When I read a recent article by Donna Orem, President of NAIS, her examination of the tension between competition and collaboration, resonated with me on a personal and professional level. As a quasi-competitive person, I feel that tension every day. At my professional core, I am always striving for the win-win, which explains why the mission of PAISBOA makes sense to me: "Comprised primarily of a volunteer team of business officers working for the common good of all members, PAISBOA's mission is to create savings in both time and money while providing useful resources and expanded knowledge."
Before PAISBOA was a formal association, a group of business officers came together to help each other with the complexity of independent school operations and to help their schools save money through group purchasing. They were way ahead of their time!