Welcome, Learning Summit presenters! The 2017 Learning Summit focuses on three integrated topics – Innovation, Engagement, and Scalability – as strategies to accelerate solutions for student success. Your participation in the Learning Summit reflects your commitment to helping community colleges improve and expand student and organizational learning.

Presenter Agreement Form

All presenters must submit a Presenter Agreement Form to  affirm their commitment to attending the conference, presenting their session(s), registering for the Learning Summit, and paying for registration. In order for a session to appear in the conference program, a Presenter Agreement Form must be submitted by the deadline; failure to meet this deadline will result in session(s) being removed from the program.

Summit Registration

All presenters are required to register for the conference and pay the registration fee. Those from League Alliance institutions receive a $50 discount. If you have any registration questions, please contact Judy Greenfield at 480.705.8200, x200.

When you register and pay by credit card, you will receive an email invoice that serves as your receipt. If you select the “Pay by Check” option, the email invoice can be forwarded to your college’s business office for payment. You may also log on to our website with your username and password to access and/or pay open invoices in the “My Account” dropdown menu.

Neither honoraria nor expenses are provided to presenters.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances that preclude presenter participation. Should this occur, we appreciate your help in minimizing the impact of such changes. If you find that you are unable to attend the Summit, please email Robin Piccirilli as soon as possible. In the message, include your name, the title of your presentation, and the reason you are canceling.

Refunds minus a $100 cancellation fee will be issued after the Summit for cancellations received in writing (e.g., email) by May 30, 2017. Summit registration fees for cancellations received after May 30, 2017, will not be refunded. Participant substitutions for this event can be made at any time. Please note that you are responsible for full payment if you do not cancel and do not attend.

Conference Schedule

The 2017 Learning Summit will take place over 3.5 days starting at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 11, and ending at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, June 14. The schedule provides a big picture view of all activities taking place at this event.

Questions about your participation as a presenter at the Learning Summit?

Contact Robin Piccirilli.

Here are some helpful tips to assist you in preparing and delivering an effective presentation.

PowerPoint Tips

Keep the size of your audience in mind. Visuals that are not clearly legible to all participants are distracting and annoying. Remember that some participants will be in the back of the room.

Use fonts that are simple and easy to read. Generally, one font should be used throughout your presentation, with perhaps another used sparingly for special emphasis.

Keep your displayed message simple. Your presentation graphics should highlight the points you are making, not repeat them word for word.

Four to six colors are usually plenty to communicate your message. Of these, only one or two should be intense colors.

Black text on a white background is always the best visually, but is also a boring choice. Use colors that are easy on the eyes and always keep good contrast in mind so that Summit participants do not have to strain to guess what is typed on a slide.

Presentation Tips

Plan your presentation well in advance. A good presentation requires careful planning and review.

You will lose your audience if your presentation does not address the issues described in your session description. One of the most common complaints heard from participants is that the session description provided in the Summit Program did not describe the actual presentation.

Rehearse your presentation in advance. A dry run of your presentation to knowledgeable individuals is the most successful method of preparation.

Be sensitive to your audience. Avoid distractions and potential offense by insensitivity to gender, sexual preference, race, and ethnicity.

Equipment failures are not uncommon, so be prepared to make your presentation without equipment support.

Your session will be 45 minutes long. Throughout the Summit, there will only be 15 minutes in between sessions. Out of respect for those presenters who follow you, it is imperative that you begin and end your session on time.

Be prepared for questions and answer them directly. Try to anticipate the types of questions you may be asked and answer them directly. Repeat the question to make certain the entire audience has heard it before you begin to answer.

Be comfortable and poised. Good eye contact will help hold the audience's attention, as will a steady voice that emphasizes the variety and interest of your presentation. Your body movement should be conscious and deliberate. Avoid swaying and pacing. Remember, you do have something important to say and the audience wants to be supportive!


Forums are supported with a wired high speed Internet access, a video projector compatible with Windows and Mac platforms, speakers, and a screen. Presenters who need a laptop or tablet for their session(s) are required to bring their own. The League does not provide this equipment or associated adapters.

Presenters are responsible for ensuring that presenter-provided equipment connects and functions with the equipment provided by conference organizers. Presenters assume full responsibility for the technical requirements of custom setups, as well as the security and operation of their own equipment.

Before arriving, presenters should ensure that their laptops have updated virus detection software and the latest software patches installed. Onsite, presenters who need technical assistance may contact League staff or the Technical/AV Support Team. The Technical/AV Support Team cannot provide laptops, tablets, adapters, specialized cabling, drivers, software, connectors, or other out of the ordinary items.

To order additional equipment, contact Jim Gleason, Premier Audio Visual. Presenters may be responsible for expenses associated with additional equipment.

Questions about your participation as a presenter at the Learning Summit?

Contact Robin Piccirilli.