November 19 - November 22
San Diego, CA

Weekly Update

September 16 – 22

Get the Recognition You Deserve! Submit a Nomination for a 2019 LERN International Award!

Each year LERN receives more than 200 awards submissions, and the winners represent the best of the best in lifelong learning and continuing education. Winners are announced and recognized at the LERN Annual Conference. More than 600 continuing education and lifelong learning professionals are expected to attend this year. LERN also honors the International Award Winners by hosting an awards luncheon at the conference.

Click Here to learn more about the submission process and categories, and to submit your nomination.

September 9 – 15

Don’t Miss Our Awesome Social Events!

Sign up when you register, or add them on later, but they often sell out!

City of Lights Tour – Thursday, November 21st

Get a unique take on the city and become illuminated by sights you won’t see during the day.

City Tour – Friday, November 22nd

The convention is over and you want to relax, then this is the narrated tour for you!

Gen Y Pub Crawl – Thursday November 21st

Explore some San Diego pubs with your fellow conference attendees.


*Stay in the LERN Room Block 3 or more nights and save another $100 on your conference registration fee
PLUS get your choice of 6 all day conference seminars FREE
*Third Person from your organization is FREE
Get your attendance approved and register now!

Full Conference Agenda Now Available!
3 General sessions plus 72 concurrent sessions have all been scheduled with 36 new sessions, lots of new presenters, and the most practical advanced sessions in the field.
Three ways to get the final agenda:
-Download the pdf below
-Check out the folders below
-Get the print brochure, coming in mid-July

Click Here to Download the Final Brochure

Register now!

“It’s the most exciting week of the year in lifelong learning”

The most advanced, practical, how-to information in the field of lifelong learning programming, including pricing, brochures, digital marketing, programming, finances, operations, online, management, leadership, and more…..

Click Here to Download the Final Brochure

Check here at lern.org/conference for updates

Email Roy at info@lern.org or call 800-678-5376

Why You Should Attend

Whats New

Who Should Attend:

Administrators and staff from these and other institutions offering lifelong learning classes and programs:

-Recreation Departments
-Community Education in Public Schools
-Continuing Education in Universities
-Continuing Education in Community Colleges
-Other (Botanic gardens, museums, hospitals, libraries, and more)

Paradise Point Resort on Mission Bay
Paradise Point Resort on Mission Bay

This year’s conference will be at the fabulous beautiful Paradise Point Resort in San Diego.

It is practically an island unto itself, right on Mission Bay.  A very classy place.

The room rate for the LERN Conference is just $199/night, plus normal taxes and fees.

Click Here to book your room online. Only use this link in-order to get the discounted conference rate. You can also call 855-463-3361 to register but make sure to reference the LERN Conference Room Block in-order to get the best rate. (The 18th, 19th and 21st are now SOLD OUT at the Paradise Point. There are plenty of rooms available right now at the Hyatt on Mission Bay, just 6 minutes from the conference site. A daily shuttle, rides with other participants, a nice bike ride, walk or Uber are all options for getting from our overflow hotel to the conference.  All hotel reservations at the Hyatt qualify you for the lower conference fee plus FREE all day pre-conferences on Tuesday.).


The overflow hotel will be the Hyatt Mission Bay, just 1.6 miles away.

The room rate for the Hyatt Mission Bay is $159.

The lower rate at the overflow hotel is also intended for California members with more modest budgets.

Click Here to book a room at the Hyatt Mission Bay in the LERN Room Block. Only use this link in-order to get the discounted conference rate. You can also call 800-233-1234 to register but make sure to reference the LERN Conference Room Block in-order to get the best rate.

No, don’t just come because you can sit outside the convention center overlooking the river and re-energize yourself in the normal 70 degree weather in November in Savannah.

Here’s Why You Should Come

Here’s what a few of your colleagues said about last year’s conference.

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“This was my first LERN Conference and it was a Fantastic Experience.  I especially liked the interactive app.”  –Mariza Olmos, Ft. Worth, Texas








“LERN’s annual conference lives up to LERN’s mantra…”Information that Works!”. If your budget is limited, this is the conference you want to attend!”

– Robert Leslie,  Spartanburg, SC

“The Conference was a smashing success.   I can’t wait for next year.” –Danell Reilly, Corpus Christi, Texas

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“Everyone should be able to come to a LERN conference!  Operations and program development will run smoother and allow for an increase in margins and bottom line revenue!” –Cheryl Stiglmeier, Lihue, Hawaii

“The investment is well worth it.”

Gabriele Janes, Toronto

“We take back so many ideas and ways to increase revenue that we can implement right away!”

