Roy Spence Is Opening Keynote Speaker for 2020 Innovations Conference


The League for Innovation in the Community College announces that Roy Spence, co-founder and chairman, GSD&M, and co-founder and CEO, The Purpose Institute, will provide the opening keynote address at its 2020 Innovations Conference. Spence is also founder of The Promiseland Project, a long-term marketing and grassroots campaign to unleash the power of Purpose.

Spence has made it his life’s journey to discover and bring to life the path to Purpose and higher calling for leaders in all sectors of society. The Promiseland Project is focused on the massive shortage of high-skilled workers in America. Spence’s presentation will address the myth that a four-year college path is the only path to a successful career and life, and how community colleges provide a proven path to find a career purpose, gain skills, earn a good living, and a build a purposeful life.

“North America is in the midst of a learner revolution and both students and employers are raising questions regarding the right path to getting a job and addressing workforce shortages,” said League President and CEO Rufus Glasper. “Roy Spence believes in the purpose of community colleges and asks us to journey with him as we consider and embrace the skills needed to meet the challenge of the 21st century.”   

Seattle is a city dedicated to innovation and advancement, and the generation of ideas and inventions that change the world. The League is delighted to hold the 2020 Innovation Conference in the Emerald City.

Innovations 2020 will take place March 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Hyatt Regency Seattle is a five-minute walk from Westlake Center and within a mile of Seattle’s must-see attractions, including the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Pike Place Market. The conference is hosted by Seattle Colleges and Bellevue College. Proposals to present are being accepted through October 4, 2019. Over 400 event sessions will focus on community college learning and teaching, leadership and organization, workforce preparation and development, student success, and basic skills and developmental education. STEM sessions will be featured in each conference topic.

The Innovations Conference, now in its 22st 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.

The early registration deadline for this event is November 15, 2019. League Board and Alliance members receive an additional registration discount. For information about the Innovations Conference and to register, visit

Organizations that wish to gain access to the community college market are encouraged to participate as exhibitors and sponsors.