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June 25-27, 2023  |  Baltimore, MD 

The Finney Search Group is excited to host our first Summer Institute for Athletic Administrators on June 25-27, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland.

This intensive in-person opportunity is designed to help current and aspiring independent school athletic administrators network and learn from experts in their fields. With the ever-changing nature of athletic administration, athletic administrators must make time for continuing education, professional development and networking. Staying current on best practices, and developing a strong and accessible professional support network are vital.


Our 2023 Institute agenda will address some of the most current challenges facing today's "modern Athletic Director". Professionals in their fields will discuss solutions and best practices for the critical issues facing your athletic programs. Networking with your peers from around the country, both inside and outside the classroom, will be invaluable. 


We'll help prepare you to best serve your student-athletes by staying current, connected and energized. We will enable independent school AD's to develop best-in-class athletic departments.



TOPIC 1 | How to Drive Culture Change Throughout Your Athletic Department

Strong culture starts with leaders who are intentional about setting clear expectations that are aligned with the overall institutional mission.  Athletic Directors are expected to galvanize a group of individuals, including full-time and often part-time coaches, which can be a very difficult task.  We'll cover the key components that drive culture, how to instill lasting cultural change, and how to establish a mindset of continuous improvement, regardless of your tenure as an AD. 

TOPIC 2 |  How to Achieve Operational Excellence in Your Athletic Department

As a "modern Athletic Director, it's critical to frequently audit your department's efficiencies, methods of communication, policies and procedures to ensure that your department is functioning at a high level.  We'll discuss everything from creating handbooks, to running efficient meetings, to analyzing department structures, all which help you manage a high-performing, efficient athletic department.   

TOPIC 3 |  Leadership Development & Cultivating the Professional Growth of Your Staff

Your athletic administrative team and coaches are your most important human capital to help ensure that your families and student-athletes enjoy a positive athletic experience.  We'll discuss intentional ways to engage with your team of leaders, provide meaningful performance feedback, cultivate leadership development, and encourage their professional growth.

TOPIC 4 | Name, Image, & Likeness - It's Coming to Your School - Here's Everything you Need to Know

Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) is coming to your school community, and you'll want to have the tools and strategies needed to support your student-athletes.  We'll discuss the impact of NIL at the collegiate level, and how it's now making its way to high schools. You'll learn how to prepare for the impact of state policies on schools, students, and families.

LOCATION:  Gilman School

                             5407 Roland Ave.

                         Baltimore, MD

COST:  $1500 - Includes

  • all Topics and educational workshop sessions

  • all meals from Sunday evening thru Tuesday evening 

  • daily transportation to and from the hotel to Gilman School.

  • does not include lodging and transportation to/from Baltimore.


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Senior Director
Bloom Sports Partners

A former NCAA Division I student-athlete at William & Mary, Shannon went on to get her Master's in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville. After a decade (cont.)

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Chief of Staff
The St. Paul's Schools

Duncan has served as Chief of Staff at St. Paul’s for 2 years, after spending 16 years at Roland Park Country School as the Assistant Head of School for Finance (cont.)

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Meg works for Echelon Front, a firm comprised of decorated, combat-proven Veterans with experience in building, training and leading high-performance winning teams. (cont.)

LDAP Program Manager
Echelon Front

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Arrival Day

5:30pm-8:30pm | Team Dinner and Networking 


7:30am | Mindfulness Exercise

8:00am | Breakfast & Networking 

8:30-9:30 | Morning Session 1
Speaker: Shannon Soares

Bloom Sports Partners

9:30-10:00 | Break

10:00-12:15 | Morning Session 2

12:30-1:30 | Lunch 

1:30-3:00 | Afternoon Session

Speaker: Meg Miller
Echelon Front

3:00-3:30 | Break

3:30-5:30 | Small Group Workshops

6:00-9:00pm | Dinner and



7:30am | Mindfulness Exercise

8:00am | Breakfast & Networking 

8:30-10:00 | Morning Session 1
Speaker: Duncan Booth

St. Paul's Schools/NBOA

10:00-10:30 | Break

10:30-12:30 | Morning Session 2 

12:30-1:30 | Lunch 

1:30-3:30 | Afternoon Session

4:00 | Wrap-Up (boxed meals to go)

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