AFIT 2018 Learning Theme v5

Transforming the Higher Education Business Model

Transforming the Higher Education Business Model

It’s no secret that there are considerable challenges facing higher education right now. The teaching and learning methods of the past are becoming obsolete, and time-worn processes have all but lost their effectiveness. That’s why our learning theme for 2018 is “Transforming the Higher Education Business Model.” No longer will the “take no action” or “move forward with incremental change” mindsets sustain operations; innovation and organizational transformation must become a priority.

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Meet our Learning Partners:

Saul Kaplan, Business Innovation FactorySaul Kaplan | Founder & Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory

Saul Kaplan is the founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) and author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant When the World Is Changing.

Kaplan started BIF in 2005 with a mission to enable business model innovation. BIF makes transformational change safer and easier to manage for institutional leaders by helping them explore, test, and commercialize next practices and new business models.

Prior to BIF Kaplan served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and as the Executive Counselor to the Governor on Economic and Community Development.

Prior to his state leadership role Kaplan served as a Senior Strategy Partner in Accenture’s Health & Life-Science practice and worked broadly throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products, and biotechnology industry. Kaplan also spent eight years working for the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company. As a Marketing Plans Manager, Kaplan assisted in developing the launch strategy and successful introduction of Prozac into the U.S. market.

Kaplan shares his innovation musings on Twitter (@skap5) and on Medium (@skap5). Kaplan holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on the strategic management of technology and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.

Eli Rodgers, Business Innovation FactoryEli MacLaren | Chief Market Maker, Business Innovation Factory

Eli is Chief Market Maker, leading BIFʼs development efforts and is responsible for the start up and scale of the Experience Labs. With over a decade of experience in building and leading social ventures, Eli is an accomplished social innovator with a deep knowledge of the new platforms required to catalyze and scale social innovation.

Eli joined BIF after serving as the Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Fund, a public foundation creating lasting change by investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls in Maine. Eli is a systems thinker with a proven track record building institutions — setting strategic vision and direction, raising capital, managing and developing partnerships and growing and integrating cross-disciplinary teams.

Before leading the Maine Women’s Fund Eli served as Chief Program Officer at GlobalGiving, the first online philanthropic marketplace that enables donors to find and fund social entrepreneurs around the world.

Prior to GlobalGiving Eli served as the International Director for Ashoka’s Citizen Base Initiative, where she worked with social entrepreneurs from around the world on strategies to finance and scale their work.

Eli holds a MS in Strategic Design from New School, Parson’s School of Design and a BA in International Service from American University.

Peter Roberts, Roberts HealthPeter Roberts | President, Roberts Health

Peter Roberts serves as president of Roberts Health Solutions, a firm that advises health systems and other organizations about community-based population health strategies. From 2011-2017, Peter led the Population Health and Insurance Services division of Children’s Health System of Texas. In that role, he conceived, organized, and directed the company’s development of a pediatric value-based business model, including an HMO financing vehicle, a provider-led accountable care organization (ACO), adult health system affiliations, a data and analytics core, and a comprehensive population health management support system. Peter led the conceptualization and development of The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children, a collective impact social change initiative comprised of more than 90 nonprofit, government and business organizations dedicated to improving the health of children in Dallas. He also pioneered a new model for working with families to enhance their personal power in service of their health.

Alana Dunagan, Clayton Christensen InstituteAlana Dunagan | Higher Education Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute

Alana leads the Clayton Christensen Institute’s higher education research and works to find solutions for a more affordable system that better serves both students and employers. In this role, Alana analyzes disruptive forces changing the higher education landscape. Her research includes studying business model innovations, public policies, and investment strategies that can give rise to new and sustainable postsecondary models.

Prior to joining the Christensen Institute, Alana spent ten years in institutional investment management working on behalf of nonprofits, particularly colleges and universities. She worked as an investment consultant for Slocum, and spent five years with Macalester College managing their $700 million endowment.


Presenting Sponsor:

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Campus Management is a leading provider of cloud-based SIS, CRM and ERP solutions and services that transform higher education institutions. Today, more than 1,100 institutions in over 30 countries partner with Campus Management to transform academic delivery, student success, and operational efficiency.

Learn more at CampusManagement.com.

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