Amy talks about the crucial need to create an authentic story for her school as well as the crucial approach to be a constant seeker of new information and be nimble to make changes when necessary… she also feels that transparency is a key to effective leadership to help the team truly woo parents and their students… she keeps her sanity with good coffee, dog walks grilled pizza, crepes, puzzles and a few episodes of the Gilmore girls.
1:00 challenges and changes in the profession
10:05 parent ambassadors
17:50why I moved from advancement to admissions
22:40 transitions after 2008
25:12 consultant relationships
28:25 overcoming adversity
33:20 how I manage my office
39:40 sales and commission thoughts
44:40 professional and personal balance with baked pizza
51:20 changes and challenges in the world
Amy Graham is the newly appointed Dean of Enrollment Management at Stevenson School in CA. She will begin her tenure this July.
Currently, Amy is the Director of Enrollment Management at Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT a position she's held since 2016.
Prior to Pomfret, Amy led the admission office at Midland School (CA) from 2011-2016, first as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and later, as the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management.
Before Midland, Amy held leadership positions in admissions and advancement at The Family School (CA), Dunn School (CA), and The Hill School (PA).
Amy holds a bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Connecticut and a master of city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University. Amy is a member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) Schools Committee and a faculty member of the Enrollment Management Associations, Admissions Training Institute (ATI).
Amy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This episode is sponsored by The Independent Educational Consultants Association.
It is the largest and most respected organization representing independent educational consultants. An IECA member educational consultant is a skilled professional who provides counseling to help students and families choose a school that is a good personal match: one that will foster the student’s academic and social growth.
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