– Donna Chant, Munster, IN

To summarize, participants get a 10:1 return on their investment by coming to the LERN Annual Conference.  The conference doesn’t cost money; it makes your program money.

If you’ve never been to a LERN conference, some 43% of the attendees each year are first-timers, so welcome. You will get the ratios for success in your field, the benchmarks, the most practical, how-to information available anywhere.

If you have been before, the 2019 Annual Conference will feature the latest, most advanced information as your program rapidly changes to serve the new generations and society of the 21st century.

New Session Formats

Multiple concurrent session formats from which to choose.

Engaged Sessions: LERN makes history in creating a whole new interactive format.

Roundtables:  Two every session for small discussions and participation.

Panels:  Your colleagues from top programs share their successes.

Experts: The best experts provide fast paced hard hitting and practical best practices.

New Information

Don’t let your program fall behind.

  • More than 35 new sessions
  • The Best Brochure Ideas for 2019
  • New Growth Markets
  • The Best Promotion Ideas of the Year
  • International Award Winners for 2019
  • …..and much much more.


Information not available anywhere else on these and other critical topics

– Summer Camps                                     – Management and Leadership
– Advanced Marketing                            – Productivity
– Benchmarks & Ratios for Success     – Strategic Planning
– Programming                                        – Finances and Pricing
– Contract Training                                 – Social Media
– New Skills


Welcome to the most exciting week of the year in lifelong learning!

Here’s an overview of the Agenda.

The pdf of the final brochure, available on the main conference web page on June 15, has all the 72 concurrent sessions, SuperStar presenters, Engaged Sessions, Roundtables, and more.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

7:30 – 9:00 am. Conference Seminar Registration (Conference registration begins at 10:00 am)

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 3:00 pm Conference Seminars
*FREE when staying in the LERN hotel room block 3 nights; $195 if staying elsewhere


**16th Annual Augusoft Lumens® User Summit

Held in conjunction with the LERN Conference, this two-day technology summit provides attendees with in-depth learning on multiple aspects of the Lumens software.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Conference Registration
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. All-Conference Reception in the Exhibit Area
Our welcome to you and to the conference. Come meet each other, have a beverage, and visit with this year’s exhibitors.

3:30 – 4:30 pm. LERN Leader Meeting

For LERN members interested in knowing more about LERN. Every member is welcome. No additional charge.

3:30 – 4:30 pm. Emerging Leaders Meeting
For any Gen Y conference attendee under the age of 39.  No additional fee to attend.

3:30 – 4:00 pm. Getting the Most from the LERN Conference.
Especially relevant for first time attendees.

4:00 – 4:30 pm. Get to Know San Diego


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

7:00 am – 4:00 pm Conference registration

7:30 a.m.  Exhibits Open

8:00 – 9:50 am  Opening Session

  • Welcome, Aaron Sauerbrei, Chair of the Board of Directors
  • The State of Lifelong Learning: William A. Draves, President
  • Opening Keynote: You will leave energized for 2020!

9:50 am – 10:20 am.  Break— Hall of Learning and LERN Central.   Refreshments, networking, exhibits and the Hall of Learning.

10:20 – 11:10 am.  Concurrent Sessions

11:20 – 12:10 pm.  Concurrent Sessions

12:10 – 1:30 pm * Professional Development, Networking Luncheon and Certification Awards

1:30 – 2:00 pm Break— Hall of Learning.  Poster displays, software demonstrations, brochure table, refreshments.

2:00 – 2:50 pm  Concurrent Sessions

3:00 – 3:50 pm  Concurrent Sessions

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. New! Meeting for Operations staff people.,

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Reception


Thursday, November 21, 2019

8:00 am. Hall of Learning and Exhibits Open

8:00 – 8:50 am. Concurrent Sessions

9:00 – 9:50 am. General Session: NineShift for 2020.  The Grand Finale.

9:50 – 10:20 am. Break— Hall of Learning and LERN Central. More poster displays, great brochures, demos.

10:20 – 11:10 am. Concurrent Sessions

11:20 – 12:10 pm. Concurrent Sessions

12:10 – 1:30 pm. *International Awards Luncheon.  Some call it the highlight of the conference.

12:10 pm Exhibits close.

2:00 – 2:50 pm. Concurrent Sessions

3:00 – 3:30 pm. Briefing for UGotClass Partners.


Friday, November 22, 2019

8:00 – 8:50 am. Concurrent Sessions

9:00 – 9:50 am. Just for you. Personal & Professional Development Sessions

10:00 – 11:30 am. Closing Session

1:00 pm – 3 p.m. CPP Exam

Last chance for a great restaurant and socializing. Enjoy your last evening in San Diego.


