Learning Summit

This event is hosted by the Maricopa County Community College District.

See What’s New for the 2017 Learning Summit!

This year, the Learning Summit is introducing some exciting changes to the format that are designed to help accelerate your college’s progress on important programs or initiatives to facilitate student success.

The Learning Summit remains a working retreat for college teams to focus on improving and expanding learning at their institutions, now with the stated aim of helping colleges accelerate progress on these efforts. To that end, before the Summit, each college team is strongly encouraged to identify a specific project or initiative that will be its focus during the Summit. For example, your team may decide to:

  • plan a new or emerging initiative;
  • redesign or strengthen an existing program or project; or
  • reinvigorate a postponed or stalled effort.

Organized around three topics – Innovation, Engagement, and Scalability – the Learning Summit program includes intensive workshops with leading experts, dedicated time for teams to work on their identified projects, and forums for sharing with and learning from colleagues at other institutions.

Opening General Session Keynote

Marcy Drummond
Senior Fellow
The Collaboratory 

Mindy Feldbaum
The Collaboratory 

Pardon the Disruption: The College Is in the Process of Maturing Innovation

Significant and lasting transformation comes not from higher education institutions implementing innovative solutions, but rather from institutions learning to manage and mature innovation. Institutions fall within a broad spectrum of innovation maturity and despite more than 15 years into higher education reform efforts, few have matured innovation beyond the emerging point because a strong foundation for systematizing innovation management and execution excellence has not been established. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves in this interactive keynote as we explore the enablers and inhibitors to innovation, dive into where higher education institutions are on the innovation maturity spectrum, facilitate a dialogue about how institutions can get beyond the “innovation valley of death,” and help participants reimagine practitioner and institutional capacity to accelerate innovation for sustained transformational change.

Workshop Facilitators

      Monday: Innovation      

Tuesday: Engagement

John Kao
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Institute for Large Scale Innovation

Matt Leighninger
Vice President, Public Engagement
Yankelovich Center for Public Judgement
Public Agenda 

Nicole Cabral
Senior Public Engagement Associate
Public Agenda

Wednesday: Scalability

Ahrash Bissell
Director, Strategic Partnerships
The NROC Project

Gary Lopez
Executive Director and CEO
The NROC Project   

Jessica Everton
Success Team Director
The NROC Project

Amanda Melton
Marketing and Communications
The NROC Project


Conference Contacts


Judy Greenfield

480.705.8200, x200

Hotel, Travel, & Presenters

Robin Piccirilli

480.705.8200, x232



Chris Hennessey

480.705.8200, x237