Wednesday, March 9

All times are in Central Time

  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. | Belmont Foyer | Registration 
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Fisk 2 | CEO Networking Session 
    Please come prepared to get to know other AFIT CEOs and discuss the challenges you’re hoping to address by participating in this year’s learning design. 
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Belmont | Reps Meeting and Best Practice Sharing
    Please come prepared to get to know AFIT Reps and Guests. Discuss what you applied at your institution from the 2021 Summer Institute and/or what challenges you and the employers you serve face in terms of talent management and culture. 
  • 5:30 p.m. *Note Time Change | Meet in Lobby | Optional Reps and Guests Dinner (on your own) | TBD 
  • 6:00 p.m. | Meet at Restaurant | CEO Dinner (hosted by AFIT) | The Southern Steak and Oyster (150 3rd Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203)  

Thursday, March 10 

All times are in Central Time

Welcome, Introductions, Opening Remarks, and Meeting Overview

  • 8:00 – 8:15 a.m. | Belmont
    Learning Partner Introductions to AFIT Staff and Technology Check 
  • 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. | Belmont
    Breakfast (provided)
  • 8:45 – 9:05 a.m. | Belmont
    Opening Remarks, Erika Liodice, Executive Director, AFIT and Dr. Leah Bornstein AFIT Executive Committee President & President, Aims Community College


  • 9:05 – 9:25 a.m. | Belmont
    Timothy Nelson, AFIT Themeweaver and President Emeritus, Northwestern Michigan College.
    Timothy Nelson will set the stage for a preview of the Summer Institute Learning Partners and how they connect to the learning design. He will discuss how the Summer Institute and its team learning approach is relevant, timely, and critical for the future of higher education. Full of facts and thought questions, this brief overview will provoke reflection and interesting conversations for members and their teams. 

Learning Partner Presentations and Break

  • 9:25 – 10:30 a.m. | Belmont  
    Inspire and Align: Going Beyond Happiness to (Re)Build More Human, Thriving Organizations Keynote and Discussion with Jenn Lim and Sunny Grosso, Delivering Happiness. Delivering Happiness will explore how to move Beyond Happiness and build a culture to support human thriving. This segment includes a round table discussion centered on readiness and directions for change. It will culminate with a Q and A session. 
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. | Break with light refreshments
  • 10:45 a.m. - Noon | Belmont
    Start with ME to (Re)Set Your Foundation with Personal Values – Expand to WE to Identify Your North Star with Higher Purpose, Jenn Lim and Sunny Grosso, Delivering Happiness. Jenn and Sunny will provide a personal Heartbeats experience highlighting the importance of being true to self and establishing work/life harmony – to attract and retain talent across dynamics and generations with an inclusive, more human foundation. This will be followed by an organizational Higher Purpose exercise highlighting a strong, resounding WHY to drive motivation, decisions, and go beyond happiness to engage and motivate on the level of higher purpose. Participants will learn a process to create a first draft of each organization’s Higher Purpose, and touch on next steps to finalize and realize (live) this in an effective way that drives human thriving, attraction, and retention. 

Lunch and Breakout Sessions

  • 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. | CEOs in Fisk 2; Reps, Guests, and Other Learning Partners in Belmont
  • 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. | CEOs in Fisk 2
    CEO Informal Discussion and Q and A with Jenn Lim  
  • 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. | Reps, Guests, and Other Learning Partners in Belmont 
    Informal Discussion and Q and A with Sunny Grosso 
  • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | Belmont
    Using a Leadership System that Promotes Joy, Carolyn Candiello, Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, GBMC HealthCare, Inc.
    In 2020, GBMC was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige Award for Performance Excellence. Carolyn Candiello will discuss the importance of a systematic leadership system in creating cultures of joy and happiness, talent attraction and development strategies, and leadership pathways. She will explore how using the Baldrige framework for performance excellence has helped their organization and its workforce respond to crisis and other challenges related to culture and talent development. 
  • 2:15 – 2:30 p.m. | Break with light refreshments
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Belmont
    Dare to be Extraordinary, Dr. Robert Vela, President, San Antonio College and Dr. Francisco Solis, Dean of Performance Excellence, San Antonio College. Over the past seven years, San Antonio College, 2021 winners of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, has transformed student success through authentic leadership, continuous improvement, data and accountability, and a talent attraction and retention strategy that “checks for the educator heart” and student-centeredness. Dr. Vela and Dr. Solis will explore its student success journey and how its leadership and workforce have embraced a culture of joy, excellence, and purpose. 
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Belmont
    Responding to Undeniable Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare with a DEI Lens,  Catherine Hamel, MA,  Executive Vice President, Continuing Care, GBMC HealthCare Inc., and President, Gilchrist. Ms. Hamel will discuss how diversity, equity, and inclusion plays a role in both who they serve and how they approach their work in a rapidly growing segment of healthcare – elder medical care and hospice care. She will explain how Gilchrist has built a workforce with cultural competence – one that is confident working with a diverse population in underserved communities 