* Event included in the Full registration fee. Extra fee for those registering at the Basic level.

** Extra fee. Event not included in conference registration.

All day intensive advanced seminars with the best experts on Tuesday Nov. 19.  FREE if you are staying in the LERN room block for 3 or more days; $195 each if you are staying elsewhere.

Last year over 300 people attended the seminars! So this year we have 3 new topics, plus 3 of our most popular seminars. Seminars start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch not included. Advance Registration required so you have a seat reserved for you.

New! “Marketing with Video: From Basic to Advanced,”  with Kendall Harris

New!  “Negotiation: The Art, The Science,”  with Julia King Tamang

New!  “Staffing and Staff Productivity,”  with Greg Marsello

The Classic. “Designing Brochures for Results,” with Brendan Marsello

Always Popular. “Youth Programs/Summer Camps,” Cathy Noonan, moderator.

Hot!  “Become Customer Driven,”  with Fred Bayley

Early Bird Pricing Ends
Early Bird Pricing Ends
Standard Pricing after
Standard Pricing after
Staying In LERN Room BlockStaying ElsewhereStaying In LERN Room BlockStaying Elsewhere
Member, No Luncheons$795$895$895$995
Member, 1 Luncheon$845$945$945$1,045
Member, 2 Luncheons$895$995$995$1,095
Non-Member, No Luncheons$995$1,095$1,095$1,195
Non-Member, 1 Luncheon$1,045$1,145$1,145$1,245
Non-Member, 2 Luncheons$1,095$1,195$1,195$1,295
Third Person Free, No Luncheons$0$0$0$0
Third Person Free, 1 Luncheon$50$50$50$50
Third Person Free, 2 Luncheons$100$100$100$100
PRE-Conference Seminars Included in the LERN Room Block
Staying In LERN Room BlockStaying ElsewhereStaying In LERN Room BlockStaying Elsewhere
The Classic. Designing Brochures for Results$0$195$0$195
New! Negotiation: The Art, The Science$0$195$0$195
New! Staffing and Staff Productivity$0$195$0$195
New! Marketing with Video: From Basic to Advanced$0$195$0$195
Always Popular. Youth Programs/Summer Camps$0$195$0$195
Hot! Become Customer Driven$0$195$0$195

There Are Six Easy Ways To Register

Exhibitors add to your conference experience with a variety of products and services geared just for lifelong learning programs.

There is no additional charge to the exhibit area for conference attendees. Last year, more than 20 exhibitors were at the LERN Annual Conference.

2019 LERN Annual Conference Exhibitor Brochure

Want to exhibit?  Click Here for more details and to apply, or email Roy at roy@lern.org

Platinum Level

White_Background_Augusoft_Logo_300x150Augusoft, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN

“Augusoft®, Inc., develops and maintains Lumens®– the first SaaS cloud based enrollment management system. Complementing traditional academic systems, Lumens is designed for continuing, community, corporate education and workforce development programs in the US and Canada. Visit www.augusoft.net
to see Lumens in action.”

Gold Level


Entrinsik – Raleigh, NC

Enrole’s software as a service, cloud platform, for registration, course management, e-commerce and robust reporting, automates daily functions enabling your team to focus on workload, not processes. Entrinsik leverages over 30 years of experience emphasizing flexibility, scalability, reliability, and utilizes best-practices learned from non-credit continuing, professional and workforce education. www.entrinsik.com/enrole


Eleyo – St. Paul Park, MN

Eleyo makes running enrichment and community education programs easier through an all-in-one solution that handles program registration, invoicing, attendance tracking, and reporting. Our online portal makes it easy for the community to register and make payments for the programs they participate in, allowing administrators to spend more time improving programs. www.eleyo.com


Black Rocket – Freehold, NJ

Black Rocket has been providing cutting edge technology classes to youth program providers for over 15 years. We offer over 20 STEAM-based courses that are powered by a child’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life. www.blackrocket.com

Silver Level

UGotClass by LERN – River Falls, WI

Xenegrade Corporation – St. Petersburg, FL

CampDoc.com – Ann Arbor, MI

Development Dimensions International, Inc – Bridgeville, PA

ASAP – Bloomington, MN

ACEware Systems, Inc. – Manhattan, KS

Human Resource Certification Preparation – Provo, UT

The Center for Legal Studies – Evergreen, CO

Labyrinth Learning – Excelsior, MN

University of South Dakota Master’s Degree Program – Vermillion, SD

HR Certification Institute – Alexandrea, VA

CourseStorm Inc. – Orono, ME