June 12-14, 2024

Loews Chicago Downtown

Featured Presenters

Byron Reese

Byron Reese

Cassidy Leventhal

Cassidy Leventhal

Doris Kearns Goodwin - Photo credit Annie Leibovitz

George Siemens

Higher Ed Reimagined

Higher education has never been more in need of events like Eduventures Summit. The sort of illumination, exposure, debate, and strategic clarity Summit aspires to are vital if college and university leaders are to find their way through today’s market maze.

Eduventures Summit is a unique event. Spanning both traditional and nontraditional markets, it offers cutting-edge research on high school students, adult and online learners, graduate school prospects, and the non-degree space. Presidents, provosts, enrollment leaders, online learning leaders, policy heads, company leads, and others come to Summit, ensuring a diversity of viewpoints.

Just as higher education leaders are thinking differently—new programs, novel modalities, unorthodox models—we are taking Eduventures Summit in a fresh direction with a new theme, new format, and new location.

Eduventures and Encoura Platform clients have complimentary passes as part of their membership. Please reach out to with any questions.

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Noise + Friction

For years, the evergreen theme of Summit was “Higher Ed Remastered.” But this year feels different. Our new Summit theme “Higher Ed Reimagined” captures our commitment to shine a light on the confusing trends and challenges facing the industry so that we can find new ways to grow as institutions and as leaders. Growth is indicative of, yes, our work to help clients grow enrollment, but even more importantly, how to learn to adapt and not just react, but to discern and build anew.

We must meet the moment.

In the past, higher education seemed always to be moving forward. Throughout our nation’s history, the spread of institutions and expansion of enrollment were marks of economic progress and social inclusion. Universities were lauded for scientific advancement and the disinterested pursuit of knowledge.

Such a sunny view of American higher education’s past is simplistic—the academy has never lacked for controversies over admission, curriculum, and culture—but today’s cacophony of troubles seems unprecedented.

Population shortfalls, sliding enrollment, soaring marketing costs, doubts about student outcomes, public distrust and polarization, and the championing of college alternatives pose tough questions for all but the most selective institutions. Recent rebounds at the undergraduate level still leaves student numbers far short of the pre-pandemic baseline.

Complementary markets appear either in long-term decline (adult undergraduates), past their peak (master’s programs), or highly uncertain (microcredentials, noncredit). The ruptures in the Online Program Management (OPM) industry point to maturation in even the online market as the COVID tide ebbs away.

The Supreme Court’s striking down of affirmative action, amid the politicization of DEI efforts, has thrown institutional outreach into disarray. Colleges and universities—most dramatically at Penn and Harvard—have been dragged into the culture wars like never before. And then AI lurks around every corner.

Reimagining a New Tomorrow

How can a higher education conference help leaders make sense of trends, turn choices into strategies, and thrive tomorrow?

Eduventures Summit is a unique event. Spanning both traditional and nontraditional markets, it offers cutting-edge research on high school students, adult and online learners, graduate school prospects, and the non-degree space. Presidents, provosts, enrollment leaders, online learning leaders, policy heads, company leads, and others come to Summit, ensuring a diversity of viewpoints.

Where other conferences offer endless parallel sessions, we curate top-notch keynotes and a common experience.

Higher education leaders cannot ignore dissenting voices. Calls for more work-ready graduates, more focused and relevant programming, and a greater variety of postsecondary pathways speak to genuine frictions with the status quo. But—in the final analysis—students, parents, employers, officials, and even pundits want higher education to do what no other sector can: challenge norms and politicization; respect, yet transcend division; and meet, yet see beyond the pressing needs of today.

We look forward to welcoming you to another Eduventures Summit!


2024 Keynote Speakers

Additional presenter information will be released as it becomes available.
Byron Reese

Byron Reese

Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur & Futurist

Speaking across the globe, Byron brings great enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny and unlocking business opportunities within it. As a successful entrepreneur and award-winning futurist, Byron employs his perspective as a historian, futurist, and technologist to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.

As a futurist, he understands the unprecedented technological change upon us and explores the dramatic transformation of society it will bring. As a technologist and entrepreneur, he knows
how to manage change and inspire innovation, while still meeting the immediate obligations and
realities of operating a business.

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Byron speaks around world to both technical and non-technical audiences, and his keynotes and appearances include SXSW and TEDxAustin, Fortune500 companies (Google, Dell, FedEx, Nvidia, Johnson & Johnson), universities (Rice University of Texas, Queen’s University, TWU) and futurist conferences (TimeMachine, PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, Wolfram Data Summit, and the IEEE Conference) among others.

