Event Experience

EDUCAUSE Leadership Series | Retaining and Building the Higher Education Workforce will be delivered in a live online, cohort-based model.

Participants may choose to engage in any or all three of the tracks through multiple live sessions over two weeks. Each track features a robust set of curated resources prepared with the leadership perspective in mind. Participants will meet, network, and learn with a cohort of experienced higher education executives and senior leaders.


  • Track 1 and Opening Session (online): January 30, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

  • Track 2 (online): February 1, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

  • Track 3 (online): February 6, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


Track 1 | Higher Education Workforce Models: What Leaders Need to Know

Following the pandemic, higher education institutions have had to transform their cultures while exploring and embracing new models of work. Keeping staff engaged and creating a shared sense of value, belonging, and equity while keeping teams aligned and productive has challenged even the most seasoned leaders. In this track, we’ll review the latest research and lessons learned about the various models including considerations around staffing, remote and flexible work, policy, and compensation.

Track Lead

Track 2 | Effective Leadership for a Transformed Workforce

Shifting workplace culture and practices is the most challenging aspect of any transformation or change effort, and it requires intentional leadership focused on practices, processes, and policies that impact the way people approach their work. In this track, we'll look at how leaders are intentionally and successfully supporting the transformation of their work cultures to maximize the positives, such as space efficiencies, optimized technology, retention, flexibility, while minimizing the challenges.

Track Lead

  • David Weil, Chief Information Officer, Ithaca College

  • Adrienne Harrell, Learning and Talent Development Manager in Staff Human Resources, UC Santa Cruz

Track 3 | Sustainable Change: Leading and Retaining Diverse Teams

The higher education information technology workforce continues to evolve and adapt to changes that include budget cuts, reorganizations, turnover, and remote operations, to name a few. Retaining and leading diverse teams, which include an unprecedented number of early professionals, continues to be a priority. In this track, we’ll discuss and share practices for developing, retaining, and leading diverse high-performing teams.

Track Lead

  • Audra Kahr, Executive Vice President - Finance & Administration, Lafayette College

  • Veronica Diaz, Senior Director, Professional Learning and Development, EDUCAUSE