June 14-16, 2023

InterContinental Boston–Boston, MA

Featured Keynotes

Paul LeBlanc

Paul LeBlanc

Trabian Shorters

Trabian Shorters

Paul LeBlanc

Joy Moore

Eduventures Summit 2023

Remastering—the evergreen theme of Eduventures Summit—makes the old new again. New technology, techniques, voices and ideas are needed to make the timeless fundamentals of higher education shine again.

Higher education’s burning issues are all-too familiar: shrinking enrollment, a looming “demographic cliff”, allegations of privilege and inequity, concerns about affordability and doubts about value. Throw in sky-high inflation, a tight labor market and the aftermath of a global pandemic—not to mention culture wars and politicization—and the sector appears more beleaguered than ever.

Reality is more complicated. Innovation is everywhere: flagship universities are expanding and diversifying their classes, states are passing new funding compacts, schools are consolidating and reorganizing, and low price fully online universities continue to thrive. So-called “direct admissions”, where a college offers a student admission without an application, seeks to cut through misperceptions of price and fit. Degree and certificate combinations, integrating academics and real-world skills, are increasingly common. Instituting rigorous feedback loops and intervention protocols, some schools have pulled off game-changing gains on student retention and academic performance.

The problem is that too often systems—at institutional, state and national levels—overwhelm green shoots of change. Habits, divisions, inertia and day-to-day priorities make it hard for new ideas to take root and become institutionalized. But that embeddedness is essential if we are to leave higher education stronger for the next generation. Colleges and universities are among our nation’s most enduring institutions, built on a legacy of adaptation, renewal and inclusion.

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.


2023 Keynote Speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers as of March 2023

Paul LeBlanc

Paul LeBlanc

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.

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Paul served as Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary Ted Mitchell at the U.S. Department of Education, working on competency-based education, new accreditation pathways, and innovation. Paul serves on the American Council of Education (ACE) Board, and served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce.

Paul is the author of Students First: Access, Equity, and Opportunity in Higher Education was published by Harvard Education Press in 2021, and Broken: How Our Social Systems are Failing Us and How We Can Fix Them published in 2022.

Paul immigrated to the United States as a child, was the first person in his extended family to attend college and is a graduate of Framingham State University (BA), Boston College (MA), and the University of Massachusetts (PhD). From 1993 to 1996 he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, was President of Marlboro College (VT) from 1996 to 2003 and became President of SNHU in 2003. His wife Patricia is an attorney and they have two daughters, Emma and Hannah.

Trabian Shorters

Trabian Shorters

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.”

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Shorters is the international authority on an award-winning cognitive framework called “Asset-Framing®” which is in high-demand by heads of influential philanthropic, journalism and social impact networks.

Asset-Framing equips its practitioners to have far greater social impact, raise more money, engage broader populations, and make fundamentally stronger cases for equity and systems-change.

Joy Moore

Joy Moore

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. 

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An active local and national volunteer she has served as a trustee and board member for the National Coalition of Girls Schools, the Nashoba Brooks School, Dana Hall School, the South African Heads of Independent Schools Association, and the South African Girls’ School Association. Joy chaired the annual joint conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and served as a trustee on the CASE board. As a community volunteer, she served for many years as co-president of the Wellesley chapter of the national A Better Chance Organization. She has also served on the boards of the Women’s Lunch Place in Boston and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Foundation board. A 1981 graduate of the Lynch School of Education and recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in 2010 from Boston College.
Dr. Jay Meg

Dr. Meg Jay

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.


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Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, O Magazine, and on BBC, NPR, and TED. She is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of education and human development at the University of Virginia. She maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, VA.


Louis Sores

Louis Soares

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.


Wednesday, June 14
6:00pm - 8:00pmWelcome Reception and Remarks
Dennis Syracuse, Division President, Encoura

Thursday, June 15
9:00am - 9:10amOpening Remarks
Dennis Syracuse, Division President, Encoura
9:10am - 9:15amAgenda Review
Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer at Encoura
9:15am - 10:00amKeynote Presentation
Trabian Shorters, Founder & CEO of BMe Community, Social Entrepreneur, and Author
10:00am - 10:45amResearch Update
Kim Reid, Eduventures Principal Analyst at Encoura
10:45am - 11:00amBreak
11:00am - 11:45amKeynote Presentation
The Defining Decade
Dr. Meg Jay, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Human Development at the University of Virginia
11:45am - 12:30pmResearch Update
Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer at Encoura
12:30pm - 1:45pmLunch Presentations
1:45pm - 2:00pmEd Tech Analyst Break
James Wiley, Eduventures Principal Analyst at Encoura
2:00pm - 2:45pmKeynote Presentation
A conversation with
Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University and, Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer at Encoura
2:45pm - 3:30pmFeatured Panel
Learning, Earning and Experience: The Past and Future of Post-Secondary Education
Louis Soares, Chief Learning & Innovation Officer at the American Council on Education
3:30pm - 4:00pmSnack Break
4:00pm - 5:00pmKeynote Presentation
5:00pm - 5:30pmInnovation Award Winner Presentation
Cara Quackenbush, Eduventures Executive Vice President of Research at Encoura
5:30pm - 7:30pmInnovation Award Reception

Friday, June 16
9:00am - 9:45amKeynote Presentation
Joy Moore, Executive Director of the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success at Boston College
9:45am - 10:15amKeynote Presentation
10:15am - 10:30amBreak
10:30am - 11:15amKeynote Presentation
11:15am - 12:00pmKeynote Presentation
12:00pmClosing Remarks



Become a Summit Sponsor

Sponsorship of Eduventures Summit provides an exclusive opportunity to extend your brand and meet with 500 senior leaders from higher education institutions across the country. Sponsors can network with high-level decision makers and join the discussion on the disruption and innovation transforming the higher education sector. Our conference will focus on the big issues facing higher education leaders, discuss ways to align strategy and innovation, and provide role-based workshops for higher education leaders.

Eduventures Summit will explore the newest ideas in student enrollment management, online and continuing education, program student success drivers, and the impact of technology innovation in all of these areas.

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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 3 categories (listed below). We welcome submissions focused on enrollment, student experience or outcomes innovation during or inspired by the pandemic. Award winners will be featured at Eduventures Summit 2023.

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 2022 Innovation Award Winners

Washington & Jefferson College
University of Arizona
Colorado Technical University
Florida Atlantic University
Washington & Jefferson College
University of Arizona
Colorado Technical University
Florida Atlantic University

Hotel Accommodations

Encoura has secured a heavily discounted block of rooms for Summit 2023 attendees. Please refer to your registration confirmation email for information on how to become part of our room block. The beautiful and centrally located Intercontinental Boston Waterfront Hotel will host all of our activities.

InterContinental Boston Waterfront Hotel

510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Phone: 1-617-747-1000 | Fax: 1-617-217-5169

Attendees will receive a discounted rate of $375 per night.

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