ACSI NE 2020 Leadership Conference

Lancaster Double Tree
January 23-24, 2020

Lancaster, PA ·  DoubleTree Resort


Welcome to the 2020 ACSI Northeast Regional Leadership Conference! The theme in 2020 is Reimagine Advancement Leadership, with several relevant tracks including fund development, enrollment retention, marketing/communication, and advancement leadership. Download the Conference Program.


Member Standard- $119
Non-Member Standard- $159

Title II Funding Guide


The Double Tree Resort 
2400 Willow Street Pike,  
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602
Phone: (717)
Room rates: $107 plus tax


Meal tickets can be purchased at the Double Tree front desk: Breakfast tickets are $14.00; Lunch tickets are $14.50.

Thursday's Lunch: Vegetable Pasta Primavera in Pesto Sauce, Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetable, Assorted Cakes, Pies, Cookies & Brownies.

Friday's Optional Lunch: Soups, salads and wraps.

Conference Schedule

Detailed Schedule

Day One
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. — Registration
8:10 a.m. — Preconference Prayer
8:30 a.m. — Worship/Welcome
9:00 a.m.— Break/Exhibits
9:15 a.m. — Keynote Session One
10:30 a.m. — Break/Exhibits
11:00 a.m. — Keynote Session Two
12:15 p.m.— Lunch
1:30 p.m.— Keynote Session Three
2:45 p.m.— Break/Exhibits
3:15 p.m.— Reflect/Connect Speaker Panel

Day Two
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. — Registration
7:35 a.m. — Preconference Prayer
7:50 a.m. — Worship/Welcome
8:40 a.m. — Break/Exhibits
9:00 a.m. — Keynote Session Four
10:15 a.m. — Break/Exhibits
10:45 a.m.— Keynote Session Five
12:00 p.m.— Optional Lunch

Additional Opportunities:

Preconference Sponsor/Leader Roundtable

Join us for our first-ever sponsor/leader roundtable the evening prior to the Leadership Conference, Wed., Jan. 22, from 5:15-8:40 p.m. We will have a selection of h ors d'oeuvres, and will rotate roundtable discussions throughout the evening. Learn more on our sponsor/leader roundtable page.

International Students Program (ISP) Training

ACSI will also host an ISP training from Jan. 22-24 at the Double Tree with Assistant VP for Academic Services, Dr. Erin Wilcox. Check out the agenda! CEUs: 1.94. Cost to attend is $109/ member school participant, $129/ non-member school participant. Register today!

Accreditation Trainings

Join us Wed., Jan. 22 for two accreditation trainings (REACH training at 1:00 p.m.; ASP training at 6:30 p.m.) at the Lancaster Double Tree. Registration is free!

Amish Buggie Ride Opportunity! Families or Teams

Bring your team or your family! This year, we've arranged for the opportunity to take a 50-60-minute horse and buggy ride with an Amish driver, including a tour of an Amish farm and a ride through the beautiful land of Lancaster. Discounted price for ACSI: $17 per person. Learn more here.

Leadership Conference Featured Speakers

Teri O'Connor, Fund Development

Teri O'ConnorTeri O'Connor is the CEO of Advancement by Design, a company that exists to further the mission and ministries of clients through a donor-centric approach. Advancement by Design assists 501c3 organizations in a variety of areas including capital campaigns, feasibility studies, annual giving, organizational development, strategic planning, donor appreciation strategies, and more. Teri is a certified fundraising executive and is passionate about connecting donors with meaningful projects and helping nonprofits better care for the donors who are investing with them.

Ryan Bredow, Marketing/Communication

Ryan BredowRyan Bredow is Assistant Vice President for K-12 Educational Development at Grand Canyon University. He has served in Christian education for 16 years, including serving in a variety of roles in Lutheran secondary schools. He is passionate about bringing the saving name of Jesus Christ to as many kids as possible through Christian education. Outside of the office, Ryan spends his time speaking and consulting with schools around the country in the name of growth strategies and best-practice promotion of Christian education.

Dr. Jay Ferguson, Advancement Leadership

Dr. Jay Ferguson
Dr. Jay Ferguson is the headmaster of Grace Community School, Tyler, Texas. He practiced law for 10 years and, in 2002, joined Grace as development director before assuming the headmaster role in 2003. He's written extensively on Christian education and training children, including his weekly blog, The Head and the Heart. 

Dr. Steve Dill, Advancement Leadership

Dr. Steve DillDr. Steve Dill served at Delaware County Christian School in a variety of roles for 40 years before joining the ACSI staff in 2013. He has served on the ACSI board, as vice president for ACSI Leadership and School Quality, and as Senior Vice President for ACSI USA. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor at several Christian universities and leads ACSI's Education Foundation as the Executive Director.  

Rick Newberry, Enrollment Retention

Rick NewberryRick Newberry is the President of Enrollment Catalyst. His expertise in enrollment management and marketing strategies provides in-depth consulting and coaching for hundreds of schools across the country through his Enrollment Catalyst Program. He brings 30 years of educational leadership experience and he served in the role of headmaster at a large Christian school in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rick provides resources through his blog, webinars, and e-Books to help schools.  

ACSI Community

Access speaker handouts, the schedule, and more through the ACSI Advancement Leadership Community Page!


There are a total of 1.25 CEUs available for attending the entire Lancaster Leadership Conference. Be sure to claim your CEUs through the Claim Form after the conference!


If you have questions, please contact the  Northeast Regional Office by phone at (717)285-3022 or by  e-mail