2016 UPCEA New England Conference
Featured Speakers

Wednesday October 26, 1 - 2:30pm

Peter StokesPeter Stokes  
Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

In his new book, Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work (Harvard Education Press, 2015), Peter Stokes makes a powerful case for partnerships among colleges, universities, and businesses to meet the educational and professional needs of their students. With knowledge of higher education and business, Peter is uniquely positioned to inspire today’s educators.

Peter joined Huron Consulting in 2014 after two years as Vice President for Global Strategy and Business Development, and Executive Director of Postsecondary Innovation at Northeastern University. For more than a decade, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Eduventures. He also held positions as a technology industry analyst and management consultant. Peter began his career in higher education twenty years ago teaching literature, writing, and communications at Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Art, and Stony Brook University where he earned his BA and PhD.

Thursday October 27, 9 - 10am

Jay VogtChanging Lives in a Changing World

Jay W. Vogt
Founder, Peoplesworth

Is your institution poised to fully capitalize on the opportunities present in the growth of the adult and online market?  Oops!  Let’s say they are not.  And is it your job to lead your institution through this transformation, whether they like it or not?  Ouch!  Well, then…how do you influence senior leaders who seem committed to other priorities?  How do you foster change in an institution that frequently rises up to resist it?  How do you manage yourself to stay true to your noble mission – changing lives in a changing world – even when your institution momentarily loses focus on that mission, or even forgets it?

Join us as we explore proven concepts and tools, techniques and practices, that  unfreeze rigid organizations, foster creative collaboration, enable lasting change, and strengthen your mettle as a change agent. We’ll mine the practical wisdom of battle-scarred managers, field-tested organizational consultants, and grizzled wise ones to give you and your views a fighting chance.  This presentation will be about you (and your mission), your personal situation, and your prospects for success.  We’ll pause frequently to let you apply what you are learning – in real time, with your peers – to your actual challenges.  You’ll takeaway new insights, new hope, and new tools to help your institution do the right thing by your adult and online learners.

Jay W. Vogt is an organizational development consultant with over thirty years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, corporations, government, and small businesses.   He founded Peoplesworth, a private practice in strategic planning and change management, in 1982. He holds a master's degree in counseling from Antioch/New England and a B.A. from Hampshire College.  He is a master at facilitating large groups, having led hundreds of events averaging one hundred or more participants. Learn more at Peoplesworth.com. 

Jay is the author of Recharge Your Team: The Grounded Visioning Approach, a book by Praeger on his visioning work with clients. Jay’s TEDx talk - “The Art of Facilitation: Changing the Way the World Meets”  - is the most widely watched video – with nearly 30,000 views – on the art of facilitation on the web. Google: Vogt TEDx.  Jay is also the CEO and Co-Founder of EssentialWorth, America’s first virtual nonprofit consulting company.  Learn more at EssentialWorth.com.

Friday October 28, 9 - 10am

John LaBrieJohn LaBrie
Founding Principal and Dean, Northeastern University Toronto

John LaBrie is an educator, administrator, advisor and higher education leader. With extensive experience building innovative educational models for working adults, John recently expanded Northeastern University’s global leadership in experiential learning to Toronto, Ontario as the Founding Principal of the university’s first international campus. Tailored to Toronto’s needs as a world economic center, this new campus offers three high-demand online Master of Science programs in project management, information assurance, and regulatory affairs for drugs, biologics, and medical devices.

Previously John served as Dean of the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern. The College offered over 60 credentials at the undergraduate and graduate level, and three doctoral degrees. He was responsible for more than 340 staff and an annual revenue of $140 million. Under his leadership, CPS was the leading college in Northeastern’s Global Network with programs at sites in more than a dozen countries. Earlier in his career, John was Dean of Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University, Director of Program Development at Brown University, and Director of Summer and International Programming at the University of Southern Maine. He earned his BA at the University of Maine and EdD at the University of Pennsylvania.


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