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NACCE Leadership Summit

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, no NACCE funds are allocated to the purchase of alcoholic beverages. 

Sunday, October 11
– Times Listed Below are CST –

12:00 - 6:00 PM | Registration Open | Symphony Ballroom Foyer - Lobby Level


4:30 - 6:00 PM | Opening General Session | Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level

Taking Care of Yourself, Your Team and Your Board During Turbulent Times with Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders, self-care advocate and Managing Director, TN Market Executive of Bank of America- Private Bank

Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders is an executive leader at Bank of America Corporation, where she serves as the Tennessee Market Executive for the Private Bank business. In this role, Tiffany is responsible for growing business in the region, focusing on high net worth families, institutional clients and prospects throughout Tennessee and Kentucky.


Additional Speakers Include:

Dr. Lori Adrian

Dr. Kelli Hall-Chaney

Dr. Rebecca Corbin

Sonia Rodriguez Thorn

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez

Dr. Chris Whaley

Jennifer Worth


6:00 - 7:30 PM | Opening Reception | Starstruck Gallery - Mezzanine Level

We will be honoring NACCE's 2020 Award Winners, including the following:

Lifetime Achievement Award

former Governor of TN

Bill Haslam

Entrepreneurial President

of the Year

Dr. John Rainone

Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College of the Year

Houston Community College

A safe and socially distanced networking reception will follow our award presentation. Live music provided by Pellissippi State's own Larry Vincent and David Slack. Our program will be broadcast live.


Additional Remarks From:

Dr. Anthony Wise

Monday, October 12
– Times Listed Below are CST –

7:30 AM | Breakfast Available | Symphony Ballroom Foyer - Lobby Level


8:00 - 9:00 AM | Breakfast & Fireside Chat | Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level

Infusing Innovation & Entrepreneurship into Your Organization to Foster Culture Change

Dr. Rebecca Corbin 

Dr. Rufus Glasper

Dr. Caron Sada

Dr. Ron Thomas

We will also be honoring our 2020 Entrepreneurial President of the Year during breakfast.

Dr. John Rainone


Additional Remarks From:

Dr. Steve Schulz

Tim Putnam


9:30 - 10:30 AM | Concurrent Leadership Workshops | Series One 

Funding & Revenue Generation Today: Creativity, Flexibility & Solutions presented by Convergent Nonprofit Solutions Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level

Joseph April

Dr. John Rainone

Dr. Anthony Wise


Driving Innovation: It's the People! with Houston Community College Blackbird Studio A/B - Mezzanine Level

Ravi Brambhatt

Brenda Rios Brombacher

Kimberly Burroughs

Maya Durnovo

Jennifer Holmes

Sandra Louvier

David Regenbaum

Gabriela Zambrano

10:30 - 10:45 AM | Coffee Break


10:45 AM - 11:45 AM | Concurrent Leadership Workshops | Series Two

Strategies for Advancing Equity in Higher Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Panel Discussion presented by VentureWell Blackbird Studio A/B - Mezzanine Level

Learn how to apply interrelated strategies to broaden participation among early-stage STEM innovators in your entrepreneurship and innovation program or center.

Ji Mi Choi

Shaheen Mamawala

Onyeka Obiocha

Eli Velasquez

Phil Weilerstein

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity: Understanding the Impact of Systemic Racism | PART ONE Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level

Monica Curry

Katie Gailes

Angela Long

Claudine Miles

Kimberlie Milton

Stephanie Santoso

Jeff Smith

12:00 PM | Lunch Available | Symphony Ballroom Foyer - Lobby Level


12:30 - 1:30 PM | Luncheon & General Session | Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level

A Leader's Journey to Clarity with Dr. Destry Dokes, Executive Director, Generation Park Campus, San Jacinto College District

Dr. Destry Dokes is the Executive Director of San Jacinto College new Generation Park campus which is scheduled to open August 2020. Prior to San Jacinto College, Dr. Dokes served as the Interim President Houston Community College Northeast, College Operations Officer for Houston Community College Northwest and Director of Operations and Department Administrator for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Over the last 30 years, he has participated in several entrepreneurial endeavors and currently encourage entrepreneurial thinking as an essential tool for developing opportunities to address unanticipated challenges.

