Keynote Speakers & Panelists Finalized: Check out what's in store!
We're excited to announce that
our extensive cadre of keynote speakers and panelists has been finalized.
They are all distinguished thought leaders who bring focused tips and tools
to practitioners who make daily strategic connections, change lives, and demonstrate
Learn more about each of these individuals and all of this year's presenters at our conference website, and then - if you haven't - get registered to attend!
Barbara Vacarr, Director, Encore Higher Education Initiative
As a former college president, adult educator, and psychologist, Barbara is committed to learning that makes a difference in the world. Over the course of her 27-year career, she has developed programs for adult and non-traditional learners to develop and transform themselves as they strengthen the connections between their learning, their living and their livelihoods.
Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development. She is the former president of Goddard College and founding Director of the PhD in Adult Learning Program at Lesley University. Her scholarship has focused on adult learning and diversity education. Barbara is the founder and senior leader of an Intergenerational Women’s Mentoring Collective, served as an interviewer for The Visual History of the Shoah Project and is a project leader for the Cambodian Youth and Missing History Project.
Carol Aslanian’s national reputation as an authority on adult higher education is an invaluable asset in creating market studies and institutional audits for colleges, and developing partnerships between them and employers.
The author of a number of landmark reports and professional papers on adult learning, Carol has received several national awards for her contributions to the fields of community service and continuing education. She has served on the boards or committees of such groups as the American Marketing Association, the Nontraditional Students Report Board of Advisors, and Elderhostel.
Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education, U.S. Agency for International Development
Christie Vilsack joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Senior Advisor for International Education in March 2013. Christie supports USAID’s Education Strategy goals to improve children’s reading skills, strengthen workforce development, and provide equitable access to education in crisis and conflict settings.
In her current role at USAID, Christie works with education sector partners and education leaders worldwide to build understanding of and support for international education solutions. She travels the world visiting and learning about USAID programs so she can tell the story of USAID Education to anyone she meets from Main Street to the halls of Congress.Brenda K. Harms, Harms Consulting
Dr. Brenda Harms is an experienced higher education administrator with a diverse marketing and admissions background. Her perspective on higher education marketing and recruitment is strengthened by her hands-on experience serving in both academic and administrative roles in Higher Education. During that time, she was also involved in the development and delivery of accelerated on-campus and online courses.
While Brenda’s primary interest is the recruitment and retention of adult and graduate students, her knowledge and experience relating to higher education has greatly benefited consulting projects focused on institutional marketing, enrollment management, academic program development, development of alternate deliveries, research projects, and overall institutional health.Colin Irose, Seelio
Colin Irose has been working in the educational environment for over a decade across areas like: eportfolio initiatives, marketing/best practices/benchmarking research, and international student recruitment.
As Director of University Partnerships at Seelio, Colin works with institutions in both New England and on the West coast to harness Seelio's services based student life cycle portfolio. By focusing on career development and preparation for the students, Colin is able to assist schools in utilizing Seelio to impact initiatives like marketing/enrollment, engagement/retention, Learning outcomes/assessment, and ultimately helping students find meaningful work in their chosen field.Loren Pace, CampusCE
Loren Pace has over thirty years of international business, executive level experience, providing strategic leadership direction for companies in various stages of development in the petroleum, wireless, health care services and education industries.
Loren serves as CEO of CampusCE. Their EMS is provided through a Software as a Service platform (SaaS) that enables institutions to electronically connect students, faculty and administrators throughout the complex registration, academic scheduling, student relationship and education management processes.
Chris Miller, Education Advisory BoardChris Miller is Executive Director of the Education Advisory Board (EAB), where he is responsible for research memberships serving provosts, chief business officers, student affairs executives, continuing and professional education deans, and community college presidents. Together, these memberships serve more than 500 higher education institutions in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In this role, Mr. Miller has led in-depth research efforts around critical college and university strategic priorities, including globalization strategy, elevating student retention and graduation performance, fostering large-scale multidisciplinary research, and engaging faculty in online education and administrative efficiency initiatives.