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Day One: Keynote

Challenging Students to Step Up on the Pathway to Possibility through Education

What do we need to expect of students and the education systems that serve them if we want education to continue to be an economic, social, and personal game changer? From (1) challenging students to bring more purpose, engagement, and tenacity to bear on their learning journeys to (2) exploring how we put innovation and technology use in our institutions on purpose to create more learning-centered, data-rich, and high-value education pathways, we’ll share models and vision a future where more striving students succeed.


Dr. Mark Milliron

Dr. Mark Milliron

Dr. Mark David Milliron is best known as a champion for education opportunity and a catalyst for conversations on innovation and the road ahead. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world.

He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of the student success and analytics innovator Civitas Learning. In previous roles, Mark has served as the founding chancellor of WGU Texas; the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.