Association for Collaborative Leadership

The resource for collaboration in higher education.

ACL Annual Conference 2019 - Communication, Collaboration, and Community: Looking to the Future

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Moravian College Bethlehem, PA


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The 2019 Association for Collaborative Leadership Conference will be hosted by the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges in Bethlehem, PA, from October 16-18, 2019.

The ACL pre-conference workshop will be held at the Hyatt Place in Bethlehem, PA, with the remainder of the Conference held at Moravian College, within walking distance.

The pre-conference workshop will focus on change management, featuring a workshop taking place on Wednesday, October 16 from 12pm-4pm. Lunch will be provided between 12-1pm with the workshop beginning at 1pm. This workshop will focus on the principles of change management, overcoming challenges associated with change management, and integrating these practices into consortia work. This workshop will be followed by our annual Collaboration Showcase poster session featuring the ACL Summer Institute and any consortia who opt to participate.

The conference schedule itself is robust with speakers from diverse consortia and member colleges and universities addressing a full range of collaborative efforts. Participants return to the ACL meeting year after year to take advantage of networking, access to information and immediately useful ideas and approaches, and for the opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards of higher education collaboration with others who understand the work.

A formal schedule will be forthcoming, but the topics to be explored include different aspects of communities of practice, managing external partnerships, maximizing resources through shared purchasing, managing board and leadership relationships, academic collaborative opportunities, and more.

Accommodations & Transportation

Reservations at the Hyatt Place in Bethlehem, PA can be made under the ACL room block by August 31 by calling 1-888 HYATT HP or by going online to and entering reservation using G-SGLH as the group/corporate number. The hotel is located at 45 W North St, Bethlehem, PA 18018 and parking is available onsite with validation. 

The room rate block for LVAIC includes breakfast. This is the only breakfast option that will be served at the conference. If booking with an external rate, please note that you will be responsible for providing your own breakfast. 

A free hotel shuttle is available from Lehigh Valley International Airport to the Hyatt Place Bethlehem.  Please contact the hotel directly in advance, at (610) 625-0500.  There is also very reliable daily charter bus service to Bethlehem from Newark.  From the Newark Airport on Trans Bridge Lines:  The closest bus station for both charter bus lines is the "Bethlehem Transportation Center" at 635 Guetter St, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  The bus station is across the street from the hotel.  Click here for driving directions to the hotel.

Bethlehem, PA is located about 60 minutes from Philadelphia, PA and 90 minutes from New York City and Newark, NJ. Renting a car and driving from airports located in any of these major cities is also a convenient option.

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