The Leading Through Change Symposium, is a unique opportunity for mid- to senior-level higher education professionals to refine their leadership skills within environments of change, innovation, and adaptability.

With dedicated educational and networking opportunities, attendees will return to campus with ideas, tools, and networks to inspire teams, operate more effectively, and lead through change.  ACUI and NCCI (Network for Change and Continuous Innovation) are excited to partner for this inaugural program to support higher education leaders in their learning development.  

This symposium—originally scheduled for December 12–14—will now take place on January 23–26.


Below is the current schedule for the program. All times are listed in Eastern.

Monday, January 23
  • 1–2:30 p.m. – Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Session: Psychology of Change
    • Presented by Joseph Drasin, University of Maryland

Tuesday, January 24
  • 1–1:45 p.m. – Networking and Small Group Discussion
  • 1:45–2 p.m. – Break
  • 2–3:15 p.m. – Session: Authentic, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
    • Presented by Paige Haber-Curran, Texas State University; and Kathy Guthrie, Florida State University
  • 3:15–3:30 p.m. – Break
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. – Small Group Discussion on Leadership

Wednesday, January 25
  • 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m. – Session: Applying the Balanced Scorecard to Higher Education
    • Presented by Angela Song, University of California San Diego
  • 1:45–2 p.m. – Break
  • 2–2:45 p.m. – Small Group Discussion on Data-Informed Decision Making
  • 2:45–3 p.m. – Break
  • 3–3:45 p.m. – Session: Allocating Staff and Financial Resources
    • A panel with Brandon Bowden, Florida State University; Jeni Eltink, University of Minnesota Duluth; and Teresa Hartnett, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • 3:45–4 p.m. – Break
  • 4–4:45 p.m. – Small Group Discussion on Allocating Resources

Thursday, January 26
  • 3–4:30 p.m. – Wrap Up and Closing Session: Empowering Employee Action toward a Culture of Organizational Excellence
    • A panel with Marianna Kepka, Northwestern University; Kim Harrington, Georgia Tech; Kaila Sell, University of Michigan; Matthew Adams, University of Central Florida; and Kim-Marie Jenkins, University of Maine System

Format & Learning Outcomes

Attendees of the Leading Through Change Symposium will explore:   

  • Authentic, identity conscious, emotionally intelligent leadership and supervision  
  • Strategically aligning goals with evidence-based decision making  
  • Creating space for organizational excellence and innovative program design  
  • Communication strategies for getting buy-in, developing staff, and leading through change  
  • Considerations for allocating staff and financial resources to support organizational needs 

Through a three-day virtual event, the format would include: 

  • Workshop sessions featuring guest speakers, talks, and panels 
  • Reflection breakout session for peer-to-peer learning  
  • Facilitated follow up session for attendees a few months after the program 


Early (through November 17)
  • ACUI or NCCI Member: $275
  • Nonmember: $375
Regular (November 18–January 19)
  • ACUI or NCCI Member: $375
  • Nonmember: $475

Register Now

This program will be presented virtually via Zoom events. Registrants will receive details about using the platform prior to the symposium. 

If you do not already have an ACUI account, please create an account to register and be sure to affiliate your record with your institution. If you are not a member of ACUI or NCCI, please select the additional nonmember fee option; records will be reviewed and nonmembers that did not select this will be invoiced any additional balances. If you need registration assistance, please contact or 812.245.2284. You may find the cancellation policy here