, April 27: 10:00am - 10:45am
Give your input on the Annual Conference and learn about opportunities to make the most of your Service Associate membership at this special gathering for Service Associates.
 

NETWORK AT HOSPITALITY EVENTS

Solutions Marketplace Opening & Hospitality 
Wednesday, April 26: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
End your first day at Conference with a time of networking and hospitality before heading out to dinner.
 
Lip Sync Contest and Hospitality
Brought to you in partnership with BMO/Harris Bank
Wednesday, April 26: 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Take part in a battle of the best and worst performances Illinois ASBO members have to offer on Wednesday night! No matter what performance style you choose, it is fun and easy to participate. No singing skills or memorizing lyrics required!
Sign up to participate!
 
Post-Session Hospitality
Thursday, April 27: 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Wind down with fellow members at the conclusion of Thursday’s professional development offerings before heading out to dinner. 
 
Thursday Night Group Networking Events
Plan to stick around Thursday night and continue networking with other attendees! Experience what Peoria has to offer at one of five group outings:
  • Peoria Chiefs Ballgame
  • Paint Night at the Pere Marquette
  • Dinner and Wine Pairings at Kickapoo Creek Winery
  • Dinner and "Beer School" at Obed and Isaac's Microbrewery and Eatery
  • Dinner and Gambling at Par-A-Dice
Registration is now closed for these events.