SATURDAY 09.24.16

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Accord Education Summit Fall 2016 Lina Bankert


Partner, Strategic Advising | Bellwether Education Partners


High-performing single- and multi-site charter schools inevitably face the question of growth: when, where, and how fast? Many pursue the growth path opportunistically and then, at a larger scale, find that quality and/or organizational effectiveness suffers. So what questions should charters thinking about growth ask before taking the plunge? There are two. First, why grow? Obvious but important. Second, are you ready, and how would you know?

Join Bellwether Education Partners for an interactive workshop, addressing these questions. We will share war stories of what worked – and what didn’t – as charter networks pursued growth, discuss best practices and lessons learned, and begin to apply these practices through a “readiness to grow” assessment. We will also drill deeper on 1-2 common “pain points” that many growing networks have faced (structuring clear roles, responsibilities, and decision-making authorities for the network office vs. campuses, developing teacher and leader pipelines) to identify actionable strategies for charter leaders and boards to consider.

When: Saturday Morning (9:00am – 12:30pm)

Where: Room 211

Who: Administrators


Over the past decade, the education sector has increased pipelines for recruiting highly effective talent. Yet, this talent needs to land in “talent-ready” organizations that cultivate, support, and sustain them in the field. This includes attracting and retaining diverse talent, ensuring that all people have development opportunities to optimize their potential, and creating a culture where diversity tangibly enhances the organization’s mission. Talent-ready organizations are innovative, effectively managed, great places to work that generate sustainable results and have durable, authentic relationships with the communities they serve.

Join Bellwether Education Partners for an interactive workshop where you’ll learn to assess your organization’s talent-readiness, consider what challenges, issues, and accelerators the assessment highlights, and leverage findings to create a concrete plan for where to prioritize investments moving forward.

When: Saturday Afternoon (1:30pm – 5:00pm)

Where: Room 211

Who: Administrators


Lina Bankert is a partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising practice. Lina joined Bellwether in the Spring of 2012 as a principal. Her clients have included districts, charter management organizations, research institutes, foundations, and education entrepreneurs. She works with organizations on a variety of strategic and operational issues including strategic planning, business plan development, growth and expansion strategy, human capital and organizational design, performance improvement and sustainability, and grant development and implementation. Prior to joining Bellwether, Lina was a principal with Bain & Company, where she worked with executive teams across a broad range of industries and capabilities in both the private and public sectors, while building extensive pro bono/nonprofit advisory experience with focus on K-12 education. For three years, she led Bain Chicago’s involvement with Rowe Elementary School, a Bain-sponsored charter school in the West Town community, and continues to act as an adviser to the school. She was also a member of the design team for Intrinsic Schools, a Chicago-based CMO serving 6-12 grade students via a blended school model, approved by Chicago Public Schools in December 2012. Prior to Bain, Lina spent several years as an investment banker, focusing mainly on mergers and acquisitions and equity placements in the Education and Knowledge Services sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Lina lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.


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