NACCE 2019 Preconferences


Date/Time: Sunday, October 13 from 9 AM – 12 PM

Title: Insight and Applications for your College from the Authors of NACCE’s New Book: Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation - Unleashing Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Communities and Students

Description: This book, newly published by NACCE, addresses the urgent need for community colleges to prioritize entrepreneurship education, both to remain relevant in a changing economy, and to graduate students with the flexible and interdisciplinary mindsets needed for the future of society. It argues that entrepreneurial education should be offered broadly to a wide range of students and across all disciplines; defines the key constructs for achieving this objective; and describes how to create entrepreneurial learning environments. During this three-hour preconference, chapter authors will speak about and give practical tips on the following:

  • leading a college or division with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • infusing entrepreneurship across all academic disciplines to increase student success
  • creating winning partnerships with industry, government, philanthropy and others in your ecosystem
  • innovating in urban and rural environments
  • and more!

Each participant will receive a copy of the book and will learn more about curriculum and leadership strategies that you can employ at your college to ensure that your organization becomes or grows as an incubator of innovation.

Price: Members $129/ Non-member $229; Includes 3-hour workshop, coffee and snacks


  • Dr. Rebecca Corbin, President  & CEO, NACCE
  • Dr. Andy Gold, Professor, Hillsborough Community College (FL)
  • Deborah Hoover, President & CEO, Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Beth Kerly, Professor, Hillsborough Community College (FL)
  • Dr. Ron Thomas, Leadership Advisor & (ret.) President, Dakota County Technical College


Date/Time: Sunday, October 13 from 1-4 PM

Title: NACCE Pilot Programs Provide Pathways for Success 

Description: NACCE has grown tremendously over the past several years by creating communities of practice and launching pilot program with foundations from all around North America. During this three-hour preconference, foundation leaders, NACCE member pilot participants and NACCE staff will share lessons learned from the following initiatives:

  • Verizon Foundation - Verizon Innovative Learning
  • Michelson 20 MM Foundation - The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property
  • Intuit Education - Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Curriculum Initiative
  • NACCE Centers of Practice in Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin, Arizona and California focused on entrepreneurial mindset, apprenticeships, equity & inclusion, student (led) success programs, and makerspaces

Participants will learn best practices for their own colleges, as well as how they can become involved in these projects now or in the future!

Price: Members $129/ Non-member $229; Includes 3-hour workshop, coffee and snacks


  • Rayon Brown, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
  • Katie Calabrese, Director of Membership & Projects, NACCE (NJ)
  • Tim Putnam, Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, North Iowa Area Community College (IA)
  • Caron Sada, Residential Faculty, Paradise Valley Community College (AZ)
  • Jeff Smith, Director, Innovation and Equity, NACCE (TN)