The League for Innovation in the Community College is pleased to announce that the 2020 Innovations Conference will be held March 1-4, in Seattle, Washington. All conference events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. This event is hosted by Seattle Colleges and Bellevue College.

The Innovations Conference, now in its 22nd year, is the foremost convening for professionals dedicated to improving and enhancing teaching and learning, leadership and management, and the community college experience. This international event provides a forum for collaboration among academic experts and thought leaders, while granting participants exclusive access to the most inventive and inspirational community college programs from around the world.

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session

Monday General Session

The Power of Purpose
in Business and in Life

Lead With Innovation: Take the Road Less
Taken to Strengthen America’s Community Colleges

Roy Spence
Co-Founder and Chairman, GSD&M
Co-Founder and CEO, The Purpose Institute
Founder, The Promiseland Project
Barbara Gellman-Danley
Higher Learning Commission

Tuesday General Session

Closing General Session

Making and Keeping the College
Promise for the 21st Century

League Excellence Awards

Martha Kanter
Executive Director, College Promise Campaign
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Steinhardt Institute for
Higher Education Policy, New York University
Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education
This session pays special tribute to
2019 Excellence Award recipients.
Friends, family members, and colleagues of award 
recipients are welcome to attend the closing session at no cost.

Conference Topics

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Workforce Preparation and Development
  • Student Success
  • Basic Skills and Developmental Education

 sessions in each conference topic

Conference Features

  • Innovative and engaging keynote speakers discussing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Hundreds of thought-provoking breakout sessions (special sessions, forums, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions)
  • Recognition of League award recipients
  • NEW: Express Connections, where participants and exhibitors interact one-on-one
  • An extensive exhibit hall featuring education products and services
  • Opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues throughout the event
  • 24-hour wireless Internet hotspot

Conference App

The League’s event app* provides all the information you need for a rewarding conference experience. This interactive app allows you to explore Innovations Conference activities, create your own schedule, find information about exhibitors and sponsors, stay connected via social media, participate in participant games and challenges, and so much more.

*A downloadable PDF of the schedule will be available on the website for those who prefer a hard copy.



Conference Contacts


Judy Greenfield

480.705.8200, x200

Hotel, Travel, & Presenters

Robin Piccirilli

480.705.8200, x232