Byron has enjoyed a wide range of success over 30 years, including two NASDAQ IPOs as well as the sale of three companies he founded. He has written six books that have been translated into a dozen languages.

A highly sought-after keynote speaker, enlightening attendees across nations, Byron is an in-demand forward thinker in his field.

Cassidy Leventhal

Cassidy Leventhal

Principal at Achieve Partners; Co-Founder

Cassidy Leventhal is a Principal at Achieve Partners and was formerly at University Ventures where she was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education. She is a Director of Optimum Healthcare IT, Ease Learning and Ro Health, and is regularly featured in outlets and events focused on the future of education and work, including Staffing Industry Analysts, ASU GSV, Talent Tech Labs, and Techstars.

Outside Achieve, Cassidy co-founded and serves as co-chair for Talent & Diversity at Impact Capital Managers. Prior to Achieve and UV, Cassidy was a consultant at McKinsey and led the Firm’s women’s recruiting at multiple colleges including her alma, Barnard College.

George Siemens

George Siemens

Chief Scientist and Architect of SNHU’s Human Systems

George Siemens researches how human and artificial cognition intersect in knowledge processes. He is co-founder, Chief Scientist and Architect of SNHU’s Human Systems – an organization building resources to respond to the systemic impact of AI on learning and wellness. He is the founding Director and Professor of the Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at University of South Australia and developed the Masters of Science in Learning Analytics at University of Texas at Arlington.

He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 40 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants funded by NSF, SSHRC (Canada), OLT (Australia), Intel, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Soros Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh.

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Dr. Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research. He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). His is President of the Global Research Alliance for AI in Learning and Education (GRAILE).

2024 Agenda

Additional session details will be released as they become available.
Wednesday, June 12
5:30pm - 7:30pmWelcome Reception

Thursday, June 13
9:00am - 9:15amOpening Remarks
9:15am - 10:00amOpening Keynote
Byron Reese, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur & Futurist
10:00am - 10:45amResearch Keynote
Kim Reid, Eduventures Principal Analyst, Encoura
10:45am - 11:15amBreak
11:15am - 12:00pmResearch Keynote
Richard Garret, Eduventures Chief Research Officer, Encoura
12:00pm - 12:15pmEdTalk
12:15pm - 1:30pmLunch and Breakouts Session I (6 Sessions to Choose From)
1:30pm - 2:15pm Breakout Session II (6 Sessions to Choose From)
2:15pm - 2:45pmBreak
2:45pm - 3:30pmPresident Panel
3:30pm - 4:30pmHigher Education Policy Keynote
4:30pm - 5:00pmInnovation Awards Ceremony
5:00pm - 7:00pmInnovation Awards Reception

Friday, June 14
7:30am – 8:15amOnline Program Management (OPM) Breakfast Session
8:30am – 9:15am Opening Keynote
Cassidy Leventhal, Principal at Achieve Partners; Co-Founder
9:15am – 10:00am Panel Presentation
10:00am – 10:15am EdTalk
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:15amMarketing Keynote
11:15am – 12:00pmFireside Chat
Featuring George Siemens, Chief Scientist and Architect of SNHU’s Human Systems
12:00pm – 12:45pmLunch and Closing Breakout Session III


Innovation Awards

Eduventures Research Innovation Awards Program was created to recognize and showcase the achievements of organizations that share Eduventures vision for a responsive, innovative higher education sector.

Recognize your work and team efforts with an Innovation Award.

Each year Eduventures Research solicits award applications, completes judging, and announces winners in three categories (listed below). We welcome submissions focused on enrollment, student experience or outcomes innovation. Award winners will be featured at Eduventures Summit 2024.

About the Program

Eduventures Innovation Awards Program honors higher education institutions, companies and other organizations in the following categories: Enrollment, Student Experience, and Outcomes.

Judges select winners from written applications and, if needed, follow-up interviews. Entries are scored on value to the institution, innovation, and relevance to the mission of the school.

Innovation Categories



A new enrollment management strategy in a fast-changing environment.

Student Experience

A new approach to teaching and learning or student support.
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A new effort to define and report student outcomes.

Congratulations to our 2023 Innovation Award Winners

Hotel Accommodations

Encoura has secured a heavily discounted block of rooms for Eduventures Summit 2024 attendees. The Loews Chicago Hotel, located in the heart of the city and steps from the Navy Pier, will host all of our activities.

Loews Chicago Hotel

455 North Park Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 1-312-840-6600

Attendees will receive a discounted rate of $289 per night.

Register and book your room before Wednesday, May 22 to secure the discounted rate. Please refer to your registration confirmation email for information on how to become part of our room block.

Loews Chicago Hotel