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Eduventures Summit ‘23: Strengthening Higher Ed for Future Generations

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June 14-16, 2023 | Boston, MA

Special Keynote Session: José Andrés

Eduventures Summit brings together leaders from across the country to wrestle with the most pressing topics of higher education. At a time when the nation is deeply divided and wavering views on the value of postsecondary education abound, Summit creates common ground to make higher education stronger for future generations.

With parents and guardians taking on a larger role in students’ college searches, how should institutions be transforming their communication strategies? Should universities continue virtual recruitment methods? Which program markets should colleges be watching for traditional, adult, and online students? Can schools do the impossible: widen access, lower costs, AND boost quality?

Tomorrow, we’ll convene in Boston to navigate these key questions and recognize this year’s Innovation Award winners. Here is a preview of Eduventures Summit 2023.

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Chef, Restaurateur, Humanitarian

Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018 and recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, humanitarian, and chef/owner of José Andrés Group.

A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of nearly three dozen restaurants located throughout the country and beyond. José Andrés Group’s concepts include the two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés in Washington, DC, the acclaimed NYC food hall Mercado Little Spain, and multiple locations of the Bazaar by José Andrés. José has received the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” awards.


President, Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Under the 18 years of Paul’s direction, SNHU has grown from 2,800 students to over 175,000 learners and is the largest non-profit university in the country.

The university was #12 on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list and was the only university included. Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and one of the “most influential people in higher education.” Washington Monthly named him one of America’s ten most innovative university presidents. In 2018, Paul won the prestigious TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, joining some of the most respected university and college presidents in American higher education.


Founder & CEO of BMe Community, Social Entrepreneur, and Author

Trabian Shorters is one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and the catalyst of a national movement to first define black people by their aspirations and contributions, then to secure their fundamental freedoms to Live, Own, Vote and Excel.

He is a retired tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and former vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where he was responsible for $300M in active grants and endowments in 26 US cities.

His nonprofit social impact network, BMe Community, is award-winning for innovation, impact, and storytelling and boasts more than 400 black leaders plus institutional allies committed to building “equity without stigma.”

Executive Director of the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success at Boston College

In July of 2020, Joy was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success at Boston College. Prior to this position she served as vice president for Student Affairs at Boston College.

A secondary school and higher education administrator, she has served at a variety of independent schools and universities over a 35-year career. Prior to returning to Boston College in 2011, Joy served four years as the interim and deputy head of school at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has also served as the head of school at the Archer School in Los Angeles, California, and as the associate head/director of Upper School at Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts. As a university administrator, she has held a variety of leadership positions at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and Boston College. Her experience extends into the field of alumni engagement and fundraising.

Chief Executive Officer, Gallup

Jon Clifton is CEO of Gallup, the global analytics and advice firm. Mr. Clifton’s mission is to help organizations create thriving workplaces; put one billion people in touch with their strengths; and help 8 billion citizens be heard on their most pressing issues through the Gallup World Poll, a 100-year initiative spanning over 150 countries.

Clifton has been with Gallup since 2008. He previously served as Global Managing Partner of the company’s worldwide consulting group — advising global leaders on how their organizations and countries can thrive using behavioral economics and analytics-based insights.


Author of The Defining Decade and Supernormal, and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Virginia

There are 75 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 35, and Meg Jay makes the case for taking their work lives, love lives, and emotional lives seriously. The author of ‘The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now’ and ‘Supernormal: The Secret World of the Family Hero,’ she has elevated what it means to be a twenty-something and what it means to have grown up with hard times.

Jay has had the pleasure of speaking to audiences including TED, Goldman Sachs, University of Chicago, Merrill Lynch, Cosmopolitan, Aspen Institute, The New Yorker, Yale University, MTV, Young Presidents Organization, How To Academy, U.S. Government Office of Personnel Management, Family Action Network, and Sundance.


Chief Learning & Innovation Officer at the American Council on Education

Louis Soares serves as the Chief Learning & Innovation Officer at ACE. Soares incubates and scales ACE’s executive leadership networks, as well as catalyzes compelling research and innovation initiatives across the Council. Working with colleagues, Soares integrates the work of ACE’s leadership, research and innovation teams to optimize membership value for colleges and universities by developing programs and services to advance the success of senior leaders, diversify the executive talent pipeline, and facilitate partnerships to enhance institutional performance. While at ACE, he published landmark papers, including The Post-traditional Learners Manifesto Revisited: Aligning Postsecondary Education with Real Life for Adult Student Success and Evolving Higher Education Business Models: Leading with Data to Deliver Results.


Communications Director at Encoura

June 14-16, Boston, MA

Join us for Eduventures Summit 2023, live in Boston, to learn from mold-breakers inside and outside higher education who are challenging the status quo.

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