New! Spring Leadership Conference

March 29-30, 2023
Las Vegas

Vegas Conference Brochure

A small interactive and engaged conference with in-person networking. The focus is on discussion and interaction with your colleagues and leaders in the field.

Concurrent sessions feature a select number of Traditional presentations on the most relevant topics, balanced with moderated Discussion groups. Additional networking at breakfast, lunches and reception.

Strategic planning is now imperative and immediate for leaders and managers at all levels. Continuing education organizations have emerged from the pandemic and face new opportunities and challenges.

Persons at all levels in your organization are welcome to attend. The conference will be particularly relevant to continuing educators in universities, community colleges, technical institutes and related continuing education organizations:
*Leaders and managers
*Those looking to increase their leadership development.

To Register
Call 800-678-5376 with credit card. Or fax a purchase order to:
Questions? Email Roy and Gale at info@lern.org

The Embassy Suites Las Vegas is a popular hotel for campus visitors to Vegas.
Located just one mile from the world famous strip, and just one block from the university campus.

Embassy Suites Las Vegas
4315 University Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Special room rate until Feb. 15, 2023: $139/night (LERN’s room rate is now SOLD OUT, you can book directly through the hotel if they still have availbility with the below link, or stay at any of the many nearby hotels.)
Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas

The following amenities are included with your stay:
• All two-room suites
• Complimentary full buffet and cooked-to-order breakfast
• Complimentary nightly reception from 5:30-7:30pm nightly including drinks and snacks
• Complimentary guestroom internet

Your choice of Entertainment on the strip and/or Culture in the community.

You are less than a mile from The-Vegas-You-Know with shows, music, casinos and restaurants on the world famous Strip.

Or choose The-Vegas-You-Don’t-Know. Our local host will introduce you to diverse multi-ethnic communities, ethnic restaurants, art, museums and cultural activities.

The conference is hosted by Joe Miera of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.


Tuesday, March 28
5:30 pm Networking reception, Meet-and-Greet

Wednesday, March 29
7 am Breakfast networking (complimentary if staying at the conference hotel)

8 am Opening Session
-Welcome, Amy Lasack, Chair of the LERN Board, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa.
-Host Welcome, Joe Miera, University of Nevada Las Vegas
-State of the Field, Brendan Marsello, Assistant Vice President for Program Development; and Travette Webster, Assistant Vice President for Communications & Diversity, LERN

9 am General Sessions
“The State of Continuing Education,” Panel with Scott Cashman, Brendan Marsello, Travette Webster, Amy Lasack, Joe Miera. With reactions, questions and input from participants, we discuss the latest issues, opportunities, and challenges for the field.

9: 45 – 10:15 Morning Break

10:15 Concurrents
-Presentation.”Pivoting Through a Pandemic: How Noncredit Courses Thrive in an Online Format,” Leslie Brock, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
-Discussion. “Working with Central Administration,” Daniel Thorpe, former head of continuing studies, Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

11:15 Concurrents
-Presentation. “Responding to the Global Economy: C.E. Planning in a more Complex Environment,” Amystique Church, Enterprise Mid Atlantic Institute, Wilmington, Delaware.
-Discussion. “Reinvent!” Joe Miera, Amy Lasack, Gary Girard.

Noon – 1:30 pm Luncheon (included in fee)

1:30 Concurrents
-Presentation. “Social Identity in Higher Education,” Samantha Bray,Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, North Carolina; Sue Moraska; Ana Calvo.
-Discussion. “Financial Reserves, Financial Pressures,” Brendan Marsello, LERN Assistant Vice President, Washington, D.C.

2:15 – 2:30 Afternoon Break

2:30 Concurrents
-Presentation. “How to combine strengths of professional studies certificate programs with your business school,” Gerry Sanders, UNLV; Don Capener, Shawn Neider, Jacob Sybrowsky, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.
-Discussion.”Hiring the Right Person for Digital Marketing,” Travette Webster, LERN Assistant Vice President, Houston.

3:15 -3:30 First Day Closure
Optional: Networking and Dinner Groups

Thursday, March 30
7 am Breakfast networking (complimentary if staying at the conference hotel)

8 am Concurrent Sessions
-Presentation. “How Strategic Planning drives process improvement, performance and accountability,” Stephanie Gregg, Jennifer Moorefield, Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina.
-Discussion. “Hot issues,” Scott Cashman, Joe Miera.

9 am Concurrent Sessions
-Presentation. “A Model for Successful Centralized Operations,” Tyler Brown, College of Western Idaho, Nampa, Idaho.
-Discussion. “Building Industry Partnerships,” Amy Lasack.

9: 45 – 10:15 Morning Break

10:15 Concurrent Sessions
-Presentation. “Beyond Silos: Non-credit and Credit Alignment,” Gary Girard, Metropolitan Community College of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.
-Discussion. “Looking at Your Brochure Through a Socially Just Lens,” Anthony Mangiafico, Wallingford Adult Education, Wallingford, Connecticut.

11:15 Concurrents
-Presentation. “Listening for Leaders: How to Ask Good Questions and Utilize Reflective Listening to Build Rapport and Engage More,” Louise Rotchford and Lorraine Todisco, State University of New York Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York.
-Discussion. “LERN’s Best 9 Tips for 2023” Brendan Marsello, Travette Webster.

Noon – 1:30 pm Luncheon (included in fee)

1:30 Concurrents
-Presentation. “Using Carrier Route Analysis to Discover New Markets,” Brendan Marsello.
-Discussion. “Staff Productivity Tips and Strategies,” Daniel Thorpe.

2:15 – 2:30 Afternoon Break

2:30 Concurrents
-Presentation. “Foundations of Race and Racism,” Scott Cashman.
-Discussion. “Top Leadership Issues,” Travette Webster.

3:15 -3:30 Conference Ending
Optional: Dinner Groups Out.


For persons from organizations registered for the 2022 LERN Virtual Conference Nov 14-17, 2022, just $695 per person.

For persons from organizations not registered for the 2022 LERN Virtual Conference, $995 per person.

Cost includes two lunches and handouts. Participants staying at the conference hotel get breakfast each day included in the room cost.

To register, call 800-678-5376 8-5 pm M-F with a purchase order or credit card.

Questions? Email Roy or Gale at info@lern.org.

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