Learning Partner Q and A

  • 4:30 – 4:50 p.m. | Belmont  

Reflection and Closing Remarks

  • 4:50 – 4:55 p.m. | Belmont
    Written Reflection – The Minute Paper
  • 4:55 p.m. | Belmont
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:00 p.m. | Belmont

Friday, March 11 

All times are in Central Time

Breakfast and Discussion

  • 8:00 a.m. | Belmont
    Learning Partner Arrivals and Technology Check
  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Fisk 2
    Breakfast and CEO Session with Catherine Hamel, GBMC HealthCare, Inc. 
  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Belmont
    Breakfast and Reps and Guests Session with Carolyn Candiello, GBMC HealthCare, Inc.  

Themeweaving and Learning Partner Presentations

  • 9:15 – 9:25 a.m. | Belmont | Opening Remarks, Dr. Tracy Dryden, AFIT Learning Design Coordinator and Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Western Technical College  
  • 9:25 – 9:40 a.m. | Belmont | Outlook: Talent and the Future of Work, Tony Bond, Great Place to Work® 
  • 9:40 – 10:00 a.m. | Belmont | The Changing Nature of Work: Worker/Employer Relationship and Talent, Timothy Nelson, AFIT Themeweaver and President Emeritus, Northwestern Michigan College 
  • 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Belmont | A Deeper Dive into one of the Key Levers of Happiness: Connectedness, Jenn Lim and Sunny Grosso, Delivering Happiness. Jenn and Sunny will examine connectedness in the new world of work. They will explore: 
    • The connections that are essential to go beyond happiness 
    • How to rebuild belonging, trust, care, and commitment that drives attraction, retention, and most importantly, human thriving 
    • Depth of connection, psychological safety, and trust 
    • Building solutions for your organization’s unique needs – with share outs to inspire and build on ideas  
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Break with refreshments
  • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Belmont
    Quick Solutions for Key Culture and Talent Challenges, facilitated by Dr. Tracy Dryden, AFIT Learning Design Coordinator and Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Western Technical College. An opportunity for Learning Partners to address your specific concerns, challenges, and scenarios related to culture, talent, and the future of work, this segment will feature insight and recommendations from across Learning Partners that you will be able to take back to your institutions. Scenarios, specific concerns, and challenges to be submitted in advance to AFIT’s executive director, Erika Liodice, at 

Wrap Up, Closing Remarks, and Evaluation

  • 11:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Belmont
    Wrap Up, Closing Remarks, and Evaluation, Erika Liodice, AFIT Executive Director
  • 11:45 a.m. | Belmont Foyer
    Book Signing, Jenn Lim, Delivering Happiness 

Recommended Readings to Prepare for Team Learning at the Summer Institute  

The following resources have been curated by AFIT’s learning partners, members, and staff to enhance your team’s understanding of the concepts embedded in this year’s learning design. Consider using these recommendations to prepare your team for Summer Institute by selecting a few resources that are relevant to your organization’s goals, reading them together, and discussing them as a team. All readings are optional. While reading these resources may enhance your experience at Summer Institute, not reading them won’t detract from the experience. 

Talent Trends 2022 

Talent Trends 2021 

Leadership and Culture 

Learning Objectives:

By participating in the 2022 CEO Forum and Reps Meeting, you will:

  1. Explore this year’s learning theme and expand your understanding of its strategic alignment with your organization’s goals
  2. Preview learning partner presentations and provide feedback to enhance the learning objectives for the Summer Institute
  3. Network with learning partners and your colleagues
  4. Identify coworkers to invite to the Summer Institute and develop plans to maximize your team learning experience

Proposed Learning Objectives for Summer Institute:

By participating in the 2022 Summer Institute, your team will gain a deeper understanding of how to:

  1. Develop strategies for multi-generational and diverse workforces
  2. Respond to undeniable challenges in attracting and retaining talent
  3. Meet the needs of employers served by higher education institutions
  4. Create cultures that foster happiness and positive returns

Compelling Questions to be Addressed by Learning Partners:

  1. What does the labor market look like now and in the future as employers and educators respond to the "great resignation”?
  2. How can leaders respond to conflicting demands for autonomy and flexibility?
  3. How do organizations create inclusive places, spaces, communities, staffing models, and cultures that attract and retain talent?
  4. What are the best practices and high-impact strategies for developing and leading the "workforce of the future"?
  5. How do leaders create diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces led with happiness and humanity?