Meet Our 2020 Learning Partners

"Embracing Disruption"

As we focus on our mission and choose to achieve more by embracing disruption, we are asking our 2020 learning partners:

  • What are the characteristics and mindset of a culture that embraces disruption and allows for rapid response?
  • How can we develop and help leaders at all levels to have the ability to operate effectively in highly complex disruptive times?
  • What are the higher levels of thinking and technology strategies that can provide the greatest opportunity for leaders to succeed in embracing disruption?

This year's program is based on a learning design focused on engaging participants, sharing insights, adding value, increasing team learning, stimulating dialogue, offering structure and flexibility, and providing an AFIT Playbook of ideas, resources, and strategies.

Key Dates:

CEO Forum & Reps Meeting: March 4–6, 2020
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Summer Institute: July 29-31, 2020
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  • Standard tuition: $1,195/team (register by July 10, 2020)
  • Late tuition: $1,395/team (after July 10, 2020)

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2020 Learning Partners:

Higher education leaders face challenges with funding, global competition, keeping up with a connected world and legacy systems, and supporting a diverse set of students who are mobile. Microsoft, one of the greatest technological innovators of our time, develops smart technology solutions that help solve those challenges and transform so campuses can thrive.

David Gibson
Higher Education Partner Strategy Leader

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Elizabeth Hayes Stovall, MBA, EdM
Higher Education Audience Strategy Leader

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Longtime AFIT member Howard Community College (HCC), of Columbia, Maryland, is a 2019 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the category of education. HCC has followed the Baldrige framework in its quest for performance excellence since 2005, systematically focusing on increasing completion among all its students.

President Kate Hetherington and the HCC team have made great strides in closing the achievement gap, increasing completion, and preparing students for the workforce. The College has increased its graduation rate by 168% within two years of entry, from the 2008 to the 2017 entering cohorts of first-time-to-college students and tripled the graduation rates for first-time-to-college Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino students within two years of entry. HCC’s growth rate of more than 100 percent for associate degrees awarded for over 10 years consistently outperforms its peers. Additionally, 100 percent of graduates in the areas of nursing, radiologic technology, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technician, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical services, and physical therapy assistant found employment after graduating.

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Dr. Kate Hetherington

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Zoe Irvin
Executive Director, Planning, Research & Organizational Development

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The United States Air Force operates some of the most sophisticated technological systems in the world, and the Air Force Academy is responsible for providing it with high quality officers to meet its future needs. Given its unique mission, few organizations are as adept at transforming their approach to education and developing innovations to support transformation as the Air Force Academy.

Photo of Lieutenant General Jay Silveria, superintendant of the U.S. Air Force AcademyLieutenant General Jay B. Silveria
U.S. Air Force Academy

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Established by the technology services company Cognizant, the Center for the Future of Work examines how work is changing, and will change, in response to the emergence of new technologies, new business practices, and new workers. The Center provides original research and analysis of work trends and dynamics and collaborates with a wide range of business and technology thinkers and academics about what the future of work will look like as technology changes so many aspects of our working lives.

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Ben Pring
Vice President & Director

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Summer Institute Themeweaver:

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Timothy Nelson
President Emeritus
Northwestern Michigan College

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Presenting Sponsor:

Anthology exists to help higher education advance and thrive. Through a connected data experience that offers a holistic view, creates efficiencies, and provides intelligence, Anthology inspires constituents to reach their full potential using technology insights in admission and enrollment management; student success and retention; institutional and learning effectiveness; alumni and advancement; and enterprise applications and infrastructure. Anthology partners with more than 2,100 colleges and institutions in over 30 countries to address the needs of all constituents in higher education. Visit us at