Association for Collaborative Leadership

The resource for collaboration in higher education.



2021 ACL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE*


All times listed are Eastern Time

*Schedule subject to change

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM |  Conference Kick-off and Social

   Sponsor: Segal - Please join our sponsors for a virtual presentation during the last 15 minutes of our social hour!


12:15 - 12:30 PM | Break


12:30 - 1:30 PM | Transformational Partnerships to Advance Student Success  

Dorothy A. Escribano, Escribano Weissbourd Consulting, Inc.; Steven L. Isenberg, Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees and former Interim President, Adelphi University; John MacIntosh, Managing Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners

Learn the strategic value of transformational partnerships that institutions considered, as well as the lived experience of leaders who have navigated these waters.

1:30 - 1:45 PM | Break

1:45 - 3:00 PM | Managing the Madness and Enhancing Engagement: Two Facilitation Tools for Virtual Meetings

Leah Hancock, Lead Associate at OPG; Laura Freebairn-Smith, Partner at OPG

Learn how to host and manage compelling, productive, and participatory virtual meetings

  Sponsor: Alera Group - Please join our sponsors for a 15 minute virtual presentation!

3:00 - 3:30 PM | Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM | A Discussion with Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Higher Education

Dr. Eddie Glaude, Department Chair, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

11:00 -11:30 AM |Deep Collaborations: An Interactive Introduction to ACL’s Member Consortia’s Programs 

Zoë Wyner, Executive Director of the Professional Arts Consortium

Tracy Hassett, President and CEO, Educators Health LLC

ACL's Knowledge Committee will unveil the updated Deep Collaborations tool.  Learn ways to leverage the tool in service to sharing knowledge and seeking out expertise regarding the many ways consortia support their member institutions.


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | The Collaborative Attitude

George T. French Jr., President, Clark Atlanta University

Samuel Hoi, President, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Denise Nelson Nash, Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Scripps College

Patrick E. Richey, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

Engaging in a consortium is neither a completely self-less nor selfish act, but requires a commitment to democratic process, an understanding of the ethic of contribution, and development of a collaborative attitude.


12:30 - 12:45 PM | Break


12:45 - 1:45 PM | Collaborative Action to Address a Shared Challenge - Diversifying the Faculty 

Deborah Obalil, President & Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)

Allen L. Linton II,  Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest

Charity Farber, Associate Director, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Learn multiple lessons from a long-term initiative to address a shared challenge - how to more effectively diversify the faculty at member institutions.


1:45 - 2:00 PM | Break


2:00 - 2:45 PM | Lessons from a Higher Education Healthcare Purchasing Coalition: 3 Proven Ways to Help Members Navigate the Pandemic

Tracy Hassett, President and CEO, Educators Health LLC

Kevin Pierson, Director, Benefits & Wellness, Brandeis University

Learn three key strategies that have helped member schools navigate the pandemic and offer a roadmap for other consortiums


2:45 - 3:00 PM | Break


3:00 - 4:00 PM | How Pivoting Into COVID-19 Grew The Texas International Education Consortium 

Robin Lerner - President & Chief Executive Officer, Texas International Education Consortium

The Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) will share how, during one of the toughest periods for higher education, they instituted a new paid member model, grew the number of universities in our consortium, won the largest grant in the organization’s history, recruited 50% new board members, and activated five new committees. 


Thursday, October 28, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Creating a New Regional Consortium to Strengthen Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Improve the Student Experience 

Laura Latta, Ph.D., Executive Director, Tulsa Higher Education Consortium

Michael DuPont, Senior Program Office, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Launching a higher education consortium is complex, time intensive, and delicate work. This presentation provides a reflective look at the formation of the Tulsa Higher Education Consortium.


12:00 -12:15 PM | Break


12:15 - 1:00 PM | In times of trouble, turn to those you trust: How COVID changed consortial collaboration 

Deb Mashek, Principal, Myco Consulting; Barbara McFadden, Principal, McFadden, Rocklin and Associates; Tom Rocklin, Principal, McFadden, Rocklin and Associates

Review the ways collaboration among member institutions changed during COVID and brainstorm post-pandemic strategies for maintaining and growing Presidential regard for consortial work.

1:00 -1:15 PM | Break


1:15 - 1:45 PM | Roundtables


1:45 - 2:45 PM | Team Emotional Intelligence Principles and Consortial Collaboration  

Dr. Peter Anderson, Executive Director, Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley

Learn how emotional intelligence is especially useful for organizations and teams working in the collaborative space. 


2:45 - 3:00 PM | Break


3:00 - 4:00 PM | We are All in This Together: Collaboration for Success 

Ellen Peters, Associate Provost, Institutional Research, Planning and Student Success, University of Puget Sound

Bethany Miller, Director of Institutional Research & Assessment, Macalester College

Learn ways in which you can partner with and better understand institutional research to go beyond just data reports.  


Friday, October 29, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | A Captivating Way to Collaborate

Ruth Rauluk, Director of Risk Management for the Five College Consortium, Inc. (FCI), Amherst, Massachusetts

Learn about the collaborative economical and intellectual benefits of Collegiate Catalyst Fund 


12:00 - 12:15 PM | Break


12:15 - 1:00 PM |Deep Collaborations: Continuing the Conversation

Zoë Wyner, Executive Director of the Professional Arts Consortium

Let's all gather again to revisit the topics covered in the Deep Collaborations session on Wednesday and discuss what we have learned through the conference and how we can utilize these strategies with our consortiums.


1:00 - 1:15 PM | Conference Closing



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