ABCDs — Admissions, Breakfast, Communications & Development Series

CAIS Commission on School Advancement
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  • King School, Kingswood Oxford, Foote School, Westminster School
  • Posted 5 months ago


When : March 26, April 30, May 13, June 18 -- 9AM - 12PM
Where : King School, Kingswood Oxford, Foote School, Westminster School
Topics : Advancement, Development, Marketing & Communications, Admissions, Stewardship, AI, Crisis Communication
Cost : $50 per person, per session OR $185 per person for all four programs


In lieu of annual conference this year, the CAIS Commission for School Advancement is excited to announce a new opportunity to connect and learn with fellow advancement professionals, while also learning about CAIS peer schools. 

Join admissions, development & marketing & communications professionals at one or all sessions in a series of learning & networking opportunities that get you out of your office and into another school.

Each departmental session will run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will include breakfast, a learning session, roundtable conversation, and a tour of the host school.
The social & networking reception in June will run from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m..

Marketing & Communications
March 26, 2024 @ King School (Stamford) || 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Global & National Issues: Avoidance or Engagement?
Duby McDowell || President, McDowell Communications Group

April 30, 2024 @ Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford) || 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Future is Now: AI and your Admissions Office
Jesse Roberts || Enrollment Solutions Specialist, Unbound 360

May 13, 2024 @ The Foote School (New Haven) || 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Small Wins, Big Impact: Leveraging AI in Advancement
Dan Junkins || Associate Director of Advancement Services, Hopkins School

Social & Networking Reception
June 18, 2024 @ Westminster School (Simsbury) || 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Reconnect, network and celebrate the culmination of a school year with fellow MarComm, admissions and development colleagues over lunch. Includes a tour of Westminster.

CAIS member fee: $50 per person, per session or $185 for all four programs.


Duby McDowell has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, politics and public relations. She has been advising clients on communication strategy since establishing and serving as President of McDowell Communications Group in 2006.

In 2022, the Hartford Business Journal named her to its “Power 50” list of Greater Hartford’s most influential leaders.

Duby was the best known political reporter in Connecticut for 15 years and hosted a renowned Sunday morning television interview program which was the first stop for any politician seeking higher office. As a result of her many years covering politics and government she has a unique understanding of effective public relations strategies. She knows how the media operate, and due to her extensive contacts among reporters, editors, editorial boards and talk show producers she can effectively assist clients in their outreach and response.

And as importantly, as an alumna of a CAIS school, she knows and appreciates how independent schools operate.

Jesse Roberts is CEO and Founder of Unbound 360 and has worked in and around private education for his entire career. He has served as a Director of Admission, VP of Enrollment & Marketing, Teacher, Coach, Parent and Board Member in various private schools. A frequent speaker at school conferences, Jesse has presented for NCEA, The Enrollment Management Association, Small Boarding Schools Association, Association of Independent School Admission Professionals, and many other conferences around the world. In 2016, Jesse founded Admission Pro, a consulting service for private schools who were looking to solve enrollment challenges.
Jesse spends his free time playing golf with his son and spending time with his family by the ocean.

Dan Junkins joined the Hopkins School Alumni & Development Office in 2005. He enjoys working with faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and parents on a wide range of topics related to office technology and systems, both new and old. A transplant from the Midwest, Dan now lives in Madison with his wife, Minette, and his two daughters, Maya and Riley. When not at Hopkins, he enjoys traveling to Latin America, baking, golf, photography and reading about technology, economics, finance, travel and cooking.

Thank you to our Sustaining Conference Partners!

Location King School, Kingswood Oxford, Foote School, Westminster School