Registration is closed for INSPIRE ’23. If you would like to attend, please email Lisa O’Leary at elizabeth.o’ to see if space is available.

Save the Date for our second annual INSPIRE event hosted by the Archdiocese of Seattle Office for Catholic Schools. This is the official page for the event and will be updated regularly with details.

What is INSPIRE?
INSPIRE is an Advancement event focused on bringing teams from across the Seattle Archdiocese (and beyond!) together for some inspiration, learning, and collaboration with colleagues. YOU are an important part of growing your school and this conference will equip you with the tools you need to be successful in your role.

It is time for Catholic Schools across the country to step it up in all areas of Advancement! In the Archdiocese of Seattle, we are committed to bringing key staff, administrators, and other professionals from across the country to think out of the box and begin to put into practice effective strategies to strengthen our schools and grow our reach.

INSPIRE offers a unique opportunity for learning, networking, sharing best practices, and exploring innovative strategies for school growth and development. (Domain 4: Operational Vitality, NSBECS)

Highlights of the conference include keynote address, interactive breakout sessions, and time to engage with fellow participants during a networking session. The Finalsite-SchoolAdmin Team will also be with us all day to offer support and one-on-one consultation.

The agenda encompasses a wide range of topics, covering the areas of enrollment management, fundraising & planned giving, social media, branding basics, Canva instruction, value propositions, data analysis, efficiencies & hospitality in the school office, family engagement, marketing our Catholic identity, tuition assistance discussions with families, and more. We also have an Early Learning track specific for EL staff.

Who is invited to this A-MAZ-ING day?
Office Managers, Finance Managers, School Secretaries, Development Directors & Fundraisers, Admissions Directors, Marketing & Communications Staff. New this year we are including Early Learning Staff (from the Archdiocese of Seattle only)

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2023
Time: 8:00-4:00 pm (light breakfast & lunch provided)
Where: Seattle University, Pigott building
Cost: FREE for Seattle Arch Staff, $150 for Catholic School Staff outside the Archdiocese

Overnight Accommodations

Overnight accommodations are available on the beautiful Seattle University campus. Re-live your college days by staying in one of the lovely residence hall rooms.
Shared bathrooms are located down the hall.
Free internet is available for all guests.
Beds are made up with fresh linens.
Rooms include sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and washcloths.
Cost: FREE for Seattle Archdiocese Staff, $75 per night for staff outside the Archdiocese

Reservations must be made by July 31th

Agenda for the Day

8-8:30a Mass in the beautiful Seattle University Chapel (optional)

8:30-9:00a Check-In & Coffee Time

9:00-9:10a Opening Prayer: Fr. Justin Ryan, Director of Vocations, Archdiocese of Seattle

9:10-10:00a Welcome & Introduction: Kristin Moore, Director of Marketing & Enrollment, OCS

10:00-11:00a  Keynote: Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D. “The Power of Why”

11:00-11:10a Break

11:15-12:05p Breakout Session #1

12:05-12:50p LUNCH

1:00-1:50p Breakout Session #2

1:55-2:45p Breakout Session #3

2:50-3:40p Collaboration & Networking Session #4

3:45-4:00p Wrap Up & Send Off & RAFFLES!

Keynote Speaker: Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D.

Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., a School Sister of Notre Dame, is the Executive Director of the Center for Catholic Education. Prior to her recent appointment she worked at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, serving as Program Director for the Catholic Sisters and Catholic Schools priority areas from 2012 to 2017, during which time she led the granting of $90 million to Catholic Sisters in 23 countries and $25 million to Catholic schools in the U.S.
From 2009-2012 she served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education where she had lead responsibility for achieving President Obama’s 2020 College Completion goal. She was president of two universities, Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore and Holy Names University in Oakland. She has had professional experiences in Japan, Honduras, China, Rome, Korea, London, Italy and Israel as well as in six countries in Africa.