Additional Remarks From:

Dr. Michelle Cantú-Wilson

We will also be honoring our 2020 Entrepreneurial College of the Year during this session.

Houston Community College


Additional Remarks From:

Dr. Eugene Giovannini


1:45 - 2:45 PM | Concurrent Leadership Workshops | Series Three

Designing for Delight, Distance Learning Edition: A Virtual Design Thinking Workshop presented by Intuit Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level 

Has 2020 wrecked all your plans for well… everything? In this interactive session we will begin to solve the very important question: How might we reimagine the student experience in a virtual world? Join us as we unlearn what we thought was possible and reimagine the design thinking education. We will cover the basic principles of design thinking and leverage Design for Delight to better connect with our students and fellow educators and begin to build innovative new offerings that will surpass expectations to truly surprise and delight your students.

Nico Valencia


Equity, Inclusion & Diversity: Understanding the Impact of Systemic Racism | PART TWO Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level Blackbird Studio A/B - Mezzanine Level


3:00 - 4:00 PM | Concurrent Leadership Workshops | Series Four

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technologies Panel Blackbird Studio A/B - Mezzanine Level

George Comollo

Tom Downs

Dr. Suzanne Johnson

Dr. Jennifer Lindon

Bart Massey

Dr. Jim Murdaugh 

Diana Robinson

Albert Wynn


Earn to Learn & Solving the Student Debt Crisis: How an Innovative Idea Tested in Arizona Caught the Attention of 26 States and Other Major Funders and Unleashed a New Model of Financing Post-Secondary Education Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level 

Kate Hoffman

Chancellor Lee Lambert


4:00 - 5:00 PM | Concurrent Leadership Workshops | Series Five

Fireside Chat with Noah Brown & Rebecca Corbin | Leading with Effectuation: Bird in hand opportunities, navigating risk, creating a ‘crazy quilt’ of partners, making lemonade out of lemons, and piloting your plane effectively to an unknown future of opportunity.  |  Blackbird Studio A/B - Mezzanine Level

J. Noah Brown

Dr. Rebecca Corbin


"Job Ready" in the Age of Lifelong Digital Learning  presented by Chris Mackey of SkillsLine Group | Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level 

Learn from your peers and discover new ways to help students persist and discover new ways to help students graduate ready for the demands of 21st Century employers. 

Chris Mackey

Chris will be joined virtually by Christine Outram, CEO and Marc Feder, Director of Partnerships at Everydae


5:00 - 6:00 PM | Networking Activity & Self-Care Stations | The Green Room

Tuesday, October 13
– Times Listed Below are CST –

7:30 - 8:30 AM | Breakfast | Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level  


8:00 - 9:30 AM | General Session / Interactive Workshop | Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level 

Solving Critical Community College Challenges with Innovative Idea Generation Techniques with Bryan Mattimore, Cofounder of the Growth Engine Company

Bryan Mattimore specializes in ideation and innovation process, front-end marketing research, branding, creating and developing new products and services, and innovation strategic planning. He is Cofounder and “Chief Idea Guy” of the Growth Engine Company, a sixteen-year old innovation agency based in Norwalk, Connecticut. Prior to cofounding Growth Engine, he was president of the Mattimore Group, a twenty-year-old ideation facilitation and creativity consulting company. In his business consulting career, Mr. Mattimore has facilitated over a thousand brainstorming sessions, moderated over five hundred creative focus groups and consumer ethnographies, and managed over two hundred successful innovation projects, leading to over $3 billion in new sales annually for a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients.


9:30 - 10:00 AM | Coffee Break


10:00 - 11:00 AM | General Session Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level   

Community Colleges as Drivers of Ecosystem Development Locally, Regionally & Statewide - Panel Discussion

Dr. Rebecca Corbin

Dr. Scott Balog

Dr. Stephen Dunnivant

Beth Kerly

Dr. Andy Gold 


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Closing General Session Symphony Ballroom - Lobby Level  

United Nations Sustainability Development Goals & Storytelling: Creating the Framework of Tomorrow

Anne Strickland

Sean Branagan

Joy Profet

Mary Rossi